Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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HockeysFuture.com has named junior defenseman Doyle Somerby as the New York Islanders’ most improved prospect this past season. The 6-5 defenseman from Marblehead, who was drafted by the Islanders in 2012, will captain next year’s Terrier squad.

Freshman Charlie McAvoy, a projected first-round pick in next month’s NHL entry draft, is the subject of an SB Nation All About The Jersey profile that includes analysis and video.

McKeen’s Hockey looks at Calgary Flames prospects, including Brandon Hickey who will return to BU for his junior season. Hickey, drafted by the Flames in 2014, skated for Team Canada in the 2016 World Junior Championships.

According to several reports, BU is one of eight Hockey East teams that will appear in Frozen Fenway doubleheaders next season. Dates and match-ups have yet to be announced.
● Bangor Daily News report

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Dante Fabbro has been named the top CJHL defenseman for the past season. Fabbro, who previously was named the BCHL defensive MVP and skated for Canada in the recent World U18 championships, is projected to be a first-round pick in the June draft.
● Penticton Western News report

2016 recruit Jake Oettinger participated in USA Hockey’s Warren Strelow National Goaltending Camp. He also attended last year’s Strelow camp. The 6'4" netminder from Lakeville, Minn.,  is projected to be one of the top goalies eligible for the 2017 NHL draft.

US Hockey wire tweeted that future Terrier defenseman Braden Doyle has transferred from Shattuck St. Mary's, and will attend Lawrence Academy for the 2016-2017 hockey season. The Lynnfield, Mass., native scored 46 points (12G, 34A) for the Shattuck Bantams, who won the Tier 1 14U national championship . The Boston Hockey Blog tweeted that Doyle will join BU for the 2020-21 season.

Looking back
Nick Bonino recorded his ninth assist of the post-season in Pittsburgh’s 3-2 overtime win against Tampa Bay, tying their conference championship series at one game apiece. Bonino has a 2-9-11 playoff scoring line.
● NHL.com recap and video

Kevin Shattenkirk’s St. Louis Blues and Matt Nieto’s San Jose Sharks are tied at a game apiece in the other conference championship. Shattenkirk also has 11 playoff points. Nieto has missed recent games dues to an injury. Colin Wilson had 13 points for Nashville, which was eliminated in the conference semi-final by San Jose.

Former Terrier All-American and US Olympian Jim Craig has announced plans to sell the gold medal won in the 1980 games in Lake Placid. With an opening bid set at $100K, the medal is expected to fetch between $1 million and $1.5 million.
● MassLive.com report

NJ Devils' article on David Warsofsky, currently playing for Team USA in the World Championships in Russia.  Behind the US bench is head coach John Hynes with David Quinn serving as assistant coach.  Chris Drury is part of the USA Hockey management team.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Bonino OT goal sends Penguins to conference finals--UPDATED




 
Nick Bonino rapped home a rebound in overtime to give the Penguins a 4-3 win that eliminated the Capitals, four games to two. Bonino, who centers the Pens’ all-collegiate line with Carl Hagelin (Michigan) and Phil Kessel (Minnesota) on the wings, has 10 points in 11 playoff games.  It was Bonino's third career playoff game-winner. In his first season as the Penguins' head coach, Mike Sullivan now takes his team to the conference finals against Tampa Bay.
NHL.com recap and video  
NHL.com feature on Bonino
thehockeynews.com report 
USA Today feature on Sullivan  

Bonino is doing good things off the ice as well as on the ice.
● Hartford Courant report


Colin Wilson’s fifth goal of the playoffs brought Nashville even with San Jose in the third period and the Predators went on to win game six in overtime, forcing a game seven with the Sharks. Matt Nieto tallied an assist for San Jose.
● NHL.com recap and video

Wilson leads all Predators in playoff scoring with 13 points and is fourth overall. His goal increased his franchise playoff pointing scoring streak record to seven games.

Chris Bourque scored a pair of goals in the Hershey Bears’ 5-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the Calder Cup playoffs. Bourque was the AHL’s top regular-season scorer (for the second time in his career) with 80 points and was named league MVP.
● AHL box score

Looking ahead
Five Terriers are among the 114 invitees to the NHL Combine in Buffalo, running from May 30 to June 4. They are freshman Charlie McAvoy and 2016 recruits Kieffer Bellows, Dante Fabbro, Clayton Keller and Chad Krys.
● NHL.com report

2016 recruit Patrick Curry scored a power goal, added an assist and had six shots overall in Bloomington’s 6-4 loss to Dubuque in game three of their Clark Cup semifinal series. The Thunder won game four, evening the series at two apiece; but Dubuque took the deciding game to win the series.
● USHL box score

Monday, May 02, 2016

Stanley Cup report; looking back



Stanley Cup Playoff report

Nick Bonino continues to be productive for Pittsburgh as the Penguins battle Washington. In game one he had a goal and an assist in the Caps’ OT victory and made a great pass to set up the Pens’ first goal in the 2-1 game two win. Game three is being played tonight.  With eight playoff points, Bonino is tied for second on the Penguins, who are coached by former BU captain Mike Sullivan.
● Game 2 recap

Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on a pair of power play goals as the Blues edged Dallas, 4-3, in overtime to knot their series at one game apiece.  Shattenkirk is tied for the St. Louis playoff scoring lead with seven points.
● Game 2 recap

Colin Wilson leads the Predators in playoff scoring with seven points. Nashville eliminated Anaheim in the first round, but trails San Jose, 2-0, in the second round. Matt Nieto has a goal and an assist in seven games for the Sharks.

Brian Strait’s Islanders are tied with the Lightening, 1-1, but the former BU blueliner has been sidelined with an upper body injury.

Looking back
On Sunday, three former Terriers were inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.  The inductees were: Jack Kelley, who was an All-East defensemen for BU and coached the Terriers for a decade, including two NCAA titles, after a successful tenure coaching Colby College; Doug Friedman, who played on three BU Frozen Four squads and captained the 1994 team, before reaching the NHL; and Travis Roy, who was critically injured during his first shift as a Terrier and has become an acclaimed motivational speaker and launched the Travis Roy Foundation.   
Bangor Daily News report
Boston.com report

Roy also will be the recipient of an honorary degree during BU's commencement ceremonies on May 15.


Former BU goalie Rick DiPietro, whose NHL career was short-circuited by injuries, has re-emerged as a Madison Square Garden Network game analyst and a sports radio talk show co-host.
New York Times report

Looking ahead
With the NHL draft lottery completed, several mock drafts have been published with Clayton Keller, Charlie McAvoy, Kieffer Bellow and Dante Fabbro mentioned as potential high picks.

2016 recruit Patrick Curry scored his second playoff goal in Bloomington's  4-3 win over Dubuque in the USHL Clark Cup playoffs. The teams are tied at one goal apiece. Curry had a 17-16-33 regular-season scoring line.



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