Monday, November 21, 2011

Terriers snare top goalie from World Junior A Challenge

BU took a major step toward completing its 2012 recruit class when it received a commitment from Powell River Kings/BCHL netminder Sean Maguire. The 6’1”, 203 lb. goalie, a Feb. 1993 birthdate, was the all-tournament goaltender at the World Jr. A Challenge earlier this month, where he posted a 1.49 GAA and a .942 save percentage in four tournament games to help Canada West to the gold medal.

Maguire outdueled highly regarded Swedish netminder Oscar Dansk in the semifinal game, won by Canada West, 2-1 in OT. He turned aside 28 shots. Then in the gold-medal game, he stopped 18 shots in a 4-2 win against Canada East. Future Terrier teammate Wesley Myron of the Victoria Grizzlies also played for Canada West.

● Maguire video interview at the World Junior A Challenge

USHR reports that Maguire's pro stock has shot up thanks to his sharp tournament performance. It went on to say that Terrier assistant coach Buddy Powers has been scouting Maguire since last season, when he was co-winner of the league’s Wally Forslund Memorial Trophy (lowest combined GAA—1.88). In ten games for the Kings this season, Maguire has a 2.55 GAA and an .897 save percentage (numbers skewed somewhat, USHR notes, by a 5-3 loss last Friday.

Maguire had a 2.50 GAA and a .903 save percentage in his first year with Powell River and previously played for the North Island Silvertips. He’s the fourth member of BU’s 2012 class now playing in the BCHL, joining Myron and Mike Moran of Victoria and Marc Hetnik, Jr. of Vernon. And he joins Matt O'Connor, now at USHL/Youngstown, as BU's goaltending tandem of the future. All current recruits are listed in the sidebar to the right.

Terriers were named Hockey East Team of the Week following victories against Vermont and New Hampshire. Senior goalie Kieran Millan earned Hockey East recognition as Defensive Player of the Week for his 33 save effort in BU’s 4-1 win against the Wildcats. Wade Megan, Matt Nieto and Corey Trivino all were named to the Top Performers list for the week.

Both Trivino and Nieto have been held pointless only once this season. Charlie Coyle is the conference leader in plus/minus with +10.

In the USCHO national poll, BU moved up a notch to #15. Merrimack, the only remaining undefeated D1 team and the only team to beat BU the past two weekends, has risen to the top of the rankings. Congratulations to the Warrior program for making enormous strides under Coach Mark Denehy.

● Daily Free Press feature: Megan’s improvement
● USCHO Weekly Hockey East Blog: BU is Back
● College Hockey News Weekly Hockey East Blog: Coyle

Women's team
With Marie-Philip Poulin and Jenelle Kohanchuk out of the lineup, freshman Kayla Tutino has stepped up to fill the scoring void. After scoring the shorthanded game-winner in Saturday’s 4-2 win against Connecticut, the right wing from Lorraine, Quebec, scored twice Sunday against Providence, including another GWG, leading BU to a 3-2 win. Tutino is averaging a point a game with nine goals and five assists in 14 games. Senior captain Jenn Wakefield scored her 10th goal as BU improved its record to 9-4-1 and 4-1 in conference play.

Tutino, who is first in the conference and third nationally in rookie goal-scoring, was named Hockey East's Player of the Week, while Isabel Menard, Kerrin Sperry and Tara Watchorn all made the Hockey East Top Performers list for the week.

Terriers lead the nation in penalty killing with a 92.3 percentage and are tied for the lead in short handed goals.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Assistant Coach LaChapelle post-game comments
● Daily Free Press weekend recap and special teams feature

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