Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday Linkorama

Junior assistant captain Alex Chiasson, whose game-winning goal in the second overtime against New Hampshire capped a four-point night—and a six-point quarterfinal series, was named Hockey East Player of the Week.

Defensive Player of the Week honors went to senior netminder Kieran Millan, who made 150 saves during the three games against UNH, registering a .943 save percentage. His 68 saves on Sunday broke the conference playoff record of 65 set by Chris Terreri in 1985. Millan also remains in first place in the Army ROTC Three-Stars competition.

Named to the list of top performers for the week: Captain Chris Connolly, Sahir Gill and Garrett Noonan.

► Sunday's quarterfinal clincher was the longest game in Agganis Arena history at 86:42, eclipsing the record of 82:00 set just two days earlier in the series opener on Friday.

►Millan enters the week needing just seven saves to tie the record for saves in a Hockey East tournament, as UNH's Kevin Regan totaled 157 during the 2007 tournament.

►With Sunda’s victory, BU has recorded 11 come-from-behind victories in each of the past two seasons. Terriers also own the Division 1 current longest streak of consecutive games without being shut out.

►This coming weekend's Hockey East tournament semifinals and championship game will air regionally on NESN and nationally on NBC Sports Network.
● Semifinal pairings announcement
● Coaches press conference audio and transcripts

Poll story
Terriers are currently ranked #5—up one spot—in the USCHO poll and made a similar jump in the USA Today poll. BU is tied with Miami for 4th in the current Pairwise rankings.

Looking ahead
2013 recruit Danny O’Regan, who scored a goal and two assists for the NTDP U18s after joining the U18s last weekend, will continue on the roster this coming weekend which includes a St. Patrick’s Day matchup against future BU teammates Robert Polesello (2012) and Robbie Baillargeon (2013) and the Indiana Ice.

Mass Super 8 Tournament
2013 recruit Brendan Collier posted two goals and two assists in Malden Catholic’s 7-2 win against Hingham.
● ESPN coverage

2013 recruit Sam Kurker scored twice and assisted on a third goal as St. John’s Prep eliminated second-ranked St. Mary’s, 3-1. The Eagles finished the pool round with a 3-0 mark and will face BC High in the semifinal on Wednesday at Merrimack.
● ESPN coverage
● Video highlights

Looking back
NHL.com’s Fantasy Hockey writer looks at the progress of Kevin Shattenkirk, whom he now ranks as the 12th best NHL defender.

Women’s team
Kerrin Sperry was the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, following her 58-saves effort in BU’s 8-7 NCAA quarterfinal loss to Cornell in triple overtime. Captain Jenn Wakefield, Isabel Menard, Marie-Philip Poulin and Kayla Tutino all were named to the list of top performers

Wakefield finished her collegiate career with 206 points and 120 goals and is the only skater in Hockey East history reach the 100-goal mark. She also is the second to score 200 career points.

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