Thursday, November 07, 2013

Another Phantom in the Terriers' future--UPDATED

U.S. Hockey Report, SB Nation and other sources have reported that Youngstown Phantoms' left-shot forward Maxim Letunov has committed to BU.  A current teammate of 2014 recruit J.J. Piccinich, Letunov is the third leading scorer on the Phantoms with a 3-8-11 line.  The 17 year old native of Moscow, who is a lanky 6-2.5, 155 lbs., was rated a “C’ skater by Central Scouting for the 2014 NHL draft.

USHR Tweeted: “Another impact player for the new regime.”

SB Nation added: “He's a very explosive skater with good hands and hockey sense. The biggest thing holding Letunov back from being an elite player is a lack of physical strength.”

OverTheBoards reports “Letunov uses explosive speed to create separation and generates a lot of opportunities with intuitive positioning and an active stick.”

Last season, Letunov played for the Dallas Junior Stars Elite 16U team, producing a gaudy 29-37-66 scoring line in 40 regular-season games. He was the team’s top scorer—and third overall-- in the Tier I, 16U National Championships with 5-2-7, including a four-goal game against the Jr. Bruins.

Youngstown had drafted Letunov in the second round of the 2013 USHL draft and, according to Elite Prospects, he was a first-round draft choice (#26 overall) in the KHL draft.

Phantoms assistant coach Brad Patterson noted that "[Letunov] was highly sought after and that shows in his decision to choose BU, one of the top programs in the nation. Every day he touches the ices, he gets better and that's all you can ask. He's made leaps and bounds since his first game with us.

Letunov leads all USHL rookies under 18 in scoring and his first goal of the season made the USHL reel of top goals of the 2nd week of league play.

Phantoms press release
Looking back
Colin Wilson scored twice--including the game-winner--and added a pair of assists as Nashville handed the Avalanche its second loss of the season, 6-4. Video

Adam Clendening scored his third goal of the season for Rockford, but the IceHogs fell to Grand Rapids, 6-2.

Women’s Team
Terriers extended their winning streak to four games with a thumping of Connecticut, 6-2. After a sluggish spell offensively, BU has scored 12 times in the past two games. Six different scorers found the net for the Terriers: Sarah Lefort, Kayla Tutino, Rebecca Russo, Kaleigh Fratkin, Dakota Woodworth and Alexis Woloschuk. Freshman netminder Victoria Hanson stopped 26 shots to earn her first career victory.
● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Coach Brian Durocher
● Video highlights


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