Monday, March 18, 2013

Maguire and Nieto earn honors after milestone efforts

Freshman netminder Sean Maguire’s .958 save percentage and 1.50 GAA in the quarterfinals earned him Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors.  Terriers named to the top performers list were captain Wade Megan, who scored Friday night’s game-winner, Matt Nieto (2g,1a) and Ahti Oksanen, who contributed three assists and five blocks during the sweep.

Nieto became the 79th Terrier to reach the 100 point mark for his career and just the third since 2000 to achieve that milestone before the end of his junior season, joining Peter MacArthur and Nick Bonino.

Maguire’s shutout skein ended in the first period of Saturday night’s win at 151:22, fifth longest in BU history. He also became the first Terrier goalie to pitch back-to-back shutouts twice in one season since John Curry did so in his first-team All-American season, 2006-07.

Terriers will meet Boston College in the Hockey East semifinals for the fourth time in the past 11 seasons. In 2003, BU won, 6-5, in 2OT. BC won, 6-2, in 2007 and the Terriers took a 3-2 win in 2009, en route to an NCAA title. The teams will play the late game at TD Garden, scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. and airing live on NESN in New England and nationally on NBC Sports Network. The Coaches Media Teleconference is set for tomorrow morning and we’ll post the transcripts when available.

Jack Parker
From the Agganis Arena facebook  page, the video tribute shown on the scoreboard monitor on Saturday night.
The New York Times’ Peter May examines  why “meticulous” may best describe Coach Parker and reveals the story behind the name of his sailboat.

Women’s Team 
Preparing for their second NCAA Frozen Four appearance next weekend,  #3 Terriers collected a bunch of honors today. Kerrin Sperry, who stopped 34 of 37 shots in BU’s 5-3 win over Clarkson in the NCAA quarterfinal was named WHEA Defensive Player of the Week, while Sarah Lefort, who scored two unassisted goals earned Rook of the Week honors. BU shared WHEA team of the week with BC, who also heads to Minneapolis for the Frozen Four. Jennelle Kohanchuk, Marie-Philip Poulin and Louise Warren all made the top performers list.

Coach Brian Durocher was named a finalist for AHCA Division 1 Women's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year.

Poulin, a junior co-captain, was named to the Canadian National Team that will defend the IIHF Women’s World Championship won last year. Also rostered were former Terriers Jenn Wakefield and Catherine Ward.

The Daily Free Press sports staff is seeking the help of BU fans to get them to Minneapolis to cover the Women’s Frozen Four next weekend.  Last year many fans made donations that enable the DFP to send reporters to St. Paul to cover the men’s team in NCAA quarterfinal action.

● Daily Free Press quarterfinal recap, Sperry feature, Durocher/Poulin

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