Saturday, December 29, 2012

Game Day: BU vs. DU

#6 Terriers begin second semester action in Denver, taking on the #14/15 Pioneers in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game. Puck drop at Magness Arena is a 9 p.m. ET with NESN and ROOT airing the game live.

BU won five of its final seven first-half games including wins over BC and New Hampshire when each opponent was #1 ranked. Overall, BU is 10-5-0 and its 8-4-0 conference record has the Terriers in third place in Hockey East.

Denver (9-6-3, 7-4-3 WCHA) is led by Nick Shore with 20 points and Chris Knowlton with 10 goals. Netminder Juho Olkinuora’s 1.92 GAA is best among the team’s three goalies.

Goalie Matt O’Connor, with seven first-half wins and a 2.00 GAA, gets the start for BU. Assistant captain Ryan Ruikka and junior Patrick MacGregor will both be in the lineup as Matt Grzelcyk won’t be available (see below) for the game, which will see junior Garrett Noonan wearing the “A” for the first time.  BU's lineup:



Sports Information Director Brian Kelley will fill in for Tom Ryan on the WWZN Radio Webcast.

● preview, game notes, Live Stats, WWZN Webcast,Twitter Updates               
● Boston Hockey Blog; preview, in-game blog
● Hockey East Weekend preview
● USCHO: Hockey East picks and previews

More photos from Denver are available via the hockey team's Twitter account.
Freshman Matt Grzelcyk is headed back to Boston from Ufa, Russia, after being the final cut from the U.S. Junior National Team. The standout blueliner, clearly disappointed, nevertheless tweeted “Lots of emotions today, but I have to be thankful for the opportunity. Goodluck to Team USA the boys deserve it!” Among those tweeting back support were former Terrier David Warsofsky, Bobby Allen (BC) and Brian Yandle (UNH). Grzelcyk is expected to be back in the BU line-up next Friday against Rensselaer.
● Boston Hockey Blog coverage

Looking ahead 
With BU on semester break, Blog contributor srsterrier recently took in an EJHL game and offers his assessment of future Terrier Brendan Collier.

A Throwback from Charlestown

Nostalgia was the theme at the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk Connecticut - home of a new EJHL franchise, the Connecticut Oilers - last Saturday Night, December 22, 2012.  At times, I found myself thinking back to Boston circa 1988 or so.  First, I noticed that a member of the visiting Valley Junior Warriors was named Joe Lappin. Any relation to the brothers who played for BU for a couple of seasons in the late 80’s? I did not ask. Then, I noticed the goalie playing for the Oilers, a guy named “Bruce Racine.” Any relation to the legendary Northeastern goalie? A member of the Oilers told me that it was just a coincidence. And if that was not enough, standing there watching the game was none other than Mark Krys, a solid defenseman for the Terriers from 1987-91 and captain of the 1990-91 squad that reached the NCAA championship game. Those of us who attended BU during that time remember Mark for his surprising goal against BC in the 91’ Beanpot title game and also for his soft-spoken, respectful nature. Tonight was no different as Mark politely chatted with us for a few minutes and signed autographs for my son and his friend. 

And the player I came to see, BU 2013 recruit Brendan Collier, played with the intensity that we used to see regularly at Walter Brown Arena in the 80’s and 90’s. Collier, a member of the Valley Junior Warriors, will be a freshman next season. The first thing I noticed about Collier was that, at 5 feet, 9 inches, he was hardly the biggest player on the ice. Not slow by any means, he was not the fastest player out there either. Yet, Collier was drafted in the 7th round in 2012 by Carolina. Over the course of the evening, I gained an understanding of the reasons why.  [continue reading]

2013 recruit Robbie Baillargeon scored both regulation goals for Omaha in a 3-2 shootout win against Sioux City. Baillargeon has three goals in two games since being traded to the Lancers. Overall, he has a 9-10-19 scoring line.


city said...

thanks for sharing.

joseph burrell said...

I heard or I would say I read on a priceperhead blog that that game was absolutely interesting from the tactical point of view, I personally did not find it like that!

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