Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Oksanen, Eichel grab HE weekly honors; Carrabino returns to the roster.

Junior blueliner-turned-forward Ahti Oksanen earned Hockey East’s Warrior Hockey Player of the Week honors for his four-goal outburst against St. Thomas. His center, Jack Eichel, assisted on all four of those goals as well as on freshman Johnathan MacLeod’s power play goal and took home the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week award. Two other first-year defensemen, Brandon Fortunato and Brandon Hickey both registered three helpers and made the weekly top performers list

GoTerriers.com report
● SB Nation report

The Terrier roster grew to 27 as junior transfer J.D. Carrabino returned to the roster after having been dropped this past May. THFB first reported in July 2013 that the 6’6” 232 lb., right-shot defenseman was transferring from Clarkson to BU and that he’d sit out the 2013-14 season. Carrabino practiced with the Terriers all of last season.

Prior to his two seasons with the Golden Knights, Carrabino played in the EJHL for Springfield and tied for the scoring lead among the Pics’ defensemen. He previously played for The Millbrook School and USHL Youngstown.

►Terriers, who were unranked in last week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, are in the #15 slot this week.

►WEEI’s College Sports Blog’s Hockey East preview ranks the Terriers third, behind Providence and BC.

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Patrick Harper scored a goal and added two assists for the Neponset Valley River Rats 18Us in their 8-0 thumping of the East Coast Wizards. With 16 points in six league games, Harper leads the River Rats in scoring and is second in the Tier 18U league.

Looking back
Legendary Terrier hockey coach Jack Kelley is among the 2014 inductees for the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame, with ceremonies scheduled for November 12.
A Belmont, Mass., native who became an All-East defenseman, team MVP and a member of BU’s NCAA tournament squads in 1950 and 1951, Kelley took the Terrier helm in 1962 after seven years at Colby College where he won NCAA Coach of the Year honors. He quickly rebuilt the Terriers into an Eastern power, reaching the Final Four in 1966 and 1967. In 1970 and 1971 he led BU to back-to-back national championships, a feat no other Eastern team has achieved.

During his 10-year tenure, BU had a gaudy record of 206-80-8 for a .720 winning percentage. His next stop was as general manager and head coach of the WHA New England Whalers, whom he led to the league’s first Avco Cup Championship. Later he served as president of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Kelley was inducted into the BU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1973 and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993.

Women’s Team
Freshman Rebecca Leslie’s two-goal effort against Minnesota and assist on the game-winner vs. St. Cloud earned her Hockey East’s Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week award.  Sophomore Maddie Elia, with four points in the two games, made the weekly top performers list.

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