Monday, May 18, 2015

Eichel, Bonino and Coyle lead US to Bronze medal win in Prague


A trio of Terriers led Team USA to the bronze medal at the IIHF World Championship with a 3-0 shutout of the host team, the Czech Republic, on Sunday. Vancouver forward Nick Bonino scored the game’s first goal midway through the opening period. Then with 1:42 left, Jack Eichel protected the puck along with boards, wheeled and threaded a pass to Trevor Lewis on the doorstep for an easy redirect into the net. In the third period, Bonino took a pass from Charlie Coyle and returned it to the Minnesota Wild wing in the high slot for a one-timer that found net. Coyle also had a two-point game, having assisted on Bonino’s first-period goal.

Eichel finished the tournament with seven points, third best among US skaters. Bonino and Coyle, who joined the team after their NHL teams were eliminated from the playoffs, had 4 points and 5 points respectively.

Team USA also won a bronze in the 2013 World Championships with former Terrier Joe Sacco as head coach. The last time a US team medaled with Terriers on the roster was 2004 with Chris Drury and Mike Grier; the previous time was 1949 when BU was represented by Dan Crowley and Jack Kelley, who later became a Hall of Fame Terrier coach.

● USA Hockey recap and box score
● recap
● The Hockey Writers: Eichel takes home more than bronze  (with video)

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