Sunday, September 21, 2014

Future Terriers find the net; 17 former Terriers in NHL camps

2017 recruit David Farrance scored four times—three unassisted—as the Syracuse Stars 16U defeated Springfield, 6-2, yesterday at the Boston Junior Bruins Shootout. He added an assist in the Stars' second game, a 6-0 win against P.A.L Islanders. The Stars are undefeated in seven USPHL games, oustscoring the opposition, 50-4.  Farrance, a defenseman who has points in every game, leads the team in scoring with an  8-6-14 line.

On Friday, at the USHL Fall Classic, 2015 recruit Bobo Carpenter scored the game-winner for Sioux City on a shorthanded goal with 1:09 left in regulation, as the Musketeers edged Omaha, 2-1. He also assisted on Sioux City’s first goal.  Last night, the former All-Scholastic center for Austin Prep scored again; but the Musketeers lost to Sioux Falls, 4-2.

2016 recruit Hank Crone scored his first USHL goal as Omaha outlasted Des Moines, 9-7.

Looking back
Providence Journal’s Mark Divver talked with David Warsofsky, who, with a vote of confidence from Boston GM Peter Chiarelli, is pursuing a spot on the B's NHL roster.

Vancouver Canucks see newly acquired Nick Bonino playing a key role this season, especially on the power play and possibly on the team’s top line with the Sedin brothers.

Ottawa coach Paul MacLean has similar high expectations for Alex Chiasson, acquired from Dallas, handing him a spot on the Senators second line along with power play time.

Three ex-Terriers are in NHL camps on Professional Tryouts: Brandon Yip (Anaheim), Justin Courtnall (Islanders) and Ryan Whitney (St. Louis).

Eleven other ex-Terriers are in NHL camps: John Curry and Charlie Coyle, Minnesota; Colin Wilson and Garrett Noonan, Nashville; Alex Chiasson and Eric Gryba, Ottawa; Kevin Shattenkirk and John McCarthy, St. Louis; Matt Nieto, San Jose; David van der Gulik, Los Angeles; and Adam Clendening, Chicago.

BU’s 2009 national championship team has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Frozen Four’s Finest tournament, which aims to determine—by fan vote— the best college hockey team ever. The Terriers overwhelmingly “beat” the 2001 BC Eagles with nearly 80% of the vote. BU moves on to a second-round matchup with the 1985 RPI national champs.

Women’s Team
Six current skaters and five former Terriers were named to the 58-player roster for Canada’s Fall Festival. Current BU players invited: seniors Marie-Philip Poulin and Shannon Doyle, Junior Sarah Lefort, sophomore Samantha Sutherland and freshmen Victoria Bach and Rebecca Leslie. Former Terriers: Jenn Wakefield ('12) and Tara Watchorn ('12), 2014 Clarkson Cup champion Jenelle Kohanchuk ('13) and 2014 graduates and Hockey East First Team All-Stars Kaleigh Fratkin and Louise Warren.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Looking ahead, looking back

Looking ahead
Eight future Terriers are in action this week as the USHL Fall Classic gets underway. In the Eastern Division are Maxim Letunov (2015) and Vas Kolias (2016) of Youngstown, Sean MacTavish (2015) of Waterloo, and Jordan Greenway and Charlie McAvoy of the NTDP U-18's (both 2015).   All five saw action Tuesday and will play again on Wednesday.  The West Division schedule begins Friday with Bobo Carpenter (2015) of Sioux City, Hank Crone (2016) of Omaha, and Kieffer Bellows (2016) of Sioux Falls all hitting the ice. Tournament schedule

On Tuesday, Letunov scored a shootout goal, along with an assist in regulation to help the Phantoms edge Dubuque 4-3.
 ● Youngstown recap and box score.

McAvoy (second from left) and Greenway at USHL Fall Classic in Green Bay 
(posted by TSN Scout Craig Button)

In the U18s’ 10-5 drubbing of Cedar Rapids, Greenway scored a goal and an assist, while McAvoy set up a pair of goals.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

Last weekend, Greenway scored his first goal of the season in the NTDP U-18's 7-0 blanking of the NAHL Michigan Warriors. McAvoy contributed a first-period assist in the victory.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

Patrick Harper (2016), who committed to BU Friday, scored his seventh goal of the Tier 1 Mass. Midget season in the Neponset River Rats 6-4 loss to the Cape Cod Whalers.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, reporting on 2017 recruit David Farrance’s commitment to BU, noted that the talented defenseman, who is “a dynamic skater, has great poise with puck and possesses terrific puck skills,” first visited BU a year ago and subsequently met with the coaches again. He also visited Boston College and Penn State.

With Friday’s commitments from Harper and Farrance, BU has received verbals from 18 players in the past 13 months. Seven are part of the current 10-man freshman class; five each in the 2015 and 2016 classes and one for 2017.
● BU’s recruiting pipeline

Looking back
The Ottawa Sun reports that Alex Chiasson is one of the Top 5 Ottawa Senators to watch at training camp. Sens GM Pierre Dorion: "We're getting a guy who fits exactly what we need," said Dorion. "We need a big-body, cycle-type of presence, net presence, scoring ability, range and strength.”

Last season’s captain, Garrett Noonan, a 4th round Predators’ draft pick in 2011, is playing in the Nashville Rookie Tournament this week.  The former Catholic Memorial standout scored 81 points in four seasons at BU.

We missed this one back in July. Former BU All-American netminder and Hockey East MVP John Curry re-signed with the Minnesota Wild. After spending most of last season in the AHL, Curry made his first NHL start—since the 2009-10 season—on April 10, stopping 43 St. Louis shots in a 4-2 win.

Jason Lawrence, who led BU’s 2009 NCAA championship team in goals with 25 is the latest ex-Terrier to join the coaching ranks. The Saugus native has been named head coach at Everett (Massachusetts) High School. Earlier this year, former BU captain Carl Corazzini was tapped for the head coaching job at St. Mark’s School.

Sahir Gill, who scored 54 points last season for the Wheeling Nailers, is attending the Montreal Canadians rookie camp.

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