Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Pre-season national poll: Terriers pegged at #8--UPDATED

USCHO’s pre-season D-1 poll ranks BU at #8 with the top spot held by defending national champion Minnesota Duluth. Three other Hockey East teams were ranked in the top 20: Providence #5, BC #12 and Northeastern #15.

USCHO national poll and report

Four conferences have announced their preseason polls: ECAC, with Cornell ranked #1; The Big 10, with Ohio State top-ranked; the WCHA with Minnesota State (BU’s first regular-season opponent) at #1; and Atlantic Hockey with Air Force at #1. Results of the Hockey East media poll will be announced next Sunday.

Looking ahead

2020 recruit Luke Tuch (photo) scored the tying goal in the final minute of regulation and the game-winner in overtime in the NTDP U17s 4-3 win against the WBS Knights at the NAHL Showcase. For the 6’1” power forward, it was his third game-winner in the U17s’ four games and the second in overtime. Fellow 2020 recruit Drew Commesso stopped all 11 shots he faced.

● USA Hockey recap

● NAHL.com box score

On Friday, Tuch scored the game-winner in the NTDP U17s’ 4-3 win over the Northeast Generals at the NAHL Showcase. Commesso stopped 14 shots in 30 minutes in goal.

● USA Hockey recap and box score

2019 recruits Trevor Zegras and Dom Fensore recorded assists in the NTDP U18s’ 6-3 win against Muskegon.

2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone (photo) scored a goal and added an assist in USHL Chicago’s 5-2 win over Central Illinois. Last season, he scored 45 points for the Steel, earning USHL All-Rookie honors.

2019 recruit Vinnie Purpura made 15 saves in USHL Omaha’s 3-2 loss to Lincoln.

2021 recruit Danil Zhilkin (Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget) is profiled by Prospect Pipeline, which reports:

A natural goal-scorer, Zhilkin has an elite shot and a nose for the net. He skates well and has a knack for being in the right position at the right time. Overall, the league’s most potent shooter.

● ProspectsPipeline.ca full profile

Prospect Pipeline’s September rankings of players eligible for the 2019 OHL Priority Draft has Zhilkin at #2 and fellow 2021 recruit Roman Schmidt, a defenseman, at #3.

Looking back

Former Terrier captain and current Penguins coach Mike Sullivan recently took a leave of absence following the passing of his father, George. He has since returned to the Pittsburgh bench.

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