Friday, September 30, 2011

Q&A with Chris Connolly: a dozen for number 12

As Chris Connolly approaches his senior season, he is the total points leader among current team members with 89 and, for a second season, team captain. When he arrived at BU in 2008 after a standout USHL season scoring 55 points and leading Omaha to the Clark Cup title, he joined a freshman class that included three NHL draft choices and so was flying somewhat under the radar of BU fans.

That changed quickly. His dynamic offensive play, speed, and effectiveness breaking up opponents' power-play rushes before they could begin made Connolly an instant fan favorite. He rang up 30 points, including a goal and an assist in the 2009 NCAA championship game overtime win against Miami. While the team hasn't matched that success the past two seasons, Connolly's offensive production has remained consistent with 31- and 28-point campaigns. He's expected to be a key cog in the Terrier attack this season. With the 2011-12 opener a week away, Chris answered our questions about leadership and what to expect from the Terriers. MORE

Looking back
Despite scoring 34 points in his first full NHL season, former BU All-American Colin Wilson saw limited action for Nashville is last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. The Predators are looking to rely more on younger players this year and Wilson is using the playoff benchings as motivation to step up his game this season. He’s scored five points in four pre-season games, earning first-star honors in a 4-1 Preds’ win against Washington.

Several other former Terriers will begin the season in the AHL after competing in NHL camps: Colby Cohen and David Warsofsky (Bruins), Chris Bourque (Capitals), Eric Gryba (Senators), Dave van der Gulik and Zach Cohen (Colorado).

Brian Strait remains in Pittsburgh’s training camp, competing for a spot on the Pens’ blueline. He's scheduled to be in the Pittsburgh line-up tonight against Chicago in a game on the NHL Network at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Jay Pandolfo remains in contention for a roster spot with the Islanders. He'll be in the lineup when the fishsticks visit Pando's former team, the Devils, tonight. So will former Terrier Rick DiPietro, returning from another injury-plagued season.

Women’s team
The #2 Terriers open their season at home with a two-game series against #7 North Dakota. Tonight’s game at Walter Brown Arena begins at 7 p.m. Captain Jenn Wakefield and forwards Marie-Philip Poulin and Jennelle Kohanchuk are back from Canadian National Team camp and will be in the lineup; however, senior defenseman Tara Watchorn is sidelined with a concussion.
● season preview , game notes
● BU Today: Skating for a championship
● Daily Free Press game preview


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