Monday, November 08, 2010

Reluctantly, number one--UPDATED

When top-ranked Miami, second-ranked Minnesota-Duluth and #4 BC all lost Friday night, Terrier fans knew that only a loss to Maine would keep BU out of the top spot in today’s USCHO poll. It’s just the way these polls work. Saturday's 2-2 OT barnburner tie with Maine was just enough to turn the trick for BU.

But Terrier coach Jack Parker, who wants no part of the bulls-eye-on-the-back that comes with the top ranking, was quick to disagree about BU’s inevitable ascent. Following Saturday’s game he said, "We're a pretty good team, but I don't think we're the No. 1 team in the nation."

The Daily Free Press brings us another game recap and a feature on how BU’s penalty-killing unit got the better of Maine’s vaunted power play.

USCHO’s Jim Connelly reviews the weekend in Hockey East.

Charlie Coyle, who knocked a puck out of the air and into the Maine net with 1:21 left in regulation Saturday, is this week’s Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week. He’s the second Terrier to earn the honor. Sahir Gill, received the award for the first week of the season. Co-captain Chris Connolly and goalie Kieran Millan made the weekly top performers list The two juniors are tied for first place in Hockey East’s Three Stars of the Game award competition. Hockey East Weekly release. Scroll down for national and conference statistics.

Looking back
Adam Dater, who writes the All Things Avs blog for the Denver Post, likes what he’s seen of ex-Terriers Colby Cohen and Kevin Shattenkirk and is lobbying for one or both to remain in Colorado when injured blueliners return. Meanwhile, Coach Joe Sacco was enthused about the resilience of his injury-wracked team.

  • Before Shattenkirk and Cohen were Terrier teammates, they were together in the NTDP program, but the frienship began back in 2003 in the East Coast Selects elite tournament program.

While his Terrier teammates have moved up to Colorado, Zach Cohen works for a similar opportunity while with AHL affiliate Lake Erie. He tallied two assists in the Monsters’ 4-3 loss to Grand Rapids.

Check out our This Date in Terrier Hockey page. We’re cranking it up again and will feature many dates primarily from two remarkable BU seasons, marking milestone anniversaries this year. 40th anniversary of the 1970-71 championship team and the 20th anniversary of the 1990-91 club that lost in the title game in triple overtime. But our first new listing is from a Nov. 8, 1988 game that featured two seven-point performances.

Women's team
With three of its biggest guns on loan to the Canadian National Team, the BU Women’s team completed its first weekend of two conference games by pasting UNH, 5-2 at Walter Brown Arena. Senior Jillian Kirchner and junior Jennelle Kohanchuk stepped up to score a pair of goals apiece, while sophomore blueliner Kathryn Miller scored her second goal of the weekend and added an assists. Freshman Kerrin Sperry earned the victory stopping 18 shots and upping her record to 6-0-1. BU remains 5th in the USCHO poll.
• recap and comprehensive box score.
• All-Access video highlights.
• Daily Free Press recap
• Post game comments:
--Brian Durocher
--Jennelle Kohanchuk
--Jill Kirchner:

Tara Watchorn, one of the three BU women playing for Canada in the Four Nations’ Cup in St. John's, Newfoundland, talked with CBC Sports about the event.. Tomorrow night, Team Canada takes on Team USA.

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