Saturday, December 28, 2013

Terrier Trio Propels USA past Slovakia

 U.S. Player of the Game Matt Grzelcyk (Photo: Ellen DeLuca/USA Hockey)

BU sophomores Danny O’Regan and Matt Grzelcyk and 2014 recruit Jack Eichel all found the net as Team USA doubled up Slovakia, 6-3, in a preliminary round game at the World Junior Championships.  Eichel and O’Regan scored first-period power play goals to give the U.S. a lead it would never relinquish. Grzelcyk, who earned player of the game honors for the U.S., scored in the third period and also assisted on O’Regan’s goal when the Terrier center cleaned up the rebound of Grzelcyk’s slapper.

Eichel also had a two-point game, setting up Ryan Hartman’s power play goal. O’Regan, who put six shots on the Slovak goal, won 11 of 16 faceoffs.

● USA Hockey recap and video analysis;  comprehensive box score
● United States of Hockey recap
● SB Nation recap
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Looking ahead
2015 recruit Bobo Carpenter had three goals in his first three games for #1-ranked Massachusetts high school team Austin Prep. Cougars are playing in the the Serino Christmas Classic this weekend

Looking back
Former Terrier standout and Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco, now an assistant in Buffalo to Ted Nolan, talked with the Medford Transcript about his new assignment while in Boston recently. He also was able to see his son, Joe, a junior at The Rivers School, where he plays for another former Terrier and NHLer, Shawn McEachern, a teammate of Sacco on the 1989-90 Final Four squad.

Former BU blueliner Eric Gryba delivered a crunching hit (video) to the Bruins’ Carl Soderberg Friday night, but the B’s came away with a 5-0 shutout win over Ottawa.

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