Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Rookies ranked; Rausch remembers

Inside College Hockey has posted its annual ranking of college hockey's top freshmen. BU winger Evan Rodrigues (photo) is rated #12 among forwards. [Cason Hohmann’s absence from the list is frankly baffling]. Alexx Privitera is the #8 defenseman and BU’s small, but talented class is ranked #6 overall. (Photo credit-Brendan Mahoney)

Episode 2 of Inside BU Hockey is now available on the BU Athletics Web site. Bernie Corbett’s guests are Head Coach Jack Parker, sophomore Matt Nieto, who has scored a goal in all three games this season and has points in his eight of his last nine games, and 1995 NCAA championship team member Ken Rausch. The interview with Rausch, a former UMass-Lowell assistant and current manager of Youth Hockey for USA Hockey, is a particularly enjoyable one as he recalls the circumstances that made him, an unrecruited walk-on, a Terrier, as well as his penchant for delivering in tournaments (video).

Looking ahead
International Scouting Services, reporting on prospects for the 2012 NHL draft, says 2012 recruit Robert Polesello's stock is rising.

Robert Polesello, F, Indiana ICE
Looks to have made a quick adjustment to USHL. Currently leads the Indiana Ice in goals with 4 in 3 games while helping the Ice
go undefeated. Polesello is a smaller, skilled offensive minded forward that possesses great tools. He is an exceptional skater, displaying a ton of speed and quickness that allows him to dart in and out of the open ice and create separation. His quickness is likely the best in this draft class and matches much of the best players in the world in that regard.

Looking back
Brian Strait, recalled from the AHL to Pittsburgh, was in the lineup for last night’s Pen’s win against the Wild, but suffered an upper-body injury during the second period.

Former Terrier co-captain John McCarthy assisted on three goals in the Worcester Sharks’ home-opening 6-1 win against Albany. Note the Sharks’ lineup filled with former collegians, including Sean Sullivan.

Women’s program
Freshman Kayla Tutino, who scored a hattrick in the 6-2 win over Union College, was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week.

Captain Jenn Wakefield and goalie Braly Hiller earned spots on the leagues list of top performers for the week.

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