Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Clendening clears the air

In the wake of Corey Trivino’s dismissal and Charlie Coyle’s departure to play major junior in Quebec, rumors began flying that a third player, Adam Clendening, might also leave the BU program following the World Junior Championships in Camrose. College Hockey News’ writer Scott McLaughlin contacted Clendening who emphatically insisted he’s returning to Agganis Arena for second semester. Full article including Q&A.

The decision by the Carolina Hurricanes not to release Justin Faulk to the U.S. team for the WJCs further enhances Clendening’s chances of making the final roster, according United States of Hockey editor Chris Peters, who says:

This recent development could also be good news for Adam Clendening, who is undoubtedly the best puck mover among Team USA’s candidates. With Faulk out of the picture, Clendening could play more of a key role on Team USA’s power play in Alberta. His puck-moving skills just got a heck of a lot more indispensable.

● The Pipeline Show tweeted that Coyle has been skating on a line with Denver’s Jason Zucker and WHL forward Emerson Etem: “Some awesome potential in that trio.”

● More news on final tryouts at the U.S. Junior National Team camp from the Western Hockey Blog

● Team USA plays an exhibition against Russia tonight.

The NHL Network will broadcast all of Team USA’s game in the WJCS, all medal round games and five additional preliminary round games. . USA Hockey extended its contract with The NHL Network through 2018.

Team USA Schedule

Looking ahead
2013 recruit Sam Kurker scored both goals for St. John’s Prep in a 2-1 win against Hingham. The right-shot power forward, who played for the U.S. Select U18 team, this past summer has five goals in his first two games this season.

Looking back
Defenseman and former BU assistant captain Brian Strait, who suffered a hyper-extended elbow on October 18 in his first NHL game of the season, has returned to the ice, skating in Wilkes Barre/Scranton’s 2-1 loss to Albany. He spoke with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the injury, his recovery, and hopes to have another opportunity in Pittsburgh in the near future.

Former Terrier standout Nick Bonino, recalled to Anaheim from the AHL, scored his second career NHL goal on a deflection in the Ducks’ 5-3 loss to Dallas.

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