Monday, December 19, 2016

Keller, Switzer recognized; McAvoy named Team USA assistant captain

Freshman Clayton Keller has been named Hockey East’s Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week following his three-point (1G, 2A) performance in BU’s win over Yale, while sophomore Shane Switzer earned Defensive Player of the Week honors after scoring his first two collegiate goals against the Bulldogs. Freshman Jake Oettinger made the weekly top performers list.

For Keller, it was his third weekly award as the conference’s top rookie. The Terriers have earned that recognition in six out of 12 weeks with Oettinger receiving it twice and Patrick Harper once.

Terriers moved up a spot to fifth place—flip-flopping with BC—in the USCHO Weekly Poll , while remaining at #6 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. John Buccigross’s poll has BU at #5.

US Junior National Team Camp
Seven Terriers have been at USA Hockey’s evaluation camp to select the Junior National Team.  Keller, Oettinger, Harper, Jordan Greenway, Kieffer Bellows, Charlie McAvoy (photo) and Chad Krys are on the 26-man roster that will be paired to 23 following Wednesday's scrimmage against Switzerland. McAvoy, who was named as an assistant captain, and Krys are returnees from last year's Junior National Team. The World Junior Championships begin on December 26 with Team USA facing Latvia while Dante Fabbro and Team Canada face off with Russia. Camp notes (Harper, Keller, Krys); Day 3 Camp Notes;

Looking ahead
2019 recruit Joel Farabee scored a pair of goals and added a shootout score, but Switzerland rallied to tie Team USA in the third period and then win the shootout at the Four Nations tournament in Monthey, Switzerland. However, Team USA claimed the tournament title with two more points than any other team. 2018 recruit Jake Wise assisted on both goals by Farabee, who was named U.S. Player of the Game and led all tournament scorers with four points (3G, 1A). He also leads the NTDP U17s with 24 points.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

On Saturday, Wise scored the game-winning goal and added an assist as the Team defeated Russia, 4-1. The former All-Scholastic from Catholic Central converted the rebound of fellow recruit Tyler Weiss’s shot.  Weiss was named US Player of the Game.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

2019 recruit Trevor Zegras has wielded a hot stick for Avon Old Farms in early prep action. After scoring a goal and an assist in the first two games of the AOF Christmas Holiday Classic, he produced the shootout winner in a 4-3 victory over Tabor Academy.

Looking back
Following his two-game cup of coffee with the Bruins, Matt Grzelcyk was returned to Providence and set up the game-winning goal in the P-Bruins’ 3-1 win against Syracuse.
● The Hockey  Local Grzelcyk Debuts at Home

Ahti Oksanen scored his first AHL goal in Saturday's 5-4 Hartford win over Hershey, deflecting a pass past former Merrimack goalie Joe Cannata. Former Terrier Chris Bourque scored a goal and an assist for the Bears. 

Bourque has been named as a playing captain for the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic.  Bourque is the AHL’s active scoring leader with 604 points in 610 games and won the league’s scoring title in 2012 and in 2016. He’s also appeared in 51 NHL games.

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