Thursday, January 08, 2015

Inside BU Hockey #13; Terriers arrive in Wisconsin

Episode 13 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Head Coach David Quinn, freshman wing AJ Greer and former BU All-American goalie J.P. McKersie. Greer, who scored his second goal last Saturday against Union, is the youngest of the Terriers, having turned 18 last month. He played two seasons at Kimball Union, scoring 92 points in 61 games and serving as co-captain last year, before accelerating his education to arrive at BU this season.

McKersie played for three Terrier squads that reached the NCAA Final Four, including the 1993-94 national finalist squad for whom he delivered a 19-4-0 record and 2.90 GAA en route to All-American second team honors. During the following summer, he suffered severe head injuries in a near-fatal bicycle accident and spent the next season rehabilitating from the injuries. He returned to the team in 1995-96 and at the same time served as volunteer coach of the Junior Terriers. His generous efforts, while still recovering, earned him the first-ever Hockey Humanitarian Award (photo) in 1996.

Terriers flew to Wisconsin today for their two-game series with the Badgers beginning tomorrow night. Both games begin at 8 p.m. ET and will air on Wisconsin Public TV and WPT Online. In addition, the games will be live-streamed on BTN2Go.

Coach David Quinn told the Boston Hockey Blog “we might actually have a full healthy team at our disposal for the first time all year."

Look for our GameDay post on Friday

► College Hockey News’ Joe Meloni looks ahead to Hockey East’s second semester

► posted this “Get To Know Me” video with BU freshman Jack Eichel, co-leader in points for NCAA Division 1 and leader in points-per-game and assists-per-game.

►SB Nation projects Hockey East and ECAC Hobey Baker Award candidates.  Meanwhile, fan voting for the Hobey Baker has begun.

►In Craig Button’s latest 2015 NHL draft prospect rankings for TSN, Eichel is tied with Connor McDavid for the top spot.TSN’s top 100 list for the draft includes 2015 recruit Jordan Greenway (#40), Brien Diffley (#90) and AJ Greer (#93).
● SB Nation report

Looking ahead
2017 recruit David Farrance scored four goals for Victor, N.Y., HS in a 7-2 win over rival Canandaigua. The left-shot defenseman is playing for both Victor and the USPHL Syracuse U16s.  He leads the first-place Stars in scoring and is fourth in the league with a 19-20-39 scoring line in 20 games. 
“He’s an electric player and does a lot of good things,” Victor coach Michael Ferreri said. “It was his best game of the year.”

SB Nation’s Chris Dilks looks at potential candidates for next year’s US Junior National Team, including current Terrier John MacLeod, BU 2015 recruits Greenway and Charlie McAvoy and 2016 recruit Clayton Keller.

Next Tuesday’s 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects game, with 2015 recruits Jakob Forsacka-Karlsson and Robert Carpenter skating for Team West, will be broadcast live and free by Fast Hockey.

Looking back

New England Hockey Journal reports on the Cape Cod Whalers 16Us march to the
Massachusetts Select League regular-season and playoff championships, led by their head coach, former Terrier, NHL and Olympic standout Tony Amonte (photo), who is also the coach at Thayer Academy.

Nick Bonino scored his ninth goal of the season in Vancouver’s 3-2 win over the Islanders

Women’s Team
#4 Terriers were edged, 4-3, by top-ranked Boston College in the season’s first meeting between the Commonwealth Avenue rivals. The loss snapped BU’s seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) stretching back to November 14 and gives the Terriers a 12-4-2 record.

BU scored all three goals in the first period—from senior captain Marie-Philip Poulin, and juniors Kayla Tutino (photo) and Sarah Lefort—for a 3-2 Terrier lead. The Eagles tied the score in the second period and tallied the game-winner on a power play in the third. For BU, Victoria Hanson made a career-best 39 saves.

● recap
● HockeyEastOnline recap and box score

Tuesday night freshman Victoria Bach and former BU captain Louise Warren each scored a goal and an assist for Team Canada in its 4-0 win over Sweden in the gold-medal game of the Nation’s Cup Tournament in Fussen, Germany.  Bach was the tournament’s top scorer with five goals and an assist. Current Terriers Lefort and Shannon Doyle and former Terrier Kaleigh Fratkin also were in the Canadians’ line-up.


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