Monday, December 05, 2022

Defender of the Week for Fensore, Lane's passion, HOF inductees


Senior Captain Dom Fensore, who scored the game-winning goal in both Terriers wins against New Hampshire, has been named Hockey East's Defender of the Week. The Carolina Hurricanes' third-round draft pick in 2019, he was the only league skater with two multi-point games this past weekend,  and finished with a league-high four points (3g, 1a). In the past four games, Fensore has scored five goals and registered two primary assists. Last season, he earned Defender of the Week honors three times.

Fensore's GWG on Friday also earned NESN's Beast of the East designation. report

●Video--Dom's game-winners: Friday, Saturday 


Poll Story

Terriers move up two slots to #7 in the DCU/USCHO Weekly Poll. They’re the second highest ranking Eastern team in this week’s poll. In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, BU stepped up to #6.

John Buccigross’ Cawlidge Hawkey Top 16 has the Terriers at #6, just ahead of UConn, Providence and Merrimack. Buccigross and Colby Cohen will be calling next Friday’s game against BC that airs on ESPNews. BU is also #6 in the Everything College Hockey ranking.

In the Pairwise rankings, BU sits at #7, just behind Merrimack and just ahead of UConn. Terriers are #6 in the KRACH-based CHN Power ranking. spoke with Rob Huston, father of a pair Terrier freshmen, about younger son Lane Hutson’s entry draft experience (2nd round to Montreal) and what drives his passionate approach to improving his game.

Rob enjoyed mentoring a self-motivated Lane as a youngster.

"He was always like 'Hey, Dad!' - whether it was in the driveway or whatever - he'd want to work on saucer passes or this or that. Even though I worked with him considerably, he did all the work himself. If I spent 20 minutes working on passing with him, Lane would do two hours on his own when we were done. He would even make crazy requests like 'I don't feel like I'm conditioned enough, can you bag skate me?' I remember little things like that." Rob Hutson on Lane: 'He's just pure passion’


Today Hutson was named to the preliminary U.S. roster for the 2023 World Junior Championships, set to begin Dec. 26 in Cornwall, Ont. Flohockey's Chris Peters has the roster and early analysis. report

                                       Photo credit Kyle Prudhome
Also today, Ryan Greene was invited to Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp. He and Michigan's Adam Fantilli are the only NCAA players on the early roster. report

Blackhawks Insider Podcast, co-hosted by Colby Cohen, features a conversation with Chicago draft picks Drew Commesso and Greene. Segment begins at 49:53.


SNL (Saturday Night Leftovers)

Junior Vinny Duplessis raised his career record to 14 wins and five losses.  “[Vinny’s] a gamer. He enjoys playing in big games,” Coach Jay Pandolfo said. “We know if Drew’s not going to play, Vinny’s going to step in. He’s always going to be good.”

Saturday’s win makes it an even dozen losses to BU in a row for New Hampshire. Terriers are 13-0-2 in the last 15 against the Wildcats with the most recent BU loss coming in 2014-15.

Nine goals in the two wins improved the Terriers’ GPG to 3.75, tied for fifth in Division 1.

With 17 points in 14 games, Lane Hutson is 2nd in the nation in points per (1.21) game among D1 defensemen.

Looking back

 The new class of Hall of Famers was introduced at the first intermission of the men's hockey game

The 2022 Hall of Fame class includes Mark Fidler (far right) and Marie-Philip Poulin. Article below includes photo gallery and links to inductees' bios.

Jack Parker joins Jay Pandolfo at the induction ceremony on Saturday in the Francis D. Burke Club Room at Agganis Arena. Eight Join BU Athletic Hall of Fame Marie-Philip Poulin inducted into BU Athletic HOF 


Nick Bonino scored his first goal in San Jose’s 6-3 loss to Buffalo. Matt Nieto assisted on a Sharks’ goal.

Jordan Greenway shows no mercy for his Terrier teammate Jake Oettinger, scoring his first goal of the season in the Wild’s 6-5 shootout win over the Stars. Greenway had missed the early part of the season with an injury and only recently rejoined the Minnesota lineup.

Sunday, December 04, 2022

Duplessis blanks Wildcats, 3-0 UPDATED

Behind flawless goaltending by junior Vinnie Duplessis and a pair of power-play goals, #9/7 Terriers completed a sweep of their home-and-home series against New Hampshire with a 3-0 shutout at Agganis Arena before a crowd of 3,500. 

With seven wins in the last eight games, BU improves to 10-4-0 overall and 7-3-0 in Hockey East.

BU received man-advantage goals from seniors Dom Fensore and Jay O'Brien and an empty-net tally by freshman Quinn Hutson. Fensore has scored goals in four consecutive games and has five scores over that period. O'Brien, whose been snake-bitten when it comes to finishing this season, picked up his second goal of the season and has a 2-9-11 scoring line. Hutson's goal was his fifth of the year.

“I think it’s a weekend that we needed to get six points, and we accomplished that,” BU Head Coach Jay Pandolfo said. “I give our guys a lot of credit. We played really well tonight.”

Following a scoreless first period in which BU outshot the visitors, 15-5, the Terriers broke the ice late in the second period. After Wilmer Skoog's close-in attempt was defended, O'Brien retrieved the puck and set up Fensore for a one-timer from 40 feet out that beat David Fessenden to the glove side.

BU defended the one-goal in the third period, limiting the Wildcats to just five shots, and added an insurance tally at 16:37 again on a power play. Returning the favor from the first goal, Fensore set up O'Brien above the left circle. He cut to the high slot, deked a defender and wired a shot glove side, top shelf. Matt Brown had a secondary assist.

Fifty-nine seconds later with Fessenden pulled for an extra attacker, Quinn Hutson found the empty net to close out the scoring. Ethan Phillips and Case McCarthy assisted.

With the pair of wins, Duplessis' career record now is 14-5 and he improved this season's GAA to 2.44 and his save percentage to .909. The shutout was his fourth as a Terrier with the most recent one being the 1-0 win against Northeastern in the Beanpot Championship game last February.

BU connected on four of six power play opportunities and was a perfect four-for-four on penalty kills.

“Tonight we took a couple that I’m not sure were definitely penalties, but that’s to the ref’s discretion,” Pandolfo said. “We did a good job. Our penalty kill was excellent tonight, so that was important.” 

Commenting on his captain's four-game goal-scoring streak, Pandolfo pointed out that “Dom’s always great on offense. It’s something he works on. Right now he’s got some confidence, and the puck’s going in.” 

After losing the face off battle in Friday's win, BU bounced back to dominate draws, 34-20. 

Following the weekend's Division 1 games, the Terriers sit a #7 in the PairWise Rankings and #6 in the KRACH-based CHN Power Rankings.

● recap and comprehensive box score

● Video Highlights and post-game interviews:Pandolfo, O'Brien, Duplessis

● Boston Hockey Blog recap 

WTBU Sports recap

During the first intermission, the eight new inductees to the BU Athletic Hall of Fame were honored. The group included Mark Fidler, the leading scorer on the Terriers' 1978 national champions, and Marie-Philip Poulin, who led BU to three Hockey East championships and two NCAA championship game appearances and won three Olympic gold medals for Canada. 

Hall of Fame Bios: Fidler, Poulin


Looking ahead

2023 or 2024 recruit Macklin Celebrini scored twice and assisted on three other tallies as Chicago rallied to beat Muskegon, 7-4

Following the game, Flohockey's Chris Peters tweeted "After a career-high five points last night for the Chicago Steel, top 2024 NHL Draft prospect and BU commit Macklin Celebrin is leading the USHL in points per game at 1.53 (23 in 15 GP). He's been held off the scoresheet in just two games"

2023 recruit Nick Roukounakis's third goal was the game-winner as Tri-City edged Omaha, 3-2 .

the2023 reruit Jack Gorton scored his seventh goal as BCHL Victoria defeated Salmon Arm, 3-0. The 6'3" right-shot forward, who had  a three-point night Friday, now has 21 points in 24 games and is tied for the Grizzlies' scoring lead.

2024 recruit Jack Pridham scored shorthanded to help St. Andrews College beat Shattuck Prep, 6-3. The 6'2" right wing from Stouffville, Ont., has a 13-16-29 scoring line in 21 games this season.

Looking back

Trevor Zegras scored his ninth goal, added an assist and then scored a shootout goal, but the Ducks dropped a 5-4 decision to Minnesota. 


Charlie McAvoy assisted on the Bruins first two goal and Charlie Coyle assisted on another in a 5-1 win against Colorado.

Jack Eichel scored his team-leading 13th goal in the Golden Knights' 4-1 win against Detroit. He has a 13-16-29 scoring line.




Saturday, December 03, 2022

Terriers double up UNH behind Fensore, Lane Hutson  


#9/7 Terriers shook off a middle period of "self-inflicted mistakes" that left them tied with UNH and scored three goals in the final period for a 6-3. Captain Dom Fensore scored the game-winner and added an empty net goal, while Lane Hutson had a trio of assists. Vinnie Duplessis, filling in for Drew Commesso, who is fighting an illness, stopped 26 shots, including all 11 he faced in the final period.

BU jumped to an early lead when Devin Kaplan’s hard wrister from the left circle, with Luke Tuch setting a screen, hit iron twice and appeared to stay out. The goal light didn’t go on, despite Jay O’Brien celebrating the tally. It wasn’t until a stoppage three minutes later that a review of the play confirmed the puck had crossed the goal line. Both Tuch and O’Brien were credited with assists.

Midway through the period, BU’s fourth line doubled the lead. A perfect headman pass by Jamie Armstrong sent Sam Stevens and Dylan Peterson away on a 2-on-1. They traded passes until Stevens buried a shot into the half-open net for his fourth goal.

The Wildcats began the middle period on a power play carried over from the first period and quickly capitalized. After a Terrier clearing attempt failed to leave the zone, the puck went Cy LeClerc in the left circle. His shot went under a diving Case McCarthy and past Duplessis.

Four minutes later with the Terriers on a power play, Morgan Winters got behind the BU defense and scored short-handed, beating Duplessis to the stick side and  bringing the Wildcats even at 2-2. A spearing call—and a game misconduct—on Wildcat goalie David Fessenden sent him to the showers and gave BU a five-minute power play. At 7:35, a Lane Hutson pass sent Ryan Greene into the offensive zone. He cut to the middle and slid the puck to Quinn Hutson who snapped the puck past Tyler Muszelik for his fourth goal and a 3-2 lead.


UNH pulled even again late in the period on a power play. After O’Brien nearly scored short-handed, LeClerc, unmarked in the right circle, fired his second tally of the game.

The Wildcats had the shots edge early in the third before the Terriers took control. Midway through the period, O’Brien won an offensive zone draw, which Kaplan pushed back to Ty Gallagher. He passed along the blueline to Fensore who dashed down the left side and fired a sharp-angle shot that glanced off Muszelik and into the net. It was nearly identical to the captain’s goal against Notre Dame. Fensore has goals in three consecutive games.

Following a strong save by Duplessis on a Wildcat attempt at the goalmouth, BU extended the lead, scoring on the rush. Lane Hutson skated into the offensive zone, made a shift to create a lane for a pass to brother Quinn in the right circle. Quinn found Ethan Phillips alone on the doorstep for a redirect into the net.

UNH pulled Muszelik with about four minutes left but their attempts to cut into lead were blunted by BU. One more Terrier power play resulted in Fensore’s second goal of the game---and fourth in the last three games—on a shot from the right point. Lane Hutson and Greene had the helpers.

Fensore now has five goals equaling his career high, set last season.

With seven points (3G,4A) in his last three games, Lane Hutson leads all NCAA defensemen with 17 points. He and Matt Brown are tied for fourth in overall scoring among Hockey East skaters.

Fensore, Greene, Quinn Hutson and Kaplan each had two points.

The victory was BU’s 11th consecutive win against New Hampshire.

With the win, BU is now #6 in Pairwise and #5 in the CHN Power Rankings, based on KRACH.

           Coach Jay Pandolfo's post-game comments

● recap and comprehensive box score

Video highlights

● Boston Hockey Blog recap

● WTBU Sports recap


Terriers & Wildcats meet again Saturday at Agganis Arena. Puck drop for the Teddy Bear Toss Game is 6 p.m. Game Day links are here.

Looking ahead

2023 recruit Jack Harvey scored a shorthanded goal 45 seconds into overtime to lift Chicago past Muskegon, 4-3. Harvey also scored an even-strength and now has a league high 18 goals and a league high 32 points in 20 games. 

2023 recruit Jack Gorton scored his sixth goal and added two assists in BCHL Victoria's 5-0 win over Alberni Valley. Fellow recruit Tim Busconi assisted on Gorton's tally.

Looking back

Brady Tkachuk’s hat trick—including a game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation and an overtime game-winner—sent the Senators to a 3-2 win over the Rangers.

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