Saturday, May 13, 2017

Prawdzik shines in NAHL playoffs; Oettinger heads to Strelow camp - UPDATED

Credit: Meagan Sullivan Photography
Max Prawdzik stopped 20 of 21 shots to lead Lone Star to a 3-1 win Friday night over Janesvilles, as the Brahmas sweep NAHL Robertson Cup semifinals. The former Brooks School standout, who will return to BU in September, made 30 saves in game one, a 3-2 overtime victory. Prawdzik has won eight of ten playoff games while ringing up a 1.71 GAA and a .913 save percentage. The Brahmas move on to Sunday’s championship game against the winner of today’s deciding game between Ashton and Aberdeen.

Meanwhile, Jake Oettinger, is again attending the prestigious Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp in Plymouth, Mich. Oettinger was named to Hockey East’s 2017 Pro Ambitions All-Rookie team, along with Clayton Keller and Patrick Harper, and also was named a second-team Hockey East All-Star.

Looking ahead
2017 recruit Ty Amonte and the Penticton Vees begin play next week in the RBC Cup which crowns Canada’s Junior A champion. The right-shot forward, son of former BU star Tony Amonte, has 43 points for the Vees this season (37 in the regular season and six so far in the playoffs).

Looking back
Five Terriers remain in the hunt for the Stanley Cup.  Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan and Nick Bonino (photo), looking to repeat, face Ottawa, with Matt O’Connor on the roster, in the Eastern Conference final.  Nashville's Colin Wilson and assistant general manager Paul Fenton take on Anaheim in the Western Conference final. [Note the "How to Win a Stanley Cup" feature by blog contributor Neal Boudette. Link is in the sidebar]

Clayton Keller registered an assist for Team USA in its 5-3 win against Latvia in the IIHF World Championships. It was Team USA’s fourth straight win after an opening game loss.
● USA Hockey recap
● IIHF World Championships home page

Chris Bourque scored both goals for the Hershey Bears, including the overtime game-winner, as the Bears defeated Providence, 2-1, in the third game of the teams’ second round Calder Cup series.  Hershey now leads the series, 2-1.
● Providence Journal report

Women’s Team
Photo by Justin Hawk, Daily Free Press
Rebecca Leslie will captain the 2017-18 Terriers. The rising senior forward from Ottawa has 114 points in her first three seasons.  Graduate student Mary Parker was named last season’s team MVP.  She led Hockey East with 24 goals and was second in points with 45.
● report

Former Terrier standouts Marie-Philip Poulin and Jennifer Wakefield have been named to the centralization camp for Canada’s 2018 Olympic team.

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