Saturday, November 29, 2014

Game Day: BU renews rivalry with Colgate

Top ten teams clash this afternoon at Agganis Arena as #1 BU hosts #9 Colgate in a 4 p.m. start. The teams haven’t met in 21 years, since an Oct. 30, 1993, Terriers' 8-4 win at the Red Raiders’ Starr Rink. BU leads the series with 19 wins in 30 previous games.

Colgate, with a 9-4-1 record, was the preseason pick of ECAC coaches to win the conference. The Raiders’ sophomore goalie Charlie Finn has already authored three shutouts and brings a 1.79 GAA into the game. Juniors Kyle Baun (7-6-13) and Tyson Spink (6-5-11) lead the offense.

For BU, freshman Jack Eichel remains the nation’s leader in points per game with 1.73, despite having his scoring streak end against Harvard. Linemate Danny O’Regan, however, increased his streak to nine games and has been held off the score sheet only in the 1-0 victory over Michigan State. His 7-9-16 line places him behind only Eichel in points scored among Hockey East skaters. The third member of the OREO line, junior Ahti Oksanen (photo), has five goals in his past four games.

Both teams are coming off a loss: BU dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Harvard, while Colgate fell to Yale, 3-1. preview, Game Notes, Game Tracker, Terrier TV Webcast, Terrier Sports Radio Network Webcast
● Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog

● College Hockey News: Tale of the Tape 
● Hockey East Online weekend preview
Colgate preview

Today's BU line-up: 

Rodrigues- Lane-Hohmann
Phelps- Moran -Piccinich
Greer- Roberto-Kelley

Episode 8 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Head Coach David Quinn and junior J.D. Carrabino. The Clarkson transfer made his first appearance as a Terrier (after sitting out last season due to NCAA regulations) in last Saturday's 5-2 win at Connecticut. The 6-6, 230-pound defenseman was inserted as a right-wing on the checking line in his debut. Discussing two of his young defenseman, Quinn pointed out:

[Somerby’s] skating has really made a jump, he’s playing with more confidence and he’s much more physical.  A guy his size that can skate, also has good stick skills. Grzelcyk and Somerby have had great starts and have been the backbone of our success.

[Brandon Hickey] shoots the puck so well and keeps it low...He gives himself a chance to create a scoring chance with his shot…He’s got the ability to hit the one-timer, which isn’t easy to do. He was immense last night [vs. Harvard]. He defended well and was jumping into the play. He has a great future.

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Max Letunov continues to wield a hot stick, scoring a pair of power play goals in Youngstown’s 8-0 blanking of Muskegon. The left-shot center from Moscow has 16 points (5G, 11 A) in his last 11 games and is tied for fourth in USHL scoring with 22 points. 2016 recruit Vas Kolias assisted on two goals and has nine points, tops for all Phantoms’ defensemen.

Looking back

Blog reader Scarlet’s tweet pointed out this You Tube video of Travis Roy’s acceptance speech upon receiving the Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award earlier this month.  His Travis Roy Foundation has raised millions for enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families by (1) providing grants for adaptive equipment for patients to use after they return home and (2) funding researchers who seek to find a cure for paralysis.

Kevin Shattenkirk scored his second goal of the season in the Blues’ 4-3 shootout win over Edmonton.

Nick Bonino assisted on three of the five Vancouver goals as the Canucks blanked Columbus, 5-0. Bonino, who now has 19 points (7G, 12A), earned third-star honors.

The Hockey Writers’ list of ten-top underrated prospects includes former BU blueliner Adam Clendening, who earned All Hockey East honors in 2011-12 and made the AHL all-star team each of the past two seasons. Clendening, a recent call-up to the Blackhawks, scored a goal on his first shot as an NHL player.
● Chicago Sun Times feature on Clendening’s adjustment to the NHL

Former Terrier standout Matt Nieto, mired in a sophomore slump, is trying to stay positive.

Sahir Gill scored a goal and assisted on two others to lead Wheeling past Greenville, 4-2.

Women’s Team
#5/6 Terriers begin a two-game road trip today against Dartmouth with puck-drop set for noon. The Big Green bring a 4-2-0 record into the game, while BU stands at 9-3-2. The teams have met only three times previously, with each winning once and a tie.

Dartmouth is led by Laura Stacey with nine points, while junior Sarah Lefort, the current HE Player of the Week, is BU’s top scorer with 21 points (10G, 11A)

● preview, Live Stats, Radio Webcast, Ivy League Digital Network Webcast (pay per view)

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