Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tuesday Linkorama: Players' Player

Freshman Nick Bonino’s momentum-changing goal in Sunday’s game three 4-2 win against Lowell was his 16th of the season, the most for any Terrier rookie since Jay Pandolfo found the net 17 times in 1992-93. Pandolfo went on to record three seasons with 40 or more points, culminating in his senior year when he racked up 67 points and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist.

As a professional for eleven years with the Devils, Jay’s role has been as a defensive forward, usually matched up against a high-scoring right wing. This season, given the chance to focus more on offense, he is poised to post his best point total as pro, despite missing 29 games due to an injury. On Monday, his teammates recognized him with his third consecutive Players’ Player Award (video) and also his fifth Unsung Player Award.

Congratulations to senior co-captain Pete MacArthur who was named Hockey East Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, sharing the latest award with UNH’s Jerry Pollastrone. Hockey East’s weekly release also notes:

The Terriers have now won at least one game in the Hockey East playoffs in each of the last 16 years, the longest streak of its kind in league history...With senior Kevin Kielt’s (Brick, N.J.) assist on Sunday, 25 different players have earned at least one helper this season, tying the school record set in 1988-89...BU has come out on top in each of its last four best-of-three quarterfinal series that went to a third and decisive game...Senior Pete MacArthur is the first Terrier in eight years (Carl Corazzini, 1999-00) to accumulate 20 goals and 20 assists in a season...MacArthur, who ranks 25th
all-time at BU in goals with 64, needs three more points to become just the 18th player in program history to tally 150 points in a career.

HockeyEastOnline has posted transcripts of comments from all four seminfinalist coaches during today’s media teleconference.

Last month we reported the commitment of Trail Smoke Eaters goal Grant Rollheiser to BU for 2008 and posted a link to part 1 of a radio interview with Rollheiser just after his commitment. It took a while, but we now have a link to part 2 in which he reports that Northeastern was recruiting him for 2009-2010 and that many other schools also sought his verbal. A article in the Trail Daily Times explains how Rollheiser became a Terrier and points out how impressed he was with the atmosphere at the BU game he attended during a fly-down to Boston.

Another 2008 recruit, defenseman Ryan Ruikka, finished his junior career with a championship as the Jersey Hitmen swept New Hampshire in two games at Holy Cross to win the EJHL title. Both teams will participate in the USA Hockey Tier III Jr. A National Championships at NESC in Marlboro, Mass., beginning March 25.

1 comment:

TC said...

Looks like little bit different take than we got in the radio interview about what he was told as far as the competition next year.

With one BU goaltender graduating and another entering his junior year, Rollheiser said he's been told he'll get a chance to earn his playing time.

"They kinda of told me they wanted me to go in there and challenge for the starting job."

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