Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Linkorama--Awards & More

Robbie Baillargeon, who assisted on BU’s first goal against Notre Dame and scored the second goal, earned Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors. The center from Enfield, Conn., finished the season as BU's top scorer with 27 points (10G 17A), marking the second consecutive season when a first-year player was the leading scorer.

Women’s Team

The Three-Peat Hockey East Champions swept the WHEA weekly awards. Tournament MVP Kerrin Sperry, who made a record 316 saves in the three games, was named both Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week. Freshman Maddie Elia, author of game-winning goals in both the semifinal and championship games, took Rookie of the Week honors. And BU was Team of the Week.
● Daily Free Press recap 
● New England Hockey Journal recap 
● Boston Herald recap 
● Boston Globe recap

BU's 3-2 victory of BC in the conference championship game earned the Terriers an auto-bid to the NCAA tournament. They'll travel to Minnesota to play the defending NCAA champion Gophers in the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 15, with a 4 p.m. CT puck drop. The contest will be a rematch of the 2013 national championship game, won by Minnesota,  6-3.

If the Terriers defeat the Gophers, they'll take on the winner of Harvard-Wisconsin on March 22 in the Frozen Four semifinals, hosted by Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn.
●  Star-Tribune report

Looking back—AHL edition 
David Van der Gulik scored twice for Lake Erie in a 4-1 win against Hamilton.

Former BU co-captain John McCarthy scored for Worcester in its 4-3 shootout win against Albany.

Brandon Yip, who scored Hockey East Championship-winning goals for BU in 2006 and 2009, scored his 7th goal for Portland, which fell, 9-3, to Springfield.

With a power play goal and an assist in Providence’s 9-3 win against Adirondack, David Warsofsky established a new pro career high in points with 31.

Three former Terriers hit the score sheet for San Antonio in the Rampage’s 4-3 loss to Charlotte. Wade Megan scored a goal (7th) and an assist, Ryan Whitney potted his fifth goal and Matt Gilroy assisted on Megan’s goal. 

Looking ahead
2014 recruit Ori Abramson and the Jersey Hitmen advanced to the USPHL Premier division championship series where they'll face the Junior Bruins in a best-of-three series beginning tomorrow, March 12. The  championship series is being played at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass. Abramson, a 6-5, 225 lb., defenseman, has a 4-23-27 scoring line for the Hitmen this season.

NHL.com's Mike Morreale tweeted that 2014 recruit Jack Eichel now has 119 career points for the NTDP program, which is 11th on the all-time list, just one point behind former Terrier All-American and 2009 Hobey Baker finalist Colin Wilson, now with the Nashville Predators. He noted that of Eichel's 32 goals, six were game-winners. The most recent came in overtime against Michigan State on March 1. 

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