Sunday, January 03, 2016

WJCs: Terrier skaters head to the semifinals

World Junior Championships
For three current Terriers and a future one, the pursuit of a WJC gold medal continues. Team USA, with Brandon Fortunato, Charlie McAvoy and Chad Krys, advanced to the semifinals after blanking the Czech Republic, 7-0. Team USA faces Russia on Monday in a game that airs on NHL Network at 1 p.m.
● USA Hockey recap and IIHF box score
IIHF World Junior Championships home page
●  Video highlights of USA-Czech Republic 

►’s Mike Morreale’s WJC report looks at the strong performance by Team USA’s defense corps with its three BU connections. Fortunato discusses advice received from assistant coach Chris Chelios.

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Team Sweden will take on host Finland in the other semifinal after the Swedes defeated Slovakia, 6-0, with JFK assisting on a pair of goals and earning Player of the Game honors. interviewed Forsbacka Karlsson (video) after the game
● IIHF recap and box score
Video highlights of Sweden-Slovakia

The tournament is over for Brandon Hickey and Team Canada, which dropped a 6-5 decision to Finland.

Looking ahead
2016 recruits Clayton Keller and Kieffer Bellows scored goals to give the NTDP U18s a 3-0 lead over Minnesota Duluth but the Bulldogs scored three times in the third period and won in OT behind Dominic Toninato’s third goal of the game.  Keller, who assisted on Bellows’ goal, upped his team-best scoring total to 58 points in 29 games. Bellows goal was his 25th in 30 games.
● UMD box score

2016 recruit Dante Fabbro assisted on a pair of goals as Penticton routed Silver Arm, 6-1.  Fabbro has 42 points in 26 games for the Vees.
● BCHL box score

2017 recruit David Farrance (photo) scored an unassisted, power play goal for the NTDP U17s in a 6-4 loss to Dubuque.

2018 recruit Tyler Weiss scored his 14th goal in the Don Mills Flyers’ 5-3 loss to the Vaughn Kings. The left-shot forward from Raleigh, N.C., has scored eight goals in his last eight games.
● Don Mills Flyers’ recap

Looking back

Jack Eichel scored twice for the second time in a week, but the Sabres fell to Detroit, 4-3, on late third-period goal.  Eichel, who earned first-star honors, has nine points (4G, 5A) in his last five games  and now is tied for the goal-scoring lead among NHL rookies with 13.
● Buffalo News recap
● NBC Sports recap

Charlie Coyle scored his 10th goal of the season—two shy of his career best—but the Wild fell to Tampa Bay in a shootout, 3-2.
● recap and video

Chris Bourque scored the overtime winner as Hershey edged Binghamton, 6-5.

Sahir Gill scored on a rebound to help the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins beat Springfield, 4-1, to give new head coach—and former BU standout—Clark Donatelli his first AHL win.
● recap

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