Thursday, February 27, 2014

Senior night & Parker number retirement on tap; IBUH features Noonan and Sacco

The retirement of former head coach Jack Parker’s number from his playing days will take place during the first intermission of tomorrow’s Senior Night game against Northeastern at Agganis Arena. Originally set for the Feb. 14 game postponed by a snowstorm, the ceremony will have Parker’s #6 will join Travis Roy’s #24 in the Agganis rafters. The game will air live on NESN.

Senior night activities honoring five seniors will be held prior to the 7 p.m. puck drop. Those seniors are co-captains Patrick MacGregor and Garrett Noonan, Jake Moscatel, Anthony Moccia and Matt Ronan.

► The ice surface at Agganis was dedicated as Jack Parker Rink in October 2005.
► Parker played three varsity seasons for BU (no freshman eligibility in the 1960s), scoring 31 goals and 33 assists. He played in two NCAA Final Fours, including the 1967 national championship game

● report
● Parker BU Athletics Hall of Fame bio
Parker Through the Years Photo Gallery

Episode 19 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Head Coach David Quinn, Senior Co-Captain Garrett Noonan and former Terrier standout forward and NHL player and coach Joe SaccoNoonan recently scored his 30th career goal, making him the first BU blueliners to do so since Vic Stanfield in the mid-1970s.

Sacco was a 128 point scorer (63G, 65A) in three varsity seasons. As a junior in 1989-90, his 28 goals were tops on a BU squad that put on a stirring post-season run to reach the NCAA Final Four.  During the Hockey East best-of-three quarterfinals against Northeaster, with BU facing elimination, Sacco scored all five goals in a 5-2 win followed the next night with a clinching win against the Huskies. After BU, the Medford, Mass., native spent 12 seasons in the NHL, scoring 94 goals and 119 assists, before beginning a coaching career. After season seasons in the AHL, he took the reins of the Colorado Avalanche for four seasons and now is an assistant in Buffalo.

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Clayton Keller, a sophomore on Shattuck St. Mary’s prep, enjoyed another solid weekend for the Sabres. In SSM’s 5-3 win against Culver Academy, Keller an even-strength goal and a short-hander, while 2014 recruit Chase Phelps tallied an assist.

Looking back
Former Terrier All-American and Hobey Baker finalist John Curry has been called up to the Minnesota Wild from AHL Iowa. The Sherwood, Minn., native had recorded a 2.08 GAA and .935 save percentage in 14 AHL games.  Curry had previously played four NHL games for Pittsburgh. offers a well-written profile of former BU defenseman David Warsofsky who is back in Providence awaiting his next call-up to the Bruins.

Women’s Team
Sophomore Sarah Lefort, who leads Division 1 with 29 goals, was named one of ten finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, women’s hockey’s version of the Hobey Baker Award. The Quebec native is the first Terrier to be named a finalist and is the only Hockey East player in the group. Hockey East’s Player of the Month in December, she is tied for the conference lead in game-winning goals (4) and plus/minus (+21). Her next goal would make Lefort the second Terriers to score 30 goals in a season.
● report
● KazWatch profile
● CBC Radio interview

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