Friday, March 24, 2017

Game Day: BU vs. North Dakota in NCAA Regionals

#6 Terriers face #10 North Dakota in the first round of the NCAA West Regional in Fargo, N.D.  Puck drop is set for 3:00 p.m. with the contest airing on ESPN2 and being streamed on WatchESPN (link below). BU is making its 35th NCAA tournament appearance and 20th in the past 28 seasons (See BU game notes).

The Terriers and Fighting Hawks last met in the 2015 NCAA semifinal with BU winning 5-3. (Video) . The teams split a weekend series in Grand Forks during the 2012-13 season and North Dakota has a 12-10-2 overall series lead.

North Dakota, the defending NCAA champion, is led by sophomore Shane Gersich (21G, 16A), freshman Tyson Jost (15G, 19A) and sophomore Brock Boeser (16G, 17A). Goalie Cam Johnson has a 2.38 GAA and a .904 save percentage. Jost spent two seasons as Dante Fabbro’s teammate at BCHL Penticton and the two skated for Canada in the 2017 World Junior Championships (see article link below).

BU's offense has five 30- point scorers: Clayton Keller (42 points), Patrick Harper (34),  Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (32), Bobo Carpenter (31) and Jordan Greenway (30). More information on both teams are in the game notes linked below.

The winner of this afternoon's BU - North Dakota game will play the winner of tonight's Minnesota-Duluth - Ohio State game for the West Regional final.  That game will take place on Saturday at 6:00 pm and the winner will move on to the Frozen Four in Chicago.

Terrier fans in Boston are invited to attend a watch party at T's Pub, which is located at 973 Commonwealth Avenue.

● Broadcast: ESPN2; Streaming: WatchESPN
● BU Today preview
● Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog
● Daily Free Press: “Us against the world,” match-up comparison
● Boston Herald game preview
● North Dakota: Game Notes
Grand Forks Herald: Former roomates go head-to-head in Fargo
● College Hockey News: Western Regional preview; Tale of the Tape
● HockeyEastOnline: Weekend preview

► Inside BU Hockey –Episode 22  NCAA edition

► College Hockey News will have a live scoreboard for all NCAA tournament games.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Terriers prep for North Dakota; IBUH #22

►►►Check in on the Terriers in Fargo HERE as they prepare for tomorrow afternoon’s NCAA Regional match-up with North Dakota (3 p.m. ET on ESPN2)


College Hockey News NCAA West Regional Preview

Episode 22 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Head Coach David Quinn, senior captain Doyle Somerby, former Terrier standout Danny O’Regan and Grand Forks (ND) Herald hockey writer Brad Schlossman. [Note O’Regan had originally been scheduled for last week’s IBUH ]

Marblehead, Massachusetts native Somerby has been a physical mainstay of the Terrier blueline for four seasons after a standout career at Kimball Union Academy. He captained the KUA squad that was the top-ranked New England prep team for the majority of his senior season. Somerby, who is playing in his third NCAA tournament, was a 2012 draft choice of the New York Islanders.

Schlossman is in his 12th season covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by Associated Press Sports Editors.

O’Regan was among the most prolific BU scorers in recent years, producing 154 points (66 G, 88A) in exactly 154 games. He was a second-generation Terrier, as his father, Tommy O’Regan, co-captained the 1982-83 squad.  At BU, he earned Hockey East All-Rookie Honors, second team All-Star in 2014-15 and first-team All-Star in 2015-16.

Among his most memorable moments at BU were his game-winner against Harvard (video) in double overtime in the 2015 Beanpot, another overtime winner against Yale (video) in the 2015 NCAA regionals and his two-goal effort against BC (video) in Coach Jack Parker’s final win behind the BU bench.

O’Regan began his pro career with the AHL San Jose Barracuda and has scored 52 points in 54 games, making him the league’s top-scoring rookie. He made his NHL debut earlier this season and was recalled to the Sharks again this week.

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