Wednesday, November 26, 2008

BU tops Crusaders; Yetten retires

The bounceback win the Terriers were expecting last night was a little short on bounce but BU hung on to defeat a determined Holy Cross squad, 3-2, at Agganis Arena. It was the teams’ first meeting since 1948. Brandon Yip (photo), Zach Cohen and Colin Wilson had the Terrier markers and Grant Rollheiser, who was fighting the puck a bit, stopped 19 shots. The Terriers converted two of four power play chances, but gave up a shorthanded goal to allow the Crusaders to keep it close. Chris Higgins assisted on Wilson’s goal, giving him 99 career points. Wilson now leads the team in scoring with 19 points. Recaps: BU Athletics, USCHO. Video highlights
Yetten hangs up the whistle and clipboard
Peter Yetten, a three-sport athlete at BU and a defenseman on the Terriers’ first national championship team, has retired as head football coach at Bentley College. In 21 seasons as the Falcons’ gridiron leader, his teams compiled a record of 154-60-1. He coached football for 37 years overall.

Yetten spent three years on the Terrier blue line, including 1970-71 when BU went 28-2-1 winning the NCAA title. As a quarterback, he led the 1969 BU football team to a 9-2 record and a berth in the Pasadena Bowl against San Diego State. His football teammates at BU included numerous future NFL players including CBs Bruce Taylor and Fred Barry, LB Pat Hughes and WR Reggie Rucker. He also was a versatile member of the BU baseball team.

Bob Crocker, now a scout for the Los Angeles Kings, coached Yetten as BU’s assistant hockey coach and head baseball coach. He offered these recollections of Yetten’s BU career:
Peter Yetten was a tenacious competitor, and what he lacked in talent and skill, he made up with desire, mental/physical toughness, grit and enthusiasm. His strength in hockey was his physical presence and his willingness to pay any price to get the job done, In baseball he was one of those players that could play any position--whatever was needed on that particular day. He could pitch, catch, play first base and the outfield, had a heart as big as his body, feared no one, was a great team player. Peter was one of those athletes who came to do battle every day. For me, he was a joy to coach. He became an excellent football coach, producing the longest unbeaten streak ever at Bentley.

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