Friday, January 21, 2022

Game Day: Terriers host Catamounts; Jersey Rockets d-man commits for 2022

                              Photo credit: Kyle Prudhomme

Terriers will look to continue their strong play since late November (6-0-1; 10-9-3 overall) as they host Vermont (3-14-2) for a weekend series at Agganis Arena. Tonight’s game, a 7 p.m. start, will be televised on NESN+ and streamed on College Sports Live for those outside of New England.

NOTE: A revised fan policy regarding COVID-19 goes into effect at Agganis Arena this weekend. Click HERE for details. 

During BU’s current seven-game unbeaten streak, BU has limited opponents to 1.43 goals per game, while killing all 19 power play opportunities during those games. (The PK kill streak overall has reached 22 games). At the same time, the Terriers offensive output has improved, producing 3.86 gpg over the seven games. Both Jay O’Brien and Matt Brown have scored in each of the past three games, after missing multiple games due to injuries. Domenick Fensore (3-15-18) leads BU in scoring and is the conference pace-setter in assists and points by a defenseman.

The Catamounts, who have struggled to create offense, are led by center Philip Lagunov (6-6-12), a graduate transfer who previously skated for UMass’s 2021 national championship team, defenseman Andrew Lucas (2-8-10), left wing Jacques Bouquot (3-6-9) and defenseman Robbie Stucker (3-6-9). Freshman Gabe Carriere and senior Tyler Harmon have split the goaltending duties, with each posting a 2.65 GAA in 10 appearances. 

Check back for Tonight's BU Lineup

● preview, Game Notes, Live Stats, Terrier Sports Radio Network, BU Men’s Hockey Twitter

● Live Stream College Sports Live (Outside of New England)

● Boston Hockey Blog preview

● College Hockey News Tale of the Tape

Sophomore goalie Drew Commesso, recently named to the roster of the U.S.Olympic hockey team, has been nominated for the Mike Richter Award, which recognizes the top Division 1 netminder. Commesso also was a Richter Award nominee last season.

 ● report 

On Wednesday, Commesso spoke to the media about his upcoming Olympic experience. He noted prepping for the World Junior Championships (that were cancelled after just one game, a 3-2 US win over The Czech Republic), he was hopeful that he’d have another opportunity to wear a USA sweater. And then the NHL bowed out of the games.

“All the stuff was going on at World Juniors, and one of my best friends, [North Dakota defenseman] Jake Sanderson, and I were on the bus,” he said. “We looked at each other when some of the [Olympic] news came out and were like, ‘This could be a possibility for us.’ We were keeping our fingers crossed.”

Commesso learned of his roster invitation on January 6, just prior to the Arizona State series, and shared the news with his family but not his Terrier teammates.

"We had two big games the following days, so I didn’t really want anyone in the [BU] organization to know because I didn’t want it to be a distraction,” he said Wednesday. “I was really just focused on playing two great games for the team and worrying about that news later.”

● Chicago Sun-Times report


Looking ahead

For the third time in three weeks, BU has added to its recruiting pipeline and for the third time, the player’s name is Jack. Jack Page, a 6’4” left shot defenseman in his second season with the New Jersey Rockets, is a 2001 birthdate, so would likely be part of the Terriers’ 2022 recruit class. That class already includes two blueliners: NTDP U18 LD Lane Hutson and West Kelowna Warriors RD Charles-Alexis Legault. 

After recording 22 points in 42 games a year ago, Page has 10 points in 15 games this season. A West Chester, Penn., native, he played in the Philadelphia Little Flyers and Virtua Hockey youth hockey organizations and had a few call-ups to the NAHL Jamestown Rebels, who drafted him in 2020. He also was drafted that year by USHL Cedar Rapids.

Earlier this week, BU received a commitment from St. Andrews College forward Jack Pridham and just before New Year’s, Victoria Grizzlies power forward Jack Gorton committed. And there are two more Jacks in the pipeline: Madison Capitols LW Jack Musa and Chicago Steel LW Jack Harvey.

Jack Page Elite Prospects page 


From the HockeySense analysis of top performers at the All-American Prospects Game:

Lane Hutson, D, NTDP: Hutson had a really nice secondary assist that helped set up Cole Spicer’s goal. It was a perfect encapsulation of what Hutson does best, showing his skill level and decisiveness to cut back and thread a perfect pass to Logan Cooley behind the attacking player and in a spot where Cooley could have a scoring chance. Every time I watch Hutson, I marvel at how often he’s in the right spot, how often he gets a body or a stick on a puck defensively and how creative he can be when the puck is on his stick.


Looking back

Charlie McAvoy’s 6th goal—a power-play tally in the final minute of regulation—gave the Bruins a 4-3 win against Washington. Matt Grzelcyk picked up his 13th assist for Boston.

Women’s Team

Terriers take on the #3 Northeastern Huskies in a 4 p.m. start at Matthews Arena. The game will be televised live on NESN.

Last Saturday, NU defeated the Terriers, 3-1, despite 44 saves by senior goaltender Kate Stuart, who has been named for the National Goalie of the Year Award watch list.

● preview, Game Notes, Live Stats, BU Women’s Hockey Twitter

● Live Stream College Sports Live (Outside New England)

● Stuart named to watch list



Tuesday, January 18, 2022

St. Andrews forward commits for 2024; recruits shine at AAPG UPDATED


BU has received a commitment from St. Andrews College forward Jack Pridham. A late year 2005 birthdate, the 6’0” right-shot forward plays for SAC’s top level prep team, whose schedule includes games in the prestigious Prep Hockey Conference (Culver Academy, Shattuck St. Mary’s, Mount St. Charles). In 25 games this season, he has an 8-9-17 scoring line.

A native of Stouffville, Ontario, Pridham played for the Markham Waxers 16U AAA last season and in 2018-19 had 30 points in 52 games for the Mississauga Rebels U14 AAA. Last Spring he was selected by Kingston in the OHL Draft.

Pridham’s father, Brandon, has been assistant general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs since 2018.

In addition to Domenick Fensore’s recognition as Hockey East Defender of the Week, Jay O’Brien and Drew Commesso were named to the weekly top performers list. O’Brien scored the game winner against UConn eight seconds into overtime and had a team-high three blocked shots. Commesso stopped 25 of 26 shots en route to his win. In three starts since returning from the aborted WJC tournament, Commesso has a 1.33 GAA and a .956 save percentage.

Looking ahead

2023 recruit Jack Harvey assisted on the overtime game-winner in last night’s BioSteel All-American Prospect Game in Plymouth, Michigan won by Team Blue, 4-3. Harvey, who also played in last year’s AAPG, skates for USHL Chicago and has a 10-10-20 scoring line. 2022 recruit Lane Hutson, who was recently ranked #31 among North American skaters for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, played a strong game and set up Team White's second goal.

Following the NTDP U18s’ successful 4-0-0 run in the U18 Five Nations, hockey journalist Chris Peters summarized Hutson’s performance:

Lane Hutson, D: Every year there are players I end up irrationally high on and I’m just warning you that it is going to be Hutson this year. I fully understand the concerns about his size and where he is going to ultimately end up in the draft will likely have to do a lot with that. He’s listed at 5-foot-8, which seems generous and has a lot of filling out to do. Maybe he’s still growing, but that’s hard to project. Here’s what I do know, though — he is as dynamic a defenseman as I’ve covered. His skill level is off the charts and his smoothness with the puck is truly special. He finished the tournament leading it in assists with seven. He is a power-play weapon, but he can produce at five-on-five, escape the zone and he competes, too.

Monday, January 17, 2022

HE honors for Fensore; Future Terriers set for All-American Prospect Game

Junior defenseman Domenick Fensore was named Hockey East's  Defender of the Week for the second time this season. In Friday's win against Connecticut, he assisted on the Terriers' first goal, blocked two shots and had three shots on goal.  A third-round draft pick by Carolina in 2019, Fensore leads BU with 18 points and is tied for the conference scoring lead among defensemen. report

The BioSteel All-American Prospects Game will be held today at USA Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. It will air on NHL Network, with puck drop set for 4 p.m. Three future Terriers are rostered for the game. 2022 recruits LD Lane Hutson and RW Devin Kaplan will play for Team Blue, made up of draft-eligible NTDP players. LW Jack Harvey (Chicago Steel), who played in the 2021 All-American game, will suit up for Team White, featuring USHL draft-eligibles.

2022 recruit Ryan Greene scored his 10th goal and added an assist in Green Bay’s  4-3 overtime loss to Muskegon on Saturday. For Greene, who centers the Gamblers’ first line and was ranked #41 among North Americans by NHL Central Scouting for the 2022 draft, it was his third consecutive multi-point game. He has 17 points in his past 13 games. 2022 recruit Quinn Hutson had a pair of assists for the Lumberjacks, including one on the game-winner. 

In Sunday’s rematch, Hutson scored four minutes into overtime to give Muskegon a 2-1 win against the Gamblers, extending the Lumberjacks' win streak to eight. For the Illinois native, it was his 18th goal and seventh in his past eight games, along with eight assists over that span. Of Hutson’s 18 goals, six were power-play tallies and five were game-winners, including three in overtime. Suiting up for the NTDP U18's for two games last month, he scored another game-winner in his future home, Agganis Arena, as Team USA edged the Terriers in an exhibition game. With an 18-23-41 scoring line, he’s now 4th in scoring in the USHL.

2023 recruit Michael LaStarza has been traded from the Waterloo Black Hawks to the Sioux Falls Stampede in exchange for a player and draft picks. At the time, La Starza was the Black Hawks’ leading scorer with 22 points (8G,14A) in 25 games. He was ranked #78 among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting midterms.

2023 recruit Jack Musa scored his 11th and 12th goals in Madison’s 5-4 win against Cedar Rapids. It was the Florida native’s fourth two-goal game of the season. He’s tied for the team lead in goals.

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