Sunday, September 25, 2016

Terriers picked for first in Hockey East Media Poll

In the pre-season Hockey East Media Poll, Terriers received 22 out of 26 first-place votes and 301 points overall to claim the top spot. Sophomore defenseman Charlie McAvoy was named a first-team all-star.  Results of the Coaches' Poll will be announced this Tuesday during Hockey East’s Media Day at TD Garden.

Looking ahead

2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk (photo) scored his second goal of the season in the NTDP U17s' 5-3 win against Youngstown in their season opener. The 6’2”, 194 lb. power forward from St. Louis is tied for the team scoring lead with six points. Fellow recruit Logan Cockerill, who scored a goal in Thursday’s All-American Prospects Game, added an assist for the U17s.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

2018 recruit Matthew Quercia scored a shootout goal in the Sioux Falls Stampede’s 3-2 win over Tri-City. Last season, Quercia put up 50 points in 38 regular season games for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs, adding seven more in nine playoff games.
USHL box score
● Argus Leader recap

Women’s Team
Senior Maddie Elia’s hat trick and a pair of goals by sophomore Sammy Davis powered BU past the Whitby Wolves in a 6-0 exhibition game win at Walter Brown Arena. Elia, who also had an assist, was sent in alone on goal by Rebecca Leslie to open the scoring just 90 seconds into the game. Elia and Davis would add power play goals for a 3-0 lead after one.   Davis added her second power goal in the second period, deflecting home a Savanah Newton shot.  Third period goals by Leslie and Elia closed out the scoring.

Three BU goalies, Victoria Hanson, Ashlyn Aiello and Erin O’Neil combined for the shutout.
Terriers are back on the WBA ice today to open the regular-season with a match-up against former Terrier Bob Deraney’s Providence Friars. Puck drop is at 3 p.m. and the game will be broadcast for free live on Terrier TV.
● recap and box score

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

AAPG recap; 2018 recruits power U17s; Women’s team hits the ice

BU’s freshman goalie and two 2017 recruits put their skills on display in last night’s All-American Prospects Game in Philadelphia, won by Team Leclair, 6-4. Netminder Jake Oettinger played the first 30 minutes for the victors, stopping 12 of 14 shots and displaying the strong positional play and butterfly style that has scouts looking at him as a potential early draft pick in the 2017 NHL entry draft. The Lakeville, Minn. native discussed his AAPG experience and goals for his freshman season in the first in a series of “prospect diary” blogposts he’ll author for this season.

Future Terrier Logan Cockerill scored an unassisted goal in the third period to bring Team Howe to within a goal at 5-4. Midway through the period, Cockerill raced down the right side, beating a defenseman and jamming a shot home as he was being hauled down.SB Nation's Jeff Cox observed:

Having that second gear and getting going quickly is key to a player having what it takes to make it to the next level. Boston University recruit Logan Cockerill displayed that ability Thursday night.

His first step was evident several times throughout the game. He had that extra gear to blow by an opposing defenseman on more than one occasion, including his third period goal. He slowed down a little in the neutral zone then just blew by the left defenseman. He eventually was hauled down, but the puck slid into the net.

Defenseman David Farrance was +3 for Team Howe and showed off some slick passing, particularly on power plays. Cockerill and Farrance will be back in action with the NTDP U18s this weekend, along with fellow 2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk, when they host Youngstown.

Game recap    
2018 recruit Joel Farabee scored twice and added an assist in the NTDP U17s’ 7-2 win over Muskegon in their home opener. The left-wing from Cicero, N.Y., who last season rang up a 19-30-49 line in 27 games for Selects Academy 16U, was assisted on both goals by fellow recruits Jake Wise and Jack DeBoer.  Left wing Tyler Weiss recorded his sixth assist of the season.  Together the four future Terriers accounted for 2 goals and 6 assists.

● USA Hockey recap
● USHL box score

2017 recruit Ty Amonte recorded an assist in two Penticton Vees’ wins, 6-4 over Langley and 3-2 over Prince George. The right-shot forward has nine points (3G, 6A) in six BCHL games. 

Women’s Team   
Ranked #10 in pre-season polls, the BU women’s team gets its season underway this weekend with an exhibition game against the Whitby Wolves on Saturday and the regular-season home opener against Providence Sunday. Both games at Walter Brown Arena begin at 3 p.m. Admission to Saturday’s game is free.

Terriers return 15 letter winners and are led by junior Rebecca Leslie (photo) with 54 points (15G, 39A) and classmate Victoria Bach with 48 points (22G, 26A). Both goalies from last season, junior Erin O’Neil and senior Victoria Hanson also return. 2016-2017 co-captains are senior defenseman Alexis Crossley and forward Natalie Flynn.
►Full team preview in 2016-17 Prospectus,
● game preview, Live Stats, TerrierTV
● BU Today season preview

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Former Terriers Go Camping--UPDATED

NHL training camp rosters are out and 25 former Terriers are currently rostered. Latest additions to the list are Chris Bourque, with Washington, and Sahir Gill, in Pittsburgh's camp. Bourque, who earned Beanpot MVP honors in 2005, was named the AHL's MVP last season and led the league in points with 80.

Former BU co-captain John McCarthy
Chris Bourque –  Washington
Adam Clendening – NY Rangers   
Charlie Coyle – Minnesota             
Jack Eichel – Buffalo   
Sahir GillPittsburgh   
A.J. Greer – Colorado                
Eric Gryba – Edmonton                   
Matt Grzelcyk – Boston                   
Matt Lane – Buffalo                        
John McCarthy (photo) – San Jose             
Sean Maguire – Pittsburgh            
Wade Megan – St. Louis                 
Matt Nieto – San Jose                     
Garrett Noonan – NY Rangers       
Matt O’Connor – Ottawa                
Danny O’Regan – San Jose            
Ahti Oksanen – NY Rangers           
J.J. Piccinich – Toronto                   
Evan Rodrigues – Buffalo               
Kevin Shattenkirk – St. Louis         
Brian Strait – Winnipeg                  
David Warsofsky – Pittsburgh
Colin Wilson    Nashville 
Among those at AHL training camps are: Cason Hohmann– Toronto Marlies and Alexx Privitera – NH Monarchs. We'll update these lists as more information becomes available.’s preview of tonight’s All-American Prospects Game focuses on those players who also participated in USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp last month, including freshman goalie Jake Oettinger.  The AAPG features 42 of the top US-born players eligible for the 2017 NHL draft. Commenting on the 6’4” netminder who had a 25-8-1 record and a 2.38 GAA with the NTDP U18s last season, Central Scouting’s Al Jensen said:

"There's a lot to like about his game. He's a big goalie. Covers a lot of the net. His positional play is very good. He's got a phenomenal butterfly, great rebound control. He's got that NHL net presence when you look at him."

► The AAPG at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center begins at 7 p.m. and is being live-streamed free by FastHockey. [Note: you’ll need to register for a FastHockey account; no charge involved].
● FastHockey game link

Women’s Team
Terriers begin the 2016-17 season this Saturday with an exhibition game against Whitby and the home opener Sunday against Providence. Both games at Walter Brown Arena begin at 3 p.m.

Coach Brian Durocher announced former Terrier goalie Karilyn Pilch as the new director of hockey operations. She spent the past seven seasons as an assistant coach at St. Anselm’s.
● report
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