Saturday, December 24, 2011

Clendening and Coyle pace U.S. exhibition win against Slovakia

Charlie Coyle scored twice and Adam Clendening assisted on two goals in Team USA’s 5-0 shutout of Slovakia in its final exhibition game prior to the World Junior Championships. The pair combined to put the US on the board in the game’s first minute when Coyle tipped home Clendening’s slapper. The late in the first period, Brandon Saad redirected a Clendening pass. Coyle closed out the scoring with an even-strength goal midway through the second period.
●USA Hockey recap

Looking back
College Hockey Weekly continues to unveil its ranking of the top 25 greatest NCAA hockey teams of all times. Two of BU’s national championship teams had previously been named to the list: the 1994-1995 title team was #25 and BU’s first championship squad, 1970-1971, was #24. Now, the first of the three title teams coached by Jack Parker, 1977-1978, has been pegged #11.
● College Hockey Weekly feature on the ’77-’78 team
● THFB Terrier Tale: That Championship Season

Terrier Trivia
The 1977-78 team (roster), which won its first 21 games en route to a 30-2-0 record, scored 199 goals with Mark Fidler and John Bethel leading the way with 30 and 25 respectively. Here is a six-pack of trivia questions about this squad, the only one in Terrier history to play and beat arch-rival Boston College for a national championship:

► Which team member refereed in the ECAC for 21 years?
► Who were the four team members who transferred to from other colleges? Name the colleges.
► Which six played in the NHL?
► Which team member was involved in the post 9-11 rescue and recovery effort at The World Trade Center?
► Which four played for Team USA in the Olympics?
► Which two are head coaches of NCAA college hockey teams?
Post your answers as comments. We'll post the answers latter in the week.


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