Friday, April 22, 2011
With the loss, not only did the national title elude BU—the preseason top-ranked team; the team also barely missed recording the school's second trifecta—a Beanpot title, conference title and NCAA championship, a feat later accomplished by the 1994-95 and 2008-09 squads.
The 90-91 squad set a then-program record for goals in a season with 234—and also gave up the ninth most tallies in BU history, 142—with a roster than included 11 future NHLers, including Shawn McEachern, Tony Amonte, Keith Tkachuk, Ed Ronan, Dave Tomlinson, Dave Sacco and Scott Lachance.
Blog contributor mh82 has a produced another masterful chronology, detailing the 1991-92 season from the opener at RPI to the nearly 82-minute finale in St. Paul that ended a fraction of an inch from victory.
The 1990-91 Terriers: One Glove and Two Caroms Shy of a Load
And so it goes, and so it goes
And so it goes, and so it goes
But where it’s goin’ no one knows
Ed Carpenter, the Boston University Sports Information Director, reached across his desk to answer the ringing telephone, but when he picked up the receiver, the voice on the line didn’t sound familiar.
Perhaps that’s because the caller was a high school teacher hailing from the town of Chicago Heights, located 30 miles south of the City of Big Shoulders.
“I just called to tell you that I watched your game against Northern Michigan last Saturday,” he informed Carpenter. “I have no ties to BU, but I just wanted to say that watching that game was an exciting, absorbing experience. It was just great.”
The caller’s reference to “that” game was the 1991 NCAA hockey championship game between the Terriers and Wildcats at the St. Paul Civic Center in Minnesota, the rink that featured clear boards and the venue that once served as the home of the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the defunct World Hockey Association. It was also where Harvard had won its first and only NCAA title two years before, defeating Minnesota in overtime.
The BU-NMU game took over four hours to complete (ending past midnight on the East Coast), featured comebacks from three goals down by each team over the final two periods, went to three overtimes and had 88 combined shots on goal. It showcased continual shifts in momentum on the ice, endless swings of emotion on the benches, in the arena and for those watching the dramatic game unfold on television. And finally, there was one euphoric team creating a pile of bodies in celebration on the ice where the winning goal had been scored while the losing squad simply watched in silence, slumped in exhaustion against the boards or mostly motionless on the bench.
It is a game still remembered and dissected two decades later, in arena corridors, over beers at a bar, on message boards and wherever else there is talk about the history of the NCAA Hockey Tournament. Whenever chatter about the greatest NCAA hockey championship games surfaces, the 1991 final rightfully earns a place in the discussion. Although it’s a fruitless exercise to determine what the “best” NCAA hockey championship game of all time is, simply because there have been so many enthralling ones down through the years, it’s difficult to come up with a more compelling back-and-forth clash than the one that took place on March 30, 1991. [MORE]
Thursday, April 21, 2011
• George V. Brown Most Valuable Player Award—Kieran Millan
Jarrid possesses an excellent skill set that will translate very well to the college game. He is very complete in his ability to be effective in all three zones. His speed, grit, skill, and touch around the net make him a consistent offensive threat (25 goals in 34 games this season). He can play in all situation (PK, PP, 4 v. 4), and his strength allows him to win one on one battles with bigger opponents. He finally possesses outstanding character and always puts the team first.
Jarrid has played in our NJ Avalanche AAA program for the last six seasons. He has continued on a steady path of improvement that was a result of consistently being one of the hardest workers and most dedicated player on his team. His low center of gravity and excellent leg strength makes him hard to knock off the puck, despite playing against bigger defense men. Jarrid has a keen sense for offensive opportunity and is a pure goal scorer with breakaway speed. Last but not least, he is team guy, great in the room and has been a pleasure to coach for the last six years.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The 6-0, 174 right-shot forward, played one season for Enfield, Conn., High School in 2008-09, scoring 35 goals and earning First Team All-State recognition. As a repeat freshman at Cushing in 2009-10, he totaled 15 goals and 30 assists. Last summer, he participated in USA Hockey’s Select 17 Festival, scoring seven points, tied for ninth best.
Cushing Coach Rob Gagnon says he compares Baillargeon to ex Terrier Nick Bonino, “except he skates better than Nick did. His strengths are his skating and stick skills as well as his hockey IQ. He does need to improve his consistency of always bringing it each shift. His top level is really high, but when he takes a shift off he is then just a good player. I think the sky is the limit once he figures out how to be consistent.”
In an NHL.com feature on 2012 draft prospects, Central Scouting's Gary Eggleston, who focuses on East Coast talent, noted Baillargeon’s “great hands and scoring touch around the cage.”
2013 With the addition of Marc Hetnik, Jr., Jarrid Privitera and Baillargeon in recent weeks, BU’s recruiting classes for the next few years look like this:
• 2011: (F) Cason Hohmann, (F) Evan Rodrigues, (D) Alexx Privitera
• 2012: (F) Robert Polesello, (F) Jarrid Privitera, (G) Matt O’Connor, (D) Hetnik
• 2013: (F) Brendan Collier, (F) Danny O’Regan, (D) Matt Grzelcyk, (F) Adam Erne, (F) Baillargeon
• 2014: (D) Anthony DeAngelo
Another Terrier freshman, Charley Coyle, talked with The Daily Free Press’s Arielle Aronson about his path to BU and how he is "living his dream."
Saturday, April 09, 2011
A goal scorer with a familiar name has committed to BU for 2012 or 2013. Jarrid Privitera, younger brother of 2011 recruit Alex Privitera is completing his junior season at The Gunnery School, where his 25 goals and 18 assists in 31 helped the Highlanders reach the seminfinals of the NEPSIHA smal school playoffs.
A Brad Zancanaro-sized, left shot forward at 5-6, 142, the younger Privitera, like Alexx, also played for the North Jersey Avalanche organization, recently participating in the Midget Nationals, Tier 1 U16, scoring 2 goals and an assist in four games. During the 2009-10 season with Avalanche, he had a 27-20-47 in 35 games.
2013 recruit Brendan Collier also participated in the Tier I, U16 tournament and led the Greater Boston Jr. Bruins in scoring with a 2-3-5 line in five games. The Jr. Bruins lost to Shattuck St. Mary’s in the semifinals in double overtime. Another member of the Jr. Bruins, Rob Baillargeon, who scored 30 goals and 34 assists as a sophomore at Cushing Academy, earning NEPISHA East first-team honors, recently visited BU, according to a post on the USCHO message board.
The commitment for 2012 of Catholic Memorial defenseman Marc Hetnik, Jr. , announced prematurely last month now is official. The defenseman, who scored four goals and 16 assists as the Knight’s captain this season, earned Boston Globe All-Scholastic honors (as did Malden Catholic’s Collier) and played in the Mass. High School All-Star Classic. Hetnik, whose father, Marc Hetnik, played for BU’s 1978 national championship team, will play a year of junior—possibly with BCHL Vernon or USHL Omaha—before joining the Terriers.
The Boston Hockey Blog reports that forward Ross Gaudet recently underwent hip surgery. BHB also talked with David Warsofsky about his decision to forego his senior season and turn pro, and completed its post-season review of the Terriers by position: Goaltending; Defense; and • Third and fourth lines.
Warsofsky, playing for the AHL Providence Bruins, scored his first pro point and talked with the Boston Globe about his transition to the pros.
A USA Hockey magazine feature article looks at Charley Coyle's freshman year.
New England Hockey Journal reports on Joe Pereira setting a somewhat dubious record in his first games in the AHL.
The Boston Herald reports that former BU associate head coach David Quinn, after two successful seasons leading the AHL Lake Erie Monsters, may be a candidate for NHL positions. But it was another former Terrier, John Hynes, who won the AHL Coach of the Year Award. Hynes, a member of the Terriers’ 1995 national championship team, was in his first season as head coach of the Penguins’ AHL affiliate in Wilkes Barre/Scranton. His squad includes former BU standouts Brian Strait and John Curry.