Friday, February 03, 2017

Game Day BU hosts UMass

#3 Terriers face off against UMass for their final regular season meeting tonight at Agganis Arena. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. for the contest that will be live-streamed on TerrierTV. The teams met early last month in a Frozen Fenway game with BU earning a 5-3 win.

The Minutemen’s loss to BU is part of an eight game current losing streak. Their last outing was a 6-5 home loss to Northeastern. Senior Steven Iocobellis is UMass’ top scorer with 16 points, followed by sophomores Austin Plevy (14) and Kurt Keats (13). Freshman Ryan Wischow has handled the bulk of the goaltending.

BU is 11-3-1 in its last 15 games and in second place in Hockey East.  Terriers' top scorers are Clayton Keller (26 points), Patrick Harper (25), Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (24), Jordan Greenway (23) and Bobo Carpenter (20).

The Daily Free Press reported that Jake Oettinger will get the start in goal for BU and that freshman Kieffer Bellows will return to the line-up after his “best week of practice of the year.”  CHECK BACK FOR THE TERRIER LINE-UP.

Harper - JFK - Curry
Greenway - Keller - Carpenter
Bellows - Cloonan - Roberto
Phelps - McDermott - Andren
Hickey - Fabbro
Krys - McAvoy
Somerby - MacLeod

● Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog
● Daily Free Press preview
● College Hockey News Tale of the Tape
● USCHO Hockey East Picks & Predictions
● HockeyEastOnline weekend preview
UMass Daily Collegian preview                           

For the second consecutive month, Keller has been named Hockey East’s Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month  The center from Swansea, Illinois had 11 points (5G, 6A) in eight games in January.  Keller also has earned conference Rookie of the Week honors four times this season, most recently for the week ending Jan. 23.

Looking ahead
2019 recruit Joel Farabee is leading the NTDP U17s in scoring with 29 points and in goals with 17. The speedy forward from Cicero, NY previously played two seasons for Selects Academy at South Kent School and rang up 125 points in 66 games. His development as one of the top prospects from upstate New York is examined in a report .

Looking back
Kevin Shattenkirk tallied his 24th assist in the Blues’ 5-1 win against Toronto. The former Terrier captain is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and is one of the most talked about players as the NHL trade deadline approaches. Potential trade suitors for St. Louis reportedly include Boston, Toronto and the Rangers.

Alex Chiasson scored his eighth goal in Calgary’s 5-1 win against Minnesota. In his first season with the Flames, Chiasson has 15 points.
● recap and video

ICYMI, Wednesday's blogpost featured Neal Boudette's article on former Terriers in NHL coaching, scouting and management positions.  Following is a list of those former players working in the NHL and AHL.
Peter Ahola (Vegas, Amateur Scout)
Clark Donatelli (Pittsburgh, AHL Head Coach)
Scott Lachance (New Jersey, Scout)
Buddy Powers (Dallas, Amateur Scout)
Paul Fenton (Nashville, Assistant GM)
Steve Greeley (NY Rangers, Assistant Director, Player Personnel)
Mike Sullivan (Pittsburgh, Head Coach)
Chris Drury (NY Rangers, Assistant GM)
Steve Stirling (Ottawa, AHL Assistant Coach)
Chris O’Sullivan (NY Islanders, Scout)
Chris Kelleher (Minnesota, Scout)
Mike Bavis (Arizona)
Jeff Kealty (Nashville, Chief Amateur Scout)
John Hynes (New Jersey, Head Coach)
Joe Sacco (Boston, Assistant Coach)
Keith Tkachuk (St. Louis, Amateur Scout)
Bob Crocker (Los Angeles, Amateur Scout)
Jay Pandolfo (Boston, Assistant Coach)
John Lilley (Toronto, Amateur Scout)
Mark Mullen (Detroit, Amateur Scout)
Ron Anderson (Chicago, Director, Player Recruitment)
Jack Ferriera (Los Angeles, Special Assistant to the GM)
Mike Grier (Chicago, Pro Scout)

College Hockey, Inc. maintains a comprehensive list of former college players working in the NHL in off-ice positions.

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