Monday, December 15, 2014

Top Dogs in the Polls

With its 5-1 win at Rensselaer and North Dakota splitting its weekend series with Denver, BU has regained the top spot in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly polls.                                  
Daily Free Press report

Photo by Michelle Jay

Three Terriers earned a spot on the Hockey East Weekly Top Performers list: Matt O’Connor (photo) , who stopped 35 of 36 shots, assistant captain Evan Rodrigues whose three assists against Rensselaer gave him six multi-point games for the first half of this season, and J.J. Piccinich, who notched his first collegiate goal on Saturday.

In Army ROTC Three Stars of the Game” competition, three Terriers, Jack Eichel, Danny O’Regan and Evan Rodrigues, are in the top five.  O'Regan has points in 12 of BU's 15 games.

O’Connor finishes the semester with the nation’s third best GAA (1.67) and fourth best save percentage (.941)

Junior National Team
Thirty candidates for the U.S. Junior National Team arrive at BU’s Walter Brown Arena tomorrow for a competitive camp to decide Team USA for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships beginning Dec. 26 in Montreal and Toronto. Three days of practices (details and schedule) that are open to the public will be followed by Friday night’s  game against the Terriers, also at WBA, at 7 p.m. The game will be live-streamed without charge by TerrierTV.

Freshman Jack Eichel (photo), the Division 1 points-per-game leader (1.69) and points co-leader (27) will  appear in his second WJC tournament, while former BU captain, NHLer and Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan is an advance scout for Team USA. The story within the story of this event remains the much anticipated Dec. 31 match-up between the US and Canada, where Eichel and Erie's Connor McDavid, the top two prospects for the next NHL draft, will go head-to-head.
● USA Hockey WJC page
Looking back
A pair of former BU captains—Chris Connelly and Sean Sullivan (photo)— are now teammates playing for the Iserlohn Roosters in the German DEL.
Former Terrier MVP and All-American John Curry stopped 33 of 34 shots in the Iowa Wild's 4-1 victory over San Antonio.

Former BU assistant captain Justin Courtnall assisted on two goals for Bridgeport. The Sound Tigers dropped a 5-4 decision to Hartford, whose line-up includes ex-Terriers Chris Bourque and Vinny Saponari.

Former BU All American and Hobey Baker Award Winner Matt Gilroy is the top-scorer among defensemen—and third overall--on Moscow Oblast Atlant. In his first season in the KHL, Gilroy has 4-17-21 in 38 games.

Women's Team

Freshman goalie Erin O’Neil was named Hockey East’s Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week after backstopping BU’s 3-1 win against Providence to gain her fourth victory. The Minnetonka, Minn., native also picked up an assist. O’Neil is the third Terrier freshman to win the weekly award this season. Rebecca Leslie won it for the week of Oct. 6 and Victoria Bach earned hers for the week of November 17.

Senior defenseman Shannon Doyle was named to the Hockey East Weekly Top Performers list.

At the break, sixteen Terriers have at least one goal and seven have tallied at least 10 points.

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