Saturday, April 16, 2016

Quinn joins Team USA staff; Terrier recruits spark World U18 win--UPDATED

BU Head Coach David Quinn has been named an assistant coach of Team USA for the upcoming IIHF World Championships in Russia. Quinn will assist former Terrier and current New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes behind the U.S. bench.  Both have considerable experience with USA Hockey and in 2003-04 were the head coaches for the two NTDP teams. For Terrier All-American, NHL star and current Rangers Director of Player Development Chris Drury is serving on the squad’s management team.
● USA Hockey report
● Boston Hockey Blog report

Earlier in the week, former BU defenseman David Warsofsky was named to the Team USA roster. The Marshfield, Mass., native finished the 2015-16 season playing for Hynes in New Jersey. Originally a Blues draft pick, he scored his first NHL goal for the Bruins. Warsofsky signed with Pittsburgh last summer and was acquired by NJ in February.  
● USA Hockey report

Looking ahead

Clayton Keller scored a pair of goals and added an assist in Team USA’s 8-2 win over Russia in the preliminary round of the IIHF World U18s Championships in Grand Forks, N.D.  Keller opened the scoring in the first period. His second goal broke a 2-2 tie and was followed 14 seconds later by a Kieffer Bellows goal. Chad Krys assisted on a pair of third period goals as Team USA broke the game open. Jake Oettinger stopped 19 shots to earn the victory.

Team USA plays Sweden today at 4:30 p.m. ET. The game airs live on NHL Network.

Discussing Keller, Coach Danton Cole said:
“He’s probably, if not the smartest, one of the smartest guys I’ve coached in the six years I’ve been at the NTDP . He has that. He has a scorer’s drive, where he wants to score on every shift.  But where he’s really done a good job is in the weight room. His dynamic component really gives him some separation. That’s really changed in the last year. He’s really spent a lot of time there. “He’s always on the attack. He’s a tremendous competitor.”
● USA Hockey recap and box score
● IIHF recap
The Hockey Writers recap

Dante Fabbro assisted on three goals as Team Canada thumped Denmark, 10-2, in a preliminary -round game. Canada plays the Czech Republic today.
● IIHF recap and box score
● Hockey Canada box score

2016 recruit Patrick Curry scored a power play goal in Bloomington's 7-3 loss to Cedar Rapids in a first-round USHL playoff game.  Curry had a 17-16-33 scoring line during the regular season.

Looking back
Former Terrier captain Mike Sullivan took over as Penguins' head coach early in the season after Pittsburgh struggled out of the gate. The Pens finished the season as the NHL's hottest team.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report 

Colin Wilson scored the tying goal for the Predators, who went on to defeat Anaheim, 3-2, in game one of their Stanley Cup playoff series.
●  NHL recap and video 

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