Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Linkorama: MSG, CSTV, recruit update

Monday brought more coverage of the weekend’s success—for coaches, players and fans— at Madison Square Garden. We have game recaps and slide shows from both The Daily Free Press and College Hockey News. DPF recap. DFP slide/sound show. CHN recap. CHN slide show. (Photo right from CHN)

Freshman Joe Pereira’s goal and assist against Cornell earned him Hockey East’s Rookie of the Week honors, while Pete MacArthur made the weekly honor roll.

MacArthur also earned The Boston Herald’s college hockey “Tip Of The Hat” for his efforts in the Harvard and Cornell games. Too bad the Herald got the Red Hot Hockey score wrong and never published a game account.

CSTV Rink Rat Elliott Olshansky’s look back at some of the special off-ice moments included this exchange between Pereira and Coach Parker.

It was similar later on, when BU freshman forward Joe Pereira, talking about scoring his first career goal in Madison Square Garden, said, "I'm not a regular player," and before he could finish talking about working hard every week in practice, Jack Parker cut him off and said, "You are now, Joe," to a hearty laugh from the crowd in the press room. It was a typical Jack Parker press conference remark, and it happened in Madison Square Garden.

Legndary BU Coach Jack Kelley and his wife Ginny were among the couples featured on the MSG Kissing Cam during a timeout, eliciting a roar from Terrier fans.

But not all the reports surrounding the Red Hot Hockey game were positive. Message board posters were critical of errors of fact and omission on CSTV’s graphics during the game broadcast. And CHN editor Adam Wodon pointed out that CSTV has had even more problems, leading it to canel some scheduled games--including this Friday's BU-BC game at Conte Forum.

In particular, the game Saturday was televised, but was done so using the in-house MSG video feed. The regular broadcasters, Matt McConnell and Dave Starman, were not at the event, but rather called the game off video monitors from CSTV's studios about a half-mile away from the Garden.

It's one thing to use another organization's video feed, not an uncommon practice. But not to not have your play-by-play guy and analyst in the building is rarity that explains the broadcast quality issues and accounts for some of the mistakes and eyebrow-raising observations by the broadcast team.

While the Terriers were performing on the big stage in Manhattan, two 2008 recruits were leading the NTDP U18s to an 8-3 win against host Colby College, which is where Kelley began his coaching career in 1955. David Warsofsky contributed a pair of goals and Vinny Saponari added a pair of assists.

In two OPJHL games, Stouffville teammates and BU recruits Corey Trivino and Ethan Werek each recorded a goal and three assists. Trivino, who returned to action after being sidelined by a shoulder injury, now has 14 points in his past five game.

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