Thursday, October 02, 2014

Top Bantam forward commits to BU; Men set for exhibition; Women in Minnesota

On Tuesday, we reported that the BU 2014 recruit class was ranked #1 in college hockey by, which also took note of the elite talent in the Terrier pipeline for the next few seasons. Putting an exclamation mark on its recent recruiting efforts, BU today secured a verbal commitment for 2018 from Jake Wise, considered to be among the top Bantam skaters in the nation. He is BU’s first recruit for 2018 and committed just weeks after defenseman David Farrance became the Terriers' first verbal for 2017.

USHR reported that “A lot of schools were interested in Wise, but -- no surprise here -- the only schools he visited were BU and BC.”

A left-shot forward from North Andover, Mass., Wise “who is currently a solid 5’10” but projects to about 6’0” or 6’1”, played for the Middlesex Islanders U-14 team last season,” USHR noted, adding that he will play for Catholic Central High School in Lawrence, Mass. this season as a ninth grader. Prior to the high school season, he's been a standout in the Fall Prep League.

 In the Spring of 2013, USHR dubbed Wise as “The New Next One” after he was named MVP (photo) of the prestigious Quebec International Pee-Wee Tournament, with 19 points (11G, 8A)--a new tournament record--in six games to lead the Middlesex Minutemen to a championship.

At the time, Sean Tremblay, head coach of the Middlesex Premier League team told USHR:
“He’s as good as any kid I’ve ever seen at that age level. My God, he shoots the puck as hard as any of my guys now. It’s scary. And he’s a 2000. He’s really special.

“He’s not one of those kids who just muscles by. He has hands, he’s a good skater, and he has a head for the game. And he wants it. Watch him in skill sessions -- he really gets at it. He has a purpose out there. He has that drive. ”  
Junior Bruins coach Chris Masters, who has coached Wise, told USHR:

“He is a really dominant player, and has been for some time now -- since he was a mite, really. Jack Eichel was also a dominant player, but at the same age I think Jake might be slightly ahead of him. There is no doubt that (Wise) is a sure-fire NTDP/D-I prospect.”
● SB Nation report
Hockeyrecruits4U report

College Hockey News announced its recruit class rankings and, again, BU received the top ranking, followed by BC.

Terriers are just two days away from their exhibition game on Saturday against St. Thomas of New Brunswick. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. at Agganis Arena. The game will be Webcast for free on Terrier TV.

The Daily Free Press conducted a photo shoot at practice for use in next Thursday’s special  Hockey 2014-15 issue. Below, senior assistant captains Cason Hohmann (left) and Evan Rodrigues (right) take a break on the dasher.

Hockey East and The Big Ten announced the renewal of its inter-conference Challenge series, first played last season. The Challenge consists of 20 games played between Oct. 10 and Nov. 29, with ten home games for each conference.  Nine Hockey East schools will participate with the Terriers Oct. 24-25 weekend series hosting Michigan State on Friday and Michigan on Saturday for the Challenge series.
Details and full schedule

Fresh off a strong performance in the All-American Prospect game that earned MVP honors freshman Jack Eichel talked with The New York Times about his aspirations for this season and dealing with the pressure of being hailed as the "new face of American  hockey."

Eichel also is featured on the cover--and in a lengthy profile-- of the October issue of New England Hockey Journal (digital edition), which is the publication's college hockey preview issue.

Looking ahead’s Mike Morreale looks at several U.S.-born top prospects for the NHL draft including 2015 recruit Jordan Greenway, now in his second season in the NTDP and projected as a first-round pick.

Looking back

Grant Rollheiser has re-signed with the CHL Brampton Beast. Last season, he had a .906 save percentage in 30 games.

Former Terrier captain Garrett Noonan has been assigned by Nashville to the AHL Milwaukee Admirals.

Former Terrier David van der Gulik has been assigned by Los Angeles to AHL Manchester.

Women’s Team
On Hockey East media day, Head Coach Brian Durocher, entering his 10th season behind the Terrier bench, talked about the pressure of being the preseason favorite and three-time defending conference champion and about the challenging schedule he organized.

Terriers moved up to #4 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll. On Saturday they’ll tackle the top-ranked Minnesota Gophers, after playing St. Cloud State on Friday. Both games are being played in Minneapolis. Senior captain Marie-Philip Poulin rejoins the Terriers after taking a year off to lead Canada to an Olympic gold medal.

● Go  Game preview and BU team preview,  Game Notes 
● Game Trackers:  Friday, Saturday 
● Saturday radio (free) and pay-per-view 
Daily Free Press weekend preview announced its own rankings of women’s team, slotting BU #2 right behind the Gophers.

The Daily Free Press sat down with junior Kayla Tutino, inquiring about her recovery from the knee injury that limited her to 14 games last season, and about her hopes for the upcoming campaign.

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