Friday, October 31, 2014

Game Day: #6 Terriers vs. #8/9 Friars

Terriers return to conference play with a home-and-home series against Providence with the first game at the Friars’ Schneider Arena. Puck drop tonight is at 7 p.m.

The Friars, who were the top in the preseason coaches’ poll, will be playing their first regular-season home game. They have a 1-2-1 record, with three of the four games being decided in overtime. Junior Nick Saracino is the top scorer with a 3-1-4 line for the Friars with senior Ross Mauermann and junior Mark Jankowski providing offense. It will be a battle of the tall goalies with PC veteran 6’5” goalie Jon Gillies opposing BU’s 6’6” Matt O’Connor. 

For BU, the OREO line of Jack Eichel (3-3-6), Danny O’Regan (2-3-5, photo) and Ahti Oksanen (2-2-4) has led the offense and scored three of the four goals scored last weekend. BU's line-up for tonight:


● preview, Game Notes, Gametracker, Terrier TV Webcast, Terrier Sports Radio Network Webcast 
● Daily Free Press preview
● Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog
● Hockey East Online weekend preview
● Cox Sports preview of Providence-BU with link to free live stream video
● College Hockey News’ Tale of the Tape
Providence Journal feature on Eichel and Coach David Quinn

►Agganis Arena’s Facebook page offers an interview with senior forward Evan Rodrigues about the series with Providence.

Episode 4 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Head Coach David Quinn, junior goalie and Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week Matt O’Connor and former Terrier All-American, U.S. Olympian and current coach of the ECHL Wheeling Nailers Clark Donatelli (photo). A Rhode Island native, Donatelli was the top goal-scorer on BU's 1985-86 Hockey East Championship squad that also featured Quinn, BU Director of Hockey Operations Scott Young, Terrier Sports Radio analyst Tom Ryan, BU's all-time points leader John Cullen and current Providence women's head coach Bob Deraney.

Looking ahead
OverTheBoards examines Bob Thornton’s New Jersey Rockets, a growing force in player development in the mid-Atlantic area that has bred such talents as Washington Cap’s d-man John Carlson and future Terriers Charlie McAvoy (2015) and Patrick Harper (2016).  McAvoy joined the Rockets organization in 2012-13 and, according to Thornton:

“Eighty-four games (in one season) between the Met League and Rockets U18 Midget team later, McAvoy went from off the radar to missing the Met League playoffs for NTDP [evaluation] camp, eventually cracking the final U17 squad.” [He also was named MJHL Offensive Defenseman of the Year with 15-39-54].

“Once that second half of the year came, he just took off,” explains Thornton, “[McAvoy] had twenty-plus scholarship offers by the end of the year.”  [McAvoy committed to BU in August 2013]

Looking back
The Vancouver Sun looks at Nick Bonino’s strong start with the Canucks, who acquired him in the off-season for fan favorite Ryan Kesler. The former BU sniper has settled in at center on Vancouver’s second line. Last night, he scored Vancouver's first goal in its 3-2 OT win against Montreal on a slick give-and-go. (Recap and video highlights)

Former Terrier David Van der Gulik (photo) was recalled by the Los Angeles Kings from AHL Manchester and played in LA’s 3-0 loss to  Pittsburgh. A member of BU’s 2006 Hockey East Champions, he has played in 42 NHL games with Calgary and Colorado.

Another recent call-up, David Warsofsky played in the Bruins game against Buffalo. He was one of four defensemen from the 2008-09 national championship team who skated in an NHL game last night, along with Eric Gryba (Ottawa), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis) and Brian Strait (NY Islanders).  Shattenkirk assisted on the game-winner last night as the Blues blanked the Ducks, 2-0.

Alex Chiasson picked up his third assist of the season in Ottawa's 5-4 shootout loss to Chicago.

Last night, Donatelli's Nailers dropped a 3-1 decision to Reading. Wheeling's only goal was the second of the season for former Terrier Sahir Gill. Reading's defense has been bolstered by former BU All-American Colby Cohen, attempting a comeback after two surgeries last season.

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