Friday, April 19, 2019

Tic-Tac-Toe Terriers

The Bruins' first goal in Wednesday’s 6-4 win against Toronto was the first-ever All-BU goal in an NHL game with Charlie McAvoy providing the finish after passes from Charlie Coyle and Matt Grzelcyk.   

Assistant Athletic Director Kelley later noted: "You could add the 2016-17 Bruins as well. Grzelcyk and JFK played 2 and 1 reg. season games, respectively, before McAvoy joined the team during the playoffs."

Looking ahead

2019 recruit Case McCarthy scored a goal in Team USA’s 6-1 win against host Sweden in its first preliminary round game at the IIFH World U18 Championship. Fellow recruit Trevor Zegras is currently out of the line-up, which also includes Domenick Fensore and Alex Vlasic, with an upper body injury. The U.S. faces Slovakia on Friday.

● IIHF recap and box score

Ethan Phillips scored a goal and assisted on two goals—including the overtime game-winner—as Sioux Falls completed a two-game sweep of Sioux City in the USHL playoffs. Phillips who had seven of his team’s 52 shots, has four points in two playoff games.

● box score

Looking back

Matt Nieto picked up his third playoff point, an assist in Colorado’s 3-2 overtime win against Calgary. The Avs, who hold a 2-1 series lead, called up AJ Greer from the AHL, but he didn’t dress in the contest.

Jack Eichel and Clayton Keller are among the first 17 players selected to play for Team USA in next month’s IIHF World Championships in Slovakia.

Doyle Somerby scored a goal and added an assist in the Cleveland Monsters’ 5-1 win against the Toronto Marlies in the Monsters’ regular-season finale.  The former Terrier captain has an 8-12-20 scoring line in his second pro season.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Eight recruits ranked for NHL draft; a power forward commits for 2022

NHL Central Scouting announced its final rankings for June’s Entry Draft with eight future Terriers ranked.  The group is led by NTDP U18 standout Trevor Zegras ranked #6 among North American skaters. Also ranked: Alex Vlasic (NTDP) #38; Braden Doyle (Lawrence Academy) #40; Robert Mastrosimone (Chicago Steel) #53; Domenick Fensore (photo, NTDP) #68; Case McCarthy (NTDP) #77; Ethan Phillips (Sioux Falls Stampede) #78; and Cade Webber (The Rivers School) #87.

All but Doyle and Webber are 2019 BU recruits. In addition, 2019 recruit Liam Gorman (St. Sebastian’s) was a sixth-round pick of Pittsburgh in the 2018 draft. 

Looking ahead

For the second time in a week, BU has a new commitment for its 2022 recruit class. Nick Roukounakis is a 6’1”, 205 lb. power forward from Pembroke, Mass. A freshman at Thayer Academy playing for former Terrier standout Tony Amonte, he scored 15 points in 19 games, and saw frequent time at the point on the Tigers’ top power play.

Roukounakis, who earned an invitation to last month’s USA Hockey NTDP Evaluation Camp, played in the 2017-18 World Selects Invitational, as did 2021 recruits Jeremy Wilmer and Tyler Boucher and 2022 recruit Ryan Greene. He also played midget hockey for Boston Jr. Eagles 16U Elite last fall and recently was selected by Islanders HC in the NCDC Futures draft.  

Earlier in the week, BU had received a 2022 commitment from Selects Academy forward Ryan Greene, who scored 81 points in 50 games this season.

2019 recruit Phillips leads the Sioux Falls Stampede in points per game with .86. He has 43 points in 50 games. Joined the Stampede full-time in December after beginning the season with Selects Academy.  SF begins its playoffs tonight against Sioux City. 

Looking back

Matt Nieto scored his second shorthanded goal in two games in Colorado’s 6-2  game 3 win over Calgary. Nieto added an assist as did Colin Wilson in a contest that saw Hobey Baker Award winnerCale Makar  score in his pro debut and the Avs take a 2-1 series lead.
● recap and box score 
● Video Nieto shorthanded goal in game 2 

Dante Fabbro assisted on the game-winner in Nashville’s 3-2 game 3 win over Dallas. Nick Bonino also had an assist as the Predators took a 2-1 series lead.
● recap and box score 

Charlie Coyle scored a power play goal, assisted by Matt Grzelcyk in the Bruins’ 3-2 loss to Toronto in game 3 of their playoff series.
● recap and box score

Former Terrier defenseman Pat Aufiero will be inducted into the Winchester Sports Foundation Hall of Fame on May 8.  A three-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic defenseman at Winchester High School, he spent his senior year with USA Hockey’s NTDP U18s before joining the Terriers. At BU, he earned second team All Hockey East and first team All-New England as a sophomore, finishing his Terrier career with 55 points. Aufiero played for Team USA in the 2000 World Juniors and spent six seasons as a professional.
●  Aufiero helped transform Sachem hockey  

Women’s Team

 Sophomore Jesse Compher won a gold medal with Team US in the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship, becoming the first US-born Terrier to win gold. Previously Marie-Philip Poulin and Jenn Wakefield won gold skating for Canada. 
● report

Saturday, April 13, 2019

National Rookie honors for Farabee

For the third time in the past five seasons, a Terrier is the recipient of the NCAA’s Tim Taylor Award for National Rookie of the Year. Joel Farabee, who led BU in both goals and points (37), adds this NCAA recognition to Hockey East honors: Rookie of the Year, All Hockey East Rookie Team and three Hockey East Rookie of the Week selections.

Like recent NCAA top rookie winners Jack Eichel (2015) and Clayton Keller (2017), Farabee is departing for the NHL after one season, having signed an entry-level contract with Philadelphia, which had drafted him 14th overall in the 2018 draft.  Kieran Millan, who backboned BU’s most recent NCAA championship, was the Taylor Award winner in 2009.

● report

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● NBC Sports report

Former Boston Hockey Blog writer Matt Martin makes a case for Patrick Curry to wear the C next season.

Looking ahead
Updating our report on the newsest BU 2022 recruit, Ryan Greene, a right-shot center who scored 81 points in 50 games for Selects Academy 15U. IIS scout Chris Mooring commenting on top Bantam prospects at the 2018 East Coast Ice Jam:

"He’s a playmaker first, he’s got a great set of wheels as well. He sees the ice and makes passes on the tape every time. He doesn’t need a lot of room to make that pass; he does it at full speed and in traffic."

NEHJ's Jeff Cox adds: "He’s a 200 foot center with skill and he can really skate."

2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone scored his 31st goal—and 60th point—of the season in Chicago’s 6-5 win against Central Illinois. He’s tied for fourth in USHL goal-scoring.

Looking back
Jake Oettinger stopped 24 shots to gain his third win in the Texas Stars' 4-3 win against San Antonio.

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