Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Another forward for the 2007 recruit class

South Kent School leading scorer Joe Pereira the fourth forward has become the fourth forward in BU’s 2007 recruit class. A 5-10, 175, right-shot center from West Haven, CT, Pereira's line this season was 25-25-50 in 27 games (tied for 11th in New England prep scoring with Ryan Bourque) as he led S. Kent to the prep playoff semifinals. USHR describes him as "quick, clever, [with] a good stick and the vision to know what to do with it." Another observer says Pereira is "good skater, with a very good work ethic, [who] projects well at the college level of play."

Pereira, who also scored 25 goals for South Kent as a junior, had committed to UConn last August, but never signed a letter of intent. According to USHR, Pereira recently "informed UConn that he had had a change of heart" and then decommitted late last week. The USHR post goes on to say BU reported that Pereira had "initiated things, contacting them and possibly others, a couple of weeks ago – in the days leading up to the Hockey East Tournament." When members of the BU staff contacted the UConn coach to determine Pereira's status, they were told he had decommitted. USHR's report indicates that Pereira also contacted "UMass, UNH, Vermont, Northeastern, and likely others as well."

Pereira finished the prep season particularly strongly, with 10 goals and five assists in South Kent’s final seven games.

With NTDP U18 second-leading scorer Colin Wilson, Prep Forward of the Year Nick Bonino and walk-on Victor Saponari also in the 2007 class, BU will have 17 forwards on next year’s roster, which should lead to greater competition for ice time.

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