Sunday, March 08, 2009

Opportunity knocks on Senior Day

As USCHO’s Jim Connolly points out in his recap to last night’s BC win over Northeastern, the Huskies have held first place in Hockey Eastern since conference play began, 114 days ago.

When Northeastern rallied in the final minute to tie and then beat the Eagles in OT Friday night, it looking like the Huntingdon Hounds would indeed hold off the hard-charging Terriers who had closed gap to a single point three weeks ago.

But with last night’s verdict, BU controls its chance to grab its first regular season conference title since 2006. A win against Providence in this afternoon’s 2:00 p.m. matinee contest will give BU the pennant outright. A tie would make BU and NU co-champs, with the Terriers getting the #1 seed in the conference tournament because they own the tie-breaker.

Freshman Grant Rollheiser will get the start in goal for the Terriers today.

Six seniors--Matt Gilroy, Chris Higgins, Jason Lawrence, John McCarthy, Steve Smolinsky and Brandon Yip will be honored in post-game ceremonies today. The “On Being a Sports Girl” blog has posted a series of profiles on the seniors.

Between the second and third periods, former Terrier Tony Amonte will be recognized for his outstanding NHL career. has a preview article with links to game tracker and the audio and video Webcasts.

Going into today's game, Colin Wilson is tied with UMass' James Marcou for the conference scoring lead at 35. Wilson tops the list in assists, while Gilroy is second in points by a defenseman, trailing Lowell's Maury Edwards.

USCHO Jason Moy’s latest bracketology, which includes Friday’s games, has the Terriers holding the top seed in the Bridgeport, Conn., NCAA regional and facing Air Force in the first round. Tim Rosenthal of Inside Hockey sees it differently with BU in the Manchester, N.H. regional, taking on the 16th seed, Bemidji State.

Fantasy hockey site School Your Pool did a Q&A with Kevin Shattenkirk.

2010 recruit Yasin Cisse scored for Des Moines/USHL, which broke a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Green Bay. Alex Chiasson added an assist.

2009 recruit Justin Courtnall has an assist in Victoria’s win over Cowichan Valley in the BCHL playoffs. The second-round series is tied at one apiece.

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