Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Oettinger preps for Prospect Game in Philly; Grizzy in B's rookie camp

The Terriers' first exhibition-game opponent, the University of Prince Edward Island, is in the process of trimming its roster to a league-allowed 22. For BU, the Oct. 1 exhibition at Agganis Arena will be its first-ever meeting with the Panthers, who will have played two games against CIS opponents. Last season UPEI played two NCAA exhibitions, losing to Harvard and Dartmouth.
UPEI men's hockey home page

Before freshman goalie Jake Oettinger suits up against UPEI, he'll be facing shots from a pair of future Terriers in Thursday night's CCM All-American Prospects Game in Philadelphia. The 6-4 netminder from Lakeville, Minn., is on the Team Leclair roster, while 2017 recruits David Farrance and Logan Cockerill will skate for Team Howe.  The game, which begins at 7 p.m. ET, will be live streamed--free of charge--on FastHOCKEY. A link to the live broadcast will be available here at 6:45 p.m.

Oettinger, who is projected to be one of the first goalies taken in next June’s NHL entry draft, talked with Red Line Editorial about his learning experience in the NTDP program and his first weeks at BU.

“Learning how to prepare was big for me. It wasn’t just getting your body physically ready, I think I learned how to better prepare mentally. [NTDP Coach Kevin Reiter] helped me learn how to prepare and also how to practice. That’s really important, you want to make your practice time useful.

“The last few weeks have been really smooth. I think that’s a credit to the older guys. We have a lot of good leaders here and good upperclassmen who have been there for us and helped us get acclimated. It’s been fun. I’m eager to get going and competing for playing time.”

The new Northeastern Hockey Blog, which has been previewing each of the Huskies’ opponents, gives the Terriers the nod as the team to beat in Hockey East, despite the loss of five of last season’s top eight scorers.
● NUHB preview of BU

The ECAC released its 2016-17 coaches poll and BU opponents held two of the top three spots. Quinnipiac was picked to win the conference while Harvard was third. Terriers will face three other ECAC teams: Yale (#5), Union (#7) and Colgate (#11).

Looking back
Two-time All-American Matt Grzelcyk is in Bruins rookie camp, competing for a berth on Boston’s blue line corps. The Charlestown native, who captained the past two Terrier squads, shares the advice he received from Coach David Quinn.
● Boston Globe report

In the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, Team North America fell to Russia, 4-3, last night, but in the team’s first game, against Finland, Jack Eichel got the North Americans on the board first, leading to a 4-1 win. The Sabres’s center also was mic’d up during the game.
● Sabres recap

With a Stanley Cup championship to go with the NCAA title he won as a Terrier in 2009, Nick Bonino is looking to continue his role as an important cog in the Penguins offense this season.
Post-Gazette report 

Looking ahead
2017 recruit David Farrance scored a power play goal and Brady Tkachuk assisted on a pair of scores as the NTDP U18s defeated Dubuque, 8-2. For Farrance, a left-shot defenseman from Victor, N.Y., it was his second power play score in five games. Left wing Tkachuk leads the team in scoring with five points (1G, 4A).
● USA Hockey recap and box score

2017 recruit Ty Amonte scored a goal and an assist in Penticton’s 3-1 win over Powell River.  After registering an assist in the Vees’ 4-3 OT win, the Thayer Academy grad leads Penticton in scoring with a 3-4-7 line.

2018 recruits Tyler Weiss (photo) and Jack DeBoer each recorded an assist in the NTDP U17s’ 5-1 win over the Johnstown Tomahawks. Weiss has four points in four games while DeBoer’s helper was his first point of the season.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

Women's Team
Coach Brian Durocher's Terriers were picked #2 in the Women's Hockey East Coaches Poll, with 72 points and two first-place votes.


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