Sunday, March 15, 2015

BU to face Wildcats in Hockey East semifinal; High skill forward joins 2017 recruit class--UPDATED

#3 Terriers had to wait 24 hours after completing its quarterfinal round sweep of Merrimack to learn its next opponent in the Hockey East tournament. With its overtime win over Providence, seventh-seed New Hampshire advances and will play BU in Friday night's semifinal at TD Garden. Scheduled for an 8 p.m. puck drop, the game will air on NESN in New England and on NBC Sports Network for the rest of the nation.

The first semifinal will match UMass-Lowell with Vermont, which eliminated BC last night, with a 1-0 win at Conte Forum. That game begins at 5 p.m. Video highlights for all the quarterfinal round games are available on the Hockey East web site. report
HockeyEastOnline report
SB Nation report
USCHO's Hockey East Blog

Boston Hockey Blog: Pluses & Minuses's discussion of NCAA free agents attracting attention includes junior goalie Matt O'Connor and senior forward Evan Rodrigues. Rodrigues remains second in Division 1 in scoring with 54 points (18G, 36A), one point ahead of Harvard's Jimmy Vesey and seven behind linemate Jack Eichel. Eichel's three-point night on Saturday gave him 61 points, four behind the all-time BU freshman scoring record of 65, co-held by David Silk (1976-77) and Mark Fidler (1977-78). 

Eichel was named Hockey East's Warrior Player of the Week for his six-point performance (2G, 4A) in the quarterfinals. It was the second time he's won that award, along with being named Rookie of the Week three times. Rodrigues and O'Connor were named to the "top performers" list for the week. report

The freshman center now has a 10-game scoring streak. His 41 assists, +42 and 1.79 points per game all are best in Division 1.

Looking ahead

BU continues to win commitments from high-skill forwards for future classes. On Saturday, left-shot forward Logan Cockerill of the Belle Tire Minor Midgets verballed to join the Terriers’ 2017 recruit class. A Brighton, Michigan native, Cockerill, whose brother is a freshman defenseman at Northeastern, has compiled a 28-31-59 scoring line in 64 games this season. The 1999 birthdate is expected to arrive on Commonwealth Avenue for the 2018-19 season.

Last summer, he helped the East Coast Kings win the ’99 Division Junior Chowder Cup with four goals on the final day of the event, earning all-tournament honors.

This past week, he played in the Beantown Spring Classic, seeking to showcase himself for Eastern schools, according to U.S. Hockey Report, which noted that the 5-9 speedster  also was reported to receive offers from Boston College and Northeastern. USHR added that Cockerill “Has speed and quick hands, which allow him to make plays like crazy. Hustles. Flies around. Will be a point producer for BU.”

OverTheBoards tweeted: “RE: Cockerill, great speed & tough to contain because of elusive skating. Finisher at every level: his play sticks out among skilled rosters.”

● Elite Prospects card
● Belle Tire Midget Minor stats

Looking back
Former BU assistant captain Justin Courtnall scored a goal for AHL Syracuse in a 2-0 win over Bridgeport, which had recently traded Courtnall to the Crunch.

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