Friday, January 24, 2014

Game Day: Terriers host Catamounts--UPDATED

Terriers, looking to get back on the winning side of the ledger, host Vermont for a weekend pair at Agganis Arena. Friday’s game begins at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s rematch, which airs on NESN, starts at 4 p.m.

The Daily Free Press reports that Coach David Quinn, with his team shorthanded by injuries, will put his top three offensive threats together on a line. Impressive freshman Robbie Baillargeon (photo) will center Cason Hohmann and Danny O’Regan. Sean Maguire will make his third consecutive start in goal.
Senior Chris McCarthy (11-14-25) and freshman Mario Puskarich (10-12-22) lead the offense for the Catamounts who are coming off a weekend split against Northeastern.

BU line-up.

● preview, Game Notes, Game Tracker, TerrierTV Webcast , NBC Sports Radio Webcast 
● Daily Free Press preview 
● Boston Hockey Blog live in-gameblog 
● USCHO picks and predictions 
● College Hockey News Tale of the Tape 
● Hockey East weekend preview 
● Burlington Free Press preview

Episode 3 of The Season, a behind the scenes look at BU’s 2013-14 team, focuses on the Terrier’s trip to New York City for Red Hot Hockey IV and their pre-game skate in Central Park with Hockey for Harlem.  

Looking ahead 
The NCAA has approved a significant change in recruiting rules for college hockey, allowing contact with recruits as early as Jan. 1 of their sophomore year in high school. With the rule change, coaches will be able to contact prospective players before being drafted by major junior leagues such as the OHL and QMHJL.
The Boston Hockey Blog spoke with Terrier Head Coach David Quinn about the rule change, which one ECAC coach said is a “big, big step in evening the playing field for all of us when it comes to competing for players who might have an interest in playing major junior.
Quinn said that the new rules will be important as college hockey tries to keep American talent from moving north to play Canadian Major Junior hockey. The old rules gave CHL teams the first chance at recruits, as they would draft them before colleges could even talk with the recruits.
 “It gives us a chance to talk to kids that we normally don’t even get a chance to get to and get to them a lot,” Quinn said.”

● Boston Hockey Blog report 
● College Hockey News report 

Two Terrier recruits player for the nation’s top-ranked prep program, Shattuck St. Mary’s, continue to be key cogs in the Sabres’ offense. Thirty-six games into the season, 2016 recruit Clayton Keller, a sophomore, is third in scoring for SSM with 52 points and second in goals with 22. Senior Chase Phelps, a 2014 recruit Terrier recruit, has posted an 18-27-45 scoring line.

Looking back

The American Hockey Coaches Association announced its major awards for 2014, including the John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award, which goes to former Terrier standout forward and assistant coach Don “Toot” Cahoon, who also served as head coach at Norwich, Princeton and Massachusetts. As an undergrad, he was a high-scoring wing on BU’s first two national championship teams in 1971 (video) and 1972 (video), with 49 goals and 47 assists in three varsity seasons.
● Cahoon bio

Former Terrier captain Kevin Shattenkirk’s eighth goal of the season—a one-time blast on a third-period power play—was the game-winner for St. Louis, which edged the Rangers, 2-1, at Madison Square Garden. It was New Rochelle, N.Y. native Shattenkirk’s first game as a pro at MSG, where he had played in the 2007 and 2009 editions of Red Hot Hockey.  A second team All-American on BU’s 2008-09 national championship squad, he will be heading to Sochi with the U.S. Olympic hockey team, which he discussed with the Journal News.
Recap and video 
● TSN recap

►Shattenkirk also made news off the ice earlier in the week, stepping up to lend a hand when his youth coach, Chad Dlugolecki of the New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club, was diagnosed with Leukemia.

In tomorrow’s Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, former Terrier and Ducks’ center Nick Bonino will be firing shots at Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, his prep school teammate at Avon Old Farms. The Avon Patch talked with AOF coach John Gardner about his two former players who went on to standout college careers and then to the NHL. Last night in a prequel to California’s first outdoor NHL game, Anaheim edged Los Angeles, 2-1, with Bonino recording an assist for his 39th point of the season.

Former Terrier Sahir Gill leads ECHL Wheeling in scoring with 28 points (8G, 20A). The Nailers, who are in second place in the Atlantic Division, are coached by ex-BU standout forward and U.S. Olympian Clark Donatelli.

Women’s Team 
The #9/10 Terriers are on the road in Vermont seeking to end their first two-game losing streak of the season. Friday’s game begins at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s rematch starts at 4 p.m.  BU won the first meeting of the teams back in November, a 6-0 shutout backstopped by Kerrin Sperry (28 saves).
BU is led by the national co-leader in goals, Sarah Lefort with 19 and captain Louise Warren who is tied for third in Division 1 with 16. Vermont also has a 16-goal scorer, Amanda Pelkey. Catamounts goalie Roxanne Douville has a 2.30 GAA.
● preview , Game Notes, Live Stats, NSN Webcast


Unknown said...

7:30 start Friday

Terrier Blogger said...

Thanks. Corrected.

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