Monday, September 17, 2007

U-18s Open With a Win

The U.S. National Under-18 team opened up their season on Saturday night by posting a 3-2 win over the Chicago Steel of the USHL in a game played in Ann Arbor. The matchup featured two future BU defensemen in David Warsofsky of the U-18s and Max Nicastro of the Steel. Warsofsky, in fact, played a starring role, dishing the puck to teammate Jordan Schroeder who notched the game-winning goal at the 14:50 mark of the third period. Nicastro didn't figure in any of the scoring for the Steel but did pick up a slashing penalty at the final buzzer.

And speaking of picking up assists, future Terrier forward Corey Trivino picked up his fourth assist in three regualr-season games for the Stouffville Spirit on Sunday afternoon during their 4-3 loss to the Newmarket Hurricanes in OPJHL league action. Trivino, one of the prized members of BU's 2008 class, has collected four assists and one goal in three games for the Spirit.

Goaltender Kieran Millan of the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, who will be competing for playing time in the BU net in 2008-09, was on the losing end of a 6-4 setback against the St. Albert Steel on Saturday night. Millan's 16 saves proved not to be enough and in three starts for the Saints thus far he has posted a 2-1 record with a 3.35 GAA.

Rad Heads To Norfolk

Former BU walk-on Matt Radoslovich is on the training camp roster of the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL. The Admirals, whose training camp will run from September 17-23, serve as the top minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Radoslovich followed up his career as a Terrier by spending the last two seasons playing for the Quad City Mallards of the UHL. But at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season, the Mallards folded as a franchise. The Admirals deemed Radoslovich worthy of a look after he compiled 35 goals and 43 assists while playing in 149 games for the Mallards.

Single-Game BU Tix for 2007-08

For fans looking to purchase single-game tickets for BU's 2007-08 home hockey schedule, word from the ticket office is to check the HAA web site for a availability on a daily basis, with seats expected to go on sale sometime during the week of September 24th.

Recruiting Skirmish: NCAA vs. Major Junior

The Hockey News, in its September 18th issue, ran an article written by Ken Campbell on the on-going battle for teenage recruits between U.S. college teams and Major Junior Canadian Hockey League clubs. Both the OHL and the WHL have hired individuals as Directors of Educational Services to help awareness of the CHL's increased emphasis on continuing education for its players while the NCAA countered with a new recruiting measure that allows schools to contact players in the summer after their sophomore year of high school, allowing the CHL less of a free rein over swaying kids who are 14 or 15 years old. As Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson said of the recruiting competition against fellow college teams and CHL squads, "I remember when I coached at Lake Superior State, we would recruit kids after their senior year of high school and we were dealing with kids who were 19 or 20. Now we're recruiting 14-year-olds." Patrick Kane and Angelo Esposito were two high-profile recruits that BU keyed on in recent seasons before both chose the Canadian Major Junior route, and you can bet that future Terrier recruits Corey Trivino and Ethan Werek will remain CHL targets until the day they lace 'em up for the first time at Agganis Arena.

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