Monday, February 21, 2011

Strait gets the call from Pittsburgh

Former Terrier defenseman Brian Strait, nearing the end of his second AHL season, was recalled by the Penguins and is scheduled to make his NHL debut tonight. The opposition will be Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Caps, who also will skate a former BU blueliner, but one with a long NHL resume, Tom Poti. The game airs on Versus at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Strait, who is plus 17 and has eight points for the AHL Baby Pens, will be the eighth member of the 2009 national champions to reach the NHL. The others are Colin Wilson, Brandon Yip, John McCarthy, Nick Bonino, Matt Gilroy, Colby Cohen and Kevin Shattenkirk.

► John Connelly's weekly Boston Herald college hockey column looks at two Terriers who have brothers playing college hockey. David Warsofsky's brother Ryan is defenseman for Curry College, where he plays for former Terrier Rob Davies. Garrett Noonan's brother, Coleman, winner of last year's Concannon Award as the top American-born player in New England Division 2/3.

Looking back
The daughters of former Terriers Daryl MacLeod and Chris Mays are teammates on the Melrose High School team, leading the Raiders to the post-season playoffs.

Looking ahead
2011 recruits Cason Hohmann and Alex Privitera were selected to the Eastern Conference roster as midterm all-stars.

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