Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Yip hits...Yip scores!

Brandon Yip, playing his third NHL game for the Avalanche, notched his first goal and also dished out the kind of hits that made him a fan favorite at BU.

The British Columbia native scored the first goal of the game, which Colorado lost , 4-2, to Anaheim. Post-game interview. He's the third member of the 2009 national championshp team to reach the NHL and score his first NHL goal. The Rangers' Matt Gilroy's first came on Oct. 5 and was scored against the NHL's all-time winningest goalie, Martin Brodeur.

Nashville's Colin Wilson's first NHL goal came on Oct. 21 in TD Garden against the Bruins. (Video)

David Warsofsky is on the final roster of the U.S. Junior National Team that will compete in the World Junior Championships in Regina beginning Saturday. Max Nicastro, despite strong performances in Team USA’s two exhibition games, was among the final cuts made. NHL Network is televising all the games. Full details, including the roster and game schedule are at this USA Hockey link.

During the waning minutes of Red Hot Hockey II at Madison Square Garden, BU, trailing Cornell by a goal had a two-man advantage and pulled goalie Grant Rollheiser to create a 6-on-3 advantage. BU didn't score with the 2-to-1 manpower advantage, but did tie the game on Chris Connolly goal after the first Big Red penalty expired. Coach Jack Parker's post-game discussion of the tactic had led to discussion in hockey circles of using it earlier in the game, if the opportunity--and the need--presented itself. USCHO's Scott Weighart talked further with Parker and Denver coach George Gwozdecky, whose team faced that tactic in the 2004 national championship game against Maine.

Coach Parker was one of the nominees for the Boston Globe's "Bostonian of the Year" poll. Other nominees included the late Senator Ted Kennedy, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Sox pitche Tim Wakefield, singer James Taylor and head of TARP oversight Elizabeth Warren.

Looking back
The Medford Transcript caught up with native son Keith Tkachuk to talk about his 18 season in the NHL. He is one of four Medford products along with Shawn Bates, David Sacco and current Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco, to play first at BU and then in the NHL.

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