Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Media Day and More

Hockey East Media Day, held at the TD Banknorth Garden, was highlighted by the annual coaches’ preseason poll. Boston University was picked for third behind co-leaders BC and New Hampshire. The Terrier contingent included Coach Jack Parker, Captain Brian McGuirk, seniors Pete MacArthur and Karson Gillespie and Senior Assistant Director, Athletic Communications Brian Kelley. Poll results:
1. Boston College (5) 84
New Hampshire (5) 84
3. Boston University 77
4. Maine 61
5. Massachusetts 54
Vermont 54
7 Northeastern 43
8. Providence 39
9. UMass Lowell 25
10. Merrimack 19

Some additional Hockey East notes were posted on Mike McMahon's Warrior Rink Rat Blog.

*All of the televised games this season will feature use of a modified video-replay system. Referees will be able to go to a monitor at their discretion to view replays as long as the play is reviewable per NCAA rules. This will also be used in arenas that have video capability (Agganis, etc.)

*About 20 games will use a two-referee, two-linesman officiating system. The games will be split as evenly as possible between all 10 schools. The NCAA could make it a permanent rule next year.

Goalies drop the gloves
If you didn’t catch it on SportsCenter last night, there was a brawl (video clip) during the Rangers-Islanders exhibition game. Simon and Hollweg were the first act and former BU All-American Freddy Meyer did some ice dancing with a Blueshirt, but the main performance was the squareoff between former Terrier goalie Rick DiPietro and his Rangers counterpart, ex-Michigan Wolverine Al Montoya—once the latter was able to lose his blocker. DP got the better of the battle before his night ended early.

CSTV's Rink Rat Elliot Olshansky, the hardest working college hockey journalist, combined both above topics--Media Day and the on-ice fisticuffs--in his blog post today.

Recruiting news
USHR reported the Vinny Saponari commitment, pointing out that "In April, Saponari upped his already-high stock when he posted a 4-3-7 line at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship at Tampere, Finland." Warner went on to say: "Saponari, a 2/15/90 birthdate, is an excellent skater who likes the high tempo game and has shown an ability to score at every level he’s played at. He has a real knack down low." That's a comment every Terrier fan has been waiting to hear.

USHR also reported that "The Terriers are still looking for other pieces and are in the hunt for 5’9” Salmon Arm (BCHL) forward Derek Lee, a ’90. They’ll be facing competition from Wisconsin and Michigan." Lee, who is a slick playmaking center and may be either an 08 or 09 recruit, visited BU ten days ago. He's already been to Wisconsin and will visit Ann Arbor next.

Five games into the NTDP U18s 2007-2008 season, 2008 recruit David Warsofsky is proving a clutch performer. After setting up the game-winner in the opening game win over Chicago, the left-shot defenseman from Marshfield, Mass., notched the overtime winner in the U18s 2-1 victory over S.Minnesota in the NAHL Showcase. In five games, Warsofsky has a pair of goals and a pair of assists.

Early reports say that 2009 recruit Max Nicastro, a 6-2 right-shot defenseman playing for the USHL's Chicago Steel, is off to a strong start.

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