Thursday, March 08, 2012

Playoff weekend approaches

Hockey East playoffs begin today with Lowell meeting Providence. Terriers join the action tomorrow night in their best-of-three series with New Hampshire.

● HockeyEastOnline’s playoff central
● USCHO Hockey East playoff picks
● CHN Playoff preview and picks
● Boston Globe Hockey East playoff preview
● Daily Free Press hockey notebook

College Hockey Weekly has named sophomore blueliner Garrett Noonan to its all-conference first team. Sophomore Adam Clendening and senior Chris Connolly were second-team picks.

Quiz question answer:
The three BU defensemen with more goals in a season than Noonan’s current 14 are: Bob Brown (17) 1970-71, Vic Stanfield (16) 1973-74, and Dick Lamby (15) 1977-78. Brown also had 14 in 1971-72 as did Colby Cohen in 2009-10.

Looking back
College Hockey Weekly recently completed its countdown of the top 25 college hockey teams of all time (calculated according to its statistical formula). BU and North Dakota each had four squads represented on the list. The other schools with multiple teams on the list were Denver and Cornell with three apiece. Maine’s 1992-93 team that went 43-1-3, whose sole loss came at the hands of BU on a Mike Prendergast overtime goal.

The BU squads on the CHW list: #6 2008-09, #11 1977-78, #24 1970-71, #25 1994-95

Looking ahead
2012 recruit Matt O’Connor outdueled Northeastern goalie recruit Jon Gillies to take over the USHL lead in goalie wins with 26 (in 40 starts). He stopped 33 shots in Youngstown’s 6-3 win against Indiana, which propelled the Phantoms past the Ice for second place in the Eastern Conference. O’Connor kept future teammates Rob Baillargeon and Robert Polesello off the scoresheet.

2015 recruit Jonathan MacLeod, who helped Kimball Union Academy claim the NEPSAC small schools championship this past weekend, was invited to participate in USA Hockey’s NTDP tryout camp later this month in Ann Arbor. If MacLeod is selected to join the NTDP program next year, he may accelerate and arrive at BU in 2014.

2013 recruit Sam Kurker scored a goal and added two assists in St. John’s Prep’s 4-3 win Wednesday night against Central Catholic in the Massachusetts Super 8 Tournament. ESPN Boston reported:

While the [SJP] second and third lines stepped up big against the Raiders, the other thing that pleased [Coach Kristian]Hanson was a return to form by the Eagles star forward Sam Kurker.

The Boston University-committ had been struggling somewhat to find his form of late, but on this night, Kurker was back to his dominant self. Offensively, the senior had a goal and two assists. He was also a beast in the defensive zone as well as on special teams while killing penalties. In short, Kurker looked like the game changing player he regularly has been.

"I thought Sam played much better tonight, said Hanson. "We don't pull any punches. We flat out said it him - he struggled the other night. But he came out tonight completely different player - much more energy, much more physical. He had a number of great chances, had a goal and obviously Sam was a
difference-maker for us.

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