Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ice Breaker Champs

The Terriers were perfect hosts of the Ice Breaker tournament, except on the ice where they played thorough and largely dominant hockey at both ends en route to the tournament title. Last night, BU finally solved mighty mite goalie Jeff Lerg for two second period goals for a 2-1 win over Michigan State; the score wasn’t indicative of the Terriers’ strong play.

Three Terrier sophomores earned tournament honors. Kevin Shattenkirk, who scored his second goal in two nights, and Nick Bonino were named to the all-tourney team and Colin Wilson picked up the MVP award.

We have game recaps from the BU Web site, USCHO and The Boston Globe, which quoted co-captain Matt Gilroy about the performances of BU’s two first-year goalies from Western Canada, Kieran Millan and Grant Rollheiser:

"The two showed that they can certainly play goalie and that helps us out a lot on defense," said Gilroy. "We're blocking shots but they can make those saves and make the next one, it helps us out so much. They made some big saves. Grant made a big glove save and Kieran had a ridiculous glove save [Friday]. That's the stuff that gets a team going. The whole bench lifts up from that stuff."
Inside Hockey provided an in-game blog and notes on the the tournament's second day.

Odds ‘n ends

-The Terriers’ win gave BU it’s second Ice Breaker title. The Terriers won it in 2002, tying Northern Michigan (led by current MSU coach Rick Comley) and beating RPI. The victory also avenged a 3-1 loss to the Spartans in the 1997 Ice Breaker and moved BU ahead in the all-times series with MSU, 8-7.

-Rogers Sports TV from Toronto sent a crew to Agganis Arena to cover the first NCAA start of Rollheiser, the Maple Leafs sixth round draft choice this past June.

-Between the first and second periods, ex-NHL star John Cullen was honored as the Terriers all-time scoring leader (241 points) with a banner that was raised to the Agganis Arena rafters. Both Terrier Head Coach Jack Parker and Cullen addressed the crowd.

-Two teams on BU’s schedule, Vermont and RPI, met on neutral ice last night in Quebec City, with the Catamounts winning 4-1.

-2009 recruit defenseman Max Nicastro scored three assists in the Chicago Steel’s 7-6 loss to Green Bay (USHL).

-In NHL play, Keith Tkachuk scored his third goal in two games, but the Blue lost to the Islanders who were without injured all-star goalie Rick DiPietro but have Freddy Meyer on defense. Meyer delivered on of his patented open-ice hip checks to send a Blue head over heels.

Dan Lacouture scored a goal for Carolina in his first game back in the NHL.

“Phantom assist”? Former LSSU forward Brian Rolston, now with N.J., describing his contribution to a teammate’s shot that was deflected past him for a Devils’ goal: “It went through my aura.”


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