Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Inside BU Hockey: Baillargeon, Meager; Women rout Yale--UPDATED

Episode 5 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett's interviews with Coach David Quinn, junior center Robbie Baillargeon and former Terrier standout and current Bowdoin College head coach Terry Meagher

Baillargeon, who centers BU's third line, scored his first goal of the season against Denver, earning third-star honors. The Enfield, Connecticut native is looking to return to his freshman form when he led the Terriers in scoring. 

A standout forward on the ECAC championship/Frozen Four BU teams, Meagher (right) has begun his 33rd and final season as head coach of the DIII Bowdoin Polar Bears. His teams have accumulated a record of 529-245-54, ranking sixth best in Division III victories.  Meagher led Bowdoin to two NESCAC titles and two ECAC titles, earning DIII national coach of the year honors twice. As a Terrier, he scored 142 points (74G, 68A) in three seasons, which ranks 25th on the all-time BU scoring list.

Yahoo Sports’ Ryan Lambert analyzes the Terriers’ 3-3-0 start with a skeptical, but not unfair eye. Focusing on goaltending and offense, Lambert suggests that, right now, BU’s glass just may be half-empty. Coach David Quinn’s comments indicate he sees the glass half-full, and filling up. It should be noted that Lambert ranks the Terriers at #10 in Division 1.

Looking ahead
2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk scored twice and added an assist in Team USA’s 6-3 win against Canada Black at the 2015 World U17 Challenge. Fellow 2017 recruit David Farrance scored a power play goal and contributed a helper, as well.  Tkachuk is tied for third in tournament scoring with five points (2G, 3A) after three preliminary round games. Team USA takes on Sweden in the quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon.

2016 recruit Jake Oettinger stopped 19 of 20 shots to lead Team USA to a 3-1 win over The Czech Republic in the opening game of the Five Nations Tournament in Monthey, Switzerland. The 6’4” netminder from Lakeville, Minnesota received offensive support from future Terrier teammates Kieffer Bellows and Clayton Keller, who each scored a goal. Keller assisted on Bellows’ first-period goal. 2016 recruit Chad Krys, who assisted on Keller’s game-winner, earned Best Player of the Game for the U.S. honors. Next up for Team USA is a match-up with Sweden on Thursday.

● USA Hockey recap and box score recap
Looking back
Former BU blueliner and assistant captain Brian Strait (photo) assisted on the Islanders' game-winner in the final minutes as New York defeated New Jersey, 2-1.

Another member of the 2009 national championship team, Eric Gryba, assisted on the game-winner for Edmonton as the OIlers doubled up the Flyers, 4-2.

Women’s Team
Led by junior Maddie Elia’s hat trick, BU thumped Yale, 7-1, at Walter Brown Arena. Her linemate, senior Rebecca Russo, set a new Terrier record with five assists, while the third forward on the line, sophomore Rebecca Leslie scored twice and assisted on three other goals. Sophomore netminder Erin O’Neill turned aside 29 shots to gain the win.

● recap and video highlights and comprehensive box score
● Post-game interviews: O’Neil, LaChapelle
● Daily Free Press recap and O’Neil feature

►Freshman Sammy Davis, who leads all NCAA first-year skaters in goals with seven, has been named Hockey East Rookie of the Month.

● report
Daily Free Press report

Saturday’s home game against #1 Boston College is BU’s Military Appreciation Game, which is being marked with a free ticket offer. For their hard work and commitment to service, the offer is open to all active and retired members of the military and their guests or anyone in the BU Community as well. Order tickets here.

In addition, BU Hockey camouflage hats will be distributed to all attendees. Game time at Walter Brown Arena is 3 p.m. and will be preceded by a special presentation of the National Anthem.

► Former Terrier captain Marie-Philip Poulin has been named captain of Team Canada at the upcoming Four Nations Tournament in Sweden beginning today. Poulin has worn the Maple Leaf numerous times, including the past two Winter Olympic Games - and won gold in both 2010 and 2014.  She graduated last Spring as BU's all-time leader in goals (81), assists (100) and points (181).

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