Saturday, January 12, 2008

Gillespie injury puts Bennett back in net

Senior goalie Karson Gillespie’s high ankle sprain, suffered in practice this week, means sophomore Brett Bennett will be between the pipes tonight when BU invades Maine’s Alfond Arena tonight. World Junior Championship tournament returnees Colin Wilson and Brian Strait also rejoin the lineup, following Team USA’s fourth-place finish. Wilson is expected to center BU’s top line, while Strait will be paired with Matt Gilroy. Game notes for tonight’s 7 p.m. start are available on the BU Web site with links for gametracker and the WWZN radio broadcast.

Comcast in telecasting the game in both its New England and MidAtlantic regions.

In a Winnipeg Free Press story last week, Wilson discussed Team USA's disappointing performance in the WJC medal round.

NHL Central Scouting has announced its midterm rankings for 2008 draft eligible players. Wilson is ranked #9 on the list of North Americans. Among Terrier recruits, Stouffville (OPJHL) center Corey Trivino is #46, NTDP defenseman David Warsofsky is #103, Chicago Steel (USHL) defenseman Max Nicastro is #117 and NTDP right wing Vinny Saponari is #122.

Our colleague Chris at the Western College Hockey blog has posted a list of of ranked players who are currently in college, committed for next season or potential college players. Two defensemen who have been on BU’s radar for 2008 are Camrose’s Andrew MacWilliam (#59) and Shattuck’s David Carle (#74)

Saponari is tied for the NTDP U18 scoring lead with 20 points (7-13), while Warsofsky, who had a four-point game (1+3) last weekend against Geneseo State, is the team's top-scoring defenseman (7-11-18)

2009 recruit Ethan Werek, back from playing with gold-medal-winning Ontario in the World U17 Challenge, celebrated with a hattrick Thursday night in a 6-3 win as Stouffville ran its win streak to five games. A 6-2 left wing, Werek now has an 18-28-46 line in 25 games.

2008 recruit Chris Connolly bagged his 15th goal of the season and added an assist in Omaha’s (USHL) 7-1 win against Des Moines last night. Connolly is second on the Lancers in scoring with 32 points.

While the current BU goaltending situation remains unsettled, two former Terrier netminders are having standout seasons. We’ve already reported on John Curry’s success with the Baby Penguins in Wilkes Barre/Scranton. Last night he earned his 8th win in 11 decisions in a 3-1 win over Hershey. Ex-Terrier Chris Bourque had the goal for lone goal for the Bears. Curry currently leads all AHL goalies in GAA with 1.82. Now, Rick DiPietro has been named to the NHL all-star game for the first time in his career. DiPietro earned his 17th win of the season last night in Calgary in the Islander’s 5-4 shootout win.

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