Tuesday, August 06, 2013

O’Regan, Grzelcyk score at Jr. Nat’l evaluation camp

Sophomores Danny O’Regan and Matt Grzelcyk both found the back of the net in Sunday’s first round of exhibition games at USA Jr. National Team evaluation camp in Lake Placid. O’Regan (photo) who led BU in scoring and earned Hockey East all-Rookie honors last season, scored twice and nearly completed a hat trick in USA Blue’s 6-5 overtime loss to Finland. Matt Lane also showed some “good flashes” according to United States of Hockey’s Chris Peters.

Grzelcyk opened the scoring with a power play goal in what would be a 4-2 loss for USA White to Sweden on Sunday.  Then, on Monday, he added an assist in White’s 5-0 win against Finland. Peters’ assessment of Grzelcyk’s performance:

Matt Grzelcyk — D –  I would’ve liked to have seen a little more from Grzelcyk today in terms of creation, but he was making really good decisions with the puck and never really got caught in a bad spot too much. Grzelcyk is so good at exiting the zone and finding the right outlet and his instincts in the offensive zone are advanced. I thought he was a little under his normal performance, but only by a bit. Grzelcyk is going to be an important piece of this team.

● NHL.com feature on O’Regan at evaluation camp
● Western Hockey blog recap of Sunday games
United States of Hockey's pre-camp preview of forwards

Looking ahead
2014 recruit Jack Eichel’s progress was profiled in The Boston Globe on Sunday by hockey writer Fluto Shinzawa. The 6-2, 190 lb. center is preparing for his second campaiagn in the NTDP program after a strong season with the U17s earned a call-up to the U18s. NTDP coach Danton Cole told the Globe:

“Everyone likes big, fast centermen who have a lot of skill. Absolutely. At the end of the day, what always separates those guys is the willingness to prepare and the willingness to prepare to win. The hard part is doing all the work — the time in the weight room, video room, applying practice to games. Jack has that will. He has that will to prepare. He’s a driven young man. It’s a dangerous combination to have that skill and drive. That’s what you look for in hockey players.”

Women’s program
Head Coach Brian Durocher, entering his ninth season behind he BU bench, announced a six member recruit class that includes two goalies, three forwards and one forward. The six freshmen will join 18 returning letter winners from last year’s squad, which won the Hockey East title and reached the NCAA championship game, while posting a 28-6-3 record.

● GoTerriers.com announcement with thumbnails of the six freshmen
● 2013-14 roster

Canada's 23-member Olympic Centralization roster features four former BU skaters and one current Terrier. The former Terriers are blueliners Catherine Ward and Tara Watchorn and forwards Jenn Wakefield and Jennelle KohanchukMarie-Philip Poulin, last season's BU captain as a junior, will take a year's leave from BU, to play of the Canadian National Team.
In the 2010 Winter Olympics, she scored both goals in Canada's 2-0 win against the USA in the gold-medal game.

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