Sunday, October 03, 2010

Coyle hat trick paces 9-3 win over Toronto-UPDATED

The Terriers flexed some offensive muscle in last night’s 9-3 exhibition win against the University of Toronto. The Varsity Blue were even with BU after one period, 3-3, but the Terriers put up a trio of goals in each of the next two periods to complete the lopsided win. Freshman Charlie Coyle (photo) scored a hat trick and added a pair of assists, while linemate and co-captain Chris Connolly also had five points with two goals and three assists. Associate Head Coach Mike Bavis filled in for Jack Parker, who is recovering from bypass surgery this past summer.

Blog contributor CDRAL offers these observations on last night's exhibition:

General impressions (with knowledge that personnel will change
as BU heads further into the season) are that the team will bring an energy and enthusiasm that was absent for a good portion of last season. The Terriers have size at both the forward and defensive positions, and moved the puck well. On the power play, Terriers, while only 2 of 9, did generate 15 shots on goal. BU was very good around the net, which has been problematic in seasons past. Defensively, BU should gain a rhythm once the tandems are ultimately determined, but once again my impression was the young corps appears to be talented in all facets of the game.
We have several recaps and box scores, along with video highlights of the game: recap
● Scott Weighart’s USCHO recap with a Melissa Wade slideshow
● Jake Seiner’s Boston Hockey Blog recap
● Comprehensive box score
●Boston Hockey Blog report card
●All-Access video highlights
WTBU recap
College Hockey News box score with line combinations and defense pairings.
●Daily Free Press/ U-Jin Lee slideshow (check out the last two shots)

Among the former Terriers in attendence: Darryl MacLeod, John Bethel, Scott Lachance, Dale Dunbar, Billy Pierce, Dan Ronan, Mark Hetnik, and Tim Kimball.

Looking back
Rick DiPietro, returning from a season lost to knee injuries, led the Islanders past the Devils, 2-1, stopping 25 of 26 shots, including a penalty shot by Ilya Kovalchuk.

Former All-American defenseman Freddy Meyer, who is competing for a roster spot with the Atlanta Thrashers, scored on a first-period slapper to give the Thrashers an early lead in a game eventually won by Columbus, 4-3. Meyer, who signed with Atlanta over the summer after spending the past few seasons with the Islanders with his former BU and NTDP teammate, DiPietro, had the most ice time of any Thrashers blueliner.

Looking ahead
2011 recruit Matt O'Connor, made it two-for-two, winning his second start in goal for the USHL Youngstown Phantoms, 2-1 over Chicago. Amateur Hockey Report had scouted O'Connor during last month's USHL Fall Festival and commented:
Matthew O’Connor '92/G Youngstown – Might not get a lot of games in this season because of veteran Matt Green being on the team and that’s a shame. O’Connor is a potential pro-prospect because of his size and athleticism. Moves well for such a large netminder. Plays a blocking style. Positions himself properly and challenges shooters when appropriate. Going to a great program at Boston University also enhances his stock to potential pro suitors. Needs to control his rebounds better. AHR Rating: BB

Neither 2011 recruit Alexx Privitera (Muskegon) nor 2013 recruit Adam Erne (Indiana) made the scoresheet in last night's 4-1 Indiana win, but they, too, were scouted by AHR last month.

Alexx Privitera '93/RD Muskegon – Will be a good collegiate defenseman but not sure about in the pro’s. Has gotten bigger/stronger but he still is undersized. He’s a skilled offensive defenseman who works the puck well on the point and has regained his confidence rushing the puck. AHR Rating: A

Adam Erne '95/RW Indiana – Wow, is this kid advanced for his age. Already a very dangerous offensive player at this level. He shoots the puck well and also plays with an edge. It’s good that he is in the USHL this year because he will be a quality top-six forward who can play on Indiana’s powerplay. He would’ve absolutely dominated midget hockey this year and would’ve been bored with the competition. Skies the limit. AHR Rating: AAA

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