Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Both sides now for Warsofsky

En route to winning a gold medal with team USA in the World Junior Championships in Saskatoon last night, sophomore defenseman David Warsofsky found himself on the wrong side of a two-goal comeback. Warsofsky, of course, had been part of BU’s two-goal rally in the final minute of the NCAA title game last April, before the Terriers won in overtime. Last night, Team USA had a two-goal edge over five-time defending champion Canada with just three minutes left in regulation. But a power play for the hosts was followed by a tying goal and Warsofsky found himself in familiar territory, heading to overtime in a championship game.

Four and a half minutes into the extra session, Team USA’s John Carlson (video), on an odd-man rush, blasted the puck home for a 6-5. win. Reuters photo by Shaun Best: L-R, Ryan Bourque, Carlson, Warsofsky.

Team USA’s gold medal came six years to the day after the Americans only other WJC title. Warsofsky became the first Terrier to win gold at the WJCS and the first to earn a WJC medal since 1997 when Dan Lacouture and Tom Poti were part of the the silver-medal squad. Warsofsky's gold medal followed one day after 2011 recruit Alexx Privitera earned gold with Team USA in the World U17 Challenge in Ontario.

Warsofsky, who talked with his hometown newspaper in Marshfield, Mass. about his tournament experience, is expected by in uniform on Friday evening when BU and BC face off at Frozen Fenway. That much-waited game will be the main topic during today’s edition of Hockey On Campus, which airs online today from 4-7 p.m. ET. Bernie Corbett and Paul McNamara will also preview the Northeastern-New Hampshire women’s game that precedes the Terriers vs Eagles tilt on Friday, as well as recapping the WJCs.

Colby Cohen’s 2-goal, 2-assist effort against UMass on Saturday earned him a share of Hockey East’s player of the week honors, which he shared with Vermont’s Justin Milo. Zach Cohen and Kevin Shattenkirk, with three points each, were named to the league’s top performers list.

Looking back

The Colorado Avs, under first-year coach and former Terrier forward Joe Sacco, are among the surprise stories of the first half of the NHL season. At the midpoint, the Avs are second in the Northwest Division, just a point behind Calgary. Sacco discussed his "rookie" season behind the bench with ESPN.

Former BU goalie Rick DiPietro is expected to return to the Islanders’ net this weekend for the first time this season, following recovery from surgery and some AHL rehab. DiPietro will back up Dwayne Roloson tonight with the Isles visiting Sacco, Brandon Yip and the Avs.

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