Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fighting mad

Wednesday’s Terrier practice grew a bit testy as assistant captain Eric Gryba fought with several teammates including his roommate, Zach Cohen.

Coach Jack Parker noted, "“Today was a very good practice, and that’s why it was a good practice. “There was some feistiness out there. I didn’t want to see guys fighting, but I wanted to see intensity.”

Senior forward Luke Popko, who also rooms with Gryba and Cohen, made light of the fights. “I thought we had a good ballroom dancing class before practice,” he said. “I’ll have to beat them both up tonight, I guess. I’m sure they’ll be sitting around playing video games like they always are. What happens out there usually doesn’t translate to off the ice.”

Both The Daily Free Press and WTBU offer more details.

Captain Kevin Shattenkirk spoke with the Edmonton-based PipeLine Show about BU's efforts to turn its season around. Link (click on Season 5.5, then Jan. 19th program)

HockeyEastonOnline previews the weekends games including BU's games at BC on Friday and at home against New Hampshire on Saturday.

Looking back
Matt Radoslovich has joined the Tulsa Oilers of the CHL. Radoslovich, who spent the past two years with the Trenton Devils, had originally hoped to play in Europe this season but a snafu ended that opportunity.

Looking ahead
New England Hockey Journal's feature on Central Scouting's midterm rankings includes NHL scout Gary Eggleston's comments on 2010 recruit Charlie Coyle.

Coyle is another productive player with the size and talent to be an early pick at the draft. Tony Amonte’s cousin will attend Boston University next season and has been impressive this season in junior. Like Hayes, Coyle has a shot at making the USA Under-18 team in April.

“He’s a very strong skater,” Eggleston said of Coyle. “He’s an excellent passer; he makes great short passes through traffic, and what I like is that he leads the guy with it and doesn’t just try to bomb it through, but he can make that strong pass when he needs to. He’s a very good stickhandler and carries the puck a lot.”

Eggleston also feels that Coyle is an excellent one-on-one player who wins a lot of battles for loose pucks, telling a story about watching him in a game where the winger skated into the corner outnumbered two to one, but emerged with the puck around the other side of the net, generating a quality scoring chance.

“He’s got a long reach and protects the puck well because he’s a strong kid,” Eggleston said.

TheLetsGoDU blog reports that NTDP forward Austin Czarnik, a 2011 recruit, is considering BU, Denver and Michigan, as well as the OHL for his next career step. Czarnik, who led the U17s in scoring a year ago, had previously verballed to Michigan State, but later decommitted. BU's 2010 recruit class includes two NTDP players, Matt Nieto and Adam Clendening.

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