Saturday, October 25, 2014

O’Connor returns and blanks Spartans, 1-0

Junior goalie Matt O’Connor returned to the Terrier goal and turned aside 29 shots and the Terriers made an Ahti Oksanen second-period goal stand up for a 1-0 win over Michigan State. Nearly half of O’Connor’s saves came in the third period when BU penalties gave the Spartans two late power plays.

Following a scoreless first period, BU solved MSU netminder Jake Hildebrand 29 seconds into the middle stanza when the defenseman-turned-forward backhanded home a Jack Eichel pass from the right circle  with captain Matt Grzelcyk also picking up an assist.

Both Eichel and Oksanen have at least one point in each game this season. Both of them and their linemate Danny O’Regan recorded five shots each. The shutout was the first of O’Connor’s BU career.

Three stars: O’Connor, Oksanen, Hildebrand.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Post-game comments: Coach David Quinn, O’Connor and Oksanen
● Daily Free Press recap
●  Boston Hockey Blog: Pluses & Minuses
● USCHO recap

Terriers are back on the ice Saturday at 7 p.m. against Michigan. The Wolverines doubled up Lowell, 8-4, on Friday.
● Game Notes, Game Tracker, Terrier TV Webcast, Terrier Sports Radio Network Webcast.
● The Michigan Daily preview

Answer to the THFB Trivia Question of the Week (as posed on Inside BU Hockey)
1. Nine Terriers selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft
David Quinn    1984
Scott Young    1986
Keith Tkachuk 1990
Scott Lachance  1991
Jeff Kealty      1994
Rick DiPietro   2000
Ryan Whitney 2002
Kevin Shattenkirk 2007
Colin Wilson    2008

2. Current head coach David Quinn was the first to be selected in 1984 by the Minnesota Stars.
3. Rick DiPietro was selected first overall in 2000 by the New York Islanders

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Maxim Letunov scored his sixth goal of the season—a power play one-timer—in Youngstown’s 6-1 thumping of Bloomington. 2016 recruit Vas Kolias added an assist for the Phantoms.
● recap

2015 recruit Bobo Carpenter tallied his fourth goal of the season—as Sioux City topped Des Moines, 5-1. The right-shot forward from North Reading, Mass., has nine points in nine games this season.

2015 recruit Charlie McAvoy registered an assist on the NTDP U18s first goal, but Team USA was edged by Cornell, 3-2.

Women’s Team 

Terriers opened conference play with a 3-0 shutout of Maine in the first of a two-game series at Alfond Arena. BU received second period goals from senior captain Marie-Philip Poulin—her team-leading fifth—and freshman Victoria Bach, who tallied her third, while junior Sarah Lefort sealed the win with an unassisted goal in the final period.

Sophomore goalie Victoria Hanson (photo) made 20 saves but left the game with an injury early in the third period. Freshman Erin O’Neil stopped four shots in a relief effort.  Lefort earned the game’s first star, while Hanson and Poulin took second and third.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● HockeyEastOnline recap
● Press Herald recap

Friday, October 24, 2014

Game Day: Terriers host Spartans UPDATED

BU opens its home regular season schedule with a pair of non-conference games, hosting Michigan State (Friday) and Michigan (Saturday) as part of the Big 10-Hockey East Challenge. Puck drop against the Spartans is 7:30 at Agganis Arena.

Last year, BU lost to Michigan State, 3-1, in East Lansing. A first-period goal by Matt Lane gave BU a lead that it held until late in the third, when the Spartans scored twice in less than a minute and then added an empty net score.

The Spartans split their two regular season games against UMass, winning 5-3 and losing 4-3. Senior Matt Berry leads their offense with a 2-4-6 scoring line. Junior Jake Hildebrand is the veteran in goal.

The Daily Free Press reports that junior goalie Matt O’Connor (photo), healthy after his recent lower-body injury, is expected to play in one of the two weekend games, but that junior Mike Moran, injured in the St. Thomas exhibition, remains idled.  

UPDATE: O'Connor gets the start. The rest of the lineup remains the same as the starters against UMass.   

The Spartans last visited BU in 2008 with the Terriers winning, 2-1, in the championship game of the Ice Breaker tournament. It would be the first of seven titles earned by the 2008-09 squad, culminating with the NCAA Championship.

● preview, Game Notes, Gametracker, Terrier TV Webcast, Terrier Sports Radio Network Webcast  
Daily Free Press preview
●  BU Today preview and Rhett Rally details (starts 5 p.m. at Agganis) 
● USCHO: Hockey East picks, Big Ten picks
● College Hockey News’ Tale of the Tape,  Big Ten preview
● weekend preview
SB Nation's Michigan State preview
Spartan Notebook profiles sophomore Mackenzie MacEachern, who plays left wing on Michigan State’s top line.
● Michigan’s previews Saturday’s match-up between the Wolverines and the Terriers.

Episode 3 of Inside Terrier Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Head Coach David Quinn, senior assistant captain Cason Hohmann (photo) and new assistant coach Albie O’Connell. Be sure to listen for the Terrier Hockey Fan Blog Trivia Question of Week. We’ll post the answer on Saturday morning with the recap of the Michigan State game.

►Prior to last Saturday’s game, Terrier freshmen and former NTDP standouts Jack Eichel, Brandon Fortunato and Johnathan MacLeod were presented with their championship rings from Team USA’s gold-medal performance at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.

►The Boston Globe’s John Powers offers an insightful profile of Eichel, including comments by Jack Parker, the coach who recruited him, and David Quinn, who currently coaches him, as well as a video interview.

► gives BU the top spot in its weekly Hockey East Power Rankings.

►Last Sunday, members of the Terrier men’s hockey team, led by captain Matt Grzelcyk, and women’s basketball team were volunteers at the 14th annual Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield. It was the first of many Autism Speaks activities for the hockey team, which has supported the Massachusetts chapter of Austism speaks for 11 years and wears the Autism Speaks logo on its uniforms.

Looking ahead
Following last Saturday’s game against the U18s, the Daily Free Press talked with 2015 recruit Jordan Greenway about his first Agganis Arena experience, the key influences in his hockey career and his decision to play at BU. The 6-5, left-shot forward from Potsdam, N.Y., who starred at Shattuck St. Mary's before joining the National Team Development Program, is projected to be a mid-first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

USA Hockey’s Weekly NTDP Notebook looks at the games ahead this week for Greenway, fellow 2015 recruit Charlie McAvoy and the U18s—Cornell and Oswego State—as well as those for 2016 recruit Clayton Keller and the U17s—USHL Tri-City. It also features video from the U17s’ 5-3 loss to Des Moines, including a “backhand snipe” by Keller (2nd goal, at the 25 second mark). looks at the Youngstown Phantoms' defense including newcomer and 2016 BU recruit Vas Kolias.

Looking back

Former BU standout Nick Bonino scored the game-winner and assisted on Vancouver’s first goal as the Canucks defeated St. Louis, 4-1.  Former BU captain and All-American Kevin Shattenkirk scored his first of the season for the Blues' only goal.  Bonino earned first-star honors.

Former BU assistant captain Brian Strait registered his first point of the season with an assist, to go with a game-high six hits, as the Islanders edged the Bruins in Boston, 3-2.

Former Terrier Charlie Coyle has signed a five-year extension worth $16 million with the Minnesota Wild. He celebrated by scoring the game-winner in the Wild’s 2-0 blanking of Arizona.

A Boston Herald feature on Glen Tucker, aka Dr. Shot, notes that Coyle, Eichel and 2018 BU recruit Jake Wise, have all sought Tucker’s guidance on improving their shot-making.

Women’s Team
#6 Terriers begin conference play with a pair of road games at Maine. Puck drop at Alfond Arena both Friday and Saturday is 2 p.m.  Last season, BU won all three meetings between the teams by a combined 14-6 margin.

BU has the fourth best offense in Division 1, averaging 3.75 goals per game. It’s led by junior Sarah Lefort with seven points and senior captain Marie-Philip Poulin with five points, including a team-best four goals.

● preview, Game Notes, Live Stats
● preview
● weekly preview

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. 

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

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