Friday, March 14, 2008

Gameday: Hockey East Quarterfinals

The Terriers begin their second season tonight with Hockey East quarterfinal action against Blaise MacDonald’s UMass-Lowell River Hawks. Links to games notes, game tracker and the radio Web cast are now available. NESN is telecasting tonight’s game. Subsequent quarterfinal games are available as pay-per-view Web casts on the B2 Networks. Series previews have been posted by USCHO’s Dave Hendrickson and College Hockey News.

In his comments during this week’s Hockey East teleconference, Coach Jack Parker announced that sophomore goalie Brett Bennett (photo) will start game one and that senior Karson Gillespie will be in net for the second game.

Congratulations to senior Pete MacArthur, whose hattrick against Providence College earned him Hockey East Player of the Week honors, and freshman Colin Wilson, who was named INCH's Hockey East Rookie of the Year. INCH also named MacArthur to its conference all-star team.

Kieran Millan’s Spruce Grove Saints hadn’t beaten Grand Prairie once in the regular AJHL season and the first two games of the second round playoff series continued the pattern. But Millan led his team back with a particularly strong effort in a 3-2 overtime win on Tuesday, followed by a dominating 8-1 win on Wednesday. Game 5 will be played on Friday.

Stouffville, with BU recruits Corey Trivino and Ethan Werek, is on the brink of elimination, trailing in its conference finals series, 3-1 following last night's 5-2 loss to Aurora.

Defenseman David Warsofsky picked up his 10th goal of the season in the USA NTDP U18's 3-2 win over Alpena/NAHL this week. With 30 points, he's now tied for second in scoring on the U18s with fellow BU recruit Vinny Saponari. Warsofsky also scored a shootout goal (not included in his total) in the U18s 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Bandits last Sunday.

BU's newest recruit for 2008, defenseman Ryan Ruikka, was at Agganis Arena for last Friday's regular season final against Providence. Ruikka and the Jersey Hitmen face of with the New Hampshire Junior Monarch's in the EJHL finals at Holy Cross this weekend with games on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Freshman Joe Pereira was the top goal scored last season for South Kent School. He was succeeded this season in that role by brother, Mike, who racked up a 27-25-52 line. His 27 goals tied 2008 BU recruit Andrew Glass of Nobles for 4th best in the Northeast prep ranks.

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