Saturday, October 11, 2008

Opening night review: A 4-star effort

BU’s solid 5-1 win over North Dakota in the first round of the Ice Breaker tournament put smiles on the faces of Terrier players and fans alike, giving rise to cautious optimism that slow starts by BU squads are a trend that will be reversed. Led by sophomore centers Nick Bonino (2g, 1a) and Colin Wilson (1g, 1a) freshman goalie Kieran Millan (22 saves, photo), and junior blueliner Brian Strait, BU never trailed. Along with the official BU recap and boxscore, there’s game coverage from USCHO’s Scott Weighart and the Boston Globe.

Blog contributor Cdral reports that, prior to the opening faceoff with both teams lined up at their respective bluelines, there was a somber remembrance for the four members of the Terrier family who passed away during the summer and early fall. Meryl Herman, Jack Falla, Earle Leeder, and former goaltender Scott Cashman were remembered. Their pictures were displayed on the scoreboard while p.a. announcer Jim Prior recalled their contribution. It was a fitting tribute to four valued members of the BU hockey family, who were loyal to the program and left lasting impressions on all of us.

The Terriers will wear an “SC” patch on the left shoulder of their sweaters (see Mlilan photo) this season to honor Cashman. Bernie Corbett’s historical chronicle of Boston University Hockey includes a photo of Cashman accepting the Eberly Award as the outstanding goalie in the Beanpot. The caption notes that when Cashman attended the 1989 Beanpot on his recruiting trip, he said “I can win this thing.” Cashman, fron Kanata, Ontario, sure did, becoming the only player to win the Eberly Award three times. BU won the tournament three times during Cashman’s career.

John Cullen, the Terriers’ all-time scoring leader with 241 points, will be honored before tonight’s BU-Michigan State championship game with a banner recognizing his achievements. A four-season team scoring leader and three-time MVP, Cullen’s BU career brought a long list of honors including induction into the BU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995. The Puslinch, Ontario, native went on to a 10-year NHL career, putting up 550 points. He was one of dozens of former Terrier captains to participate in the dedication of Agganis Arena on Jan. 3, 2005.

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