Sunday, January 04, 2009

More Denver Cup coverage

We have additional game coverage from the BU Athletics site, The Boston Globe, The Denver Post, and News9 in Denver, along with a detailed boxscore.

Angelique Murray of the Colorado Avalanche Prospects blog reports that Avs execs Francois Giguere and Craig Billington were on hand last night to see draft picks Brandon Yip, who earned the game's second star, and Colby Cohen perform. In an interview taped prior to the tournament, Coach Jack Parker asserted that Yip has been playing "like an All-American."

► Freshman goalie Kieran Millan, with a career-high 33 saves, was the number three star of the championship game, while tournament MVP Matt Gilroy was the first star.
►Kudos to the BU special teams. With seven penalty kills last night, the Terriers have recorded 27 consecutive kills and 34 of the last 35.

►Junior center Luke Popko was lights-out on faceoffs (13 of 17) all night, especially on some key defensive-zone draws, and was giving up his body to block several shots.

►The Saponari Brothers were among the players quoted in a Boston Globe feature on players at New England school who were raised in warmer regions.

►Team USA plays the Czech Republic tonight for fifth place in the World Junior Championships. Kevin Shattenkirk, with nine points, is tied for second in scoring for Team USA, one point ahead of Colin Wilson.

Looking forward
2009 recruit Alex Chiasson assisted on both Des Moines goals in the Bucs’ 2-1 win against Tri-City on Saturday. The big right wing now has 21 points (10-11) in 23 games.

Left wing Justin Courtnall assisted on the tying goal in Victoria’s 3-3 tie with Alberni Valley. Courtnall leads Victoria in scoring with 43 points in 41 games. The Grizzlies, who have the best record in the BCHL's Island Division, also officially announced that Courtnall has committed to BU for next season.


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