Sunday, September 24, 2017

Captain Hickey Q&A; Farabee powers U18s to shootout win--UPDATED

With BU’s opening game against Union less than a week away, THFB presents its annual captain’s Q&A interview, this year with senior defenseman Brandon Hickey. For the fifth consecutive season, the Terriers are being led by a blueliner.

The 6’ 2” Leduc, Alberta, native, has generated 15 goals and 25 assists and has been one of Hockey East’s top shot blockers during his first three seasons. A third-round draft pick of Calgary in 2014, his rights were traded to Arizona last June and he attended Coyotes development camp this past summer along with Clayton Keller and freshman Cam Crotty. 

Q. Brandon, why did you decide to return for your senior season? What tipped the scales?
A. First and foremost, Boston is an amazing city and going to Boston University has been one of the most rewarding and special experiences I’ve had in my life. What kept me here is that I feel we are building something special for this upcoming season.  I wanted to be part of it and wanted to help lead the way. It’s hard to want to leave a place like this. 

Q. How has playing for David Quinn made you a better defenseman? What's the most important thing he’s instilled in you?
A. He truly is one of the best defensive minds in hockey today; to be honest, he is the biggest reason why I came to BU. He is unbelievable at picking apart all the little details of your game, everything from stick positioning, to body positioning, all the way to the little things in your posture that could be improved to help you defend more efficiently. The most important thing that he has taught me though is how to approach each day like a pro, whether it is a game, practice, or even a lift. He has always stressed coming into each day with a pro mentality.

Q. What are your personal goals for the season and what facets of the game are you looking to improve?
A. This season for me is an important one because it is the last chance I have to leave an impression before I turn pro. With that being said, I am looking to continue improving the offensive side of my game, like puck skills, poise with the puck and playmaking. I want to do all of this without sacrificing anything on the defensive side of the puck.  That is where there is a fine line. However, my main goal this year is to help instill the BU hockey mentality and culture in the younger players, to show them what they need to do to win this year and in the future.

► Results of the Hockey East Writers and Broadcasters Association pre-season poll are out and BU, with just over half (13) of the 25 possible first-place votes, finished on top for the second consecutive year.  A pair of Terrier sophomores, Jake Oettinger and Dante Fabbro were named to the pre-season All-Hockey East team.

2017 Media Pre-season Poll
1. Boston University   (13) 259
2. Providence              (5) 235
3. UMass-Lowell         (5) 233
4. Northeastern           (2) 193
5. Boston College            185
6. Vermont                      148
7. Merrimack                   109
8. Connecticut                   98
9. New Hampshire            73
10. Massachusetts            60
11. Maine                          57

Pre-season All Hockey East Team
F Adam Gaudette (Jr., Northeastern)
F Brian Pinho (Sr., Providence)
F Dylan Sikura (Sr., Northeastern)
D Garrett Cockerill (Sr., Northeastern)
D Dante Fabbro (So., Boston University)
D Casey Fitzgerald (Jr., Boston College)
G Jake Oettinger (So., Boston University)

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Joel Farabee (photo) scored twice in regulation and produced the only goal in a shootout as the NTDP U18s edged USHL Muskegon, 7-6. The 5’11’ speedster from Cicero, NY tied the game at 2-2 in the second period on a shorthanded breakaway goal. His third-period goal gave the U18s a 6-5 lead, but the Lumberjacks responded late in the period. After a scoreless overtime, Farabee, who had a combined 50 points (25G, 25A) last season between the U17s and U18s, “stole the show, scoring the only goal of the contest on an ever-so-patient move that he followed up with a bar-down wrister on the shootout’s very first shot,” according to the Muskegon recap.
● USA Hockey recap
● USHL box score

2018 recruit Ryan O’Connell scored his first goal of the season and assisted on the game-winner as BCHL Penticton doubled up Chilliwack, 6-3. The 6’2” defenseman from Gloucester, Ontario has four points in four games for the undefeated Vees.
● BCHL box score
● Penticton recap

Looking back
Clayton Keller tallied a pair of assists for the Coyotes, who fell to San Jose, 5-4, in a shootout.

Women’s Team
Terriers dropped a 2-1 decision to Merrimack in the regular-season opening game at Walter Brown Arena. BU took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period on a power play goal by Reagan Rust, assisted by Victoria Bach and Abby Cook. Rust, a junior, transferred to BU from R.I.T.  The Warriors tied the score with their own power play goal half-way through the second period and scored the go-ahead goal in the final minute of the period. BU fired 11 shots in the third period but couldn’t produce an equalizer. Senior goalie Erin O’Neil stopped 30 Merrimack shots.
● recap and comprehensive box score

Saturday, September 23, 2017

7 on THW's top prospects list; Women open HE schedule vs. Merrimack

USA Today’s Kevin Allen looks at the crop of American 2018 draft prospects who are sons of former NHL players, including BU freshman Brady Tkachuk, who earned Player of the Game honors in Thursday night’s All-American Prospects Game.
● USA Today report

► Note: Tomorrow’s blog post will include our annual Q&A interview with the Terrier Captain. Senior Brandon Hickey answered our questions about his personal goals, expectations for the team and which returning players he expects will take big steps up this season.

Also, we'll post results of the eighth annual Hockey East media poll, conducted by the Hockey East Writers and Broadcasters Association.’s list of top 100 previously-drafted prospects includes current Terriers Dante Fabbro (40) Jake Oettinger (54) Jordan Greenway (photo, 65) and former Terriers Charlie McAvoy (1), Clayton Keller (4), Kieffer Bellows (67), Danny O’Regan (84).

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Ryan O’Connell, assisted on a pair of third-period goals, including the game-winner, as BCHL Penticton edged Alberni Valley, 3-2. For the 6’2” defenseman drafted by Toronto in the 7th round this past June, it was his first point since joining the Vees this season. Last season, O’Connell had 33 points in 47 games for St. Andrews College in Ontario.
● box score

2018 recruit Matthew Quercia’s  goal was the only tally for USHL Sioux Falls in the Stampede’s 4-1 loss to Fargo. A power forward from Andover, Massachusetts, he is in his second USHL season and previously played for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs.
● recap

2019 recruit Trevor Zegras’ second-period goal proved to be the game-winner as the NTDP U17s defeated the Austin Bruins in the first game of the NAHL Showcase Friday night. The 5-11 center from Bedford, NY led Avon Old Farms in scoring as a sophomore last season with an 18-24-42 scoring line in 28 games. The U17s play the Minnesota Magicians tonight.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

Looking back
Bellows has signed a three-year entry level contract with the New York Islanders who selected him in the first round of the 2016 draft. He will spend this season with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.
● report

Women’s Team
Terriers open the regular season and the Hockey East season this afternoon, hosting Merrimack in a 3 p.m. start at Walter Brown Arena.  BU won two of three games with the Warriors last season and has a 5-1-0 all-time record vs. Merrimack. Senior Victoria Bach has 11 points in those six contests: 6G, 5A. Senior Erin O’Neil has a 2-0 record vs. Merrimack, allowing just one goal in each of the two games.

The Warriors are led by sophomore Mikyla Grant-Mentis who had a 9-18-27 scoring line last season.

Terriers played to a 2-2 tie with Concordia in an exhibition game Friday night at Agganis Arena. Seniors Bach and Nina Rodgers found the net for BU. The Terriers used all three goalies with O’Neil stopping 14 first-period shots, while freshman Corrine Schroeder made four saves in the second and senior Ashlyn Aiello turned aside 18 shots in the third period and the scoreless overtime. recap and box score

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tkachuk claims AAPG Player of the Game award; Women face off vs. Concordia

Freshman Brady Tkachuk scored  the game-winner with five minutes left in regulation to give Team Leetch a 6-5 win over Team Chelios in the 2017 CCM All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo. The 6’3” left wing, who also had an assist, led a rush into the offensive zone, left the puck for linemate Christian Krieger and converted a return pass on a one-timer from the right circle. The 6’3” left wing, who also recorded an assist, earned Player of the Game honors.

In the second period, after 2018 recruit Joel Farabee assisted on Oliver Wahlstrom’s goal to bring Team Chelios even at 2-2, Tkachuk and 2018 recruit Jake Wise set up Blake McLaughlin for a 3-2 Team Leetch lead. Tkachuk also led all players with five shots on goal.

The third future Terrier in the game was Tyler Weiss, who skated for Team Chelios.

 Following the game, NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr spoke about Tkachuk:

"He's a pretty complete package. He can play and be impactful in every situation, with and without the puck. If you need a goal, he'll go out and get a goal-scoring chance. If you're protecting a lead, he'll be responsible defensively. If you need someone to go in there and maybe throw their weight around a little bit, let the other team know we won't be pushed around, he's a guy that steps up and he seems to rise to those occasions."

● USA Hockey recap and box score
●USA Hockey video highlights

► Tkachuk is the second Terrier to be named Player of the Game at the AAPG. Jack Eichel did so in 2014. Sophomore Jake Oettinger and freshmen Logan Cockerill and David Farrance played in the All-American Prospects Game in Philadelphia.

As Oettinger did last season, Tkachuk is writing a season-long draft diary for His initial entry is here

Women’s Team
Terrier’s begin their 2017-18 campaign with an exhibition contest against Concordia University with puck drop set for 7 p.m. at Walter Brown Arena. As Head Coach Brian Durocher begins his 13th season behind the bench,  BU is led by senior Victoria Bach (photo), a unanimous Hockey East first-team All-Star with 49 points last season, and classmates, Maddie Elia (36 points), Captain Rebecca Leslie (34) and Nina Rodgers (31). Senior Erin O’Neil returns between the pipes.

BU plays its first regular-season game and first Hockey East contest tomorrow night, hosting Merrimack.

● preview, Game notes, Live Stats, TerrierTV live stream.

Terrier season preview

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Prospects face off in Buffalo tonight

Tonight’s All American Prospects Game in Buffalo will feature freshman Brady Tkachuk and three 2018 recruits: NTDP U18 forwards Joel Farabee and Tyler Weiss and Jake Wise. Puck drop is at 7 p.m ET and the game will be live-streamed by
Tkachuk and Wise will skate for Team Leetch.while Farabee and Weiss suit up for Team Chelios

● live stream information
"Tkachuk is a dynamic prototype of what a complete package of an NHL prospect looks like," NHL scout  Dan Marr said in advance of the game. "He has speed, skill, athleticism, smarts and competitiveness. He consistently produces and rises to the occasion to excel in all areas of the game."
● College Hockey Inc. HockeyTV to broadcast Prospects Game

Looking back
Jack Eichel (Buffalo), Danny O’Regan (San Jose) and Wade Megan (photo, St. Louis) all found the net in NHL exhibition games.  Kevin Shattenkirk (Rangers- three assists) and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (Bruins-one assist) had strong opening games, too.

Women’s Team
Season opens tomorrow evening with an exhibition game vs. Concordia at Walter Brown Arena. Puck drops at 7 p.m. Game Day info to be posted tomorrow.

Terriers will spend Thanksgiving weekend in Washington, D.C., participating in the “D1 in DC” two-game event. BU will play Minnesota State on November 24 and Wisconsin on November 25 at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia. Northeastern is the fourth team in the event organized by the Pride Hockey Association.

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