Friday, October 10, 2008

Gameday Linkorama

It’s Gameday finally and not an exhibition. The ninth-ranked Terriers open the 2008-09 campaign hosting the Ice Breaker tournament and taking on fifth-ranked North Dakota tonight and 11th-ranked Michigan State tomorrow evening. The fourth team in the event is Don Cahoon's UMass Minutemen. There’s much ground to cover, information-wise, so we’ll deliver a bushel of links with all the information you'll need.

BU has announced a special men’s hockey only All-Access Webcast package of 20 games—including all four Ice Breaker matches—for $39.95. All home games, except those on the NESN schedule, are part of the package. Details and sign-up links are here. All-Access also can be accessed from the BU athletics homepage. There are a number of free Webcasts archived including last week's exhibition win over New Brunswick and an interview with Jack Parker. Terrier games can also be heard on WZZN-AM and on the Internet with Bernie Corbett and Tom Ryan back once again to handle the broadcasts.

There are a number tournament previews, including analysis from College Hockey News and New England Hockey Journal. For a close-up look at the Terriers, check out BU’s own preview article , one from ESPN that focuses on at the Terriers’ new goalies, Kieran Millan and Grant Rollheiser, and a third from College Hockey News.

The Boston Globe’s Hockey East preview also begins with the Terriers’ choice in goal and Dave Hendrickson and Jim Connelly crafted USCHO’s annual Hockey East preview with a look at each team. USCHO also has other league previews so you can read about the squads that the Sioux and Spartans are bringing to Boston. Two more previews: UND , MSU.

North Dakota game notes are here. The Sioux will be without one well-regarded freshman, David Toews, an Islanders draft choice who is injured.

Inside College Hockey once again has ranked the recruit classes and rates the Terriers ten-man class third after BC and Minnesota and just ahead of North Dakota, Michigan State and Michigan—three of BU’s first five opponents. In the individual rankings, Corey Trivino at #4 is the highest ranked Hockey East rookie forward, followed by #5 UND’s Jason Gregoire. The two freshmen attended Islanders development camp this summer along with Toews. David Warsofsky was the #2 ranked rookie blueliner and Grant Rollheiser checked in at #9 among goalies.

INCH also named preseason All-Americans, selecting Colin Wilson for the second team, and a Matt Gilroy for the third team. Warsofsky was picked for the All-Rookie team. Meanwhile College Hockey News offers “Things to Watch 2008-09" with the Terriers named as a team to watch.

Inside Hockey’s contributions to college hockey’s opening weekend include a look at the best game venues. Agganis Arena is rated #4. The Web site also has league previews.

And finally, a bit of alumni news, Peter MacArthur was assigned to the ECHL Fresno Falcons to begin the season. Dan Lacouture returns to the NHL, earning a spot on Carolina and bring the number of ex-Terriers in the NHL to ten. Chris Bourque was the final forward cut by the Washington Caps, so he should return at some time this season. Look for John Curry to make an NHL appearance this season, too.

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