Monday, October 21, 2013

Rankings, awards and a reunion across the pond

(Steve McLaughlin photo)

BU moves up two spots to #13 in the new USCHO rankings. There are seven Hockey East teams in the top 20: Notre Dame #2, BC #5, Providence #8, BU #13, New Hampshire #14, #18 Lowell, #20 Northeastern.  In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, the Terriers are ranked #15.

Five Terriers were named HockeyEast top performers: Robbie Baillargeon (3 points); Cason Hohmann (4 points); Garrett Noonan (3 points); Matt O’Connor (40 saves); and Ahti Oksanen (3 points)

Going into the season, it was expected that BU’s defense corps would have to be important contributors on offense and, two weeks in, that has been the case. Oksanen is the nation’s top-scoring blueliner with 7 points (1-6), while Noonan is tied for second with 6 (2-4) spoke with David Quinn about the path that led him to the head coaching job at BU

USCHO Hockey East Blog
Daily Free Press: Defense Provides Offense
Hockey Easton Online video: BU-Wisconsin highlights; comments from Quinn, O'Connor and Matt Grzelcyk.

Looking ahead
2014 recruit Jack Eichel scored a hat trick to lead the NTDP U18s past Muskegon, 7-3.
USA Hockey recap

Looking back
When Jack Parker coaches the USA Select Team in the Deutschland Cup in Munich, Nov. 8-10, he'll be reunited three high scoring forwards from his final decade coaching BU. The roster of U.S. born skaters playing in Europe will include three former Terriers— 2011-12 captain Chris Connolly, 2007-8 captain Pete MacArthur and Chris Bourque—and several other Hockey East alums.

It was another cross-country plane ride for 2008-09 co-captain John McCarthy, recalled again by San Jose from AHL/Worcester. McCarthy skated in two games for the Sharks earlier this season.

Former BU captain, All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist Jay Pandolfo has retired from professional hockey after a 15-year career highlighted by two Stanley Cup championships (2000, 2003) with the New Jersey Devils. A defensive specialist who frequently was assigned to opponents’ top wings (Jagr, Tkachuk, Leclair) and formed the NHL’s leading penalty kill tandem with John Madden, Pandolfo scored 100 goals in 899 regular season games. He talked about the decision with the Boston Herald.

 “I haven’t officially filed papers yet, but I’m done. I didn’t try to (find a job). I didn’t even work out this summer with an eye toward possibly playing. I decided at the end of last year that that was it. I had a great career and to finish in Boston was a fantastic experience for me. I never expected that and I really enjoyed it here. It would have been great if we could have won two more game (and the Cup).”

“I’m going to take a little time, spend time with the family, and then I’ll see what kind of opportunities come along. Coaching is definitely a possibility, but it’s not something I’m ready to jump into right away. I’ve talked to a couple of pro teams, but I just wasn’t ready.”

In his four years as Terrier, Pandolfo rang up 79 goals (9th best at BU) and 167 points (11th best) and played in the Final Four each season, including on the 1995 national championship team.

Women’s Team
Daily Free Press recap of weekend series with Robert Morris.

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