Monday, November 01, 2010

Connolly’s heroics earn HE Player of Week honors

Junior co-captain Chris Connolly scored the game-winning goal in both Friday’s 5-1 win against Lowell and Saturday’s nail-biter rematch, a 2-1 victory for the Terriers, earning him the Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week Award. Connolly has a 3-5-8 scoring line, tied for second on the team in scoring. Four other Terriers, Charlie Coyle, Kieran Millan, Grant Rollheiser and Dave Warsofsky, earned places on the conference weekly top performers roll.

►BU has matched the 6-0-1 season's start of the 2001-02 team. Those are the program's two best starts in the past 32 years.

►The Polls are out and BU inched past BC into third place in the USCHO Division 1 weekly poll. The top two spots are held by Miami and Minnesota-Duluth, where Connolly's brother, Jack, is a standout forward. Same top four teams for the USA Today poll and Inside College Hockey’s Power Rankings.

►After giving up 2 power plays goals to Wisconsin on opening night, the Terriers have killed 30 of 31 penalties. The one exception was a slapshot by UMass that got past a screened Millan. Overall, BU’s penalty kills stands at 91.2 percent, third best in the nation.

After seven games, BU is 17th in the country in team scoring and tenth in team defense. More team and individual stats in the Hockey East Weekly Release (scroll down)

The Boston Globe’s Marvin Pave spoke with Jack Parker about the contributions the Terriers are receiving from junior Andrew Glass and freshman Garrett Noonan.

“Andrew appears to be playing with much more confidence and it’s
obvious that he has more of a feel of how to play within our system, said BU head coach Jack Parker. “He looks sharp and he’s been adding some offense for us with a goal and a few assists. He adds speed and strength to our lineup.

“When we recruited Garrett, we expected him to be a regular defenseman for us. Fortunately, he’s been even better than we expected. He’s looked good from the get-go and has been very solid defensively. His poise and awareness belie the fact that he’s a freshman,’’ Parker said.

► ESPN Boston recap of Saturday’s Hockey East games.
► New England Hockey Journal feature on Jack Parker and Jerry York.

► USCHO reports that Coach Parker, along with Wisconsin’s Mike Eaves, Minnesota’s Don Lucia and Harvard’s Ted Donata will meet with NHL officials in Toronto on Nov. 9 to address college hockey’s concern with the poaching of college players with remaining eligibility. More details in the Pioneer Press.

Looking back
Former Terrier center Nick Bonino has been recalled to Anaheim. Bonino, who scored twice—including the unassisted game-winner—in the Crunch’s 3-2 win over Albany, registered his first NHL last spring, assisted by Teemu Selanne, is his initial nine games with the Ducks.

Looking ahead
Friday night, we reported on Cason Hohmann’s four-goal effort for Cedar Rapids in a 7-3 win against Dubuque. The 2011 recruit tied a Roughriders’ franchise record. We have a game recap that includes video of his second goal of the contest. offers a conversation with Hohmann’s teammate and fellow BU recruit, Anthony DeAngelo, who is the youngest player in league history and, at 15 years of age, is more than holding his own against players as old as 20 and 21.

1 comment:

Doug Chapman said...

Unless they are going straight to the NHL, college hockey players are much better off staying in school where they can continue to develope their skills and make progress toward degrees. A much better progression than riding the buses in the minor leagues. Case in point: Colorado's Brandon Yip. Spent four years at BU and when his time in school was up, he was ready to make the jump. He wouldn't have been ready had he left early.

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