Monday, September 01, 2014

Labor Day Linkorama

BU will be featured on two nationally broadcasted games on NBC Sports Network this season. The first will be the Nov. 7 match-up with Boston College at Conte Arena; the second will be on Jan. 3 when the Terriers have their first-ever meeting with Union College, the defending national champions. The full Terrier TV schedule is still being developed, but will include Webcasts of most home games on Terriers AllAccess as well as broadcasts on NESN and possibly other cable TV outlets.

The Foxboro Pro League championship was decided last Wednesday with Team Harlow, featuring Terrier captain Matt Grzelcyk and freshman Jack Eichel, topping Team McDonough, whose roster included ex-BU forward Charlie Coyle, 5-3. Also playing in the summer league were junior Danny O’Regan (photo), sophomores Robbie Baillargeon, Dalton MacAfee and Kevin Duane, freshman AJ Greer and former Terriers Sean Sullivan and Vinny Saponari.  Sullivan, who spent last season with Straubing in the German DEL, has returned to Germany this year, signing on with the Iserlohn Roosters.
● Pro League rosters  (Note: someone needs to check spelling) 

Looking ahead
Sioux City finished the Junior Club World Cup in Ofa, Russia, with a bronze medal, defeating Dynamo Shinnik of Belarus, 4-3, in overtime. 2015 recruit Bobo Carpenter registered an assist in the third-place game to go with three goals scored earlier in the tournament. Discussing Carpenter and Adam Johnson, who are expected to lead the Musketeer offense this season, Coach Jay Varady noted: “Adam and Bobo are top-end guys for us. They had good summers in terms of off-ice training and they started the tournament ready to play. They are skilled players who make an impact on the game most of the nights they are in the lineup.”

The Musketeers have returned to Iowa to prepare for the USHL exhibition game schedule which begins this Friday.  Besides Carpenter, Terrier recruits who will play in the USHL this season are: Hank Crone (Omaha), Sean MacTavish (Waterloo), Maxim Letunov and Vas Kolias (Youngstown) and Jordan Greenway and Charles McAvoy (NTDP U-18's).

2015 recruit Liam Coughlin, who scored 18 goals and 27 assists in 53 regular season games (and another 13 points in the playoffs) for BCHL Vernon last season, had been expected to return to the Vipers for a second season. However, Providence Journal reporter Mark Divver reports that the 6-3 left wing from South Boston will instead stay closer to home and join the USPHL Premier Division South Shore Kings. Joining Coughlin on the Kings is former BU recruit Shane Starrett. The two previously were teammates at Catholic Memorial.

SSK alums who have gone on to play for BU include: Coyle, Matt Gilroy, Kevin Gilroy, Brian McConnell, Carl Corrazini, Jack Baker and Ryan Whitney.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Eichel, Greenway rostered for All-American Prospects Game

Freshman Jack Eichel and 2015 recruit Jordan Greenway will play in the third annual USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo on September 25. The pair are among the 42 American players, eligible for the 2015 NHL draft, invited to participate.
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● Buffalo Hockey Beat report
2015 recruit Bobo Carpenter scored his fourth point of the Junior Club World Cup tournament, an assist as Sioux City dropped a 4-3 decision to JHC Spartak. The Musketeers will face host Toplar (Ufa, Russia) in the semifinals on Friday.

Looking back
Jay Pandolfo, a former Terrier captain, NCAA champion, Hobey Baker Award finalist and two-time Stanley Cup Champion, has been named a developmental coach for the Bruins. Earlier this summer, he served as a coach at USA Hockey's Select 17 development camp.  A prolific scorer (79-90-169 in 136 career games) at BU, Pandolfo concluded his 15-year NHL career with Boston this past January.  Speaking with USA Hockey about his new role in the Bruins organization, he said:

“Working with the younger players in the system and helping them improve as professionals is an opportunity I am grateful for and a challenge that I look forward to.”
USA Hockey report

Thanks to the blog reader who alerted us to this YouTube compilation of all of former BU standout Nick Bonino’s goals from the 2013-14 regular season and playoffs.

Two key cogs in the Terriers 2009 national championship team, Chris Higgins and Colby Cohen, have been reunited as teammates on the Nottingham Panthers in Europe’s Champions Hockey League. Higgins, who helped the Belfast Giants win the Elite League championship last season (19-41-60 in 51 games), signed with the Panthers earlier this summer. Cohen, who was limited by injury to a handful of games last season, joined the Panthers a few weeks ago.

Women's Team
Former Terrier defenseman Amanda Shaw, who earned Hockey East All-Rookie honors in 2005-06 before playing for Team Canada, is part of a pioneering group of Canadian women who have become professional firefighters. Shaw is serving as a firefighter in Hamilton, Ontario.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Looking ahead, looking back

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Bobo Carpenter scored his third goal of the Junior Club World Cup tournament in Ufa, Russia, as the Sioux City Musketeers defeated HC Riga, 6-1.  Carpenter scored his team’s fifth goal on a breakaway.  The USHL entry in the tournament has a 3-0 record and has already earned a spot in the semifinals on Friday. The Musketeers play their final first-round opponent, JHC Spartak,Wednesday.

2015 recruit Jordan Greenway (photo) and younger brother James, who will skate this season for the NTDP U-18 and U-17 squads respectively, were interviewed by their hometown paper, the Watertown, NY, Daily Times, about leaving their home in Potsdam to play first at Shattuck St. Mary’s and now with the NTDP.

Jordan, projected by numerous scouting services as a first round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, is a 6-4, 215 lb., left-shot power forward who had a 15-26-41 scoring line in 52 games for the U-17's last season. He committed to BU last December. Discussing his college choice, he pointed out that: 
 “BU has some great facilities and I think the city of Boston is great as well. I went there and, deep down, I thought it was the place for me.”
Younger brother James, a left-shot defenseman who scored 23 points (6g, 17a) last year for the Shattuck St. Mary’s U-16's, says he’d be interested in joining Jordan on Comm. Ave. ““I’ve basically followed him everywhere,” James said. “I know I have to kind of build my own road, but I’d love to play with him again.”

Playing for the U-17's, James will be a teammate of 2016 recruit Clayton Keller, who also played previously for Shattuck. The two NTDP squads begin practice today in Ann Arbor.

Video interviews with the Greenway brothers

Looking back
Former Terrier Charlie Coyle, coming off a strong post-season for the Wild, talked with New England Hockey Journal about his path from Thayer Academy to BU and the NHL.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Powers to scout for Dallas; Carpenter powers Sioux City in Russia

Former BU assistant coach Buddy Powers continues his hockey career as a scout in the Dallas Stars organization. Powers, who played three seasons at BU, including Jack Parker's first full season at the helm, later was head coach at Rensselaer and Bowling Green, before returning to BU as an assistant to Parker and to current head coach David Quinn last season.

NBC Sports reports that freshman center Jack Eichel will participate in the 2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo’s First Niagara Center on September 25. Full rosters for the event, now in its third season, will be announced next week.  Junior Matt Lane played in the inaugural Prospects Game in 2012.

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Bobo Carpenter (Sioux City photo) scored a pair of goals to lead Sioux City past Red Bull of Salzberg, 7-2, in their first preliminary round game at the Junior Club World Cup in Ufa, Russia. The 5-11, right-shot forward from Reading, Massachusetts tied the game at one apiece in the first period on an unassisted goal and gave the Musketeers a 4-2 lead in the middle period with a power play marker.  .

Earlier, in an exhibition game against Vityaz Chekhov, Carpenter’s extra-attacker goal knotted the game at 3-3 in the waning seconds of the third-period, but the Musketeers lost, 4-3 in a shootout.
● Official tournament site
Recap of Red Bull game and box score 
Post-game interview: Carpenter

2016 recruit Hank Crone scored a hat trick and added an assist to earn player of the game honors as the U.S. Select 17's routed host team Germany, 8-2, in the Five Nations Tournament. The win gave the U.S squad the silver medal and came a day after it had been shut out by the Czech Republic. Team USA broke open the game in a three-and-a-half minute span in the middle period when two of Crone’s goals bookended his one helper. The 5-8 right-shot playmaker, who skated for the Dallas Stars Elite U-16's last season, signed a tender with USHL Omaha for the 2014-15 season.

2016 recruit Clayton Keller talked with the Belleville News-Democrat about expectations for his two years with the NTDP program before beginning his Terrier career. Keller spent last season with the Shattuck St. Mary’s prep team, which he led in scoring (36-41-77 in 51 games) despite being the youngest player on the roster. Keller and current BU freshmen Chase Phelps (66 points) helped lead the Sabres to the 2014 Tier I U-18 national championship.

Looking back 

Former BU MVP Alex Chiasson is the latest member of the Terrier hockey family to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for ALS research. Chiasson, who was traded from Dallas to Ottawa during the off-season, challenged former Terrier head coach Jack Parker to follow suit, which he did.
● Ice Bucket Challenge—Jack Parker, David Quinn
● NHLPA videos

Former Terrier captain Wade Megan (photo) has signed a one-year contract to remain with the AHL San Antonio Rampage. The left-shot center from Canton, N.Y. began last season with the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones. After playing in 16 games for the Cyclones, he was promoted to the Rampage and recorded an 11-6-17 line in 43 games .  Megan then returned to the Cyclones for their post-season, tallying 10 goals and three assists to help them reach the Kelly Cup finals.

Former BU forward Ryan Weston has signed on with the San Diego Jr. Gulls as assistant coach of the 16AAA squad.

Women’s Team
Three Terriers have been named to the National U-22 squads of their respective nations: Junior Sarah Lefort—last season’s Hockey East Player of the Year and a second team All-American—and freshman Victoria Bach earned spots on Hockey Canada, while sophomore Maddie Elia was rostered by Team USA.

Last season’s captain, Louise Warren (photo), was selected by the Calgary Inferno in the third round of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League draft. The Boston Blades made ex-Terriers Kaleigh Fratkin and Taylor Holze their fifth and 14th round picks.

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