Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Danny O’Regan’s spin-o-rama goal against Vermont earned #2 honors in the NCAA’s reel of top 10 goals of the 2013-14 season. The sophomore from Needham finished the season with a 10-12-22 scoring line.

Co-captain Garrett Noonan’s entry level contract with Nashville is official. Noonan will be suiting up for the AHL Milwaukee Admirals in the Calder Cup playoffs against Toronto beginning Friday.

Looking ahead
With a slick individual effort, 2014 recruit Jack Eichel scored the game-winning goal with just over a minute left in regulations as Team USA edged host, 4-3, Finland in the final preliminary round game at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships.  The win clinched first place in Group B and will take on Slovakia in a quarterfinal game tomorrow beginning at 6:00 a.m. ET. The game will be live streamed for free by Fast Hockey.

Eichel, with 3 goals and 2 assists thus far in the tournament, Eichel has a team-leading 82 points (36G, 46A). His career total of 134 points is now sixth best in the NTDP record book
 USA Hockey recap
● SBNation recap

Anticipated to be one of the top 2015 NHL draft picks, Eichel is a featured topic in OverTheBoard’s “Isn’t It Obvious” column for April, which also mentions several other Terrier recruits.

Looking back 

With his father in attendance, Matt Nieto redirected a shot past Jonathan Quick to record his first NHL playoff goal in the Sharks’ 4-3 overtime win against the Kings.
● Video
Box score
● Game 3 spark
● Nieto feature in The Hockey News

Brandon Yip scored a short-hand goal and then on a penalty shot to rally AHL Portland to a third period tie, but the Pirates fell, 4-3, to St. John.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Noonan named Team MVP, signs with Nashville; Grzelcyk named next captain

Senior co-captain Garrett Noonan was named winner of George V. Brown MVP award at last night’s the 51st Friends of BU Hockey Banquet. Noonan, a four-year blueline standout was unable to attend, however, as he’d signed an entry level contract with Nashville and was assigned to AHL Milwaukee.

Other awards winners were:

● Regina Eilberg Scholarship (Top Student Athlete): Anthony Moccia
● Ed Carpenter Award (Top Scorer): Robbie Baillargeon
● Bennett McInnis Memorial Award for spirit: Anthony Moccia
● Most Improved Player: Mike Moran
● Clifford P. Fitzgerald Scholarship (Outstanding rising Junior or senior defenseman: Matt Grzelcyk
● Mike Boyle Terrier of Steel Award (Outstanding performance in the weight room): Matt Ronan
● Friends Albert Sidd Unsung Hero Award: Pat MacGregor

The Meryl Herman Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Hockey Program was presented for only the 5th time and went to the reporters from the Daily Free Press who covered every game, home and away.

Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk was announced as captain of the 2014-15 Terriers, with Cason Hohmann and Evan Rodrigues serving as assistant captains.

Head coach David Quinn announced that next season’s schedule will include 22 Hockey East games (with UConn joining the conference), home games against Michigan, Michigan State and newly crowned NCAA champion Union College, and two away games against Wisconsin and another road game at Rensselaer. In addition, there will be an exhibition game at Walter Brown Arena against the United States Junior National Team, which will spend five days training at WBA for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Visit The Friends of BU Hockey Twitter account for more photos from last night’s banquet. report on banquet

Boston Hockey Blog report on Noonan signing

Looking ahead

Photos by Richard Wolowicz (HHOF-IIHF Images).
2014 recruit Jack Eichel (photo) scored twice and added an assist for Team USA in a 7-0 drubbing of Denmark in the IIHF World U18 Championships.   Team USA improved its record to 2-1. Eichel had registered assist on Saturday in a 3-0 blanking of the Czech Republic.  2014 recruit Johnathan MacLeod, who like Eichel, is wearing the assistant captain’s “A,” finished plus 3 for the game, while Eichel was +4.   With his three-point night, Eichel has 81 points (35G, 46A) in 49 games Next up for Team USA is the final preliminary round game against host Finland on Tuesday.
● Recap
● Box score

Looking back
Kevin Shattenkirk scored a goal and added two assists—including one on the tying goal in the final seconds of regulation—as the Blues’ defeated the Blackhawks, 4-3 in overtime, giving St. Louis a 2-0 lead in the first round series.  The former Terrier captain leads St. Louis in playoff scoring with four points.
  Recap and video highlights

Charlie Coyle scored his second goal in as many playoff games, but the Wild fell to Colorado, 4-2, and trail in the series, 2-0.
Recap and video highlights

Alex Chiasson scored his first career playoff goal but Dallas fell, 3-2 to Anaheim and trails 2-0 in the series.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Eichel and MacLeod begin World U18 Championships in Finland tomorrow

2014 recruits Jack Eichel and Johnathan MacLeod are in Finland with Team USA for the IIHF World U18 Championships, which begin tomorrow. Eichel (photo) has been named an assistant captain by USA Hockey. The 6-2 right-shot center, who is the only returnee from last year’s silver-medal winning team, discussed how he’ll use his experience to lead and motivate his teammates in this year’s tournament. 

Yesterday, Eichel answered questions for fans via the USA Hockey twitter account :

I decided between BU and BC. BU just felt like the perfect fit for me. I always wanted to play in hockey east and the Beanpot.

can't wait for to apart of @TerrierHockey next season. I have talked to a few guys already. @Matt_Grzelcyk5 & @DannyORegan15

►Team USA’s games at the World U18s will be streamed live by Fast Hockey. The first preliminary round game is Thursday, April 17, versus Switzerland with puck drop set for 8 a.m. EDT.

United States of Hockey preview of Team USA

Looking forward
The Sherwood Park News, reporting on Sean MacTavish’s commitment to BU for 2015, spoke with Crusaders coach Tim Fragile, who said:

 “Sean has developed over the course of two seasons in all areas of his game. He is an elite level thinker and is offensively gifted. He had a really good season, especially from November on. Getting 72 points was a big jump from his first season totals. It was just an exceptional year.”

MacTavish, a  right-shot forward, had previously played for the Shattuck St. Mary’s U16 where he was a linemate of Colorado Avalanche forward Nate McKinnon, who became the first overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

The season continues for 2014 recruit Brandon Hickey (photo) and the Spruce Grove Saints, who swept Drumheller, 4-0, to win the 2014 AJHL Gas Drive Championship Cup. The 6-2 defenseman, who contributed 22 regular-season points, added five assists in 13 playoff games for the Saints who move on to the Western Canada Cup tournament in Dauphin, Manitoba.

For fellow 2014 recruit Liam Coughlin, the season is over, as the Vernon Vipers were swept in the BCHL Fred Page Cup finals.  Coughlin, a 6-3 left wing from South Boston, had given the Vipers a 2-0 lead in game three with his seventh playoff goal, but the Express stormed back to win in overtime and then completed the sweep the next night. Coughlin, who previously played for Catholic Memorial, scored 13 points in the playoffs to go with his 45 regular-season points.

USA Hockey announced eleven commitments for the 2014-15 NTDP U17s, including 2016 recruit Clayton Keller, who led Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep to a national U18 championship with a team best scoring line of 36-41-77.

Looking back
USA Hockey has named Joe Sacco an assistant coach for the upcoming Men’s World Championships. The former Terrier and long-time NHLer was head coach a year ago for Team USA’s bronze-medal winning squad. Sacco is currently an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres.

Former Terrier Sahir Gill (photo) leads  the ECHL Wheeling Nailers into the playoffs against first-round opponent South Carolina. Gill, who ended the regular season on a ten-game scoring streak, was the Nailers’ top point scorer with 54 points. Former BU netminder Kieran Millan joined Wheeling late in the season and appeared in five games. The Nailers are coached by former Terrier forward and U.S. Olympian Clark Donatelli.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Frozen Four Linkorama--UPDATED

Congratulations to Union College on its first-ever NCAA hockey championship, earned with wins against Boston College (semifinal, 5-4) and Minnesota (championship, 7-4) at the Frozen Four in Philadelphia. With the Dutchmen’s victory on Saturday, the ECAC has claimed back-to-back titles for the first time since BU repeated at NCAA champions in 1971 and 1972. [Note: prior to the formation of Hockey East, BU was a member of the ECAC].

Eastern teams have now claimed six of the past seven Divison 1 national championships. Western teams had dominated the first 25 years of the tournament, winning 21 times.

Former BU netminder Jason Tapp has been an assistant coach to Union’s Rick Bennett since the beginning of the 2011-12 season, after having served as the team’s volunteer goalie coach.

Union’s 12 goals in two Frozen Four games, matched North Dakota dozen in 1997 and BC’s 12 in 2010 as the most goals tallied in two games since BU racked up 13 scores en route to the 1995 NCAA title. That year, the Terriers swamped Minnesota, 7-3, and then defeated Maine, 6-2, in the title game, led by Chris O’Sullivan’s pair of goals.

Looking ahead
2014 recruit Johnathan MacLeod’s wrist shot from the left face off circle gave Team USA a 1-0 lead midway through the first period and the Americans cruised to a 9-1 win over Germany in a pre-tourney game at the IIHF World U18 Championships. Fellow 2014 recruit Jack Eichel assisted on two goals as Team USA prepped for its preliminary round game against Switzerland on Thursday.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

2014 recruit Brandon Hickey’s wrist shot on a power play led to the game-winning goal for Spruce Grove in a 5-3 Saints win against Drumheller. Spruce Grove leads the best-of-seven AJHL Gas Drive Cup  League final, two games to none.  The 6-2 left-shot defenseman has four assists in eleven playoff games, after posting a 4-18-22 line in 49 regular season games for Spruce Grove. Hickey was the highest-ranked AJHL player (#63) in the recent 2014 NHL Central Scouting final rankings and second highest for all Canadian Junior A leagues.

2014 recruit Liam Coughlin assisted on Vernon’s third goal, but Coquitlam came away with a 4-3 overtime win over the Vipers and have a 2-0 league in the BCHL’s Fred Page Cup championship round.  The rugged left wing from South Boston, who scored 45 points in the regular season, has six goals and six assists in 17 playoff games thus far.

Looking back
Nick Bonino, who has scored more than a few memorable goals in his college and pro career added another Saturday night in Anaheim’s 4-3 shootout win against the Kings. The former BU captain, who earned second-star honors, stole the puck from a defender and whipped it home from his knees with his back to the net. It was his 21st goal of the season. 

Last night, he scored in overtime, giving the Ducks a 3-2 win against Colorado. In a breakout season for Bonino, the Connecticut native set new career highs in goals, assists and points with a 22-27-49 scoring line.  Bonino helped led Anaheim to a Western Conference best 116 points this season and its best regular season record in franschise history. They’ll meet Dallas in the first round of the playoffs.

Just before his standout weekend, Bonino talked with Puck Daddy's Jen Neale about college hockey at BU, his breakout year with the Ducks and the upcoming playofffs. 

San Jose, which finished five points behind the Ducks, announced that Matt Nieto, along with Tomas Hertl, were named co-rookies of the year for the club in a vote of Bay Area media. Nieto scored 24 points (10G, 14A) in 66 games for the Sharks.

Colin Wilson wristed home his 11th goal of the season for Nashville in the Predators’ 7-5 win against Chicago. The former Terrier All-American finished the season with 33 points.

Former Terrier and NHL forward Dan LaCouture talked with the New York Times about the lawsuit against the NHL he and eight other former players have brought related to brain injuries. LaCouture, who played for the Terriers’ 1997 team that reached the NCAA finals, discussion the multiple concussions that he contends cut his career short.

Women’s Team
The Terriers held their post-season awards banquet and celebrated their 24-13-1 season, highlighted by a third consecutive Hockey East championship and another trip to the NCAA tournament. Team captain Louis Warren (photo), who scored 27 goals and 19 assists, was named Most Valuable Player.  She concludes her BU career with 108 total points. Other award winners:
  Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year – Sarah Bayersdorfer
  Academic Honors Award – Meghan Riggs and Kerrin Sperry
  Friends of Hockey Unsung Hero Award – Dakota Woodworth
  Caroline Bourdeau Spirit Award – Braly Hiller
  Most Improved Player – Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga

Marie-Philip Poulin, who returns to BU next season after leading Team Canada to the 2014 Olympic Gold Medal, was selected as the 2014-15 captain.
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