Monday, November 15, 2010

And then there was one

The pair of ties against Merrimack this past weekend cost BU its spot atop the national polls, as Minnesota-Duluth inched past the now second-ranked Terriers. But with Yale's surprising loss to Air Force on Sunday, BU remained the only undefeated team in Division 1 with a 6-0-4 record.

• USCHO weekly poll
• USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll

In the weekly Hockey East release, junior forwards Chris Connolly and Corey Trivino (photo), who brought the Terriers back from a two-goal deficit, earned places on the top performers list, along with Kieran Millan who seems to make the list every week. Millan is tied for sixth in the nation with a .938 save percentage.

Additional weekend coverage
• Daily Free Press recap
• Inside Hockey recap

And then, there were two
Colby Cohen, who played three games for Colorado’s depleted defense corps, has been sent down to Lake Erie. With Dave Van der Gulik’s MCL injury, that leaves just two ex-Terriers, Brandon Yip and Kevin Shattenkirk, on the Avs’ active roster. Yip scored his fifth goal of the season tonight in the Avs' 6-3 win over St. Louis. Shattenkirk logged 17:29 of playing time in his sixth NHL game.

Two ex-BU blueliners, Matt Gilroy and Ryan Whitney, made the score sheet--each with an assist--in yesterday’s Rangers-Oilers game, but it was Gilroy’s team, New York, that came away with an 8-3 win. Gilroy added another assist tonight in a 3-2 OT win over Pittsburgh.

Former Terrier standout defensive forward Luke Popko has signed on with the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays following a brief stint with the Ontario Reign, also in the ECHL. He was in uniform last night in Reading, Penn., for a game against the Royals.

With a goal and two assists in his past three games, Mike Grier has eight points for the Sabres this season.

Looking ahead, looking at some of the early-season surprises in the USHL, writes about 2011 recruit Muskegon Lumberjacks defenseman Alex Privitera :
Sure, his four goals and ten assists through twelve games are pretty impressive, but that’s just his game. What the biggest surprise with Privitera has been the quick and impressive development of his defensive game.

Hockey had previously named both Privitera--now tied for sixth in USHL scoring and 2013 recruit Adam Erne to its All USHL Fall Classic team back in September.

2011 recruit Matt O’Connor stopped 35 shots in Youngstown’s 6-3 win against Indiana on Saturday. One of the shots he didn’t save came off the stick of Erne who registered his second goal of the season.

Two future Terriers, Canada East's Robert Polesello and USA's Cason Hohmann, faced off in the gold medal game of the World Junior A Challenge on Sunday, with Team USA claiming its third consecutive title with a 6-4 win. For the tournament both had three points: Polesello 2+1,

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