Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Honors Galore! --UPDATED

Terrier junior captain Matt Grzelcyk, who authored the overtime game-winner in the Beanpot final and tallied a goal and four assists in the two-game series with Northeastern, is the NCAA #1 Star of the Week. Yesterday he was named Hockey East’s Warrior Player of the Week.
Freshman Jack Eichel, who scored 15 points (3G, 12A) in February, was named Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month—the third time he’s earned the honor this season. He also was named Warrior Player of the Month in November. Senior assistant captain Evan Rodrigues, who was Player of the Month in January, was runner-up for that award (8-7-15 with two hat tricks in February).

► College Hockey News: AnalysisThe Eichel Effect

Looking ahead
2017 recruit David Farrance assisted on the tying goal for Victor HS in its 2-1 win over Greece Athena in New York’s  championship game.  The defenseman scored a team-best 39 points (24G, 15A) in just 14 games and, with 81 points in just two seasons, broke the Victor career points record.
● Daily Messenger recap

Looking back
Matt Nieto's three-point night--2G, 1A--earned second-star honors in San Jose's 6-2 win 
against Vancouver. 
●  Recap and video highlights

Charlie Coyle scored the shootout winner for the Wild in a 3-2 win over Ottawa
●  Recap and video

Women’s Team
Two Terriers claimed monthly honors from Hockey East. Senior captain Marie-Philip Poulin (photo) with 17 points (5G,12A) in nine games is Warrior Player of the Month. Freshman Victoria Bach is the Pro Ambitions Hockey Rookie of the Month with 12 points (5G, 7A) including game-winners in both quarterfinal-round wins over Vermont.

● GoTerriers.com report
● Daily Free Press Bach’s six-point weekend

Monday, March 02, 2015

Grzelcyk, Tutino named HE Players of the Week--UPDATED

Terrier junior captain Matt Grzelcyk has been named Hockey East’s Warrior Player of the Week, after tallying three goals and four assists in three games, including his MVP performance in BU’s Beanpot title game win. He’s the fifth Terrier to win the weekly honor this season, joining Ahti Oksanen, Jack Eichel, Danny O’Regan and Evan Rodrigues (twice). Eichel and Rodrigues were named to the weekly top performers list.

►BU moved up a notch—to #3— in both the USCHO weekly poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

►Pairings have been announced for the first round of Hockey East playoffs. The Terriers have a bye until the quarterfinals.

►USCHO Hockey East Blog: Finally crowning the champ

►Boston Herald: New England Hockey notes

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Maxim Letunov has had his NHL rights traded from St. Louis to Arizona. The center from Moscow is third in the USHL scoring race with a 22-31-53 line. Coyotes GM Don Maloney:

"Maxim is a big, skilled center with excellent upside. He will play at Boston University next season who do a great job developing players."

2016 recruit Ryan Cloonan scored an unassisted goal for the USPHL Junior Bruins in a 5-1 playoff win over South Shore. However, the Kings won the deciding game, ending the Junior Bruins’ season.

2017 recruit David Farrance was named to the New York State roster for the USA Hockey Select 15 camp. The left-shot defenseman, who led the Syracuse Stars 16Us with 52 points (27G, 25A) in the regular season plus two more goals in the playoffs, also is expected to attend the NTDP evaluation camp.

2018 recruit Jake Wise leads Central Catholic with 36 points (14G, 22A). In a preview  of CC's playoff series with Austin Prep, SB Nation’s Jeff Cox wrote:

Any discussion on Central's top player starts and ends with '00 freshman Jake Wise, a Boston University commit. Many observers have had him pegged as the region's next Jack Eichel before he even played a high school game. He's stood out for years since he and his team shined in the prestigious Quebec pee-wee tournament.

Wise is a strong kid for his age who is very good on his skates. He skates well and cuts extraordinarily well. He's got that explosive first stride and that extra burst when he needs to get around an opponent. He's got a heavy shot and the offensive creativity usually only seen in kids who have a few years on him.

Looking back
Nick Bonino scored his 12th goal of the season and then scored in the shootout as Vancouver edged St. Louis, 6-5.

Women’s Team
The 2015 Hockey East tournament semifinal pairings are set. #2-seed Terriers will take on #3 Northeastern, while #1 BC meets #5 Connecticut next Saturday in Hyannis.

Junior Kayla Tutino, who set a Hockey East tournament record with four goals in BU’s 8-1 win over Vermont in game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinals, earned the conference’s Warrior Player of the Week honors. She also had a goal and an assist in BU’s 7-2 win over the Catamounts in game 2.. Freshman forward Victoria Bach and sophomore goalie Victoria Hanson were named to the top performers list for the week.

● Daily Free Press recap of quarterfinal round sweep

Sunday, March 01, 2015

4 Special Team Goals Power Title-Clinching Win for BU--UPDATED

Rebounding from a weak performance on Friday night, the #4 Terriers used a fast start to dominate Northeastern, 6-1, in the regular-season finale. Freshman Jack Eichel scored twice—a shorthander and a power play goal—as did Ahti Oksanen, who has a team-best 22 goals.

After the 6-5 loss to the Huskies on Senior Night, Coach David Quinn laid it on the line: "We're gonna find out a lot about ourselves tomorrow night."  And he liked what he found out, noting,  “First of all, I’m proud of our kids, To finish first in this league is never an easy thing to do. The way we responded after last night says a lot about the resiliency and leadership of our team.” 

With the win, BU clinches its first Hockey East regular-season title since 2009. The Terriers have a bye in the first round of the new-format Hockey East playoff and will host a quarterfinal best-of-three series beginning March 13 against the lowest remaining seed following the first round.

With BU a man down, Eichel opened the scoring with an unassisted goal. Then Oksanen (photo), who had moved back to defense to replace the injured John MacLeod, scored with assists to JJ Piccinich and Matt Grzelcyk. The junior from Finland then set up Danny O’Regan’s 19th goal with a slick between-the-legs backhand pass on a power play. Evan Rodrigues also assisted on what was also O’Regan’s 100th career point. NU’s Kevin Roy cut the lead to 3-1, but Grzelcyk continued his hot streak, one-timing a bullet from the blue line for his eighth goal, off a pass from Rodrigues with Brandon Fortunato also earning a helper.

BU would add two more power play goals for a total of three in seven chances. Late in the second period, Oksanen scored on a five-on-three, assisted by Eichel and Grzelcyk. And in the game’s waning minutes, Eichel (photo) tallied his 18th from O’Regan and Oksanen.

With 3:19 remaining, graduate student Anthony Moccia replaced Matt O’Connor in goal for his first game action of the season. O’Connor stopped 24 of 26 Husky shots.

First star honors went to Oksanen who had a career-best four points. Grzelcyk (3 points) was the second star and Eichel (also 3) was third star.

With a nation’s-best 55 points (18G, 37A), Eichel is one point behind John Cullen for most points by a BU freshman. Ahead are Tony Amonte (58 points) and both Dave Silk and Mark Fidler with 65.

In conference games, Eichel has 44 points (14G, 30A) and becomes the first Hockey East player to average 2 points per game in league play since UNH’s Jason Krog in 1998-99. Rodrigues and O’Regan finish conference play second (36) and third (31) respectively.

● GoTerriers.com recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Quinn, Moccia
● Daily Free Press recap, Moccia in net caps finale
Boston Hockey Blog Pluses & Minuses
● College Hockey News recap
● USCHO recap
● WEEI College Hockey Blog recap
● HockeyEastOnline recap 
Boston Herald recap

Looking back
Former Terrier captain Carl Corazzini, a first-year head coach at St. Mark’s School, has led the Lions to their first Eberhart Division title in 12 seasons. With its overtime win over Groton on Saturday, the Lions have won 20 games for the first time since 1981. Corazzini succeeded Scott Young behind the bench after Young was named BU’s Director of Hockey Operations.

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Maxim Letunov scored a goal and added an assist in Youngstown’s 7-1 romp over Fargo. 2016 recruit Vas Kolias assisted on a short-handed goal for the Phantoms.

2016 recruit Kieffer Bellows scored his 26th goal—one behind the league leader—and added two assists in Sioux Falls’ 5-2 win against Lincoln. The power forward from Edina, Minnesota has 36 points this season.

2016 recruit Hank Crone assisted on a pair of goals for Omaha in their 4-3 win against Des Moines.

Women’s Team
#7 Terriers completed a two-game sweep of their Hockey East quarterfinal series, overwhelming Vermont again, 7-2. Sophomore Samantha Sutherland (photo) scored a pair of goals and five other Terriers also found the net. Kayla Tutino, who scored four times on Friday, notched her 14th, while captain Marie-Philip Poulin tallied her 22nd, Victoria Bach her 19th, Rebecca Leslie her 14th and Shannon Stoneburgh her second.

Sophomore Victoria Hanson stopped 18 of 20 Catamount shots.

BU joins BC and Connecticut in next weekend’s semifinals in Hyannis. New Hampshire and Northeastern will play a third game Sunday to determine the fourth semifinalist.
GoTerriers.com recap and comprehensive box score

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