Monday, April 16, 2012

Future, present and past Terriers star on world stages

Team USA registered a pair of shutout wins at the World U18 Championships over the weekend, with future Terriers playing important roles.

On Saturday, USA blanked the host team, the Czech Republic, 5-0, with 2013 recruit Danny O’Regan setting up the team’s first goal, “pouncing on a loose puck to create a two-on-break” finished off by linemate Nicolas Kerdiles. O’Regan was added to the Team USA squad following his 30-34-54 season in 26 games for St. Sebastian’s and several weeks playing with the U18s. Chris Peters, in his United States of Hockey game recap, noted O’Regan’s strong performance:

Despite being the only non-NTDP player on the team, he sure doesn’t look like it. As one of Team USA’s more creative players, offensively, O’Regan found space well and showed off some high-end puck skills. It was another great effort out of this forward. He’s shown good chemistry with linemates Kerdiles and Hartman as well.
On Sunday, the shutout streak continued with a 4-0 win against Denmark, that could have been even more lopsided, given Team USA’s 57-17 shot advantage. 2012 recruit Matt Lane earned player of the game honors, scoring the first goal in the game’s opening minutes and adding a second-period assist. In the USofH recap, Peters noted called out Lane’s standout efforts at both ends of the ice:

Lane had another big game for the U.S. with a goal and an assist. He also has four points in the tournament with two goals and two assists. Lane makes a lot of plays with his speed and gritty nature along the boards. His relentless forechecking has made it difficult on opposing defenseman and has helped lead to scoring chances. He’s having a very strong tournament.
With a 2-2-4 line and a +4, Lane is co-leader of Team USA in scoring and tied for third overall. Team USA, which faces Canada tomorrow in the final preliminary round game, has already clinched the top seed in Group A and gets a bye into the tournament semifinals.

In the first part of Team USA’s video postcard from the Czech Republic, Lane charges up his teammates as they head onto the ice.

► The University of New Hampshire named goalie Kieran Millan the winner of the Terry Morton Most Worthy Opponent Award. During the 2011-12 season, Millan recorded a 4-1-0 record with a 1.67 goals against average against the Wildcats.

Looking ahead
In an interview with New England Hockey Journal, 2013 recruit Brendan Collier looks ahead to spending a season playing junior either with USHL Youngstown or in the EJHL, being
selected in the NHL draft and being reunited at BU with longtime friend and fellow Charlestown native Matt Grzelcyk. NEHJ ranked Collier, a Boston Globe Super Team All-Scholastic, as #5 and 2013 recruit Robbie Baillargeon #2 among New England-born prospects for the 2012 NHL draft.

Looking back
Former Terrier and NHLer Joe Sacco received a two-year extension on his contract as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche.

John McCarthy assisted on the game-winning goal as Worcester concluded its season with a 3-2 win against Hershey. McCarthy was the Shark’s leading scorer with 47 (20-27) points in 65 games.

Colby Cohen’s 4th goal of the season, assisted by David Warsofsky, pulled the Providence Bruins past Portland, 3-2, in the P-Bruins season finale. Cohen finished the season with 15 points in 58 games, while Warsofsky had a 5-24-29 line in 66 games.

Women's program
Terrier captain Jenn Wakefield, sophomore Marie-Philip Poulin and former BU blueliner Catherine Ward all skated for Canada's gold-medal winners in the 2012 Women's World Championships in Burlington, Vermont.
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