Monday, January 26, 2015

Two goalies earn honors; team rankings; D-men thrive in KHL--UPDATED



Terriers’ junior netminder Matt O’Connor was named Hockey East’s Defensive Player of the Week after limiting Vermont to three goals—only one at even strength—in BU’s sweep of the Catamounts. His save percentage for the two games was .955. O’Connor had earned the same honor back in October following wins against Michigan and Michigan State.

Senior assistant captain Evan Rodrigues and freshman Jack Eichel were named to the weekly list of top performers.  Rodrigues, who scored the game-winner and added an assist in Friday’s 4-2 win, tallied the game-tying goal on Saturday, assisted on the game-winner and executed a textbook hip check to stop a UVM rush. Eichel scored the final BU goal in both games: an empty-netter Friday and the game-winner on a deflection Saturday.

Terriers moved up to the #2 ranking in both the USCHO weekly poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll. BU is #3 in the SB Nation power rankings.


► USCHO Hockey East blog: Winners & Losers 


► BU Hockey historian Sean Pickett tweeted that Eichel’s overtime game-winner was the 100th overtime goal scored in program history. With his third extra-session goal of the season, Eichel is tied for the career lead among active Division 1 players.

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Robert Carpenter recorded his first USHL hat trick and added two assists as Sioux City throttled Green Bay, 6-2. The previous night he had a goal and an assist as the Musketeers beat the Gamblers, 4-1.  The seven-point weekend brought the former Austin Prep All-Scholastic forward to 40 points for the season in 37 games. He’s tied with fellow 2015 recruit Maxim Letunov for third in the USHL scoring race. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, also a 2015 recruit, is a point behind at 39.

For his efforts, Carpenter was named USHL Forward of the Week.
● Sioux City Journal recap
● HockeysFuture feature on Carpenter


Looking back -- Blueline edition
Former Terrier captain and Hobey Baker Award winner Matt Gilroy, playing in the KHL for Atlant, made a splash at the league’s SuperSkills competition, breaking four targets on four shots in 4.78 seconds—setting a new record.



Former Terrier standout Ryan Whitney, now playing with Sochi in the KHL, handled “5 Questions” from TheScore.com’s Justin Bourne, a former Alaska-Anchorage player. Whitney discusses playing in the Russian pro league and his plans for the future including finishing his degree at BU.

Former Terrier captain and All-American Kevin Shattenkirk talked with ESPN about his first NHL All-Star weekend experience and was interviewed by Blues teammate Vladimir Tarasenko.

Former BU All-American Colby Cohen talks about his recent return to the Nottingham Panthers, where his strong play earned “man-of-the-match” honors last weekend, being reunited with Terrier teammate Chris Higgins.

Women’s Team
Terriers rebounded from Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by Vermont to rout the Catamounts on Sunday, 9-2, in their biggest offensive outburst of the season. BU roared out to a 5-0 first period lead, a feat last achieved in October of 2008. Freshmen forwards Victoria Bach and Rebecca Leslie paced the offense with each contributing two goals and an assist. Other goal-scorers were Lillian Braga, Rebecca Russo, Samantha Sutherland, Diana Bennett and senior captain Marie-Philip Poulin, who produced a highlight-reel, end-to-end rush for BU’s eighth goal.


Sophomore goalie Victoria Hanson played the first two periods and turned aside all 15 shots. Sophomore Mia Becker made her first college appearance in the third period and made nine saves, including stopping a penalty shot by the Catamounts’ top scorer.  

● GoTerriers.com recap and comprehensive box score 
Video highlights 
● Post-game comments: Becker
Daily Free Press recap

Hanson was named Hockey East’s Defensive Player of the Week.  In addition to blanking Vermont for two periods, earlier in the week she backboned a 4-1 win over #3 Quinnipiac, stopping 21 of 22 shots. Poulin and Bach were named to the weekly top performers list.

BU remains at #7 in the USCHO weekly poll.

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