Sunday, January 30, 2011

Millan, penalty killers steal a point for BU

Junior goalie Kieran Millan, earning first-star honors for the second consecutive night, helped BU complete a 3-point weekend in Maine with 41 saves in a 1-1 overtime time. The score belies the on ice action as the Black Bears outshot BU, 42-20, including a 20-3 advantage in the opening period.

Maine opened the scoring on its first shot, a screened blueline blast by Will O’Neill, whose father,Bill, played for the Terriers 1978 national championship team. BU also scored on its first shot, but had to wait until the seven-minute mark. Killing a penalty, co-captains Chris Connolly and Joe Pereira broke in on the Maine goalie, 2-on-1, with Pereira knotting the score on his 11th of the season.

Along with Millan’s heroics, BU’s penalty kill was critical to gaining the tie, stopping all seven Maine power plays.

The three-point weekend keeps BU in third place in Hockey East, five points behind BC and UNH.

• recap and comprehensive box score
• USCHO recap
• Hockey East Online recap and WABI highlights
• Bangor Daily News recap
• Boston Globe recap
• Boston Hockey Blog recap, grades, slideshow
• Video highlights and postgame comments:

Looking back
The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa talked with Kevin Shattenkirk at the NHL all-star festivities in Raleigh, N.C. The former Terrier captain was one of twelve rookies invited to the All-Star game to participate in the skills competition.

“No chance. No chance,’’ the Colorado rookie said when asked if he ever imagined being with the All-Stars only a year after doing his thing on Commonwealth Avenue. “I figured I’d probably have some time down in the minors. But obviously things have fallen into place and worked out. It’s been great.’’
Women's team
Terriers completed a weekend sweep of UConn with a 4-1 victory at Storrs for BU's 13th consecutive victory. Four different players produced goals--Lauren Cherewyk, Kasey Boucher, Jennelle Kohanchuk and Kasey Boucher--while goalie Kerrin Sperry, who came with four mintues of another shutout, improved her record to 15-0-2.
• recap and comprehensive box score
• Hockey East Online recap
Post game comments- Coach Brian Durocher:

Friday, January 28, 2011

Terriers roar back to nip Maine, 4-3-- UPDATED

Terriers gained an important two points in the conference race with a come-from-behind 4-3 win at Alfond Arena. BU did it the hard way, falling behind 3-1 midway through second period, then scoring three straight. Junior assistant David Warsofsky (photo) ripped a shot from the high slot early in the third period that proved the game-winner.

BU had taken a first-period lead when Max Nicastro sent Corey Trivino in alone and he converted his fifth goal of the season. After three Maine scores in rapid succession produced a two-goal lead for the hosts, Terriers came back on Alex Chiasson’s ninth goal of the season and Wade Megan’s sixth in a 30-second span.

Despite giving up a few goals on shots he felt he should have handled, Kieran Millan stopped a bushel of grade chances and turned in another strong effort with 34 saves to earn first-star honors. Chaisson was BU’s only multiple-point scorer with a goal and an assist. Trivino, in addition to his goal, had a strong night on faceoffs with several key wins in the third period.

• recap and comprehensive box score
• Hockey East Online recap
• Daily Free Press slide show
• Video highlights
• Boston Hockey Blog recap, grades, and analysis
• USCHO recap
• Boston Globe recap
• Bangor Daily News recap
• Portland Press Herald recap

Looking back
The Medford Transcript offers a feature and Q&A with Jack Garrity, one of first of many standout skaters from that Massachusetts town to play for BU. Inducted recently into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame, Garrity was a two-time All-American for BU, leading the team to its first two NCAA Final Fours, as well as an U.S. Olympian. In 1949-50, he set an NCAA single-season scoring record with 51 goals and 33 assists. Garrity later coached at Medford High School and Archbishop Williams and was an on-ice official at multiple levels. In April 2009, at the request of BU Coach Jack Parker, he flew to Washington, D.C., to address the Terriers on the eve of the Frozen Four that resulted in BU’s fifth national championship.

John Curry stopped 28 shots in Wilkes Barre/Scranton’s 4-1 win over Albany.

Looking ahead

Cason Hohmann registered a pair of assists in Cedar Rapids' 5-4 OT loss to the U.S. NTDP U18s. He now has 31 points in 29 games this season.

Women's team

The Terriers extended their winning streak to twelve games, scoring twice in the third-period to earn a hard-fought 2-1 victory over UConn at Walter Brown Arena. Catherine Ward tied the score at 1-1 early in the final period and leading scorer Marie-Philip Poulin''s 22nd of the year midway through the period provided the difference. Captain Holly Lorms assisted on both goals. Alissa Fromkin stopped 16 shots for the win.

• recap and comprehensive box score.
• Photo gallery
• Video highlights
• Post game comments from Coach Brian Durocher and Poulin:

Game Day—BU vs. Maine

The 16th ranked Terriers travel to Maine for a weekend pair against the #11/12 Black Bears at Alfond Arena. Maine currently trails BU by a point for third place in Hockey East, but the Black Bears have two games in hand.

Tonight’s game will air in Maine on WABI-TV. Game Central will offer pay-per-view Webcasts of both tonight’s and Saturday’s games (both 7 p.m. starts). Thanks to blog reader Scott Martineau for that information.

After several years of domination by BU, the series with Maine has become an even matchup. Last season, the teams split the four games they played, with Maine knocking BU out of the conference playoffs. The teams played to a 2-2 overtime tie on Nov. 6, with Charlie Coyle knotting the scoring on an extra-attacker goal near the end of regulation.

Goalie Kieran Millan, who has had a hot hand in recent weeks, will start tonight’s game. Blueliner Ryan Ruikka (photo), who missed both games last weekend with a shoulder injury, will be examined today to determine whether he’ll be available for one or both of the games at Alfond.

Check back for the full BU lineup. has links to game notes, live stats and the WWZN Radio Webcast
• Boston Hockey Blog game preview and in-game live blog.
• Hockey East weekend preview
• Portland Press Herald game preview
• College Hockey News Tale of the Tape

Junior forward Andrew Glass, dismissed from the team earlier this month for “missing meetings and being late,” talked with Daily Free Press hockey writer Scott McLaughlin to explain his side of the story. Yesterday, another Terrier e-mailed his thoughts on the dismissal to McLaughlin.

Looking back
Mile High Hockey profiles Joe Sacco, second-year coach of the Colorado Avalanche.

ESPN Boston talked with former BU All-American and NHL standout Shawn McEachern about his first season coaching The Rivers School in the ISL prep league.

Former Terrier netminder and Hockey East MVP John Curry has been added to the roster for the AHL All-Star Game that will be played on Sunday in Hershey. Curry, whose coach at Wilkes Barre/Scranton, former Terrier forward John Hynes, will be a co-coach for one of the two teams, currently has a 16-7 record with a 2.47 GAA. He is on pace for a fourth consecutive 20-win season.

Looking ahead
Earlier this week, 2013 recruit Adam Erne scored his 9th goal of the season in Indiana’s 5-4 overtime win against Muskegon. 2011 recruit Cason Hohmann scored his 14th goal of the season, assisted by 2014 recruit Anthony DeAngelo in Cedar Rapids’s 6-2 loss to Des Moines.

Women’s team
The #3-ranked Terriers, riding an 11-game winning streak, begin a home-and-home weekend series with Connecticut at Walter Brown Arena tonight at 7 p.m. has links to game notes, a video preview, game tracker, and the Webcast on BU All-Access (PPV).
• UConn Daily Campus preview

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Live Chat with Co-captain Joe Pereira today at 12: 30 p.m ET--UPDATED

Hockey East Online hosted Terrier co-captain Joe Pereira for a live chat earlier today. Pereira has a team-leading and career best 10 goals. Transcript.

Adam Clendening and Charlie Coyle earned spots on Hockey East Online’s list of the week’s top performers, along with goalie Kieran Millan, who made 100 saves in three games. Co-captain Chris Connolly’s 100th career game and Garrett Noonan’s first career goal were recognized in the milestones list.

New England Hockey Journal’s assesses the performance of the five freshmen skating regularly in the Terrier lineup: Coyle, Matt Nieto, Sahir Gill, Clendening and Noonan.

Nieto is ranked at #27 in the latest ISS list of 2011 NHL draft prospects.

Looking back
Brandon Yip broke a month-long scoring drought with a pair of goals (video), earning first-star honors in Colorado’s 4-3 win against St. Louis. Kevin Shattenkirk also scored for the Avs. (video—also check out his slick backhand goal in Sunday’s loss to the Bruins). In 37 games, he has a 7-18-25 scoring line. Game recap.

Women’s team
Freshman forward Marie-Philip Poulin’s hat trick in BU’s 4-0 blanking of Vermont earned her a second consecutive Hockey East Rookie of the Week award. The Beauceville, Que., native has won the R-o-W award in five of the past seven weeks.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Linkorama

More coverage of Saturday's 2-1 win against New Hampshire
• Sam Dykstra of The Daily Free Press talks with Kieran Millan about his 38-save effort.
• NESN video feature on Alex Chiasson

Looking back
Former Terrier standout Chris Higgins scored the tying goal for Las Vegas late in the third period, then added a shootout goal that made the Outlaws 6-5 winners over Bakersfield in ECHL action.


Looking ahead
2012 recruit Robert Polesello assisted on two Vaughan goals in the Vipers’ 5-2 win over Toronto in OJHL play. The speedy centerman has a 13-26-39 line in 28 games, including eight points in the past four games.

Women’s program
Terriers extended their winning streak to 11 games, matching the team’s 11-game unbeaten streak earlier in the season, as they blanked Vermont, 4-0 in Burlington. The win was the 100th for the program which is midway through its sixth varsity season.

Freshman Marie-Philip Poulin led the offense with a hat trick giving her a BU record 41 points on the season. Another first-year player, Louise Warren, added the fourth goal. In recording her team record fifth shutout of the season, freshman Kerrin Sperry needed to stop just nine shots at the Terrier defenders locked down the Catamounts. With the win, BU opens up a three-point lead in Hockey East with eight league games left on the schedule.

• recap and comprehensive box score.
• Hockey East recap
• Boston Herald talks with Coach Brian Durocher about the team's latest milestone
• Durocher's post-game comments:

Millan and Gaudet led BU past UNH--UPDATED

Just 24 hours after a hard-fought loss to BC, the Terriers fought hard again and this time earned a 2-1 win over UNH at the Whit in Durham. Kieran Millan gave up a power play goal early in the middle stanza, but kept the high-scoring Wildcats off the score sheet the rest of the way, stopping 38 shots. Charlie Coyle’s power play goal knotted the score and Ross Gaudet’s unassisted tally midway through the second period proved to be the game winner.

• recap and comprehensive box score
• Hockey East Online recap and NESN highlights
• Boston Hockey Blog recap, grades and slideshow
• WTBU Sports recap
• Boston Globe recap
• Boston Herald recap

Looking back
Three former Terrier captains were on the ice Saturday during the Rangers’ 3-2 shootout win against Atlanta. Chris Drury and Matt Gilroy for New York and Freddy Meyer for the Thrashers. And a fourth BU captain, Mike Sullivan, is the Rangers assistant head coach.

Check out today's entry on the This Date in BU Hockey blog .

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Deja vu all over again

You've heard this one before--just a few days ago. BU spotted a top conference opponent a 3-0 lead, roared back with two goals, but couldn't produce the equalizer. Last night's version resulted in a 3-2 loss to third-ranked BC at Agganis Arena last night before a crowd of 6,150.

The Eagles did all their scoring in the opening period, with two goals coming on power plays. In the second period, Garrett Noonan's first collegiate goal off an Alex Chiasson feed began the Terrier comeback. Assistant captain David Warsofsky cut the margin further, one-timing a bullet on the power play. Co-captain Chris Connolly assisted on both scores and earned the game's second star. Kieran Millan made 24 saves to keep BU in the game during the final two periods, but the Terriers couldn't put a third past John Muse.

• recap and comprehensive box score
• Video highlights
• USCHO recap and slide show
• Hockey East Online recap and NESN video highlights
• Boston Hockey blog recap, analysis and grades
• Boston Globe recap
• Boston Herald recap and photo gallery

Looking ahead
2013 recruit Adam Erne scored a goal and an assist Indiana’s 6-5 overtime win over Waterloo.

2011 recruit Cason Hohmann’s unassisted goal, his 13th goal of the season, launched Cedar Rapids to a 5-1 thumping of Muskegon.

2011 recruit Matt O’Connor stopped 44 shots, but Sioux Falls beat O’Connor’s Youngstown Phantoms, 3-2.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Game Day: BU vs BC- the rivalry renewed

Terriers take on BC at Agganis Arena tonight, seeking to erase the memory of back-to-back losses to the Eagles in December. The game is a 7:30 p.m. start and will air on NESN.

Senior co-captain Joe Pereira scored in both of the December games and scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season against Harvard last weekend.

Both teams enter the game coming off a loss. Third-ranked BC lost to Maine, 4-1, last Sunday, while BU was edge by Merrimack, 3-2, on Tuesda.

Kieran Millan gets the start in goal. Here's the rest of the Terrier lineup, which includes a few changes from the past two games.
Chris Connolly - Sahir Gill - Joe Pereira
Matt Nieto - Charlie Coyle - Alex Chiasson
Ross Gaudet - Corey Trivino - Wade Megan
Justin Courtnall - Ben Rosen - Ryan Santana
David Warsofsky - Max Nicastro
Garrett Noonan - Adam Clendening
Sean Escobedo - Patrick MacGregor has links to game notes, the WWZN Radio Webcast and game tracker
• NESN game preview
• Boston Hockey blog game preview and in-game live blog.
• Hockey East weekend preview
• USCHO's Hockey East weekly blog

Looking back
Dave Van der Gulik, recovered from a knee injured suffered during his stint with the Colorado Avalanche in November, scored for David Quinn’s Lake Erie Monster in a 2-1 win over Rochester.

John Curry turned aside 23 of 24 shots as first-place Wilkes Barre/Scranton beat Syracuse, 4-1.

Colin Wilson scored his 12th goal of the season (video link) on a backhander in Nashville’s 5-1 win against Colorado. Kevin Shattenkirk picked up his 17th assist for the Avs on a pretty centering pass.

Women’s team
Riding a 10-game winning streak, the first-place Terriers are on the road this weekend for a 2 p.m. matchup with Vermont on Saturday. Just prior to the streak, BU had tied the Catamounts twice, 1-1 and 2-2, at Agganis Arena.
• New England Hockey Journal feature on captain Holly Lorms who was Hockey East Player of the Week last week.
• WTBU Sports notebook

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mike Grier reflects on NHL milestone

Looking back
Former Terrier All-American Mike Grier, a 55-point scorer for the 1995 national championship team, talked with New England Hockey Journal about his recent milestone of 1,000 NHL games and his plans for the future.

Check out today’s entry on our This Date in Terrier Hockey blog: The 1970-71 team’s 13-4 blowout of Dartmouth.

Olympic gold medal winner and former BU captain Jack O'Callahan was among the latest group announced by the ECAC as members of its top 50 All Time ECAC players list. The ECAC is revealing the selected players in groups of five and this was the sixth group announced. OC, who led BU to the 1978 national title, joins fellow BU Hall of Famers Rick Meagher and Vic Stanfield on the list.

Nick Bonino scored for the second game in a row, picking up the only goal for Syracuse in a 2-1 loss to Norfolk.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Rally falls short; Terriers drop 3-2 decision

Terriers dug themselves a 3-0 hole after 27 minutes against Merrimack and, despite 38 saves by Kieran Millan and a furious third-period rally, fell to the Warriors, 3-2. BU got goals from freshman Charlie Coyle and senior co-captain Joe Pereira, his tenth of the season. Pereira also had a breakaway opportunity early in the second period, but was thwarted by the Warriors' Joe Canata. Three BU penalties late in the final period, including a controversial tripping call on co-captain David Warsofsky, blunted the comeback.

Merrimack scored the only goal in the first period and extended the lead with a pair in the second period in a span of less than three minutes.

BU continued its strong penalty-killing, foiling all seven man-advantage situations for the hosts, but the Terrier power play, which had been improved in recent games, could only muster two shots on goal in five power plays.

• recap and comprehensive box score
• Video highlights
• Daily Free Press recap and analysis
• WTBU Sports recap with link to Coach Parker's post-game comments
• Boston Globe recap
• Boston Herald recap
• Eagle Tribune recap

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Game Day: BU vs. Merrimack (take two)

The final regular season meeting between the Terriers and Warriors—postponed last week— is a 7 p.m. start tonight at Lawlor Arena. The teams met twice in November with both games ending in overtime ties: 1-1 at Agganis and 3-3 at Lawler. The 13/14 ranked Warriors trail the 15/16 Terriers by three points in the Hockey East standings.

Max Nicastro (photo) returns to the BU lineup and will be paired with Sean Escobedo. The rest of the lineup remains the same as it was Saturday night against Harvard.

• game notes, WZZN Radio Webcast , live stats
• Pay-per-view Webcast
• WTBU Sports game preview
• Daily Free Press game preview
• Boston Hockey Blog in-game live blog


Monday, January 17, 2011

Connolly sparks special teams

Chris Connolly who scored a power play goal and a shorthander in the Terrier’s 5-2 win against Harvard and goalie Kieran Millan (saves) earned spots on the Hockey East top performers list. The Boston Hockey Blog looks at the improvement in Terrier special teams play since the junior co-captain from Duluth returned to the lineup.

Looking ahead
More details on BU’s newest recruit. Malden Catholic junior left wing Brendan Collier will enroll at BU in September 2013 following a year of junior hockey. USHR quoted MC Coach Chris Serino calling the 5-10, 170 lb., Collier “as intelligent a hockey player as I’ve ever coached at any level. He’s not the big flashy guy. He just does everything right. He’s just extremely intelligent.”

Collier also plays for the GBL Junior Bruins U18 in the Tier I Midget League and scored “a pair of great goals” in a 5-4 championship game win over the Cape Cod Whalers. Jr. Bruins will play in the U18 Midget Nationals beginning March 30 in Connecticut. Coach John Flaherty cites Collier’s vision and poising, noting that “the bigger the game, the better he plays.”

Collier joins follow Charlestown, Mass., native Matt Grzelcyk, now with the NTDP U17s, and Indiana Ice forward Adam Erne in BU’s class of 2013.

Robert Polleselo, who registered three assists for Vaughan on Saturday night, scored a goal and an assist in Sunday’s Vipers’ 7-4 win over Streetsville. The 2012 recruit now has a 13-23-36 line in 26 games.

Looking back
Two former Terriers now in the Nashville front office-- Assistant GM Paul Fenton and Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty--talked about the growing impact of players developed in college--including Colin Wilson--for the Predators Web site.

Women’s team
24 hours after shutting out BC, 4-0, the Terriers thumped Maine, 5-2, for their 10th straight win. BU received goals from Jenn Wakefield (her 20th), Marie Philip-Poulin (17th), Jenelle Kohanchuk (7th), Taylor Holze (3rd) and Catherine Ward (2nd). Goalie Alissa Fromkin earned the win for BU.

Wakefield's 3 goals and 3 assists for the weekend earned her Hockey East's Player of the Week Award, while Poulin's 3+2 made her Rookie of the Week.

Freshman goalie Kerrin Sperry, who fashioned four shutouts during the current win streak, spent the last week of December with the 2010 USA Hockey women’s winter training camp in Blaine, Minn. Sperry previously attended the 2009 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival and was a member of the U.S. Women’s Under-18 Select Team for the 2009 Women’s Under-18 Series against Canada.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Connolly Pots Two as Terriers Post Win

Chris Connolly led the way for the Terriers, scoring two goals, including an unassisted shorthanded goal, in a 5-2 win over Harvard. Sophomore Justin Courtnall scored the first goal of his collegiate career, assisted by freshman defenseman Patrick MacGregor, who earned his first career point after playing in only two previous games. Wade Megan and Joe Pereira also scored for the Terriers. Kieran Millan made 31 saves before Adam Kraus came on for five minutes of relief.

Additional post-game press conferences available at Boston Hockey Blog.

Women's Team
The #3 Terriers shut out the #6 Eagles of Boston College by a score of 4-0. Junior Jenn Wakefield scored twice to bring her total to 19 goals on the season, while freshman Marie-Philip Poulin scored her 17th. Freshman goaltender Kerrin Sperry turned away 22 shots for the clean slate.
Looking Ahead
In the OJHL, 2012 recruit Robert Polesello garnered 3 assists in Vaughan's 7-5 win over Upper Canada Friday night. 2011 recruit Evan Rodrigues notched a hat trick and an assist for a four point game in Georgetown's 6-3 win over the Aurora Tigers on Saturday.

In USHL action, Cedar Rapids teammates Cason Hohmann and Anthony DeAngelo both had an assist each in a 5-3 win.

**UPDATED** Game Day: Shades of red—Scarlet vs. Crimson

Tonight's lines have been announced as:



Kieran Millan will start in goal.


Terriers take on one of their oldest rivals, Harvard, although at an unfamiliar time of the season. Non-Beanpot meetings with Harvard had traditionally taken place on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, but this season’s schedule provides an opportunity for BU and Harvard to face off twice in a month, depending on how the first round of next month’s Beanpot Tournament goes. The teams first played in 1922 and the series record stands at in BU’s favor.

Harvard has struggled this season with a 3-11 record overall and is coming of three consecutive losses. The bright spot for the Crimson has been the play of goalie Kyle Richter, who has a 2.98 GAA and a .907 save percentage. It’s top scorer is junior Alex Killorn with 13 points.

Terriers will be without Max Nicastro, who is serving a one-game suspension resulting from the misconduct penalty he drew in the Vermont game.

Tonight’s game at Agganis Arena begins at 7 p.m. and airs on NESN.

• From game notes, and links to gametracker and the WWZN Radio Webcast.
• Boston Hockey Blog game preview and live in-game blog.
• game preview

Looking ahead
2011 recruit Alexx Privitera scored his 7th goal of the season in Muskegon’s 6-2 win over Youngstown, beating his future teammate, goalie Matt O’Connor, on the shot. Privitera finished + 4 for the evening.

Women’s team
The third-ranked Terriers host Boston College today (2:00 p.m.) at Walter Brown Arena with an opportunity to move ahead of the Eagles into first place in Hockey East. BU, which riding an eight-game winning streak, split a weekend home-and-home with BC in November with each time winning on the other’s home ice.

• game preview and links.
• BU Today feature on winning streak

Friday, January 14, 2011

Malden Catholic’s Brendan Collier commits to BU

ESPN Boston reports that Brendan Collier, a junior left wing for Malden Catholic, the top-ranked Massachusetts high school team, has committed to BU. We reported last month that BU Coach Jack Parker had been in attendance when the Blue Blades beat New Jersey’s #1 team, Delbarton. Collier, who plays on MC’s top line with UNH recruit Mike Vecchione and BC recruit Ryan Fitzgerald, scored his 10th goal of the season to go with 18 assists Tuesday night in a 7-3 win over #2 Catholic Memorial. He talked with ESPN Boston’s Scott Barboza following the game.

The earliest that the Charlestown, Mass., native could arrive at Agganis Arena is 2012-13, but if he plays a year of junior, it would be the following season. We’ll post further details as they become available.

Looking ahead
2011 recruit Evan Rodrigues’ scored his 13th goal of the season and added an assist in Georgetown’s 6-4 win over Buffalo earlier this week in OJHL action. The left wing has a 13-27-40 line in 28 games.

Looking back
With AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton in Providence to play the P-Bruins tonight, The Providence Journal talked with Baby Pens head coach John Hynes about his first season as a pro head coach and the path that led him there. A member of BU’s 1995 national championship team, the Rhode Island native began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant on the Terrier staff.

Earlier this week, in two articles The Boston Globe looked at the early-season results for first year prep coaches—and longtime NHL standouts— Tony Amonte, Shawn McEachern and Scott Young. Amonte is his first season at Thayer Academy, while McEachern and Young are at The Rivers School and St. Mark’s respectively.

Steve Stirling, an All-American center and captain of BU’s first national championship team in 1970-71, is in his first season as assistant coach of the AHL Binghamton Senators. The former New York Islanders head coach talked with Time Warner Cable’s Grady Whittenberg about a coaching career that included stops at Babson College, Providence College, the AHL and the German DEL league, as well his silver screen turn as an extra in the classic hockey movie, Slapshot.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


BU’s scheduled game tonight against Merrimack in North Andover has been postponed during the Noreaster that blanketed New England. The game will be played Jan. 18. The Terriers next take the ice at home on Saturday against Harvard. They’ll be with sophomore blueliner Max Nicastro who will serve a one-game suspension, imposed by Coach Jack Parker, for shoving the goal off its moorings in anger, following Vermont’s second goal in Sunday’s 4-2 win. His action earned him a 10-minute misconduct.

With no game scheduled, The Boston Hockey Blog’s Scott McLaughlin sat down with Parker to discuss a number of topics including the team’s recent inconsistent play, the Andrew Glass dismissal and Nicastro’s suspension.

Three BU freshman were included in the recently released NHL Central Scouting rankings: left winger Matt Nieto (No. 55), defenseman Adam Clendening (61) and center Sahir Gill (139) (photo). Three BU recruits also were ranked: center Cason Hohmann (172), defenseman Alexx Privitera (193) and Matt O’Connor No. 24 among goalies. All rankings.

Looking back
Former BU forward Luke Popko scored his first pro goal last week for the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL). But it wasn’t the first time he put the puck in the net for the Stingrays. In December, he scored the shootout winner (video below) for South Carolina in a 4-3 victory over the Trenton Devils.

Avs blueliner Kevin Shattenkirk was one of 12 NHL rookies invited to participate in the skills competition at the league’s All-Star game in Raleigh, N.C., on January 30.

Former Terrier Chris Higgins joined the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers on Tuesday after spending the first part of the season in Italy with Ritten Renon, where he scored 20 points in 21 games.
Higgins joins former BU defenseman Kevin Schaeffer on the Wranglers' roster.

Former BU captain Matt Gilroy picked up his fifth assist of the season on a nifty indirect headman pass (video) to Brandon Dubinsky, but it was the Rangers’ only goal in a 2-1 loss to Montreal.

Looking ahead
Two Terrier recruiting targets, defenseman Mike Matheson and forward Anthony Duclair, both of the Lac St. Louis Lions, represented Quebec in the recent World U17 Challenge. The Scouting Report included both in its evaluation of the tournament’s top players.

One of our sharp-eyed readers reports that Coach Parker, among other local coaches, attended the Lawrence Academy Tournament to observe standout forward Devin Tringale. The left wing, who had a 19-18-37 line for the Spartans in 2009-10, has already visited BU as well as BC and Harvard.

Women's program

Senior captain Holly Lorms' two-goal effort in Sunday win against Providence earned her Hockey East Player of the Week honors. The Terriers next take on Boston College at Chestnut Hill on Saturday afternoon, trailing the Eagle by one point in the conference standings.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Chiasson, Millan lead BU past Cats

In a game in which they were outshot by a 31-16 margin, the Terriers made the most of their opportunities, earning a 4-2 win over Vermont in Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington. Sophomore Alex Chiasson scored twice, including the game-winner on a third-period power play, while Max Nicastro’s blueline bomb and Corey Trivino’s empty-netter rounded out BU’s scoring. Matt Nieto, whose faceoff win set up Nicastro’s goal, had two assists. At the other end, Kieran Millan stood tall in goal, especially in the second period when BU was outshot, 10-3, while the Terriers killed all six Catamount power plays, limiting the hosts to eight power plays shots.

Chiasson, noting that the Terriers were fortunate to have won,acknowledged that BU needs better efforts moving forward:

Guys think everything’s going to come easy. We came here, and Kieran saved up the game. They outshot us by 15 shots. That’s not right at all. We’ve got to play harder and come to play every night. It’s after Christmas now. Every game’s a playoff game. We’ve got to figure it out.
• recap and comprehensive box score
• Video highlights
• Boston Hockey blog recap and analysis
• Hockey East Online recap
• Burlington Free Press recap
• Chiasson interview on CBS College Sports

Women’s team
The third-ranked Terriers edged ranked number 8/9 Providence, 4-3 on captain Holly Lorms’ second goal of the game with 55 seconds left in regulation. Junior Jenn Wakefield scored her 17th of the season and sophomore blueliner Kathryn Miller also scored, while goalie Kerrin Sperry improved her record to 12-0-2.
• recap, box score and post-game comments
• Video highlights
• WTBU Sports recap and Lorms feature

Looking back
Matt Gilroy’s second pro season has been an uneven one with 17 healthy scratches, often just a matter of numbers rather than performance. The Wall Street Journal looks at the determination and perseverance that has helped the Rangers’ blueliner turn his season around.

Former All-American Colby Cohen registered his first points--a goal and an assist--for the Providence Bruins, since his trade from Colorado last month, in the P-Bruins 5-3 loss to Binghamton. Cohen had been out of the lineup with an injury for much of the time since the trade.

Last week, the Boston Globe's Nancy Marrapese-Burrell talked with Cohen and BU Coach Jack Parker about the blueliner's first pro season and his decision to leave BU following his junior season.

Looking forward
2011 recruit Matt O'Connor stopped 28 of 31 shots in Youngstown's 4-3 shootout loss to the NTDP U17s. 2013 recruit Matt Grzelcyk had three shots for the U17s.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Game Day—BU takes on Vermont--UPDATED

Looking to right the ship following a rocky two months, BU meets Vermont tonight in Burlington. Gametime is 7 p.m. and the contest will air on CBS College Sports. The Catamounts have a 3-10-4 overall record, but have won two of their last three outings. They’re led by goalie Rob Madore and forward Wahsontiio Stacey. BU's lineup for tonight:




• has links to game notes, live stats and the radio Webcast on WWZN.
• Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog

• WTBU Sports preview
• Burlington Free Press game preview

Looking forward
2013 recruit Adam Erne’s second goal in two nights was the game-winner in Indiana’s 2-0 win over Chicago in USHL action.

2011 recruit Alexx Privitera registered an assisted in Muskegon’s 4-3 loss to Youngstown. With 20 points, Privitera remains the scoring leader among USHL defensemen.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Heading North

Terrriers return to conference play on Sunday evening and are on the road for a game at Vermont’s Gutterson Fieldhouse. The game, which will air on CBS College Sports at 7 p.m., is BU’s first meeting of the season with the Catamounts.

Alex Chiasson (photo), BU's top scorer who missed the Notre Dame game, a 3-3 tie, and Charlie Coyle, who was named the top forward for Team USA’s bronze-medal winners in the World Juniors, both return to the BU lineup. Kieran Millan will start in goal against Vermont.

Junior forward Andrew Glass, who had been indefinitely suspended, was dismissed from the team for violating team rules.

• Boston Hockey blog preview and report on Glass.

Looking back
Colin Wilson earned first star honors with a goal and two assists in Nashville’s 5-2 win over Los Angeles Thursday night. His power play tip-in (video) started the Predators’ comeback from a 2-0 deficit. Wilson now has 10 goals and 11 assists with seven points coming in his past five games.

Former Lowell goalie Dwayne Roloson, now with the Lightning, talked with about his college career and the Riverhawks intense rivalry with BU.

"All of my four years the Hockey East dominated the Frozen Four teams. There was a lot of history of BU and Lowell not getting along, for example. But when they were in the [national championship game] my last year, I was rooting for them."

Those BU battles stand out most in Roloson's memory.

"That final year, the BU-Lowell game for the Hockey East championship was [at the old Boston Garden]. "or me, we lost 2-1, but the BU fans as much as they hated us during my years there, they gave us a standing ovation and I was Hockey East
Player of the Year. It was presented that night, also with a standing ovation, so that was pretty rewarding."

John Curry stopped 18 shots in Wilkes Barre/Scranton’s 5-2 win against Bridgeport. The former Hockey East MVP improved his record to 13-5.

Former NHL standouts and Terrier teammates on the 1989-90 and 1990-91 teams Shawn McEachern and Tony Amonte were reunited this week as opposing first year prep coaches. McEachern’s Rivers School team defeated Amonte’s Thayer Academy club, 4-2.

Women's team

The third-ranked Terriers, riding a seven-game winning streak, return to action Sunday against Providence in a 3 p.m. start at Walter Brown Arena. Hockey East named junior forward Jenn Wakefield and freshman Kerrin Sperry as December's Player of the Month and Goalie of the Month respectively.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Game Day--BU vs Brown

Terriers take on Brown this afternoon in the first round of the Shillelagh Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Gametime is 3 p.m., CT. Five weeks ago at Agganis Arena, BU rallied to tie the Bruins, 4-4, after yielding the game’s first two goals in the opening three minutes. Wade Megan’s third-period scored was the equalizer.

Co-Captain Chris Connolly (photo) returns to the BU lineup and Kieran Millan is scheduled to be in goal.

Today's BU lineup:

Connolly-Trivino- Chiasson


Millan links to game notes, pay-per view Webcast, radio Webcast on WWZN and gametracker.
• Boston Hockey Blog’s live in-game blog
• WTBU Sports game preview
• Mankato Free Press preview
• USCHO's Hockey East picks

Charlie Coyle assisted on Team USA’s first goal in a 2-1 win against Switzerland at the World Junior Championships. His backhand centering pass from behind the net set up Chris Kreider’s one-timer. Kreider told Inside College Hockey:

“That’s Charlie for you. He’s such an unbelievable player. I think I’m a year older than him, but I still learn so much from him every day. He’s mature beyond his years and a real good hockey player.”

Coyle leads Team USA with six points in three games.

• USA Hockey recap and box score
• Video highlights

Looking ahead

2011 recruit Cason Hohmann scored a goal and two assists in Cedar Rapids’ 4-0 blanking of Lincoln. 2014 recruit Anthony DeAngelo assisted on the third-period power play goal by Hohmann who has 10 points in the past five games and 23 points overall.
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