Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Terriers pace Team USA wins at NJEC

Kieffer Bellows’ five point effort (2G,3A) led USA White to an 8-1 win over Finland at National Junior Evaluation Camp in Plymouth, Michigan, on Monday. Bellows tallied even-strength goals in the first and third periods and also assisted on line mate Clayton Keller’s second-period score, which proved to be the game-winner. Keller and Bellows teamed for assists on two other US goals in the middle period.

Jordan Greenway scored an unassisted goal in USA Blue’s 6-4 win against Sweden. After Sweden took an early led, Charlie McAvoy and Chad Krys assisted on a power play goal to get USA Blue on the board. Goalie Jake Oettinger played the first 33:23 and stopped 19 of 21 shots and has a .941 save percentage after two games.

USA Hockey: Game recaps;
USA White vs. Finland: box score; Video highlights
USA Blue vs. Sweden: box score; Video highlights 

Following the two games, the NJEC roster was cut from 42 to 32 players from the remaining games of the camp. All six Terriers made the cut.

►NHL Network will televise six games from the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp this week beginning with the US-Sweden and Canada-Finland contests on Wednesday.
● USA Hockey report and schedule
● USA Hockey NJEC home page

Rising junior Brandon Hickey was impressive at Calgary’s development camp. The Flames’ third-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft earned praise from the club’s general manager and scouting director.

He’s looking like a man,” an impressed Flames GM Brad Treliving said of his promising defensive prospect, who has packed on 25 pounds to his 6-foot-2 frame in two short years. “He is a good example of a player who was drafted a couple years ago that continues to show steady improvement each time we see him.”

“The sky is the limit for him,” Treliving said. “It’s only July, so you have to be careful about leaving here all jacked up about somebody, but we were really happy with Brandon’s game. He is one of those young players that just gets it.”

“He is a determined young defenceman,” added an equally impressed Flames director of scouting Tod Button. “He can make a mistake and still recover because of his skating ability. It’s those second and third efforts that impress me the most.”

● NHL.com report

BU TODAY looks back on the career of 30-year Terrier Hockey PA Announcer Jim Prior, who passed away on July 23, with anecdotes from David Quinn, Jack Parker and others. Quinn remarked:

“I don’t know anyone who had more passion for hockey than Jim did. He is certainly identified with BU hockey as much as anybody, and he will be sorely missed.”

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