Sunday, July 30, 2017

Terriers on WJSS score sheets; THFB interview with Oettinger, Harper

Terriers were all over the score sheets in Saturday’s first two games of the World Junior Summer Showcase at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.

In USA Blue’s 4-2 win over Finland, Jake Oettinger stopped 10 of 11 shots he faced over 31 minutes. The only one that eluded him was a bullet off the post from incoming freshman Kasper Kotkansalo.  Patrick Harper, along with Ryan Poehling and Joey Anderson formed one of the US team’s most effective lines.
● USA Hockey:  Recaps, stats, highlights

A Logan Cockerill goal gave USA White a 3-1 lead over Sweden in the second period, but the visitors rallied for a 4-3 win. Brady Tkachuk, who generated several scoring chances, had put the U.S. on the board early, deflecting home a Chad Krys shot for a 1-0 lead.

Our man in Plymouth, Neal Boudette, caught up with Oettinger and Harper following Saturday’s games. The two sophomores offered thoughts about making the Junior National Team and stated their strong optimism about the upcoming BU season.

►Freshman defenseman David Farrance has been added to the USA Hockey roster along with Jordan Greenway's brother, WIsconsin defenseman J.D. Farrance is in today's line-up for USA White. 

"Brady is a big (6-foot-2, 194 pounds), strong power forward," NHL Central Scouting's David Gregory said. "Makes something happen on almost every shift with an excellent compete level. He has very good hockey sense and thinks steps ahead of the play, especially on the offensive attack. He is tough to play against and is willing to go to the tough areas to make a play."

► The Hockey Writers: 4 College Goalies to Watch in 2017-18

► Goalie Max Prawdzik returns from his semester off from BU, fresh off leading the Lone Star Brahmas to the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship.  The 6’3” Andover, Massachusetts native explains his decision to hone his game in juniors to prepare for next season at BU. Prawdzik compiled a 9-3-0 record and 2.14 GAA in 14 regular season games, followed by a 9-2-0 mark with a 1.56 GAA and .924 save percentage in the Brahmas’ playoff run, earning All-Tournament first-team honors.

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