Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Home schedules announced for Men's & Women's teams


BU has announced the 18-game home schedule for 2021-22, the 100th season of Terrier hockey. The schedule features 16 regular-season games and two exhibition contests and includes a pair of two-game out-of-conference series against Sacred Heart and Arizona State. Terriers will host Boston College and Vermont twice and the other eight conference opponents once each.  The home opener is Oct. 9 vs. UConn and the home finale is Feb. 26 vs. BC. 

One exhibition game--against an opponent to be determined--will be played the weekend of Oct. 2-3, while BU will resume its traditional of playing the NTDP U18s on Dec. 12.

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●Ticket information: Season tickets; discounted packages


Looking ahead

EP Rinkside profiled 2021 recruit Tyler Boucher, whom it projects as a second or third round selection in the NHL draft. The 6’1”, 205 right-shot power forward was ranked #25 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

The article quotes an NHL scout: “Boucher is a power forward. He’s big and powerful. He’s aggressive and physical. He creates offence by powering himself and pucks to the net. He had a tough draft year with injuries and Covid pauses but when he was healthy and rolling, he was a force. It’s getting harder to find guys like him and they’re so valuable come playoff time.”

● Boucher is going to be a draft-day commodity (with videos) Boucher profile

BU’s 2021 recruit class lost a key member when NTDP U18 defenseman Roman Schmidt elected to sign with Kitchener of the OHL last week. NEHJ’s Jeff Cox reported that this was a move that has been rumored for quite some time. Schmidt had been ranked #58 among North American skaters. There are now two defensemen in the 2021 recruit class, Braden Doyle and Charles-Alexis Legault.

Looking back

Mike Pomicheter was the top scorer (28-26-54) on BU's 1993-94 national finalist squad (34-7-0). He went on to a long minor league career. Now his son, Jake, a left-shot forward playing for the Mid-Fairfield Rangers, is drawing attention and excelled at the New England District Select 15 Festival. NEHJ reported: 

Pomichter had a pair of goals Friday night and two helpers in the All-Star Game. He stood out for his north-south ability. He’s not going to dazzle with his stick skill or make too many highlight reel plays. However, he skates well, is heavy on pucks, and is a solid power forward. He takes pucks to the net and does a good job protecting it as he does. Away from the puck, I liked his physicality and work ethic.

Women's Team

Terriers have announced a 14-game home schedule that includes two games each against local rivals BC and Northeastern. The home opener is Oct. 2 against New Hampshire. report


Friday, June 18, 2021

Report: new goalie coach; Hockey East announces playoff format

While BU has yet to announce a replacement for the departed Paul Pearl, there appears to be one new face on Coach Albie O’Connell’s staff.  

NEHJ’s Jeff Cox tweeted that “"According to sources, Brian Daccord of Stop It Goaltending will be the new volunteer goaltending coach for Boston University. Merrimack alum has worked for Toronto Maple Leafs, most recently Arizona Coyotes."

A Montreal native, Daccord would replace Bobby Goepfert, who came aboard last October when Brian Ecklund was hired by the Devils' AHL affiliate. Stop It Goaltending is Hockey East's official goaltending development company.

Prior to joining the Coyotes, Daccord spent five seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs in goaltending scouting and development. He was the goaltending coach for Adler Mannheim in the DEL for six seasons, winning the German Championship in 2014-2015 under current Calgary Flames head coach Geoff Ward. He has also served on the staff of head coaches Pat Burns, Mike Keenan and Robbie Ftorek while goaltending coach for the Boston Bruins.

Hockey East has announced a new format for men’s and women’s post-season playoffs. Beginning in 2022, all 11 men's programs and all 10 women's programs will compete in a single-elimination postseason tournament for the Lamoriello Trophy and the Bertagna trophy, respectively. report


Looking ahead

2022 recruit Anton Castro, a goalie with the Northeast Generals, will participate in the NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament, beginning Saturday in Blaine, Minn. Castro, a Minnesota native, who will play for Team East in the tournament, had a 3.72 GAA and a .900 save percentage in 16 games for the Generals last season. He previously played for the North Jersey Avalanche 16U AA and for Gentry Academy.

Women’s Team

Kerstin Matthews, who served as an assistant to Head Coach Brian Durocher during the first three seasons of BU’s varsity woman’s program, has returned to Comm. Ave. as associate head coach. She spent the past 14 seasons as head coach at St. Anselm, compiling a 237-74-22 record and a .745 winning percentage. Matthews replaces associate head coach Keady Norton, who was named head coach at Dartmouth. Assistant coach Tara Watchorn also has departed and was named the first head coach at Stonehill College.

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2020-21 Season Award winners

Five former Terriers participated in the PWHPA Dream Gap Tour showcase held in Calgary last month. The five are Sarah Lefort, Rebecca Leslie, Victoria Bach, Marie-Philip Poulin and Alexis Woloschuk.

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Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Associate Coach Pearl departs; Bronze for BU trio at Worlds

 According to media reports, Associate Head Coach Paul Pearl will not return to the Terrier staff next season. The former Holy Cross head coach, who joined Albie O’Connell’s staff in 2018-19, is “moving on,” according to a John Buccigross tweet. Thus far, there is no indication of who is being considered as a replacement nor whether BU will look for a former Terrier or go outside the program as O’Connell did with both Pearl and assistant coach Len Quesnelle.

                                        Oettinger, Clendening, Commesso

Team USA finished in third place at the IIFH World Championships and three Terriers have come home from Latvia with bronze medals. Jake Oettinger (Dallas) and Adam Clendening (Columbus) were joined on the US roster by rising sophomore Drew Commesso, who was added after goalie Anthony Stolarz was injured early in the tournament. New York Rangers general manager Chris Drury served as Team USA’s GM.

Oettinger took over for Stolarz five minutes into the game against Canada. He stopped 26 of 27 shots to pace the 5-1 U.S. win. Oettinger was in goal for two other wins, 2-1 against Norway and 4-2 against Italy. He finished with a a 1.37 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage.

Clendening authored a pair of game-winning goals, totaled five points (2G,3A) and had a +5 rating. Commesso did not see any game action.

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The Daily Free Press hockey reporters conducted their final "Terrier Hockey Talk," discussing the World Championships, Stanley Cup Playoffs and season highlights.

 THT podcast


Women’s Team

Annual award winners were announced at a virtual banquet last month:

Jesse Compher was selected as the team's most valuable player after leading BU in goals (7) and points (11). She was chosen as a Hockey East Second Team All-Star and was invited to the 2021 U.S. Women's National Team Selection Camp.

 Mackenna Parker received the Friends of Women's Ice Hockey's Unsung Hero Award. Parker, who shined in all situations, tallied four goals and two assists for six points in the shortened season.

Julia Shaunessy was chosen as the most improved player. She capped her strong rookie season by scoring her first two collegiate goals in the Hockey East quarterfinals. Shaunessy appeared in all 12 games.

Nicole McGuigan won the Caroline Bourdeau Spirit Award. Her infectious, positive attitude coupled with an outstanding work ethic made a difference during a challenging year. The Academic Award was split between Rachel Allen and Kaleigh Donnelly, who each recorded a 3.89 GPA. Kate Stuart claimed the Strength & Conditioning Award.

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After six seasons with the NWHL’s Connecticut Whale, standout BU blueliner Shannon Doyle has announced her retirement. She retires as the Whale’s franchise leader in games played (89), assists (31), penalty minutes (100), and points among defenders (38). After two seasons at Colgate, Doyle transferred to BU, scoring 53 points and helping the Terriers win two of their four consecutive Hockey East championships.

 ● Reflecting on the career of Shannon Doyle


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