Friday, October 19, 2018

Game Day: Terriers vs. U18s; IBUH, Captain’s Q&A

BU returns home for its second exhibition game, taking on the NTDP U18s in a 7:30 p.m. start at Agganis Arena. BU last played Team USA in October 2016, defeating the U18s, 8-2, behind Patrick Harper’s hat trick and two goals by Bobo Carpenter. A scheduled meeting last season was cancelled due to a storm. 

There may be as many as five future Terriers on the ice for Team USA as 2020 recruit Cade Webber, a defenseman for Shawn McEachern’s Rivers School team, has been added to the U18s roster for the weekend, joining 2019 recruits Domenic Fensore, Case McCarthy, Alex Vlasic—all blueliners—and center Trevor Zegras.

In the U18s’s 6-3 win against Michigan last weekend, Zegras assisted on the first two goals and later scored the game-winner.

Coach Albie O'Connell told the Daily Free Press that junior defenseman Chad Krys, who has a lower-body injury, is unlikely to dress this weekend, adding that it's "nothing major," and that he "should be back soon."

O'Connell on this year's U18s:  "It might be the most skilled team we play all year."
● previewLive Stats, TerrierTV, Terrier Sports Radio Network, @BUGameDay, Season Preview  
● USA Hockey Notebook/U18-BU preview and notes  
● HockeyEastOnline Weekend Preview  
WTBU Sports preview 
● USCHO Predictions


Episode 2 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Head Coach O’Connell, Associate Head Coach Paul Pearl and co-captain  Carpenter. O’Connell was named the Terrier’s 12th coach this summer, succeeding David Quinn. Pearl joined the BU staff after four seasons as Harvard’s associate head coach and 19 years as head coach at Holy Cross. Carpenter, with 35 points and 20 goals as a junior, was a second team Hockey East All-Star.

2018-19 Captain’s Interview: Bobo Carpenter  
Senior Bobo Carpenter, along with junior Dante Fabbro will lead the Terriers this season as co-captains, with juniors Chad Krys and Jake Oettinger completing the leadership team as assistants. Carpenter tied Jordan Greenway for third in Hockey East overall scoring last season with 35 points and produced a team-high 20 goals. After his two goals last weekend against Minnesota State, he stands two goals away from joining BU’s 50 career goals club. 

Q. What were the keys to the team's success down the stretch last year and how do you hope to keep that momentum going into this season? 
A. Our team was able to keep our play very simple and hard, which helped limit serious mistakes that could hurt us during games. The best example of this was the Hockey East Championship against Providence. Our team could feel the energy we created throughout the game. 

Q. Game-to-game consistency is something coaches at any level strive for. How will you help Coach O’Connell achieve it? 
A. Communication. It’s the key factor between players and coaches. With this the coaches can make decisions aiding players on and off the ice to best prepare the team as a whole when it’s time to compete on the weekends.  
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► SBNation’s Chris Dilks looks at the performances last weekend of the top NHL prospects from BU and Minnesota State. 

Looking back

Clayton Keller scored his first goal on a steal and breakaway as Arizona defeated Chicago, 4-1. 
● recap and video highlights

Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk each assisted on a goal, but the Bruins dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Edmonton.
● recap and video highlights

Danny O’Regan scored his second goal as AHL Rochester defeated Utica, 6-1.

Women’s Team

Terriers begin a weekend pair of Hockey East games tonight, hosting UConn at Walter Brown Arena with puck drop set for 7 p.m. Four games into the season, BU’s offense is led by sophomore Jesse Compher (2-3-5), red-shirt junior Sammy Davis (3-1-4) and freshman Courtney Correia (0-3-3). Sophomore Corrine Schroeder has made three of four starts in goal.

● preview, Game Notes, Live Stats, TerrierTV

● Daily Free Press preview

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Goal-scorer Phillips commits to BU; Big night for Shatty

Co-captain Bobo Carpenter and sophomore David Farrance were named to Hockey East’s initial Weekly Top Performers list. Carpenter had a goal in both games against Minnesota State while Farrance led all scorers with four assists. 

Poll story 
Following the two losses to MSU, BU slid to #13 in the USCHO Weekly Poll and to #15 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.

Looking ahead

Two months ago, Ethan Phillips was a Quinnipiac recruit making an NCAA-allowed 48-hour visit to the Halifax Mooseheads’s training camp. Today, the 5-9 right-shot center for the Selects Hockey Academy 18Uwith a reputation as a finisheris the newest Terrier recruit for 2019-2020. 

A 2001 birthdate from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Phillips decommitted from the Bobcats shortly before last month’s Boston Junior Bruins Shootout where he led Selects to 18U division title. New England Hockey Journal, which noted that his suitors also included Ohio State, UMass, Northeastern and Harvard, reported:

Ethan Phillips #27 Selects Academy, 5/7/01, Forward, Right Shot, 5-9/146

The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, native is probably the second-best 2019 NHL Draft prospect playing in New England this winter, only behind Dexter’s John Farinacci. He’s a very good skater who is slick and is an adept stickhandler, which allows him to protect pucks. He had a nice goal on Friday night where he camped on top of the crease and quickly deposited a pass from a line mate. At times, he was just toying with opposing defenders. He’s on the smaller side, but isn’t afraid of contact.

Phillips recently visited BU before giving his verbal to the Terrier coaching staff.

Last season, Phillips rang up 31 goals and 68 points in 45 games for the Selects Academy 16U’s. The previous year, he scored 30 goals and had 61 points in 47 games for the Selects Academy 15U squad.

Those numbers helped put Phillips on NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Players to Watch List with a “C” rating. He’s the ninth Terrier on the list.

Phillips’ family in Nova Scotia has served as a billet family for numerous Halifax Moosehead players, including Filip Zadina and Nico Hischier, who became the #1 overall NHL draft pick in 2017 and now stars for the Devils.
● Hischier, Zadina prepared for NHL Draft with same Halifax host family 

2021 recruit Jeremy Wilmer is the leading scorer in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League 16U with 18 points (5G, 13A) in seven games. His North Jersey Avalanche teammate, 2022 recruit Devin Kaplan, is fourth with 15 points (7G, 8A). 

Looking back 
Coach John Hynes’ New Jersey Devils are the NHL’s only undefeated team, running their record to 4-0 with a 3-0 shutout of Dallas. Hynes, a one-time graduate assistant at BU under Jack Parker, has former Terrier All-American Mike Grier on his staff as a first-year assistant

Kevin Shattenkirk’s shootout goal was the game-winner as the Rangers edged the Avalanche 3-2. The former BU captain also assisted on two goals. The contest brought together two players—
Shattenkirk and Colorado’s Colin Wilson—and one coach—New York’s David Quinn—from BU’s 2009 national champions.
● recap and video highlights 

Eric Gryba, another member of the 2009 champs, is in his seventh NHL season and headed back East to join the Devils.  His new cable TV show "Grilling with Gryba" will air on Canada’s Wild TV beginning next month and combines the 6’4” blueliner's interests in hunting and cooking.
● Gryba is cooking up something good

Drew Melanson, who paid his own tuition to skate for BU as a graduate transfer last season and became a clutch goal-producer during the Terriers’ post-season run, is continuing the pro career he began last spring with the new ECHL Maine Mariners (a NY Rangers affiliate). 
● WTBU Sports Melanson continues professional career with new ECHL team 

Women’s Team

Victoria Bach, the Terriers’ all-time leader in goals (104) and points (198), has joined the CWHL’s Markham Thunder with a new goal in sight: the 2022 Olympic Games.
● Thunder Top Pick Bach Primed to put Herself on Olympic radar

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