Thursday, January 22, 2015

Inside BU Hockey: Oksanen, Cross; Women top Quinnipiac

Episode 15 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Coach David Quinn, junior wing Ahti Oksanen and former Terrier skater and longtime Vermont Head Coach Jim Cross.  Oksanen, who spent his first two seasons on the BU blueline, has blossomed as a converted forward with 12 goals thus far (fourth best in Hockey East) and a +13.

Cross coached the Catamounts for 19 seasons, retiring in 1984.  He brought the program from Division II to Division I in 1973-74.  For his coaching accomplishments, he was inducted  into the Vermont Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.  As a Terrier, he played wing for two seasons under Coach Harry Cleverly.  The 1959-60 varsity squad (on which he was a member) reached the NCAA Final Four at Boston Arena (now Northeastern University's Matthews Arena).

The Daily Free Press profiles sophomore blueliner Doyle Somerby (photo), with Associate Head Coach Steve Greeley and captain Matt Grzelyck discussing how Somerby’s game has taken a significant step up this season.

► The Terriers’ two games at Vermont this weekend can be viewed on The contests will be streamed for free in high definition.

Looking back
Former Terrier co-captain and Olympic gold medalist Mike Eruzione will be honored prior to tomorrow’s Berwick Academy games at Dover Ice Arena. The Winthrop native, best known for scoring the game-winning goal (video) for Team USA against the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympic games, played for Berwick before becoming a four-year standout at BU and ringing up 208 points. He recently made a donation to Berwick that enabled upgrades to the hockey teams’ locker rooms.

Former Terrier All-American Colin Wilson was a guest interviewee on ESPN’s Hockey Today podcast. Wilson is the third-leading scorer on a streaking Nashville team, with a 14-17-31 scoring line, just four points shy of his best previous season.

Former Terrier Captain Carl Corazzini (photo), in his first year as head coach at St. Mark’s School, has led the Lions to an 8-2-2 record for the first 12 games of the season.  That has earned his team the 10th spot in the USHR prep rankings. Corazzini, who had been head coach at Weston High School, succeeded former Terrier and NHL star Scott Young, who is now BU’s Director of Hockey Operations.

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Patrick Harper assisted on three goals as Avon Old Farms beat Northfield Mount Hermon, 5-3.

Women’s Team
#6/7 Terriers scored a convincing win over Quinnipiac at Walter Brown Arena on Wednesday. Senior captain Marie-Philip Poulin and junior Kayla Tutino (photo) powered the BU offense, each scoring a goal and adding two assists. The #3 Bobcats had lost only once in their previous 24 games and goalie Chelsea Laden led the NCAA in wins (20) and goals against average (0.91)

Freshman Victoria Bach got BU on the board early with her 11th goal of the season. At 13:27, Tutino scored what would be the game-winner on a power play, assisted by Poulin and senior Shannon Doyle. It was the third consecutive game in which she scored a goal.

After a scoreless second period, junior Sarah Lefort scored her 15th goal just 37 seconds into the final period extending the lead to 3-0. Half a minute later, the Bobcats responded with a goal; but it would be the only time they put a shot past sophomore goalie Victoria Hanson, who finished with 21 saves. Poulin closed out the scoring midway through the period.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Daily Free Press recap , box score
● Video highlights
● Post-game comments: Coach Brian Durocher and Poulin
● Quinnipiac recap

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