Saturday, February 28, 2009

Down early, Terriers double up UMass

Jason Lawrence's first career hattrick and a pair of power play goals by co-captain Matt Gilroy propelled the top-ranked Terriers to a 6-3, come-from-behind win over UMass in Amherst. Despite a shot advantage in the first period, BU fell behind, 2-0, and the Minutemen made it 3-0 just a minute into the second. After Grant Rollheiser replaced Kieran Millan in goal, Gilroy’s pair and Lawrence’s first brought the Terriers even after 40 minutes. BU dominated the third period as Lawrence completed his natural hattrick and David Warsofsky closed out the scoring.

Lawrence’s sharp angle, third goal, earned the #2 position on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10—his second such recognition this season—and John Bucciogross added shout-outs for BU’s “throwback” third uniforms and Coach Jack Parker.

Video highlights from NESN 1, 2 and WWLP. Check out a great feed by Colin Wilson on Lawrence's one-timer for his second goal. We also have recaps from, USCHO, College Hockey News, Hockey East Online, The Boston Globe, The Republican, and WWLP-TV (with video), along with a detailed box score.

► Did NESN have a premonition of what was to come when it interviewed Lawrence at the end of the first period?

► Both Lawrence and Gilroy had career highs in single-game scoring. Along with his first hattrick, Lawrence had four points (3+1), while Gilroy registered his first-ever multi-goal game and also had four points (2+2). Gilroy now has 27 points, a career high. Lawrence's 28 points is also a career high.

► The comeback victory increased BU’s nation’s-best undefeated streak to 13 games and, ironically, also ended the team’s longest non-winning streak. The Terriers had three consecutive ties coming into the contest.

►When UMass scored its third goal, it was just the second time the Terriers trailed a team by three this season. The first was in November when UMass beat BU, 5-1.

► BU had previously trailed by two goals four times this season and came back to at least tie the score each time. On Nov. 11, BU rebounded from 3-1 to beat Lowell 6-4. Eleven days later BU rebounded again from a 3-1 score, but Vermont won 4-3. Harvard scored the first two goals in the Beanpot opener, before BU won 4-3 and two weeks ago in Maine, BU fell behind 2-0 before scoring twice in a 2-2 OT tie.

► The game was played before one of the biggest crowds ever at the Mullins Center in Amherst, 8,291--just 82 shy of a sellout.

►BU continues to trail Northeastern by a point in the Hockey East Standings.

Looking back
David Van der Gulik, called up to Calgary from the AHL, made his first NHL start last night against Minnesota. He logged 9+ minutes of ice time. No points, but he led the Flames with six shots taken. His photo will go up on the wall in Agganis Arena with 57 other Terriers who have reached the NHL.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Game day--On the road at UMass

With just two weeks left before the Hockey East playoffs, the Terriers, who trail first-place Northeastern by a point in the conference standings, face yet another critical series. The opponent is UMass-Amherst. The Minutemen, though currently tied with BC for 6th place, are the only team to have beaten BU this season by more than a pair of goals. When the teams met in Amherst this past November, UMass earned a decisive 5-1 win. The Mullins Center has proven to be a difficult venue for the Terriers in recent years as Coach Jack Parker explained to The Daily Free Press, BU will look to reverse that trend in a 7:30 p.m. start tonight with the game airing on NESN. Tomorrow’s rematch at Agganis Arena starts at 8 p.m.

We have game and conference previews and links from, USCHO, HockeyEast Online, UMass , NESN and The Republican, as well as College Hockey News’ “Tale of the Tape” matchup.

►Contrary to yesterday’s post, senior forward Chris Higgins (photo), who suffered a hand injury against Northeastern, will return to the lineup, as will sophomore forward Joe Pereira and freshman center Corey Trivino. Kieran Millan is scheduled to make the start in goal.

►Senior forward Brandon Yip was interviewed by Bernie Corbett on the BU All-Access program yesterday, talking about the team's determination to turn things up a notch, following three straight ties and the coincidence of how well he has played whenever his parents fly in from British Columbia.

►In addition to the team matchups, the two games feature Hockey East's top two scorers, Colin Wilson (41 points) and James Marcou (40).

Don “Toot” Cahoon is the winningest coach in UMass history with 127 wins. Before taking the top job in Amherst, he was head coach at Princeton, where he led the Tigers to an ECAC championship in 1998, and was an assistant coach for Jack Parker in 1974-79, 1987-88 and 1990-91. As a player at BU, he scored 96 points in three varsity season and was a top forward on the 1971 and 1972 national championship teams.



Congratulations to former Terrier winger David Van der Gulik who has been recalled to Calgary from Quad City. Now in his third professional season, Van der Gulik is the third ex-BU player called up to the NHL from the AHL this season. Goalie John Curry and forward Chris Bourque were earlier call-ups who later returned to the AHL.

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.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Looking back--Miracle on Ice.

29 years ago today, Feb. 22, 1980, the U.S. Olympic hockey team, playing in the medal round in Lake Placid, N.Y., fired the shot heard 'round the hockey world, upsetting defending world champion Soviet Union, 4-3, in a riveting game, now immortalized in the movie "Miracle."

Four Terriers--three were members of BU's 1978 NCAA championship team--played key roles in the victory and subsequent gold medal, following a win against Finland two days later. They were: goalie Jim Craig, defenseman Jack O'Callahan, and forwards Dave Silk and team captain Mike Eruzione. Craig literally stood on his head all night, making the saves to keep the U.S. within striking distance of the favored Soviets, while O'Callahan, who missed several preliminary round games with a knee injury, dished out big hits and anchored the defense. Silk assisted on Mark Johnson's goal in the third period that tied the game at three all, just minutes before Eruzione fired a wrist shot from high slot that beat the Soviet goalie (video), triggering an eruption from the already-frenzied crowd. Ten minutes (on the game clock) later, Al Michaels made the memorable call on television, "Do you believe in Miracles? Yes!" (video).

The shocking upset by "20 unknown collegians" earned the team and coach Herb Brooks recognition throughout the hockey world, a visit to the White House to meet President Carter, and Sports Illustrated's designation of "Sportsmen of the Year." The dramatic victory is credited with accelerating the growth of hockey in the U.S., spreading interest from a few traditional regional pockets to the entire U.S. (photo credit Associated Press).

BU-Northeastern game recaps

We have recaps and other coverage of last night’s 1-1 tie between BU and Northeastern:, USCHO, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, detailed boxscore and Brian Kelley’s in-game blog.

►BU played without senior Chris Higgins, who injured a hand on Friday night and sophomore Joe Pereira who had wisdom tooth problems. Victor Saponari made his first start since. January 16.

►Gilroy became the 8th Terrier to score a shorthanded goal this season, and the third defenseman, joining David Warsofsky and Kevin Shattenkirk.

►Since Thanksgiving, the Terriers are 18-1-4. In their current 12 game unbeaten streak (9-0-3), BU has yield just 20 goals, an average of 1.66 gpg.

USCHO offers a feature on the improbable path that led walk-on Gilroy to All-American status at BU.

Looking back
Dan Spang was loaned by the Flames to the Syracuse Crunch where he’ll be reunited with Brian McGuirk.

29 years ago today, four ex-Terriers led the way in hockey's greatest upset, the 1980 U.S. Olympic team's 4-3 win over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid. We'll have a separate post about the "Miracle on Ice" later today.

Looking ahead
2009 recruit Justin Courtnall scored a goal and added an assist in Victoria's 5-4 win over Cowichan Valley in the Grizzlies' final regular season game. Victoria, which clinched the BCHL regular season points title, earned a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Courtnall, who played in all 60 regular season games, finished with 63 points (22-41).

2010 recruit Sean Escobedo had a pair of assists in Sioux Falls’s shootout win over Green Bay.

Max Nicastro contributed an assist in Chicago’s 3-1 win over Cedar Rapids.

2009 recruit Alex Chiasson two assists in Des Moines 8-2 loss to Sioux City bring his team leading total to 39 points

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Deja vu--Terriers and Huskies tie again

The venue was different, but the outcome was the same as BU and Northeastern played to a 1-1 overtime tie before a SRO crowd at ancient Matthews Arena [Note: Prior to the '71-'72 season, that rink, then known as Boston Arena, was also BU's home ice]. The game was scoreless going into the third period when co-captain Matt Gilroy scored shorthanded, assisted by Nick Bonino. Northeast had six power plays in the final period, but they finally broke through at even strength to tie the game with 2:22 remaining. Kieran Millan stopped 31 Husky shots including 10 in the 3rd period and 7 in overtime when BU also was shorthanded.

The pair of ties, combined with BU's 3-0 win against NU in November, gives the Terriers the tie-breaker of the Huskies. If the teams finished with the same number of points, BU will earn the top seed for the Hockey East tournament. Right now, BU still trails NU by a point.

We'll update this post with game coverage and related news as it becomes available.


Game Day--BU and NU--again

The first- and second-place teams in Hockey East, separated by a single point, are back on the ice for a rematch tonight at Matthews Arena. Start time is 8 p.m. You can listen on WWZN in Boston or online. One of readers reports that you also watch the game online for $4.95. Go this link. Terrier Sports Information Director Brian Kelley will blog live throughout the game here.

Following last night's games and the updated Pairwise rankings, USCHO's bracketologist, Jason Moy, took a stab at how the NCAA quarterfinal pairings would be set, if the season was over. Moy has the Terriers seeded first in the Bridgeport regional, meeting RIT.

Brian Durocher's women's team clinched home ice for the Hockey East playoffs with a 3-0 win over Northeastern this afternoon at Matthews Arena.

With the season winding down, there's no shortage of opinions about the Hobey Baker Award. Inside Hockey's Ryan Hurton is one of many who believe Colin Wilson is the front-runner for college hockey's version of the Heisman.

McKeen's Hockey Prospects ranked the top free agents among college players and has Terrier co-captain Matt Gilroy at the top of its list

Matt Gilroy--Capitalizing on Tyler Bozak missing several weeks with a torn meniscus injury, Matt Gilroy is now our top-ranked UFA out of the NCAA. Gilroy is primed to be a star and could dramatically uplift the franchise that is fortunate to land him equally as much as a lottery pick. He's smooth as they come with the puck, as he boasts unrivaled vision and passing skills. His ability to escape dangerous situations and orchestrate beautiful plays coming out of his own end has our scouts believing he could be special. Gilroy fits the prototype of a modern NHL defenseman and will be a mature 25-year old when he enters his rookie NHL season next fall. After receiving contract offers from 23 teams last season, Gilroy is expected to sign on to a lucrative one this year because his age leaves him exempt from the NHL's entry level contract system. While the hype over the John Tavares lottery is deafening, the courtship for Gilroy's services could be just as fascinating and fruitful.

Nothing settled in 2-2 tie

Game one of the much anticipated clash between BU and Northeastern end up a 2-2 overtime tie. But for the Terriers who had grabbed a 2-0 first period lead, it was a less than satisfying game, especially to coach Jack Parker who didn't mince words: "We were unbelievably fortunate to get a point. We really dodged a bullet. That team outplayed us for the last forty minutes. I’ve got to give Northeastern a lot of credit. It’s easy to see why they’re in first place and we’re chasing them."

Commenting on the lost opportunity to move into first place in Hockey East, co-Captain Matt Gilroy, who assisted on the game’s first goal by Brandon Yip, was equally candid: "It’s human nature to get ahead of yourself when you’re up 2-0, but good teams don’t do that, especially down the stretch. We’ve got to get that out of our system.”

Colin Wilson had the other Terrier goal, increasing his Hockey East-leading points total to 41 (14-27).

We have recaps from, USCHO, Inside Hockey, The Boston Herald and The Boston Globe along with a detailed boxscore.

Tonight’s rematch at Matthews Arena is an 8:00 p.m. start. There is no broadcast television due to the termination of CN8 in Boston . The game will air on WWZN Radio and online.

Looking ahead
2009 recruit Justin Courtnall picked up two assists in Victoria’s 4-1 win over Nanaimo.

Looking back
Former Terriers Chris Bourque and David VanderGulik each scored their 14th goal of the season in AHL play. Bourque’s goal came in a 3-2 Hershey loss to Rochester and VDG’s in a 5-4 Quad City win over San Antonio.

Former All-American goalie John Curry ran his unbeaten streak to 11 games in a 3-1 Wilkes Barre/Scranton win over Syracuse , stopping 27 shots. Since his return for a brief NHL stint in Pittsburgh, Curry’s record is 19-3.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Game Day--Terriers & Huskies

Just shy of two weeks after their clash in the Beanpot championship game, BU and Northeastern get together for a home-and-home series that could go a long way to determining the Hockey East regular season champion and top seed in the conference tournament. The first-place Huskies have a one-point lead on the top ranked Terriers.

We have a number of preview articles: The Daily Free Press, USCHO and HockeyEastOnline. Also the game day article with links to gamenotes and gametracker, as well as Northeastern game notes. There is no broadcast television, but you can watch online if subscribed to BU All-Access.

►BU is off to its best start through 30 games since the 1997-98 squad had an identical 23-5-2 mark as part of a 25-5-2 regular season.

►The Terriers are 16-1-2 since Nov. 25, marking their best stretch of play with just one loss sincegoing 19-1-2 at the end of the 2005-06 season before falling in the NCAA Regional final.

► Thus far this season, BU has performed well against top competition. The Terriers are 10-1-1 against teams ranked 12th in the nation or higher at the time they faced them.

► Terrier 1998-99 captain Albie O'Connell is a Northeastern assistant coach.

► As part of Hockey East's 25th anniversary, you can participate in a poll to determine the top individual performance by a Terrier.Candidates are Tony Amonte, Shawn McEachern, Chris Drury, Joe Sacco and Rick DiPietro. For details on these five performances, click here.

Kevin Shattenkirk is featured in the print edition of The Hockey News, which quotes the sophomore defenseman as saying, " I'm playing much better this year by far. I've been taking care of my responsibilities in the defensive zone, which has led to quicker breakouts and more effective chances on the rush."

Providence coach Tim Army says "He has a great foundation of skill. He patrols the blueline very well with the puck. His passes are hard and his hits are hard."

A NESN Web site article discusses the Hobey Baker Award chances for five Hockey East skaters, including Matt Gilroy and Colin Wilson.

Wilson has scored 75 points (25-50) in his two seasons at BU, tying him with legendary BU coach Jack Kelley, also a standout defenseman in the late 40s and early 50s. Click here for a list showing scoring totals for previous Terrier standouts in their first two varsity seasons. In some cases, it was their sophomore and junior years because when they played, there was no freshman eligibility.

Updating an earlier post on the bus accident involving the Albany River Rats, we have a link to a video interview with ex-Terrier Ryan Weston, who suffered minor injuries. The WTEN-Albany interviewer is Nicol Lally (BU '01) who is married to former Terrier netminder Jason Tapp, currently playing for the Kalamazoo Wings.

Former Terrier injured in team bus accident

Ex-Terrier Ryan Weston, a 2008 graduate, was one of several Albany River Rats injured when their team bus flipped on the Mass Turnpike early Thursday morning following an AHL game against Lowell. According to his father, Ryan "suffered separated shoulders, cuts, bumps and bruises and was released from the hospital."

While the Terriers keep their focus on this weekend's critical home-and-home series with first-place Northeastern, BU fans have the luxury of diverting themselves with down-the-road matters like where BU will play in the NCAA quarterfinals and whether one of the Terriers will be a Hobey Baker Award finalist or winner.

We'll start with College Hockey News' Adam Wodon who provides a primer on NCAA bracket ABCs. BU is currently the leader in the Pairwise and RPI rankings and according to Wodon,
"The Terriers' lead over the next few teams is so significant, it would take a major tanking to miss out on the No. 1 overall seed. The bigger question for the Terriers is, where will they wind up? Both eastern regionals are fairly close -- Manchester, N.H., and Bridgeport, Conn., though Manchester is significantly closer, relatively speaking." More

USCHO bloger Elliott Olshansky assesses the leading Hobey Baker Award candidates including Matt Gilroy and Colin Wilson. INCH's latest Hobey tracker puts Wilson in the leader's position.

The New Brittain, Conn., Herald talks with Nick Bonino and his Farmington High School coach about the path that led him to public school and prep championships and then to BU and the Beanpot MVP Award.

On INCH's Weekly podcast, the Web site's editors discuss college hockey's top ranked programs, beginning with BU.

Well-traveled Carl Corazzini, a former All-American forward and captain of the 2000-01 Terriers, is on the move again, traded from AHL Springfield to Peoria. Corazzini also has made 19 NHL starts with the Bruins and Blackhawks.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Midweek Linkorama

The Terriers maintained their #1 position in the USCHO/CBS College Sports Poll. Notre Dame and fast-charging Michigan are #2 and #3 respectively. rates prospects in the Penguins organization and assistant captain Brian Strait is ranked 6th while former BU All-American goalie John Curry is 9th.

Colin Wilson earned Hockey East Player of the Week honors and Nick Bonino, Chris Higgins, Jason Lawrence and Kieran Millan also earned kudos for their efforts. Wilson shared Inside Hockey Player of the Week honors with Michigan State goalie Jeff Lerg.

HockeyBuzz’s Julie Rolenhymer announcer her Hobey Baker finalists and picks Wilson to take home the trophy. While there is no NCAA rookie-of-the-year award, but Rolenhymer calls out Millan as a top newcomer in college.

2009 Recruit Alex Chiasson was featured in Sports Management Worldwide/International Scouting Services 2009 Draft Prospect Performers of the Week.

High-scoring Salmon Arm forward Conor Morrison, whom we noted last month was on BU's recruiting radar, has chosen Harvard over BU, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

If you’d like one more recap of the two-game series in Maine, we have one from The Daily Free Press.

Earlier this week two former Terrier standouts, New York Rangers' captain Chris Drury and Blues' assistant captain Keith Tkachuk went head-to-head on the ice. Neither hit the score sheet in a 2-1 St. Louis win, but managed to come togther on a few big hits. The two also collaborated several years ago to fund the state-of-the-art training and condition facility in Agganis Arena.

Finally, CHN’s Adam Wodon calls to our attention a blog written for The Hockey News by former UAA forward Justin Bourne, son of New York Islander standout out Bob Bourne. The piece candidly examines his career to date and his love-hate relationship with the sport. If Justin doesn’t succeed in pro hockey, he’s got the tools for a career as a writer.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sister-kisser on Valentine's Day

It was a different script in last night's Valentine's Day rematch with Maine in Orono, which ended in a 2-2 overtime tie. A more competitive Black Bears team took a 2-0 lead, scoring both goals during a 62-second span in the second period. BU responded quickly on John McCarthy's 4th goal of season. Terriers outshot Maine, 11-3 in the final period, and tied the score when Nick Bonino converted the rebound of his own initial shot for his 11th goal. BU held a shot advantage in the overtime, but couldn't notch a game-winner.

Goalie Grant Rollheiser, making his first start since Jan. 13, stopped 19 shots. He also played the final 12:31 of Friday's game.

The three-point weekend, combined with Northeastern's loss last night to UMass, brought #1-ranked BU within a point of the first-place Huskies in the Hockey East standings, going into next weekend's home-and-home with the Huntingdon Hounds. Recaps of all of last night's conference action are here.

We have recaps from, The Boston Globe and the Maine Sunday Telegram, along with a detailed boxscore.

Thanks to blog contributor Candycanes99, we have a highlights video from Friday night's win, as well as a video from Saturday's tie.

Newsday joined the parade of media recounting Matt Gilroy's decision to forego the NHL to play his senior season at BU.

Looking back
Adrian Aucoin's scored his 9th goal (video) as Calgary outlasted Phoenix, 7-5.

David VanderGulik's 13th goal helped Quad City thump San Antonio, 7-3.

John Curry notched his ninth consecutive win--and 20th of the season--in a 3-2 Wilkes Barre/Scranton win over Hamilton.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

BU and Maine do it again

Terriers and Black Bears are back on the ice tonight with alterred lineups. Maine had three players DQ'd last night and all will sit out tonight's game. The same applies to Terrier assistant captain Brian Strait, also DQd. Senior Steve Smolinsky, who filled in for Kevin Shattenkirk during the Denver Cup, gets the call tonight. Corey Trivino sits out tonight and Andrew Glass, who played effectively in the Beanpot final, is in the lineup. Grant Rollheiser, who relieved Kieran Millan in the third period last night, will be in goal.

Tonight's BU gamenotes are here. An e-mail to the blog suggest that All-Access subscribers may be able to watch tonight's game online by going to . If it works, there won't be any audio, but you can listen to the audio Webcast on WWZN. It just won't be synchronzied.

The detailed boxscore from last night is now available here.

Wilson scores early and often in 7-2 win

Terriers extended their winning streak to a nation’s best nine by thumping Maine, 7-2, to open a two-game series. Sophomore Colin Wilson led the way with his first career hattrick, scoring in the opening seconds of first and second periods and 1:30 into the final period. Linemate Jason Lawrence added a pair for a team-best 16, while fellow seniors Chris Higgins and Matt Gilroy contributed three assists each. Kieran Millan picked up his 19th win, giving way to fellow freshman Grant Rollheiser midway through the final period.

The win enabled BU to remain two points behind Northeastern in the Hockey East race, while they edged away from Vermont, New Hampshire and BC.

We have recaps from Hockey East Online, the Portland Press Herald and the Maine Hockey Journal, and a boxscore from College Hockey News.

►The Terriers won 31 of 52 faceoffs, but were outshot 24-21. They connected on three of eight of power plays and remain the national leader with a 25% man-advantage mark.

►Wilson’s three goals (he scored on his only three shots) and an assist gives him 40 points, tops in Hockey East and tied for second nationally.

►With his 12th power play goal of the season, Lawrence is tied with Air Force’s Jacques Lamoureux for tops in the nation.

► Both Gilroy and Kevin Shattenkirk, who scored BU’s seventh goal, reached the 20-point mark, the eight and ninth Terriers to do so this season. Luke Popko’s assist on Shattenkirk’s goal give him 10 points, the 13th Terrier to reach double figures.

►BU now has scored 114 goals this season--exactly double the 57 they’ve given up in 29 games.
►Maine’s frustration turned the game ugly in the final period. Three Black Bears received game disqualifications and BU assistant captain Brian Strait received one, too. Eric Gryba received a 10-minute misconduct and had a 20 total penalty minutes.

Looking ahead
In USHL action, 2010 recruit Sean Escobedo assisted on a game-tying goal with seconds left in regulation and then scored the winning goal in a shootout, giving Sioux Falls a 3-2 win over Fargo.

2009 recruit Alex Chaisson assisted on all three Des Moines goals, but the Bucs were blown away by Waterloo, 10-3.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Game Day—A pair with the Bears in Orono

The Terriers traveled to Orono yesterday for a weekend pair against the Black Bear. Despite seventh place Maine’s current 7-10-2 record in Hockey East, BU is well aware that the Bears are a dangerous team that shut out New Hampshire, 1-0, in Manchester, last week.

The Daily Free Press reports that freshman Corey Trivino returns to the lineup tonight, after missing two games and most of a third with a shoulder injury. Freshman Kevin Gilroy will replace Joe Pereira on the fourth line while Kieran Millan makes his ninth consecutive start in goal.

Game notes from includes links to gametracker and the audio Webcast. Maine’s game notes are here. Blogger Nathan Fournier will have a live blog going throughout the games this weekend. The only video Webcasts will be pay-per-view on WABI.

From USCHO, we have its weekly Hockey East Column while INCH’s Jeff Howe looks at the three HE Beanpot teams and where they stand in the conference race. College Hockey News, as always, provides a comparison of the teams and the recent history of the series. BU won the most recently meeting, 4-1 last month at Agganis Arena.

Senior wing Jason Lawrrence, who had the game-winner for BU in both Beanpot games, talks about the tournament with his hometown newspaper. Lawrence is second in the nation in power play goals (11) and tied for second in game-winners (5).

Beanpot MVP Nick Bonino (photo) picked up two more honors, New England Hockey Journal Player of the Week and BU student athlete of the Week.

Looking back
Ex-Terrier All-American and current Ranger Chris Drury is the subject of an feature in a series on captains. The former Hobey Baker Award winner includes 1995-96 BU captain Jacques Joubert among those team captains he’s learned from.

John Curry, a Hobey Baker finalist at BU, earned AHL Player of the Week honors last week for his three wins in the Baby Pens’ net. Boomer Ewing, promoted from Wheeling, has made two starts for Wilkes Barre/Scranton, but has yet to hit the scoresheet.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Midweek Linkorama

►Freshman goalie Kieran Millan was interviewed yesterday on The Pipeline Show (Radio 1260 in his native Edmonton) about the Beanpot Championship game, his thoughts on possibly being drafted in June and why he chose BU for his college career.

►RogersSportsNet in Canada simulcast NESN’s broadcast of the Beanpot Final and now there is an agreement between Hockey East and Rogers to air NESN’s Friday night games and also the Hockey East Tournament semis and final. Coach Jack Parker referenced the Rogers-NESN deal in his comments during yesterday’s Coaches' Conference Call, noting the broadcast will help Hockey East coaches compete for Canadian prospects with Major Junior. reported that Monday morning prior to the Beanpot championship game, many of the Terriers, along with Coach Jack Parker, went to Agganis Arena to watch the San Jose Sharks, captained by ex-Terrier All-American Mike Grier, practice for last night’s game with the Bruins. Grier scored his 10th goal of the season in the Sharks' 5-2 win.

►It has been a recognition-filled few days for Nick Bonino. For the week ending this past Sunday, the sophomore center was named Hockey East Player of the Week. Bonino followed up by earning Beanpot MVP honors on Monday.

►For the second time this season, College Hockey News chose the Terriers as its Team of the Week. The first time followed wins against North Dakota and Michigan State in the Icebreaker Tournament in October. Speaking of CHN, their stat pages for individual players are worth checking out. From the team stat page, click on any name and you’ll see the details of each point earned this season.

►USCHO photographer Melissa Wade reports that Hockey East referee Scott Hansen, who was hit by a puck in the first period on Monday, required stitches and was released from the Mass Eye & Ear Hospital on Tuesday morning.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

More Beanpot win coverage

Jason Lawrence drives home the game-winning goal in the second period. Lawrence also scored the game-winner against Harvard in the opening round (Credit: Will Nunnally, The Boston Herald) photo gallery
NESN: Updated & expanded video
The Daily Free Press: recap; Special Teams
USCHO: Scott Weighart feature on Jason Lawrence
The Boston Herald: recap Beanpot notebook, photo gallery
The Boston Globe: recap, John Powers column- "Not the Ultimate Goal"; Warsofsky feature recap
New England Hockey Journal: recap
Blast Magazine: photo gallery
The Daily News Tribune: Brian Strait feature
The Patriot Ledger: David Warsofsky feature

►Last night's 5-2 win raises goalie Kieran Millan's record to 18-1-1, giving him the Terrier record for best winning percentage to begin a collegiate career. The previous record-holder was Brian Durocher, co-captain of BU's 1978 national champions and currently coach of the BU Women's team. Durocher went 17-1-1 in his first 19 games as a freshman in 1974-75.


29 and Counting

Boston University claimed its 29th Beanpot Monday night with a 5-2 win over Northeastern University. Powered by 4 special teams goals, including 3 short-handed goals, the top-ranked Terriers never trailed in the contest and kept their out-of-conference record perfect at 9-0-0. Kieran Millan earned his 18th win in 20 starts, and leads the country in win percentage (.925). Colby Cohen opened the scoring in the first with a power play tally. However, as the period came to a end, the third-ranked Huskies tied up with game with a power play goal of their own.

Starting the second period shorthanded proved to be an advantage for the Terriers, though, as Brandon Yip was able to get free on a breakaway. NU goalie Brad Thiessen stoned his attempt, but the rebound caromed off the glass and onto Beanpot MVP Nick Bonino's stick, and he flipped the puck behind Thiessen. NU would again respond, but a superb Chris Higgins pass to a waiting Jason Lawrence put the Terriers quickly back on top. The third period was hard fought by both sides, and a stupid slashing penalty in the neutral zone looked like it could allow the Huskies to tie it up. Instead, two more short-handed goals within 30 seconds of each other put the Terriers up 5-2. David Warsofsky broke out on a rush with defense partner Eric Gryba, and smartly elected to shoot. Another breakdown on NU's power play allowed Kevin Shattenkirk to escape along with Colin Wilson, and this time the pass was made and Wilson did not miss.

Recaps are available from, USCHO, Boston Globe, Boston Herald (and feature on Jason Lawrence), and the New York Times. Also a detailed boxscore. Inside College Hockey's Jeff Howe again kept a live blog. NESN's Video Highlights. Below are two audio files, one interviewing Jack Parker and the other Nick Bonino and Colin Wilson, courtesy of

More information to follow.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Game day-- Beanpot Championship game

BU meets cross-town rival Northeastern tonight in the championship game of the 57th Beanpot Tournament. The Terriers will be gunning for their 29th title and to fend off a challenge to their number one ranking by the Huskies.

We have plenty of pre-game coverage for you. provides links to game notes, gametracker and the WWZN broadcast. The game, scheduled for an 8 p.m. ET start, will be broadcast by NESN with a simulcast in Canada by Rogers SportsNet.

Preview articles from The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Daily Free Press and ESPN. From College Hockey News, a tale-of-the-tape comparision and a recent head-to-head scores.

Former Terrier Captain and a winner in three Beanpot titles games Carl Corazzini, now playing for the Springfield Falcons, looks back his Beanpot experiences.

► Thirty-nine years ago tonight (1970), the Terriers staged a dramatic third-period comeback, rallying from a 4-2 deficit to beat BC, 5-4 and win its fifth Beanpot title. Wayne Gowing, BU’s top defensive forward, scored three final-period goal, while Mike Hyndman, a forward-turned-defenseman, was named tournament MVP. Tim Regan was in goal for BU. Gowing later became the longtime head coach of Wilfrid Laurier University and today is hockey convenor of the Ontario University Athletics conference.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Opinion: The Battle on the Ice and in the Stands

by Candycanes99, BU '09

This isn’t the way it usually goes. Boston University and Boston College weren’t slated to play each other in the first round of the Beanpot, so naturally they’d meet in the championship game. Not this time, though. The Huskies of Northeastern University, for so long the epitome of underdogs, showed up on the first Monday of February amid much media hype and crushed BC with opportunistic scoring and stellar goaltending from Brad Thiessen. And when BU and NU meet in the championship game, the classic rivalry will be missing, but a new one is ready to be ignited.

The fans of Northeastern, who call themselves the “Dog House” (in contrast to BU’s own Dog Pound), have maintained for years that BU is their biggest rival. The feeling hasn’t been mutual though, as NU has not been a threat to BU and BC’s co-dominance of Boston’s collegiate hockey since the 1980s. Now with head coach Greg Cronin finally bringing success back into the equation on Huntington Avenue, the Huskies are a team to fear, and an old rivalry is just waiting to explode. For each team's players, local bragging rights are on the line. If they don’t love to hate each other yet, they probably will after the first 20 minutes. Yes, this is going to be almost as much a grudge match on the ice as it will be in the balconies.

A week ago, the Dog Pound and the Dog House found themselves uncomfortably close to one another. The fans from Northeastern took pride in their perpetual annoyance of the BU contingent during the first semifinal whilst Harvard had the upper hand, while the Dog Pound had no such luxury as they saw their numbers fall in sync with BC goaltender John Muse’s save percentage and the game became less entertaining for third party observers. No doubt there will be no such trouble in this Monday’s matchup, as the fans will show up in greater numbers than ever.

This will not be a game that is over quickly. In the Beanpot tournament, the final rarely is. Heck, even the consolation games are usually worth watching. Both fan bases and teams will be bringing their best, so this will not be one to miss. Whether you’re going to be in attendance or are stuck watching a tiny TV 10 feet off the ground in a bar with drunk customers complaining to the bartenders to turn off the hockey, get there early, claim your seat, and be prepared to be glued there. It should be fun right from the words, “Let’s play hockey!”


Once again for those who can’t be in Boston tomorrow, there are Beanpot Watch parties throughout the country. Click here for a link to those locations and reservation details, along with an invitation from Coach Jack Parker. A pre-game party is scheduled from 6- 8 p.m. tomorrow at The Greatest Bar across the street from TD BankNorth Garden. Reservation details are here. For New Jersey based fans looking for a place to watch the game, Miami Mike’s in the Whippany Ramada Inn will provide multiple screens for Terrier fans.

Wherever former Terrier goalie John Curry watches Monday’s Beanpot final, he’ll likely have a familiar face with him, as Bryan Ewing was called up to Wilkes Barre/Scranton from Wheeling. Ewing, who was second in ECHL scoring with 60 points (29-31) in 44 games, reports to the Baby Pens in time for today’s game against Norfolk.

Last Friday was the 21st anniversary of one of the most memorable Beanpot games ever. BU routed BC, 12-5 in a preliminary round game the night that the Blizzard of ’78 hit Boston, stranding the hundreds of fans who stayed until the game’s end, as described on our THIS DATE IN TERRIER HOCKEY page. Terrier play-by-play broadcaster Bernie Corbett relates a post-game anecdote in his book, The Beanpot: 50 Years of Thrills, Spills and Chills:

By the time we had made it to Kenmore Square, going up
Commonwealth Ave., it was obvious, to us at least, that we wouldn’t be having classes the next morning. Our captain, Jack O’Callahan, as we’re just crawling on Comm. Ave, went
up to Jack and said, “Hey Coach, it’s gonna be an awful long
walk from Walter Brown Arena down to the Dugout Café,
where we’d like to retire for a few ‘coffees and cokes.’Would
you mind if we just pulled the bus over and just got out

Well, obviously Coach Parker wasn’t going to pull the bus
over at the Dugout Café and let us out. So, in his infinite
wisdom, he decided to tell the driver to pull another fifty
yards up the road to the BU Chapel. He said to the guys,
“Okay, fellas, anyone who wants to go to Mass is welcome to go to Mass.”
Looking ahead
2009 recruit Justin Courtnall scored a goal and an assist last night in Victoria’s 6-3 win over Burnaby, raising his point total to 58 in 54 games for the first place BCHL team.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Power plays save the day

Number 1-ranked BU used two third-period power play goals to break a 3-3 tie and defeat UMass Lowell, 5-3 at Agganis Arena. The Terriers had raced to a 3-0 lead in the first on goals by David Warsofsky, Joe Pereira and John McCarthy—all in a two-minute span. Lowell got one back late in the first, closed the gap to one midway through the second and tied the score late in the second on shot that deflected off a Terrier’s skate.

The game-winner came off of Vinny Saponari’s stick in a goalmouth scramble half-way through the final period. Jason Lawrence converted a Colin Wilson pass for the final score and BU weathered a last-minute surge when Lowell had a power play and pulled its goalie.

We have recaps from, USCHO, The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald. Also a detailed boxscore. Video highlights. Audio of the post-game press conference can be found below.

With the victory, BU improved its conference record to 13-5-1 and remained 2 points behind Northeastern, who edged Merrimack, 4-3, in the Hockey East standings. BU and NU meet Monday night in the Beanpot championship game--a non-conference game.

► Coach Jack Parker was honored prior to the start of the game for his 800th career win, which came in last Friday’s victory at Merrimack. He’s one of three Division 1 coaches to reach that milestone and the only one to do so at a single school.

Eric Gryba (photo), who played a strong game at both ends, assisted on two of the first period goals—his first multiple-point game at BU—and just missed an empty-netter in the final seconds.

►Goalie Kieran Millan, who stopped 20 Riverhawk shots, improved his record to 17-1-1.That equals the mark set in 1974-75 by Brian Durocher—now coach of the BU women’s team—for fewest losses in the first 19 decisions of a career.

►Lawrence’s power play goal was his 11th man-advantage marker, tying him for most in the nation with Air Force forward Jacques Lamoureaux.

►Warsofsky's goal was the first of his career to go with 14 assists, making him one of the top-scoring freshmen defensemen.

►With a goal and an assist, McCarthy earned the game's number one star. He now has 17 points, one more than his first three seasons combined.

► Add one more to feature stories on co-captain Matt Gilroy that have appeared recently as interest in the Hobey Baker Award hopeful and much sought-after free agent (for the NHL) increases. Elliott Olshansky of the New York Daily news penned this profile.

►Lowell coach Blaise MacDonald, former associate head coach at BU, is being assisted this season by former Terrier All-American and Hall of Famer and NHL standout Shawn McEachern.

Looking ahead
2009 recruit Alex Chiasson had a four-point (1 g, 3a) night for Des Moines as the slumping Bucs broke out the offense to double up Waterloo, 8-4. Chaisson, who played in Wednesday's USHL All-Star game, now leads the Bucs in scoring with a 14-19-33 line in 34 games.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Game Day—UMass-Lowell

The Terriers take on UMass Lowell tonight at Agganis Arena, the third and final regular season meeting. BU won the two previous games by 6-4 and 3-2 margins. For the River Hawks, their leading scorer, defenseman Maury Edwards has been a Terrier nemesis, with six goals and four assists in eight games against the Scarlet & White.

The "tween the beans" game is an annual concern for Terrier fans, worried that anticipation of the Beanpot championship game will result in a lack of focus for the business at hand--earning two critical league points. In fact, of the last 20 "between" games, BU has won 18, falling only to Providence in 2004 and Lowell in 2001. Since 1986, there were three years with no "between" game on the schedule.

Game notes from, along with links to gametracker and online Webcasts (WWZN and BU All-Access) are now available. Also Hockey East weekly preview columns from USCHO and Inside College Hockey and a preview article from The Daily Free Press.
Coach Jack Parker’s 800th victory (the Jan. 30 win against Merrimack) will be recognized tonight during an on ice pre-game ceremony.

A BU online publication, BU Today, provides a slide-and-audio feature in which co-captains Matt Gilroy and John McCarthy reveal how they prepare for game day.

As part of the Hockey East 25th anniversary celebration, BU fans can vote for the top Terrier forward to play in Hockey East. The choices are: Tony Amonte (1989-91), Carl Corazzini (1997-01), John Cullen (1983-87), Clark Donatelli (1984-87), Chris Drury (1994-98), Bryan Ewing (2004-08), Mike Grier (1993-96), Jacques Jobert (1992-95), Mike Kelfer (1985-89), Pete MacArthur (2004-08), Shawn McEachern (1988-91), Chris O'Sullivan (1992-96), Jay Pandolfo (1992-96), Mike Pomichter (1991-94), David Sacco (1988-93).

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The Jailbird Classic (Blago On Ice)

Give the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL credit for marketing timeliness and creativity. With the travails of Illinois’ now-ex-Governor all over the news, the Wranglers staged Governor Rod Blagojevich Prison Uniform Night, this past Saturday. For the special promotional event, the Wranglers wore old-time prison uniform jerseys with horizontal black and white stripes (video) while their opponents, the Bakersfield Condors, wore orange jumpsuit-style jerseys. And the refs’ jerseys mimicked prison guard attire. Prison bars adorned the penalty box and the goal judges wore old-style judicial wigs.

Where a prison number would be, the Wranglers' jerseys had an “ILLGOV” patch with the player’s uniform number. The Condors' jerseys had a similar patch that read “DOC” [Dept. of Corrections] with the player’s uniform number.

Two former Terrier blueliners participated in the tongue-in-check fun. Dan Spang (video- 2nd interview) plays for Las Vegas, while Tom Morrow is on the Condors. Spang assisted on the first two Wrangler goals in a 5-1 win.

The Montreal Canadians also wore horizontal stripes, but of the barber-pole variety, on Sunday against the Bruins, showing off retro uniforms from the 1912-13 season.
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