Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Terriers are 10th in preseason poll

The first national preseason poll is out and the Terriers are ranked 10th. The USA TODAY/USA Men’s Hockey poll placed three Hockey East teams in the top ten (BC #1, UNH #7). The Terriers 2008-2009 schedule includes games with five of top 12 ranked teams and a possible sixth if BU faces the host team in the Denver Cup.

2009 recruit Max Nicastro (photo), playing his second USHL season, is the Chicago Steel’s top scorer after three exhibition games with 2 goals and a pair of assists. The right-shot defenseman from Thousand Oaks, Calif., was a third-round choice of the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 NHL entry draft. The Steel begin play in the USHL Fall Classic on Thursday, however the team’s preseason highlight may have come ten days ago when the Steel faced off against the Chicago Blackhawks alumni in a charity game, which the junior club won, 11-4. Suiting up for the alums were Troy Murray, Grant Mulvey, Tim Kerr, and Steve Poapst, the current Steel head coach. One of two player-coaches for the alums was former Terrier captain, All-American defenseman, 1978 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and 1980 Olympic gold medalist Jack O’Callahan who went on to patrol the blueline in the Windy City for five seasons.

John Curry got the start for the Penguins last night against Tampa Bay and stopped all 15 shots he faced in one period of play. Curry is expected to begin the season at Wilkes Barre-Scranton.

Searching for a link to the '78 national championship game in the Sports Illustrated vault, a treasure trove of (mostly) BU sports video clips was found. The vast majority are Terrier hockey (Beanpots, 2006 HE title, Red Hot Hockey at MSG, etc.) with some hoops and soccer sprinkled in. On the third page, there's a real treat, especially for those who still mourn the demise of Terrier football. On a series of clips, you'll find game highlights of BU's remarkable comeback win in double overtime over Northern Iowa in the 1993 Div. 1AA Football playoffs, continuing the Terriers' then-undefeated season. Enjoy.

1 comment:

Puckmeister said...

Tenth, good place to start, but big games early means BU needs Wins early to move up in the rankings. This is a difficult schedule. Go BU Hockey

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