Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, Terrier Fans

Wishing all our readers and contributors a happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Even with all the turkey stuffing and pumpkin pie, there should be room for this extra dessert dished out last night by a future Terrier.

2015 recruit Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (#26 in orange) scored his first USHL hat trick and added an assist for a four-point night to lead Omaha to a 10-4 thumping of Waterloo. JFK, who scored twice in the first period and again in the third, displayed some very slick moves on his second goal (0:53 of the video).  
Omaha World-Herald recap 

The 6-1 right-shot center from Stockholm, who recently received a “B” ranking from NHL Central Scouting on its Players to Watch List, has five goals in his last four games, including the one seen below against Lincoln. With a 5-9-14 scoring line, he is tied for second on the Lancers in scoring. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Harvard turns back Terriers in overtime, 3-2

Despite producing what Coach David Quinn called “the best game we’ve played start to finish in a while,” #1 Terriers saw their five-game unbeaten streak end with Harvard claiming a 3-2 overtime win at Agganis Arena. It was the 150th meeting between the schools.

After a scoreless first period with BU outshooting the visitors 13-5, BU broke the ice on the power play when Matt Lane (photo) swept home a loose puck after a Cason Hohmann scoring chance. J.J. Piccinich’s assist was his first BU career point. Harvard answered quickly with the equalizer off a face off to Matt O’Connor’s right and then a power play goal with less than two minutes left in the second period. Following a familiar script, Terriers dominated the third period and leveled the score at two apiece on a wrist shot by Ahti Oksanen, who now has 8 goals. But BU was unable to produce the game-winner.

In overtime, after O’Connor stoned Jimmy Vesey on a breakaway followed by a flurry of BU shots, Harvard captain Kyle Criscuolo jammed home the rebound of his own shot with 1:50 left in the extra session.

BU held the potent Harvard offense to 24 shots while generating 42 shots of their own. Three Terriers— Lane, Oksanen and Brandon Hickey— each had seven shots on goal.

Lane earned third-star honors, while Crimson goalie Steve Michalek, who fended off 40 BU shots, was second star and Criscuolo, with two goals, was first star.

After the game, Quinn noted:

“I know there’s a heap of things that we need to do better. We’ll address them and we’ll continue to get better, but like I said, I thought tonight’s game — we were better tonight than we have been in a while. … If we play like that, we will get rewarded. We will get rewarded.”

Terrier Take-Away: Today’s entry from blog contributor cdral 
-The Terriers held their own in battles along the boards and corners. Goals are hard to come by and BU can ill afford to head into the final period trailing and expect to turn it on in the third period to win. 
-The team needs to take away sight lines in front of the opposition's goalie, develop a net-front presence in order to create more second-chance opportunities in tight.
-At the defensive end, BU can do a better job of clearing the area around the net. At times, BU made it difficult for Harvard to transition, effectively bottling them up.
-The power play units moved the puck well and converted 1 of 2 chances, generating 7 shots.
-Face-offs remain problematic although the delta was reduced tonight.

Freshman Jack Eichel's point-scoring streak ended at 10. His OREO linemates each had a point: Oksanen with a goal, assisted by Danny O'Regan. With the loss, BU's record is now 8-2-1. recap and comprehensive box score
Video highlights
Post-game comments: David Quinn
Daily Free Press recap
Boston Hockey Blog: Pluses & Minuses
USCHO recap
College Hockey News recap

Among the ex-Terriers in attendance:Tom O'Regan, Bill Pierce, Mike Eruzione, Travis Roy, Dan Ronan, Kenny Roche, Brad Zancanaro, David Van Der Gulik, Brian Collins, Kevin Schaeffer, Marc Hetnik, Freddy Meyer, Chris Dyment, Dick DeCaprio, John Cronin, Mike Dimella, Pat Aufiero, Jack Parker, Brian Durocher, Mark Mullen, Peter Fish, Shawn McEachern and Jay Pandolfo.  

Looking back
Alex Chiasson scored with 41 seconds left in regulation to bring Ottawa even with St. Louis in a game the Senators would win, 3-2, in a shootout. Two other ex-Terriers were on the score sheet: Eric Gryba tallied an assist for the Senators, while Kevin Shattenkirk added one for St. Louis.

Colin Wilson (photo) assisted on two Nashville goals, earning second-star honors  in the Predators’ 4-3 shootout win against the Kings.

Nick Bonino assisted on the game-winner as Vancouver blanked the Devils, 2-0.
Recap and highlights

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Game Day: BU vs. Harvard at Agganis

Resuming a long-time tradition in the Boston hockey scene, the #1 Terriers host the #18 Harvard Crimson tonight in a pre-Thanksgiving match-up that will be the 150th meeting between the schools. In the series, which began during the 1922-23 season, BU holds a 76-67-6 (.530) advantage. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. 

BU’s top career scorer vs. Harvard is Junior Danny O’Regan (3-2-5), who may find himself facing his brother, Crimson senior Tom O’Regan, Jr.,  again.  Both players are sons of Tom  O'Regan, Sr., captain of the 1982-83 Terriers and MVP of the 1982 Beanpot Tournament.  Other intra-family rivalries involving BU and Harvard include: Former Hobey Baker Award winner Chris Drury and Ted Drury, and Dan Donato and current Harvard coach Ted Donato.

Like BU, the Crimson are enjoying a turnaround season with a 5-1-2 overall record and are 3-1-2 in the ECAC. Harvard is led by sophomore Alex Kerfoot, who has a 4-9-13 scoring line and is second in the nation to BU’s Jack Eichel in points-per-game with 1.62, and junior Jimmy Vesey who has seven goals and is second to Kerfoot in scoring for Harvard with 11 points.

BU SID Brian Kelley tweeted that, with a point tonight, Eichel would become the first Terrier with an 11-game scoring streak since Drury did so in 1995-96.

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College Hockey News: Tale of the Tape
● USCHO TMQ: Target is on Terriers

► Eichel’s overtime game-winner against Maine and junior Ahti Oksanen’s power play goal earlier in the game were selected as two of the top five plays in the NCAA’s weekly highlight reel.

Looking ahead 
A future Terrier's overtime game-winner also earned highlight reel recognition. 2015 recruit Max Letunov’s winner for Youngstown in its 6-5 win over Bloomington earned a spot on this week’s USHL top goals. The 6-3 center from Moscow took a pass on his side of the red line and skated through a number of defenders  before firing a wrist shot from the left circle past the goalie [begins at 1:42] just 18 seconds into the extra-session. The Phantom’s leading scorer with 8-12-20 in 17 games, Letunov also assisted on the game-tying goal

Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Sweep Vaults BU to Top of Polls

Terriers have vaulted from third place into the top spot in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. BU received 42 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO poll. It’s the first time BU has been #1 in both polls since Nov. 8, 2010.  In addition, the Terriers are first in SB Nation’s newest ranking.

● report on rankings

Freshman Jack Eichel was named Hockey East’s Warrior Hockey Player of the Week after scoring a game-winning goal in overtime against Maine and then assisting on two goals in BU’s 5-2 win against Connecticut.  The right-shot center from North Chelmsford, Mass., who was both NCAA and Hockey East Rookie of the Month in October, also is the leader for the Army ROTC Three Stars Award competition. Junior Ahti Oksanen, who scored three goals and added an assist in BU’s weekend wins, made the weekly list of top performers.
CBS Eye on Sports: Eichel-led Boston University is new No. 1 team in college hockey
●  Eichel continues impressive start

Ten games into BU’s schedule, Eichel is tied for the Division 1 lead in points with 19 and is the leader in points-per-game (1.9), assists per game (1.20) and plus/minus (+15).  Junior Danny O'Regan is fourth in points per game (1.50) NCAA D-1 statistics  [We've added a link in the sidebar to advanced NCAA statistics]

College Hockey Inc. Stat Pack compares Eichel to other high-scoring freshman, looks at top performing teams in November.   

Looking ahead

2015 recruit Charlie McAvoy assisted on a goal in the NTDP U18s 6-1 win over Augsberg College. The 6-0, right-shot defenseman has eight points this season.

Looking back
Former Terrier defenseman Dan Donato’s Dexter School team earned a 4-1 win over New Jersey power Delbarton in a Sunday match-up of top Eastern prep schools.

Women’s Team
#7 Terriers broke open a 2-1 game with four goals in the final period to defeat New Hampshire, 6-2, on Sunday. Junior Sarah Lefort led the way with her fourth career hat trick, while freshman Victoria Bach scored twice, raising her goal total to nine, best among all first-year D-1 players.

Lefort led Division-1 last season with 32 goals.  With her pair of goals, Bach has six in her last six games and leads all D-1 freshman with nine. Last week she was Hockey East Rookie of the Week. recap and comprehensive box score
Post-game interview: Bach
USCHO weekly poll

Player of the Week

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