Monday, October 12, 2015

Monday Linkorama; Top blueliner commits to BU

Penticton Vees right-shot defenseman Dante Fabbro, considered by many to be a top ten pick in next June's NHL draft, has committed to BU for next season, joining a class with three other potential first rounders: Clayton Keller, Kieffer Bellows and Chad Krys. We'll have a full report on Fabbro tomorrow.
SB Nation report

Following Saturday’s loss to Union, BU dropped from third to sixth in the USCHO poll. Providence, with a win and a loss against Miami, moved up to second, just behind the new top dog, North Dakota. The Terriers also are ranked #6 in the USA Hockey/USA Today Poll.

Junior Doyle Somerby, who assisted on BU’s first two goals against Union and blocked two shots, was named to Hockey East’s Weekly Top Performers list.
● Hockey East Weekly Release

► College Hockey News: Hockey East preview capsules
Matt O’Connor made his NHL debut for Ottawa last night, losing a 3-1 decision to Montreal in the Senators’ opening home game. The 6’6” netminder made 31 saves, but was victimized twice in the first period by Tomas Plekanec: the first on a sharp angle shot off O’Connor’s skate and the second on a breakaway. Les Habitants’ third goal came on a deflection of a screened slap shot.
● Ottawa Sun recap

Looking ahead
2016 recruits Clayton Keller and Kieffer Bellows provided the offense as the NTDP U18s rallied to tie Notre Dame at Plymouth, Michigan. Keller, who leads the squad in scoring with 13 points (4G, 9A) , opened the scoring with an unassisted strike in the second period. After the Irish took a 2-1 lead in the third, Bellows (7G. 2A) scored a power play goal, deflecting home a Keller shot. The U18s will head East next weekend and will play the Terriers on Friday.
●USA Hockey recap and box score
Photo gallery

► Kirk Luedeke profiled Bellows for his ScoutingPost blog’s 2016 NHL Draft Drum Beat

► Future Considerations’ October draft rankings shows Charlie McAvoy #16, Keller #19,  Bellows 
#20, and Krys #22.

Looking back
Jack Eichel scored his first NHL game-winning goal, sniping a sharp-angle shot into the top corner in the third period, as Buffalo defeated Columbus, 4-2.

Recap and video
CBS Buffalo report

Boston Herald photo by Chitose Suzuki
The Boston Bruins today signed former Terrier Travis Roy to a one-day contract. The Bruins management also donated $50,000 to The Travis Roy Foundation.
CBS Boston report and video

Charlie Coyle scored the Wild’s first goal and the game-winner, earning first-star honors in Minnesota’s 3-2 victory over St. Louis. Kevin Shattenkirk had an assist for the Blues.

Alex Chiasson, emerging from the penalty box, took a headman pass, broke in alone and scored his first goal of the season in Ottawa’s 5-4 win over Toronto.

Brandon Yip, a 20-goal scorer on BU’s 2009 National Championship team, begins his second season with the Manheim Eagles of the DEL. Yip, who has played 174 NHL games with three teams, scored the game-winner in the Hockey East championship in both 2006 and 2009.  

After being released at the end of Wilkes Barre/Scranton training camp, Sahir Gill has now been signed to an AHL contract by the Baby Penguins. He’ll play for new head coach Mike Sullivan, a former Terrier captain and former Bruins head coach.

Former Terrier standout, Avalanche head coach and current Bruins assistant Joe Sacco will be inducted into the Massachusetts chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 1. Sacco scored 63 goals in three seasons at BU, including 28 for the 1989-90 Frozen Four squad.

Women’s Team
Following their split of the weekend series with Penn State, the 3-1-0 Terriers are ninth in the USCHO Weekly Poll and eighth in the USA Hockey/USA Today poll.

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