Sunday, September 25, 2011

Future Terriers and alums in action

BU doesn't hit the ice for its exhibition game against St. Francis Xavier until next Saturday, but numerous former and future Terriers are already involved in games.

Looking back
Former BU standout defenseman Brian Strait, contending for spot on the Penguins’ blueline, scored on slapper in Pittsburgh’s 4-1 win (video) over the Wild.

Brandon Yip’s third season with the Colorado Avalanche is on hold while he recovers from a broken arm, suffered in an exhibition game against the St. Louis Blues. David Van der Gulik, who suited up for six Colorado games last season, is seeking to make the Avs roster and Yip’s injury could open an opportunity for him.

Jay Pandolfo, trying out with the Islanders after 13 seasons with New Jersey, had an assist in his first exhibiton game start . He later talked with The Star-Ledger about his hopes to extend his career.

After spending last season with teams in Russia and Switzerland, Chris Bourque is back with the Washington Capitals, the team that had drafted him.

Prior to retiring this past summer, former BU All-American and Hobey Baker Award winner Chris Drury ranked first among active NHL players with 17 career game-winning goals in the playoffs.

Looking ahead
BU’s newest recruit, Mike Moran, earned first star and “hardest worker” honors in the Penticton Vees’ season-opening 5-2 win over the Coquitlam Express. Moran, scored a goal and added two assists.

2012 recruit Marc Hetnik, Jr., registered an assist in each of the Vernon Vipers’s two season-opening wins over Salmon Arm.

The USHL preseason Fall Classic was played during the past few days with several future Terriers seeing action. 2012 recruit Robert Polesello, scored a goal in each of the Indiana Ice’s two wins and now has 3+2 in four exhibition games. His teammate Rob Baillargeon, a 2013 recruit, has a goal and two assists in five games.

2012 recruit Matt O’Connor, stopped 24 of 28 shots in Youngstown’s 5-4 win against Cedar Rapids.

Blueliner Matt Grzelcyk, a 2013 recruit had one assist for the NTDP U18s in three Fall Classic games

Women’s team
The number two-ranked Terriers used a pair of short-handed goals by Taylor Holze and Jill Cardella to defeat University of Ottawa, 3-1, in an exhibition game yesterday at Walter Brown Arena. BU played without its top returning forwards, Jenn Wakefield, Marie-Philip Poulin and Jennelle Kohanchuk, who are at Canadian National Team evaluation camp.

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