Monday, October 05, 2015

USA Today Polls; Terrier Takeaway; Women sweep

The preseason USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll shows the Terriers ranked #2, trailing Commonwealth Avenue rival BC. Another local rival, Harvard, is #5 and Providence was ranked #7.
Note: We'll post the new USCHO poll results when they're published.

Terrier Takeaway
This week’s Takeaway, from blog contributor buoldtimer, focuses on the freshman class and and the candidates for filling the void left in goal due to Matt O’Connor’s departure:

Jordan Greenway – Given his size, I was dubious of his mobility, but he appeared to have greater agility than I’d expected. Obviously, he will be difficult to dislodge from the front of the net.

Jakob Fosbacka-Karlsson – Aside from his two goals, he handled the puck well, wasn’t reluctant to enter traffic, and was poised with the puck.

Charlie McAvoy – His high level skills were apparent at each end of the ice, from the drop of the puck. Handled the puck well on the power play. An effortless skater who played with confidence.

Shane Switzer – Demonstrated that he knows when to jump into a play. Besides his goal, he also jumped into a second scoring opportunity.

Ryan Cloonan, Bobo Carpenter – Played a similar style, at least they did on Saturday. Both were involved in the play on each shift.

Connor Lacouvee – Beaten on a tip and a breakaway, but gave up several big rebounds.

Sean Maguire – As noted in the game recaps, he moved well in the crease, limited the rebounds, and was in good position throughout his 30 minutes of play.

►Looking ahead on the BU schedule, Denver will be in town for a Halloween afternoon match-up. The Pioneers, who reached the NCAA regional final last Spring, are USCHO’s pick to win the NCHC title this season.

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Clayton Keller scored a third-period power play goal to pull the NTDP U18s into a 1-1 tie with host Lake Superior State and Team USA went on to claim a 2-1 overtime win. Keller’s third goal of the season was assisted by fellow 2016 recruit Chad Krys and gives the former Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep standout a team best nine points (3G, 6A)
●  WCHA recap

Krys was interviewed by USHL TV about his recent commitment to BU, playing on a team with three other future Terriers and his chances of making the US Junior National Team.


With the St. Louis Blues spending a few days working out at Michigan’s Yost Arena, members of the NTDP U17 team had a chance to watch an NHL team practice and to meet NTDP alum—and Terrier All-American—Kevin Shattenkirk. 2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk is featured in an interview.

Looking back’s Mike Morreale has pegged Jack Eichel as the favorite to win the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year. And TSN agrees, too. Eichel would become only the second player to follow a Hobey Baker Trophy win with the Calder. The first to do it was former Terrier All-American and NHL standout Chris Drury (Hobey ’98, Calder ’99).

Sahir Gill is opening eyes at the AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins training camp, where he scored a goal and an assist in a loss to Lehigh Valley. The Baby Pens new coach, former Terrier captain and longtime NHLer Mike Sullivan, noted:

“(Gill’s) got really good offensive instincts. I think he’s a guy that can make plays in tight areas. I was curious to see how he would handle the workload. Three games in three nights is a grind and it takes a certain level of mental toughness to find the energy to be effective out there. I thought (Sunday) was his strongest game.”

● Penguins Insider report

Women’s Team
   Photo by Falon Moran, Daily Free Press

Freshman Sammy Davis (photo) scored her second goal of the game to break a 2-2 tie with three minutes left in regulation, and BU went on to a 4-2 win against Maine at Alfond Arena. The Terriers, who improved to 2-0, also received goals from Friday’s hero, senior Rebecca Russo, and sophomore Rebecca Leslie.

The Black Bears opened the scoring late in the first period and added to the lead early in the second. Davis cut the margin in half, redirecting home a Sarah Steele shot and Russo made it 2-2 midway through the middle stanza on a deflection.

After Davis’ third goal of the season gave BU its first lead, Leslie scored into an empty Maine net for the final margin. Victoria Hanson, who relieved Erin O’Neil in goal early in the second period, picked up her second win and emerged from the weekend with a .971 GAA.
● recap and comprehensive box score

► With the two wins, BU moves up from #8 to #7 in the USCHO weekly poll.

Davis and Hanson saw their efforts rewarded with the Hockey East Rookie of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week honors. Russo, who scored the game-winner against UConn Friday in the final second of regulation, earned a spot on the Top Performers’ list.
● Hockey East Weekly release

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Forsbacka-Karlsson's 3rd period goals guide Terriers past Acadia--UPDATED

Photo by Justin Hawk/Daily Free Press

Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues have moved on to the pros, but the Terriers still know how to take charge in the third period, scoring twice in the final stanza to earn a 4-2 decision over Acadia University in an exhibition game at Agganis Arena. 

Both third-period goals came off the stick of freshman center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (photo). The Stockholm native converted a sweet goalmouth pass from sophomore AJ Greer at the five minute mark. Then, after being tripped on a breakaway after emerging from the penalty box, JFK calmly converted a penalty shot to produce the final margin.

BU had taken the early lead when senior assistant captain Danny O’Regan’s centering pass from behind the end line glanced off a defender’s skate and into the net. The Axmen responded two minutes later when a shot from the point deflected past Connor LaCouvee. They took a lead at the 15 minute mark when Zachary Franko got behind BU’s defense and beat LaCouvee high to the glove side. The Terriers knotted the score in the second period when freshman Bobo Carpenter raced up the left wing and slid a pass to freshman defenseman Shane Switzer, who had joined the rush and buried the shot.

Sean Maguire, making his return to the ice after sitting out last season due to a concussion, stopped all 15 shots he saw in the final 30 minutes of the game. He was tested several times as BU was forced to kill three penalties in the final ten minutes. LaCouvee made a dozen saves.

Discussing his penalty shot, Forsbacka-Karlsson said:

“I’ve done the move before but you never really know how the goalie’s going to react. I saw he was kind of out of position and I felt like it was the right move to go. It was nice to get it in.”

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Coach David Quinn;  O’Regan & Forsbacka-Karlsson; Switzer
● Daily Free Press: recap and Feature on freshman contributions
● Boston Hockey Blog: Pluses & Minuses
USCHO recap
SB Nation:  recap and  BU rookies impress

Looking ahead
Speedy 2017 recruit Hank Crone scored his first goal of the season on a breakaway in Omaha’s 4-0 blanking of Des Moines.
USHL box score recap

2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk and 2018 recruit Logan Cockerill scored first-period goals for the NTDP U17s in a 6-3 win against Muskegon. Tkachuk, whose father, Keith Tkachuk, starred for BU’s 1991 Frozen Four squad, scored the game-winner.
USA Hockey recap

Looking back
Matt O'Connor stopped 33 shots for Ottawa in the Senators' 5-4 win against Montreal.
Ottawa Sun recap

Women’s Team
Terriers are on the road Sunday, facing the Maine Black Bears in a 1 p.m. start at Alfond Arena. Last season, BU took two out of three from Maine, splitting a pair in Orono and winning at Walter Brown Arena.
● preview, LiveStats, Video Webcast

Game Day: #3 BU hosts Acadia--UPDATED

Terriers take to the ice this afternoon for the first time since the Frozen Four, meeting Acadia University in the annual pre-season exhibition game.  Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. for the contest, which will be streamed on TerrierTV at no cost. For the defending Hockey East Champions, the game will be the first-ever against the Axmen, who have already won three contests against other Canadian colleges. Last season, Acadia finished #3 in Canada with a win over ECAC power Quinnipiac and another vs. Northeastern on their resume. Its roster is made up of former OHL and QMJHL players.

BU’s top returning scorers are assistant captain Danny O’Regan (23-27-50) and fellow senior Ahti Oksanen (25-13-38, photo). With 110 career points, O’Regan is tied with Bob Brown, BU Hall of Famer and All-American defenseman in the early ‘70s, on the all-time BU scoring list. He’ll need 35 points to break into the top 20. Coach David Quinn has indicated that O’Regan and Oksanen will be joined on the top line by freshman Jordan Greenway.  It’s expected that freshman Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson will center junior Robbie Baillargeon and sophomore AJ Greer.

Captain Matt Grzelcyk is the lone Terrier not ready to go, as he continues to recover from ACL surgery performed last Spring. The rest of the defensemen return and will be joined by highly regarded newcomer Charlie McAvoy. Goalie Sean Maguire (photo) returns after sitting out last season with an injury, joining sophomore Connor LaCouvee and freshman Max Prawdzik.

● preview, GameTracker, Free LiveStream on Terrier TV; Twitter @Terrier Hockey
● Daily Free Press preview
● USCHO Hockey East blog
WTBU Radio preview  and Listen Live link
● Numerical roster

Greer-Forsbacka Karlsson-Baillargeon

Extra forwards: Kelley, Lawrence

►College Hockey News has posted its recruit class rankings with the Terriers rated #3, following BC and North Dakota and ahead of Michigan and Minnesota  CHN also issued its preseason top 10 teams, ranking BU #8.

NY Hockey Journal talked with sophomore blueliner Brandon Fortunato from North Hills, New York about his first season in Scarlet and goals for the upcoming season. The small defenseman, who didn’t draw a single penalty in 35 games last season, put on 10 pounds over the summer. 

Looking back
Following a strong showing in both rookie camp and Sabres training camp, Evan Rodrigues was sent to AHL Rochester to begin the season.

Women’s Team
Senior Rebecca Russo traded her interviewer’s mike for the hero’s role, scoring with less than a second left in regulation to give BU a 2-1 season-opener win over Connecticut.  On the night when they raised their fourth consecutive Hockey East championship banner, the Terriers trailed 1-0 going into the third period, despite outshooting the Huskies by a wide margin.

Midway through the period, freshman Sammy Davis knotted the score with an assist from senior Lillian Riberinha-Braga. BU pressed the attack in the final minute and sophomores Victoria Bach and Rebecca Leslie brought the puck to the crease, which Russo banged home.  Victoria Hanson stopped 20 shots, while her UConn counterpart turned aside 46.
●  recap and comprehensive box score

Friday, October 02, 2015

Streaming schedule shows 19 games; Women raise banners tonight

Nineteen BU games, including 17 home dates, will be streamed this season. The TerrierTV schedule (subscribe here) also includes the Oct. 27 game against UConn in Hartford.  The Nov. 7 away game against Northeastern is available via Webcast for free. 

Saturday afternoon’s exhibition game vs. Acadia University, as well as the Oct. 16 exhibition against the USNTDP U18s, will be streamed free of charge.

The full broadcast schedule has yet to be announced, but four games are part of Hockey East’s new package with American Sports Network. Those games are: Nov. 13 @ Providence; Nov. 20 hosting Michigan; Jan. 15 @ BC; and Feb. 19 @ New Hampshire.

USCHO’s list of ten forwards to watch includes sophomore AJ Greer, one of the players Head Coach David Quinn is expecting to take a big step up this season. Captain and All-American Matt Grzelcyk is on USCHO's list of blue-liners to watch. Grzelcyk, who racked up 38 points and a gaudy +32 rating last season, earned Beanpot MVP honors, scoring the game-winner in overtime.

College Hockey News previews the Hockey East exhibition games this weekend, including the Terriers’ match-up with Acadia.

Sophomore blueliner Brandon Hickey has become a College Hockey Inc. poster boy for Canadians taking the NCAA route to the NHL.

Looking back
●Sharks’ third-year pro Matt Nieto is ready to put it all together.

Women’s Team
Terriers open their defense of the Hockey East Championship tonight, hosting Connecticut at Walter Brown Arena. Puck drop is set for 7p.m., following the raising of BU’s fifth Hockey East Championship banner and another for NCAA tournament participation.

BU’s offense is led by seniors Sarah Lefort and captain Kayla Tutino and sophomore Victoria Bach (photo), while Victoria Hanson and Erin O’Neil return as goalies. Top newcomers include forward Sammy Davis and transfer defenseman Alexis Crossley.

● preview, GameTracker,  and TerrierTV Webcast (subscription)
● Terrier Preview: Tutino and Rebecca Russo (video)
● Daily Free Press preview
● HockeyEastOnline Weekend Preview
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