Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Linkorama

Freshman Jack Eichel’s two-goal, one-assist effort again the NTDP U18s earned him a spot on Hockey East’s Weekly Top Performers list.

Hockey East holds a slim 10-9 lead in the second annual Big 10-Hockey East Challenge. Terriers join the fray this weekend with home games against Michigan State (Friday) and Michigan (Saturday). Last season, BU played the same schools on the road, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Wolverines and a 3-1 decision to the Spartans.

Terriers moved up in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll from #13 to #11. They also gained two spots in the USCHO poll, going from #14 to #12. The SB Nation Hockey East Power Rankings currently have BU in the top spot.

Here is a slow-motion look at Danny O'Regan's pass to Ahti Oksanen on the doorstep for the game-winner against the U18s.  

Of note
Looking for the perfect, but pricey gift for a hockey fan? Then check out the Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp with former BU captain and US Olympic hero Mike Eruzione (photo, wearing the C) among the coaches.

College Hockey Inc has produced an extensive listing of former college players on each NHL team, along with those in coaching, scouting and executive positons, players in the minors and drafted players now on campus.

USHR tweeted that former BU recruit Liam Coughlin has committed to Vermont for 2015.

Women’s Team

Senior captain Marie-Philip Poulin (photo)  was named Hockey East’s Warrior Hockey Player of the Week, following a three-goal, one-assist, plus-five performance in the Terriers’ two-game sweep of defending NCAA champion Clarkson. Freshman Victoria Bach, who scored the game-winner on Saturday, made the Hockey East list of top performers.

● Daily Free Press recap of Clarkson series

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BU Holds off U-18 Rally; Notches 6-4 Victory at Agganis UPDATED

The 13th/14th ranked Boston University Terriers got their toughest test of the young season but continued their winning ways as they defeated the US NTDP U-18 Team 6-4 at Agganis Arena on Saturday night.  Freshman Jack Eichel and junior Danny O'Regan (photo) led the Terriers with three points apiece; while newly converted forward and third member of the "OREO" line, Ahti Oksanen, contributed the game-winning goal and an assist. Freshman goaltender Connor LaCouvee stopped 20 of 24 USA shots.  Future Terrier Charlie McAvoy assisted on the US NTDP's first goal and quarterbacked a power play unit that converted on 50% of their chances. 

The Terriers will play their first regular season home games next weekend against Michigan State and Michigan. 

▪ GoTerriers.com:  recap, comprehensive box score, video highlights
Daily Free Press recap 
▪ Hockeyeastonline.com:  game recap 
▪ Boston Hockey Blog: Plusses and Minuses, Odds & Ends
▪ Post-game comments from Head Coach David Quinn (video)
▪ USCHO.com: game recap 
▪ SB Nation:  game recap


Looking Ahead
2016 recruit Vas Kolias (photo) scored a goal (on a one-timer) for Youngstown--his first in the USHL--as the Phantoms defeated Dubuque 6-0 in USHL play on Saturday night.

2015 recruit Bobo Carpenter assisted on an overtime goal to give Sioux City a 2-1 win over Waterloo.

2015 recruit Jacob Forsbacka-Karlsson's (photo) assist helped Omaha even the score against Bloomington midway through the second period.  His Lancers came up short though, bowing to Bloomington in a 4-3 shootout loss.

2016 recruit Clayton Keller scored a goal early in the second period that tied up the game; but his  NTDP U-17 team was defeated by Des Moines, 5-3.

Women's Team
Senior Captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored the first and last of BU's five goals, and junior left wing Sarah Lefort assisted on both of those tallies, as the sixth ranked Terriers defeated the seventh ranked Clarkson Golden Knights by a 5-2 score. Poulin added an assist for a game-high three point performance and fourth-line center Jordan Juron assisted on freshman Victoria Bach's game-winning goal.  Juron also scored BU's fourth goal of the game on a backhander from Poulin and sophomore Samantha Sutherland

Eleven Terriers got on the scoring sheet this afternoon in Potsdam, New York.  Freshman goaltender Erin O'Neil, who stopped 21 of 23 shots, earned the first win of her collegiate career and, in so doing, helped the Terriers sweep the defending NCAA champions.  The BU women will continue their road trip next weekend, as they travel to Orono for a two-game set against the University of Maine Black Bears.

GoTerriers.com recap and comprehensive box score

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Game Day: Terrier vs. NTDP U18s

Terriers play their second exhibition game of the season, taking on the NTDP U18s in a 7 p.m. start at Agganis Arena. BU, which is coming off an 8-1 win at UMass, skated to a 3-3 tie with the NTDP U18s in 2011-12. In that game , current Terriers had a hand in each U18 goal. Matt Lane opened the scoring for the U18s. After BU took a 3-1 lead, Matt Grzelcyk, the current BU captain, assisted on the U18s second goal. Then in the third period, Nikolas Olsson’s goal knotted the score.
● Video highlights of 2011-12 game

Coach David Quinn has indicated that the BU line-up is likely to the same as in last week's victory at UMass. As of Thursday, junior goalie Matt O'Connor remained "iffy" for the contest as he recovers from a low-body injury. If he's unable to play, freshman Connor LaCouvee, who impressed against the Minutemen, would likely get the start.

Two future Terriers, 2015 recruits left wing Jordan Greenway and right-shot defenseman Charlie McAvoy, will make their first Agganis Arena appearance tomorrow. Harvard 2015 recruit Ryan Donato, who plays for former Terrier Dan Donato at The Dexter School, will join the U18s for tonight’s game.

● GoTerriers.com preview, Game Notes, Game Tracker, TerrierTV Webcast, Terrier Sports Radio Network Webcast
● Daily Free Press preview

BU and the National Team Development Program

Since the National Team Development Program was launched in 1996, 26 of its alums (full list) have gone on to become Terriers. The first was Pat Aufiero and the most recent are freshmen Jack Eicher, Brandon Fortunato, Johnathan MacLeod and Nikolas Olsson. Other NTDP alums on the current roster are Matt Grzelcyk and Matt Lane (photo). In addition, Danny O’Regan joined the U18s for the 2012 World U18 Championships, winning a gold medal, along with Grzelcyk and Lane, and J.J. Piccnich suited up with the U18s for one game last season.

Head Coach David Quinn served as head coach of the NTDP U17s and in 2003 was named the USA Hockey Developmental Coach of the Year.

Of the 51 NTDP alums now in the NHL, four are ex-Terriers: Colin Wilson (Nashville), Matt Nieto (San Jose), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis) and Brian Strait (NY Islanders).

Canadian fans will have unprecedented access to college hockey game telecasts through a new partnership between TSN and College Hockey Inc. Thirty-seven NCAA games, including 20 Hockey East games, are on the telecast schedule. BU games to be aired are: Jan. 3 vs. Union, Feb. 2 vs. Harvard (Beanpot) and Feb. 13 vs. New Hampshire. The Hockey East semifinals and championship game also are on the TSN schedule.

Join the Terriers in the 14th Annual Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speak on Sunday, Oct. 19 in Mansfield, Mass.  Details.
Looking ahead

2015 recruit Bobo Carpenter scored the go-ahead goal in Sioux City's 4-2 win over Omaha.

2015 recruit Maxim Letunov scored his fifth goal in six games in Youngstown's 5-4 OT loss to Dubuque.

Looking back

David Van der Gulik scored his first goal of the season for AHL Manchester in a 3-2 loss to Norfolk.

Women's Team

#6 Terriers began their weekend pair with #7 Clarkson by defeating the Golden Knights, 3-1, at Cheel Arena in Potsdam. Following a scoreless first period, BU took a 2-0 lead in the second on goals by Dakota Woodworth and captain Marie Philip-Poulin. Shortly after Poulin’s goal assisted by Sarah Lefort (photo), Clarkson cut the lead in half on Erin Ambrose’s goal. Lefort restored the two-goal margin with her second goal of the year, unassisted. Sophomore netminder Victoria Hanson stopped 19 of 20 shots en route to improving her record to 2-0. The teams will play again today with puck drop at 3 p.m.

● GoTerriers.com recap and comprehensive box score

► Poulin has been named to the roster of Canada’s National Women’s Team for the 2014 Four Nations Cup set for Nov. 4-8 in Kamloops, B.C. Also on the roster are former Terriers Jenn Wakefield, Tara Watchorn and Jenelle Kohanchuk.


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