Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Terriers featured on TSN schedule; Eichel earns first star in Sabres win

TSN will air a 44-game schedule of NCAA games to subscribers throughout Canada, including a minimum of six BU games (and as many as 12), beginning with Friday night’s game at Providence. Also on the schedule: Michigan (11/20), Quinnipiac (12/12), BC (1/15), Beanpot vs/ Northeastern (2/1), Beanpot Final (2/8), Notre Dame (2/26), the Hockey East Championship (3/19) and all of the NCAA tournament.  TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button explained:
“The excitement of NCAA hockey, like the NHL, transcends borders. Watching NCAA hockey is a glimpse into the future of the NHL because it is a stepping stone for these players and provides fans a sneak preview of what they will see in NHL arenas for years to come.”

Looking back

Jack Eichel scored a power play goal and assisted on the game-winner as Buffalo defeated Tampa Bay, 4-1.  Last season’s top scorer in NCAA Division 1 and Hobey Baker Award winner earned the #1 star for the first time as a pro.
● recap and video

Earlier, Eichel spoke at length with USA Hockey about his adjustment to the NHL

St. Louis, off to a hot start, got stronger with the return of Kevin Shattenkirk to the line-up after missing 10 games with a lower body injury.

Former Terrier Sahir Gill assisted on three goals—including the game-winner—in Wheeling’s 7-5 come-from-behind win against Cincinnati. Nine games into the season, fifth-year Coach Clark Donatelli's Nailers are in first place in the North Division.

Former Terrier assistant captain Ryan Ruikka is back stateside playing defense for the ECHL Wichita Thunder after two seasons in Europe. In 2013-14 he played for TUTO of the Finland2 league, while last season he helped GAP of the French League earn the league championship. And there's a familiar face in Wichita as former Terrier Grant Rollheiser is the Thunder's netminder. 

Looking ahead
With an assist in last night’s 7-1 Penticton win against Trail, 2016 recruit Dante Fabbro extended his scoring streak to 13 games. His 24 points (5G, 19A) in 15 games is tops for BCHL defensemen, despite missing six games due to injury. Ranked #1 among all CJHL teams, the Vees now have won 20 consecutive games after dropping their season opener.

Several future Terriers will be in action this weekend in the Tier 1 New England and Massachusetts Major and Minor Midget championships. In the Massachusetts 18U tourney, Neponset  River Rats, led by 2017 recruit Patrick Harper, is a top seed. In the New England 18U event, 2016 recruit John McDermott leads top seed Mid Fairfield. Two future BU forwards play in the New England 16U division: Yale Midget Hockey’s Jack DeBoer (photo) and Selects Hockey Academy’s Joel Farabee. Link to tournament schedules.

With four wins at the Five Nations Tournament in Switzerland, the NTDP U18s have a 9-0-1 record in the their last 10 games. Clayton Keller, the top scorer in the tournament with 12 points, leads the team with 32 points (11G, 21A),  while Kieffer Bellows, tied for third with seven points at the Five Nations, is the U18s' top goal-scorer with 15.
NTDP notebook 

Women’s Team
Rebounding from Sunday’s lopsided loss, the Terriers rallied twice to take #2 ranked BC to overtime, before dropping a 4-3 decision in Chestnut Hill. Second-period goals by Sarah Steele and Maddie Elia erased a 2-0 deficit. The Eagles regained the lead in the third, but Rebecca Russo tied it again. BC won in overtime on a goal by Alex Carpenter, whose brother is Terrier men’s team freshman Bobo Carpenter.
● recap and comprehensive box score.   
● USCHO recap
● Daily Free Press recap

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