Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday Linkorama

Earlier today, Hockey East did what opposing goalies have been unable to do this season—rob Matt Nieto. Somehow, the Terrier sophomore wing didn’t get the nod for player of the week. No knock on the two players who did share player-of-the-week honor, but it’s awfully easy to make a strong case for Nieto who turned around Friday’s game with his fifth goal (video) after a UMass breakaway was stifled and also assisted on the tying goal.

During Saturday’s rematch, he set up a pair of goals, including Charley Coyle’s shorthander to knot the score, then wristed home the overtime game-winner (video), extending his consecutive game streak to eight games. Oh yes, he earned first-star honors in both games—making it three times in six games—which leaves him tied for the top spot in the conference’s Army ROTC Three Stars Award standings.

Nieto did make the conference list of top performers for the week along with Coyle and Sahir Gill, who scored a goal in both UMass games and has at least one point in every game this season.

Terriers moved up a notch to 12th in the USCHO poll and remained at 12th in the USA Today Poll.

BU now leads the nation in shorthanded goals with four, while Coyle leads all conference skaters with a +9.

● Boston Hockey Blog October mailbag
● Daily Free Press recap and feature on Nieto

Looking back
Former Terrier Nick Bonino, who is fourth in the AHL in assists with nine, has been recalled by the Anaheim Ducks from Syracuse.

Looking ahead
More from BU’s M&M boys in Victoria—Wesley Myron and Mike Moran. Myron is at Canada West evaluation camp for the World Junior A Challenge. Meanwhile, Moran scored his third game-winning goal in 14 games with the Grizzlies and added an assist, once again earning first-star honors, as Victoria beat Coquitlam, 5-2. Current BU assistant captain Justin Courtnall also is a Grizzlies alum
Recap and box score
● Video highlights (Moran is #12)

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