Monday, September 26, 2016
Terriers ranked #4 in first USCHO poll; Women drop Providence, 5-2
Terriers have been ranked at #4 in the pre-season USCHO D-1 College Hockey Poll, leading a group of six Hockey East teams among the poll’s top 15. BU received five first-place votes, second only to top-ranked and defending national champion North Dakota, which garnered 43. Two first-semester out-of-conference opponents, Quinnipiac and Denver, were ranked #2 and #3 respectively.
The other ranked Hockey East schools are: BC #5; Lowell #8; Notre Dame #9, Providence #10 and Northeastern #15. Three other schools on the Terriers' out-of-conference schedule made the top 20: Michigan #11; Harvard:12; and Yale #18.
● USCHO.com pre-season poll
► Hockey East Media Day takes place tomorrow at TD Garden. THFB will post links to news announcements as well to comments from BU coaches and players.
The Buffalo News reports that Evan Rodrigues worked with a power-skating instructor and a shooting coach during the off-season as he prepared for Sabres’ training camp. After a slow start last season at AHL Rochester, he produced 30 points, earning a late season call-up and picked up his first NHL goal and assist.
Senior Samantha Sutherland’s hat trick powered the #10-ranked Terriers to a 5-2 win over Providence in their regular-season opener Sunday at Agganis Arena. BU carried a 2-1 lead into the final period and scored three times to salt away the win.
Photo by Richard T. GagnonGraduate student Mary Parker, who starred at Harvard for three seasons, got BU on the board first, converting a pass from junior Victoria Bach, and Sutherland doubled the lead late in the period with assists to sophomore Sammy Davis and freshman Abby Cook. The Friars narrowed the gap to one goal early in the second, but Sutherland responded with a power-play goal from Davis and junior transfer from Minnesota Nina Rodgers.
In the third period, PC scored early again, but a late power-play goal by senior Maddie Elia and Sutherland’s empty-netter closed out the scoring. Senior goalie Victoria Hanson turned aside 34 of 36 shots to earn the win.
● Video highlights and post-game interviews (Sutherland and Coach Brian Durocher)
● Daily Free Press recap
For their efforts against Providence, Sutherland was named Hockey East Player of the Week, while Hanson was named Defensive Player of the Week. Cook earned a spot on the weekly top performers list after picking up her first collegiate point.
● GoTerriers.com report
● HockeyEastOnline report