Tuesday, May 08, 2012

And then there was one

With the Coyotes’ elimination of Nashville last night, only one former Terrier, Adrian Aucoin, remains in the hunt for the Stanley Cup. The veteran blueliner, now in his 16th NHL season, has never before reached the conference finals. The season ends for Colin Wilson, who scored the Predators’ only goal in their 2-1 loss, and Brandon Yip. The former BU teammates skated on the same line in several recent games.

Sunday night, despite Kevin Shattenkirk’s first ever playoff goal, the Blues were eliminated by Los Angeles in a 4-game sweep. Former UMass goalie Jonathan Quick, continuing his standout play for the Kings, stopped  shots in a 3-1 win.

The season continues, however, for ex-Terriers Pete MacArthur and Ryan Weston of ECHL Las Vegas. The Wranglers will face Florida in the Kelly Cup final after dispatching Alaska in five games. MacArthur scored the game-winner in the fourth game, which Las Vegas won, 3-2.

CHN’s Adam Wodon reports that the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules committee will commend replacing full face shields with three-quarter shields. BU Coach Jack Parker, a longtime advocate of this change, made a strong presentation to the committee as did Notre Dame’s Jeff Jackson and the NHL’s head injury specialist. Other rules changes considered.

BU assistant coach Buddy Powers’ daughter, Caroline, is making her own headlines as one of the nation’s top collegiate golfers. A junior at Michigan State, she finished sixth last year in the NCAA finals, best performance ever for a Spartan, and has her sights set on a pro golf career.

Looking ahead
2013 recruit Brendan Collier was among the top scorers at this past weekend’s Pro-Am Hockey Pre-Draft Showcase, with a 3-5-8 line in three preliminary round games and 1-4-5 in two playoff games.

Indiana’s Robbie Baillargeon, also a 2013 recruit, was the second leading playoff scorer for the Ice who lost to Green Bay in the USHL playoff semifinals. Baillargeon, who will attend the NHL Draft Combine in Toronto later this month, had a 4-2-6 line in six post-season games.

The Elliott Dribben Lobby at the Case Athletic Center (see THFB 4/27/12) was officially dedicated this past Saturday. BU Hockey Hall of Famer Tim Regan was among the speakers at the heavily attended event honoring "The Mayor of Terrier Nation."
● BU Today news feature
●  Event slide show

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