Friday, October 10, 2014

Game Day: Hockey East opener pits BU vs. UMass


BU kicks off the 93rd season of Terrier Hockey—and the second under Head Coach David Quinn—with a road game against UMass-Amherst.  Last season, BU opened the conference schedule at home against the Minutemen and came away with a 3-1 win. Later in the year, the teams played a 3-3 tie at the Mullins Center. The 2014-15 Terriers are led by junior captain Matt Grzelcyk and senior assistant captains Cason Hohmann (left) and Evan Rodrigues (right).

Dating back to the 1989-90 season, the Terriers are 19-5-1 in their last 25 openers. In 70 games overall, BU has a 53-11-6 (.800) record against the Minutemen with a 19-7-4 (.700) mark in 30 meetings at the Mullins Center.


Terrier TV Update
THFB has learned that CBS Sports Live, of which Terrier TV Webcasts are a part, has expanded its service, bringing many more games—including away games—to subscribers. A Terrier TV subscription now delivers access to Webcasts from every CBS affiliated school in the country—including UMass-Amherst.

Subscriptions are $9.95 per month. To subscribe, click on the Terrier TV icon on the homepage or click here.   
Details on the Terrier TV expansion and the new Terrier Sports Radio Network.

● preview, game notes, Game Tracker, Terrier TV Webcast, Terrier Sports Radio Network Webcast
● Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog
 Daily Free Press preview
● Hockey East Online weekly preview
● USCHO Hockey East preview; BU preview; Pick & Predictions
● Lowell Sun feature on Jack Eichel with video clips
● UMass preview
● Boston Herald Hockey East preview and Eichel feature 
Video interview with junior Matt Lane

BU roster breakdown by class:
GR (1): Anthony Moccia
SR (2): Cason Hohmann, Evan Rodrigues
JR (7):  J.D. Carabino, Matt Grzelcyk, Matt Lane, Mike Moran, Matt O’Connor, Ahti Oksanen, Danny O’Regan
SO: (7): Robbie Baillargeon, Kevin Duane, Dillon Lawrence, Tommy Kelley, Nick Roberto, TJ Ryan, Doyle Somerby
FR: (10): Brien Diffley, Jack Eichel, AJ Greer, Brandon Fortunato, Brandon Hickey, Connor LaCouvee, Johnathan MacLeod, Nikolas Olsson, Chase Phelps, JJ Piccinich

Inside Terrier Hockey-Episode 1: Bernie Corbett previews the season with Head Coach David Quinn.

Q&A with Captain Matt Grzelcyk
The regular-season opener is here, so it’s time for our annual Q&A with the Terrier captain. This year it’s Charlestown native Matt Grzelcyk, one of just a handful Terrier captains awarded that honor in their junior season.  A third-round draft pick of the Bruins, he played for Team USA in last winter’s World Junior Championships, serving as an alternate captain. He follows in the footsteps of other Terrier defensemen who honed their skills in the National Team Development Program, including Pat Aufiero, Ryan Whitney, Bryan Miller, Kevin Shattenkirk, Colby Cohen and David Warsofsky.  As a freshman, Grzelcyk earned Hockey East All-Rookie honors.

Q—Let’s start with your health? Any limitations after last year’s shoulder injury?
A— I feel even better than I had before. My shoulder has no issues whatsoever and I cannot wait to get back to playing hockey. The process was grueling but I cannot thank everyone enough for helping me come back fully healed. I’m ready to go.

Q. After being drafted by the Bruins in the third round of the 2012 draft, you’ve participated in three Boston development camps. How does what you’ve learned there mesh with Coach Quinn’s philosophy?
A— Getting the opportunity to attend camp each summer is definitely something that I’m grateful for. The systems are pretty similar; both teams require hard work and dedication so I’m lucky to be in the position I’m in. It makes the process that much more enjoyable, especially getting to stay so close to home.  Continue reading

 Looking ahead
According to report, Quinnipiac and Boston University have signed a two-year agreement that will have the Terriers visiting Hamden, Conn., next season, while the Bobcats will come to Agganis Arena in 2016-17. 

Looking back
Former BU MVP Alex Chiasson scored his first goal of the season in Ottawa’s 3-2 loss to Nashville. Chiasson was traded by Dallas to the Senators during the off-season.

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