Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Millan adds some hardware; Denver Cup highlights

Terrier Hockey Fan Blog follower Candycanes99 prepared a lengthy highlights video on YouTube (below) that includes not just the Terriers’ four goals in Saturday’s tournament championship game against Denver, but also some impressive saves by Kieran Millan (photo). The freshman netminder from Edmonton, who was named to the all-tournament team, also was recognized as Hockey East’s Defensive Player of the Week and December Goaltender of the Month. Millan backboned two wins and an overtime tie in December, posting a 1.29 GAA in those games. In his past five starts, he's given up just six goals while posting a gaudy .952 save percentage.

The two wins in Denver helped BU move up to #2 in both national polls and to the top spot in the KRACH computer rankings. College Hockey News’ preliminary pairwise rankings show the Terriers in second place.

Colin Wilson and Kevin Shattenkirk were named among the three best Team USA players in World Junior Champions where the U.S. finished fifth. Both earned kudos for their play from USA Hockey executive Jim Johannson. Shattenkirk was the top scoring defenseman in the event and fifth overall with 9 points (1-8). Wilson was a point behind with 3-5-8.

Looking back
This past weekend, former BU All-American Mike Grier registered his first two-goal game in nearly two seasons in the Sharks’ 5-3 win against the Islanders. A San Jose assistant captain, Grier’s second goal was the game-winner. Video.

Keith Tkachuk, who scored his milestone 1,000 career point last month, also had a game-winner over the weekend, pushing St. .Louis past Columbus, 3-2.

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