Thursday, February 26, 2009

Higgins doubtful for UMass series

Terrier senior forward Chris Higgins is likely to miss this weekend’s home-and-home series with UMass due to a hand injured last week against Northeastern. Higgins, who is enjoying a standout season, sat out last Saturday’s 1-1 tie with the Huskies. It had been feared that his hand was broken, but that is not the case. Joe Pereira, was out of the lineup last week with an infected wisdom tooth, is back this week.

UMass is coached by former Terrier player and assistant head coach Don Cahoon, who was a member of BU's 1971 and 1972 NCAA championship teams. The UMass Daily Collegian looks at the upcoming series, which begins in Amherst tomorrow night. The series concludes Saturday with an 8 pm start at Agganis Arena in a game that is part of the University’s “Winterfest” celebration.

Between the first and second periods, there will be a ceremony to announce who will represent BU in the Hockey East 25th Anniversary fan voting. Also to be revealed are the results of fan voting for the top BU forward, defenseman and goalie of the 25 years of Hockey East, as well as the top individual performance by a Terrier. Voting for top performance ends tomorrow night. A 20-man All-Terrier squad also will be named and many former Terrier standouts will be on hand.

Sophomore defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was the subject of a Q&A interview with hockey Web site Kukla’s Korner, that takes a peek at his future plans. According to, Shattenkirk is the top rated prospect in the Colorado Avalanche's system. Colby Cohen is ranked sixth.

The Web site is holding an online auction of a BU jersey autographed by the members of the 2008-09 squad and a photo commemorating Coach Jack Parker's 800th win.

Looking back
Former Terriers Greg Johnson and Ken Magowan (photo above) playing the Germany DEL league for Wolfsburg, celebrated their team’s victory over Hannover in the Germany Cup Final. Other former Terriers involved in the German DEL are Bill Flynn, co-director of Berlin and Steve Stirling, who coaches Iselohn.

Congratulations to former Terrier defenseman Chris Dyment and his wife, Erica, on the birth of their daughter Samantha Reese Dyment on Tuesday. Dyment and Matt Radoslovich are teammates on the Trenton Devils.

Former BU defenseman Ryan Whitney was traded today by Pittsburgh to Anaheim for forward Chris Kunitz. Whitney led the Terriers in scoring in 2003-04.

This past Sunday several former BU blueliners playing the AHL found themselves on the scoresheet. Sean Sullivan, a former Terrier captain now playing for San Antonio, assisted on a goal in the a 5-4 loss to Grand Rapids. Kevin Schaeffer, doubled his season's point total, with a pair of assists in the Providence Bruins' 5-4 win over Springfield. Dan Spang, playing his first game since being loaned to Syracuse, had an assist in a 3-1 win over Hamilton. Also in the AHL, David VanderGulik of Quad City and Carl Corazzini of Peoria each had an assist in a game won by Peoria, 2-1.

Looking ahead
2009 recruit Justin Courtnall sat down with his hometown newspaper for to discuss his development as a hockey player and being the son of an NHL star.

2010 recruit defenseman Sean Escobedo assisted on Sioux Falls’ first goal in its 4-3 win over Green Bay last night.

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