Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ty Amonte commits to BU; David Quinn podcast

Thayer Academy forward Ty Amonte (photo, #12) has committed to BU and will join the 2017 recruit class. The 5-11, 185 lb., right-shot center is the son of former Terrier standout, NHL star and US Olympian Tony Amonte, who is Thayer’s head coach.  Now a senior, Amonte is expected to spend next season in the USHL with Youngtown, for whom he suited up twice this season. He also made two starts for the NTDP U18s.

Amonte is the third son of a former Terrier currently in BU’s recruiting pipeline, joining 2016 recruit Chad Krys (former BU captain Mark Krys) and fellow 2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk (Keith Tkachuk).

In 20 prep games this season, he has a 12-30-42 scoring line, putting him among the top scorers in New England prep hockey. Last season, he had 40 points in 30 games for the Tigers.

This past fall, he scored 12 points in 14 games for the Cape Cod Whalers and set up the game-winning goal in the Massachusetts Midget U18 Championship game.  The Whalers will play in Nationals this spring in San Jose.

A growth spurt in the last year coincided with Amonte’s improved on-ice skills. Following last June’s Teal Invite Tournament, USHR wrote:
Ty Amonte, #3 East Coast Kings/Thayer Academy, ’98 – Had an excellent weekend. Played physically along the walls and scored several nice breakaway goals against the Minnesota Blades on Saturday night. Amonte’s game is taking a leap toward the next level. Will be at the Select 17 Camp starting Saturday in Buffalo. Top returning scorer at Thayer with a 10-30-40 line in 30 GP. Will be a senior

After the Midget U18 title game last November, SB Nation's Jeff Cox tweeted: “the improvement from Ty Amonte is remarkable. He's a whole diff player, was terrific in all 3 zones, w, w/o puck.”

More recently, USHR noted that Amonte "competes hard and is a two-way guy who has a good shot, and can make plays. His skating is good but lacks explosiveness."

Amonte, who joins a 2017 recruit class that includes forwards Patrick Harper, Hank Crone and Tkachuk and defenseman David Farrance, was one of eight Massachusetts high school players to make the NHL Central Scouting Players-to-Watch list last fall, earning a C rating.
● Boston Hockey Blog report

College Coaches Show: David Quinn spoke with College Hockey Inc.’s Nate Ewell about his path from BU player to Terrier Head Coach, what he tries to instill in his players and BU’s current recruiting success.

Beanpot Tournament MVP and Eberly Award winner Sean Maguire recorded the third best save percentage for a single tournament, .970.  John Curry tops the list with .985 in 2007, while Rick DiPietro registered a .981 save percentage in 2000. 

SB Nation breaks down the Hockey East race as it heads into the final three weekends. BU starts with a home and home series against Lowell. At BU Friday and at Lowell Saturday. 

Looking ahead 
2018 recruit Tyler Weiss assisted on two goals in the Don Mills Flyers’ come-from-behind 3-3 tie with the Junior Canadians in the GTHL playoffs. Weiss, along with 2018 fellow recruits Jake Wise of Central Catholic HS and Jack DeBoer of Salisbury School have left for Norway to skate for Team USA in the Youth Olympic Games, which begin on Feb. 13.

Looking back 
Joe Folino, a member of BU’s first two Frozen Four teams, has passed away. Folino was a teammate of Jack Kelley, Jack Garrity, Ed Cahoon, Walter Anderson and Ike Bevins on the squad that reached the 1950 championship game and the 1951 consolation game.

Former BU assistant captain Sean Escobedo has been signed to a PTO contract by the AHL Charlotte Checkers, a Carolina Hurricanes affiliate.  The Bayside, N.Y., native was in his second season with the ECHL Greenville Swamp Rats and had 16 points in 64 games.
● Hockeydb stats

Happy 41st birthday to former Terrier forward and current Devils head coach John Hynes.

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