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 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.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Bronze medal game ends season for five BU recruits

A day after losing in the IIHF World Championships semifinal to Finland, Team USA routed Canada 10-3 in the bronze medal game in Grand Forks. Clayton Keller had three assists, including a highlight-reel, spin-o-rama pass to Kieffer Bellows to give the U.S. a 3-1 lead. The goal was Bellows’ 50th of the season, making him only the fifth NTDP player to reach fifty in one campaign.  Jake Oettinger turned aside 29 shots, including a penalty shot, to gain his fourth victory of the tournament.

Keller finished the tournament with 14 points (4G, 10A), one behind leader Tyson Jost. He was named to the tournament all-star team and selected as MVP by accredited media.  Keller was selected as one of the three top US players in the tournament, while Dante Fabbro earned similar honors for Canada. He was third in scoring among defensemen and third in assists with 8.

● USA Hockey recap and box score
● IIHF recap  and stat leaders
● SB Nation recap
● Keller post-game comments (video, begins at 1:20)

Final season stats for the five BU recruits who played in the tournament:
Clayton Keller           37-70-107
Kieffer Bellows         50-31-81
Chad Krys                 3-26-29
Jake Oettinger          2.38, .908 25-8-1 record,
Dante Fabbro           14-61-75

►The Hockey Writers: The future is very bright for BU

Next season’s out-of-conference schedule is taking shape. BU opens the year at Colgate’s new rink, followed by a two-game series at Denver. Other opponents include Michigan, Quinnipiac, Yale, Harvard and Union.

Looking back
The Pittsburgh Penguins, with Mike Sullivan behind the bench and Nick Bonino anchoring the second line, advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, eliminating the Rangers in six games. Also advancing were Matt Nieto and San Jose, which ousted Los Angeles in five games.

Charlie Coyle and the Minnesota Wild were eliminated by Dallas in six games.  Kevin Shattenkirk and the Blues play a seventh game with Chicago tonight, while Colin Wilson and Nashville trail Anaheim, three games to two.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

US and Canada in semifinal action at World U18s

Team USA takes on Finland, while Canada faces Sweden in the semifinals of the IIHF World U18 Championships today.  The US-Finland game airs live on the NHL Network at 4 p.m. ET.  Five 2016 BU recruits will be in action: Clayton Keller, Kieffer Bellows, Chad Krys and Jake Oettinger for the US, and Dante Fabbro for team Canada. The championship game is set for Sunday.
USA Hockey game day report
Hockey Canada preview and home page
Keller, who leads Team USA in scoring, spoke with about the US’s approach to the semifinal and how he encouraged teammates to join him as a BU commit. (article and video)

Looking back
Matt Nieto scored his first playoff goal as the Sharks eliminated the Kings with a 6-3 win.
● recap and box score

Friday, April 22, 2016

Roster moves; BU recruits head to World U18 semis

The Boston Hockey Blog is reporting that junior Dillon Lawrence and freshman Erik Udahl have been cut from next season’s BU roster.

World U18 Championships
Clayton Keller had three points (1G, 2A), Kieffer Bellows added an assist and Jake Oettinger stopped all 15 shots he faced as Team USA cruised into the IIHF World U18 Championship semi-finals with an 8-0 rout of The Czech Republic.  Keller, who is second in the tournament in scoring with 10 points, was the U.S. player of the game. Oettinger improved his GAA to 1.00 and his save percentage to .942. Team USA will face Finland Saturday in the semifinals.

Keller's three points give him 103 for the season, moving him past Patrick Kane into second place in the NTDP single-season record book. With two assists, he has 66 and holds the single-season record in that category, and, with one more goal, he'll tie Jack Eichel and Matthew Tkachuk for ninth most in a season.
● USA Hockey recap and box score
● IIHF recap and box score

Dante Fabbro assisted on three goals as Team Canada raced past Swtizerland, 9-1, in a quarter-final game. The right-shot blueliner is tied for the tournament lead in assists with eight. Canada will face Sweden on Saturday in the other semifinal.
● IIHF recap and box score

2016 recruit Chad Krys is the subject of profile stories from and USA Hockey.

Looking back  Wade Megan a playoff contributor 

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