Wednesday, October 21, 2009

No luck against the Irish (updated)

During last night’s home opener against Notre Dame, BU had no shortage of grade A chances to score, but despite hitting iron three times and getting two clean breakaways, the Terriers couldn’t put one past netminder Brad Phillips, who stopped 34 shots. The result was a 3-0 shutout loss and the first time BU failed to score in a game since Feb. 2007’s scoreless tie with Lowell, snapping a nation's-longest, 99 game streak.

Terriers had the better of the play through much of a scoreless first 35 minutes, but in the 36th minute, Notre Dame scored twice. Then, in the third period, immediately after a Chris Connolly shorthanded breakaway resulted in no shot on goal, the Irish added a third goal. BU pressured the rest of the way, but to no avail. BU, which outshot Notre Dame 34-16, lost the faceoff battle by an equally lopsided 35-18 margin.

Game coverage includes recaps from USCHO, The Daily Free Press, The Boston Globe and Inside Hockey, along with a comprehensive box score. We have audio below of Coach Parker’s post-game comments, many of which are in the USCHO recap. Video highlights.

Parker's Post-Game Comments (10/20/09 vs. Notre Dame)

► Four members of last year's team were at the game: Brandon Yip, recovering from an injury, John McCarthy, Steve Smolinsky and Colin Wilson, who will skate for the Predators tonight against the Bruins.

NHL Central Scouting has release an early-season listing of "players to watch" for the 2010 NHL draft. 2010 recruit Charlie Coyle is one of eight college-committed players to earn an "A" rating. INCH offers a list of all college committed players evaluated in this report. [Note: USHL and U.S. NTDP players will be rated next month.]

► Former Terrier Paul Fenton, now assistant general manager of the Nashville Predators, has been named an assistant coach for Team USA in the Deutschland Cup tournament, set for Munich early next month. The roster is made up of Americans playing professional hockey in Europe and includes Fenton's son PJ, who played college hockey for Don Cahoon at UMass.

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