Monday, April 11, 2016

Rodrigues' first NHL goal; Keller pursues records; This Date in BU Hockey

In just his second game with the Sabres, Evan Rodrigues scored his first NHL goal and then picked up his first assist on Brian Gionta’s overtime winner as Buffalo edged the Islanders Saturday night.
● recap and video

Jack Eichel finished his rookie season with 56 points, second best on the Sabres, while his 24 goals led the team. Among NHL rookies, Eichel was second in goals and points and third in assists.

Nick Bonino’s ninth goal was the Penguins only tally in a 3-1 loss to Philadelphia
● recap and video

Matt O’Connor turned aside 36 shots as Binghamton edged Albany, 2-1, as he picked up his ninth win of the season.

Chris Bourque remains the AHL’s leading scorer with 79 points. He had a goal and three assists in Hershey’s 5-3 win against Wilkes Barre/Scranton.

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Clayton Keller scored a pair of goals—one shorthanded—while Kieffer Bellows also scored as Team USA defeated Denmark, 5-1, in its final exhibition game before the IIHF World U18 Championships begin Thursday in Grand Forks, N.D.  Jake Oettinger, who played half of both Team USA exhibition games, has stopped 22 of 23 shots. Preliminary round games begin on Thursday when Team USA takes on Russia.  NHL Network will televise all Team USA games.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

Keller now has 93 points (33-60), and, with at least five games to be played in the World U18s, he could become only the third NTDP skater with a 100 point season. The others: Auston Matthews (114) and Patrick Kane (102). He’s also just four assists behind Jeremy Bracco's single-season record of 64 and five points behind Phil Kessel's all-time points record of 180.
● NTDP record book
● draft profile of Keller

😻 #kellbeauty #theridge
— Jake Oettinger (@jake_oettinger) April 10, 2016

This Date in BU History
April 11 marks the latest date on the calendar year when BU has appeared in a post-season tournament game. It happened last year, when the Terriers were edged by Providence, 4-3, in the championship game. And, it happened seven years ago when the Terriers’ “DC Miracle” produced the program’s fifth NCAA title with an overtime win over Miami, by the same 4-3 score.

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