Monday, January 19, 2015

Polls, recognition & Terrier TakeAway

Terriers slipped from second to third in the USCHO weekly poll and remained at #3 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll.  BU’s PWR ranking as calculated by USCHO is #8.

Senior captain Matt Grzelcyk, junior Ahti Oksanen and freshman Jack Eichel (photo) all made Hockey East’s weekly top performers list. Eichel and senior assistant captain Evan Rodrigues are #2 and #4 respectively in the league’s Army ROTC Three Star Award competition.

In conference games only, Eichel, junior Danny O’Regan and Rodrigues are #s 1,2 and 3 in points, with Oksanen tied for fifth. O’Regan is the only player with double figures (12) in goals.

More from yesterday’s 4-3 overtime win against UMass Lowell: 
Terrier TakeAway (Lowell game observations from buoldtimer)
 1. Moving Nik Olsson to the second line generated greater pressure and a more sustained offensive zone presence than that line had displayed in recent games.

2. While he didn't hit the score sheet, AJ Greer had a big game with several solid checks. Aside from his awful penalty vs. BC Friday night, Greer had a good weekend. Admittedly, this is a huge aside, since that penalty changed the tenor of the BC game.

3. Glad I'm not one of the three Terriers who casually chased after the puck on UML's first goal by CJ Smith. With some hustle on their part, it appeared the play would've been icing.

4. UML gave the BU defense a tough time inside the dots early in the game. As the game went on, BU responded to a large extent, but UML bossed them around again on two consecutive shifts late in regulation. BU was fortunate to escape unscathed. [Note: see David Quinn’s comments in Pluses & Minues]

5 Overstating the obvious, Matt Grzelcyk had a terrific game, even beyond his three assists.

►The Boston Hockey Blog: Pluses & Minuses

College Hockey News presents shot metrics from yesterday’s BU-Lowell game, revealing for each player the number of shots taken, blocked, wide, saved and goals scored.

The Hockey News recap 

USCHO Hockey East Blog: TIghtening standings
Looking ahead
2018 recruit Jake Wise, a freshman at Central Catholic, scored twice as the Raiders defeated Andover, 3-2 . Wise has five goals and four assists in the past four games for #7-ranked Central Catholic.

Looking back
Former Terrier Grant Rollheiser stopped 42 of 43 shots to lead the ECHL Brampton Beast past the Wheeling Nailers, 2-1.

Former Nailer and Terrier Sahir Gill signed an ATO contract with AHL Hamilton.

Women’s Team
Senior Captain Marie-Philip Poulin was named to Hockey East’s weekly list of top performers.

Terriers’ ranking in the USCHO weekly poll dropped from #6 to #7. BU faces #3 Quinnipiac on Wednesday evening at Walter Brown Arena.

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