Friday, November 05, 2010

Friday Linkorama

So, ironically, we start “Linkorama” with an item that has no link. The new issue of The Hockey News (dated 11/15) has a two-page, color spread on the Terriers’ formidable freshman class. The focus is on three draft-eligible members of the class: Sahir Gill, (recently honored as Hockey East Rookie of the Month) Matt Nieto and Adam Clendening.

We can’t post the full article since THN is a subscription-only publication, but here are a few excerpts:
Jack Parker on Nieto: "He was a big recruit for us. He plays every power play, kills every penalty—for a freshman, he sees a lot of ice time."

Parker on Gill: “ A clever center” who has surprised with his
offensive prowess.

Parker on Clendening: "He brings [us] Kevin Shattenkirk…He’s a terrific offensive defenseman and he’s really shown poise from the blueline. And he’s solid defensively."

Parker on the NHL entry draft: “What does it matter if you go 28th overall or 37th? The important thing is, when it’s time to sign you, do they love you?”

The Boston Globe’s Nancy Marrapese-Burrell talks with co-captain Chris Connolly about the Terriers’ 6-0-1 start.

►INCH’s Nate Ewell discussed the importance of “attitude with co-captain Joe Pereira and how it has paid off for BU during the first month of play.

►In The Daily Free Press's preview of tomorrow night’s match-up between the #3-ranked Terriers and the #7-ranked Maine Black Bears, Coach Parker talked with Jake Seiner about BU’s need to play with more intensity and physicality at home and about defending against Maine’s potent power play.

New England Hockey Journal looks at the impact freshmen in the conference after the first few weeks of competition. Gill and Coyle are among those averaging at least a point per game.

►The Boston Hockey Blog reports that freshman Yasin Cissé has had surgery to repair a torn ankle tendon and is out for the season. The hard-luck forward who suffered the same injury last season at Des Moines will redshirt and still have four years of eligibility left.

► USCHO’s weekly Hockey East column looks at the resurgence of Providence’s program

►Hockey East Online previews the weekend’s conference games while USCHO’s Dave Hendrickson takes another stab at picking the winners.

Looking back
There were two Terrier milestones in last night’s Avalanche 3-1 loss to Vancouver. Dave van der Gulik (photo above) scored his first NHL goal and Kevin Shattenkirk, who was recalled from Lake Erie, made his first NHL start, playing 20:57 minutes, including some power play times. Van der Gulik’s goal (link to video) came against a familiar face, ex-BC goalie Cory Schneider.

First-year head coach John Hynes of AHL/Wilkes Barre/Scranton has guided the Baby Pens to an 8-0 start in October. Well-regard as an up and coming young coach, Hynes, who played on BU’s 1995 national championship team and previously was head coach of the NTDP U18s, is getting one-ice help from two other former Terriers. In four starts, former Terrier John Curry has a 1.72 gaa and .940 save percentage. Defenseman Brian Strait has three points and is +7.

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