Thursday, January 29, 2015

Inside BU Hockey; Harper's "sick" goal; ex-Terriers spur Nottingham

Episode16 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Coach David Quinn, senior assistant captain Evan Rodrigues (photo) and former Terrier blueliner and co-captain Ron DiVincenzo. Rodrigues, currently tied for second (with Danny O’Regan) in scoring among Hockey East players, was recently promoted to BU’s top line and has been the team’s hottest scorer over the past six weeks. Beginning with three assists in the RPI win last month, the Etobicoke, Ont., native has four goals and 11 assists in the last eight games. In last weekend’s overtime win at Vermont, he scored the game-tying goal and assisted on the game-winner.
● Daily Free Press feature story on Rodrigues

DiVincenzo, one of many Medford, Massachusetts skaters to play for BU, was a member of the Terriers’ first Beanpot champions in 1958 (wins over BC and Northeastern). In high school, he played for two-time All-American Jack Garrity. After graduation, he coached at Brookline High School, where his players would include future Terriers Gary Fay, Marc Hetnik and Bruce Milton. He was inducted into the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999.

Stat Watch: Terriers go into week 19 of the season with the # 9 team offense (3.39 gpg), #4 team defense (2.00 gpg) and #5 (tied) power play (22.6%).

BU Alumni are holding Beanpot Watch Parties in nine cities on Monday when the Terriers host Harvard at TD Garden: Atlanta, Austin, Boca Raton, Chicago, New York City, Portland (OR), San Diego, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Details and reservations

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Patrick Harper scored a goal and an assist as Avon Old Farms upset top-ranked Loomis Chaffee, 5-2. SB Nation’s Jeff Cox tweeted that Harper’s goal was “one of sickest goals I've seen all year.”
● SB Nation recap
There was no player on the ice with as much skill and craftiness as Harper, the AOF '98 forward committed to Boston University. His third period goal was a thing of beauty. He received a lead pass in the neutral zone, buzzed down the left side and cut into the middle, going in between and around several LC defenders. He held onto the puck as he cut to the right and backhanded a shot top shelf for the goal. Outside of his goal, his elite talent was on display throughout the game. He's got great speed, has an explosive initial burst and has quick feed. He does a good job of creating time and space for himself and his linemates. If there was a current Hockey East player to compare him to it would be Northeastern junior and Anaheim Ducks prospect Kevin Roy.
2017 recruit David Farrance scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner late in the third period as the Syracuse Stars beat the Jersey Hitmen, 3-2, in USPHL 16U action. Farrance, a left-shot defenseman, leads the Stars in scoring with a 22-20-42 line. looks at some potential first round picks in June's NHL Entry Draft, including 2015 recruit Jordan Greenway.  

Looking back

Chris Higgins and Colby Cohen, teammates on BU’s 2009 national championship team, combined for three goals for the EIHL Nottingham Panthers' in a 6-3 win over Braehead Clan.

Higgins, who had recently returned from a knee injury, scored twice, while Cohen scored his second goal in as many games since rejoining the Panthers. 

Cohen took time to wish his former Blueline partner, Kevin Shattenkirk, a happy 26th birthday with this instagram.

Colin Wilson scored his 15th goal of the season as Nashville edged Colorado, 4-3 in overtime. The former BU All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist is one goal shy of his career high and three points away from matching his career best.
● Predlines feature on Wilson

Charlie Coyle scored the game-winner— a highlight-reel goal—for Minnesota in its
2-1 win against Edmonton. For Coyle, who was named the game’s first star, the goal was his sixth of the season.

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