Sunday, September 30, 2012


Freshman Matt Lane played in last night’s All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, contributing an assist and was +2 in a 5-2 Team McClanahan win. Prior to the game, Lane, who is from nearby Rochester, talked with USA Hockey Magazine.

New England Hockey Journal looks at those Hockey East programs that will have newcomers in goal this season, including the Terriers. Freshmen Sean Maguire and Matt O’Connor take over for graduated Kieran Millan and Grant Rollheiser.

The Toronto Observer previews BU’s opponent in next weekend’s exhibition game, the Toronto Varsity Blues.

Looking back
Four former Terriers are head coaches in the 2012 New England Fall Prep Hockey League: Brian McGuirk, Dan Ronan, Kevin Schaeffer and Ryan Weston.

Millan and Dave Van der Gulik are on the training camp roster of the AHL/Lake Erie Monsters. Van der Gulik has seen NHL action with the Avalanche during the past two NHL seasons. 

Others in AHL camp includes: Eric Gryba, Binghamton Senators (whose assistant coach is former BU captain Steve Stirling); Brian Strait, Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (Strait made nine NHL starts last season ) and John McCarthy and Sean Sullivan, Worcester Sharks.

The Providence Journal talked with Chris Bourque who is with the Bruins’ AHL club in Providence.

Corey Trivino has signed on with the ECHL Florida Everblades.

Women's Team
The Terriers played the first of three exhibition games on their schedule, thumping McGill, Walter Brown Arena today. Second period goals by freshmen Rebecca Russo (shorthanded) and Jordan Juron gave BU a lead and they tacked on third-period goals by Kayla Tutino and Jill Cardella.
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BU was without three forwards, senior Jenelle Kohanchuk, junior Marie-Philip Poulin and freshman Sarah Lefort, who are participating at Canadian Women’s National Team camp in Calgary. Also in the camp are three former Terriers, Jenn Wakefield, Tara Watchorn, and Catherine Ward. In a 3-1 exhibition game win against the UFA Bisons, Lefort provided Canada’s margin of victory with two goals in a 22-second span, assisted both times by Poulin.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hockey East Media Day

Hockey East held its annual media day Tuesday highlighted by the pre-season coaches’ poll. Terriers were ranked third, just as they were in the writers and broadcasters poll.

The conference composite television schedule also was announced. BU is currently scheduled to appear in ten Hockey East games on national or local broadcast outlets. This schedule is likely to grow depending on additional games picked up due to the NHL lockout. In addition, several out-of-conference games are expected to be available on cable outlets. We’ll post updates, as well as details about the All-Access schedule, when they become available.

● The Boston Hockey Blog talked with captain Wade Megan (photo) and assistant captain Ryan Ruikka.

● Coach Jack Parker talked with The Boston Herald about the challenges ahead.

College Hockey Weekly also has release its conference projections, concurring with those picking BU third.

► The inaugural USA Hockey All-American Prospects game, set for this Saturday evening at 6:45 pm in Rochester, will be streamed live—and free—on  Link   Terrier freshman, Matthew Lane, selected for this game earlier this summer, will skate for the team coached by 1980 U.S. Olympian Robbie McClanahan.  

► Comcast SportsNet’s Joe Haggerty recalls 2004-05 NHL lockout and its impact on college hockey, including facilitating a BU alumni vs. varsity exhibition game that brought NHL stars Chris Drury, Tony Amonte, Shawn Bates, Tom Poti, Jay Pandolfo and others back to Walter Brown Arena.

Looking back
Defending Big D takes a close look at former Terrier Alex Chiasson, who will begin the season with the AHL Texas Stars.

Women's Team
The Terriers are preparing for this Sunday's exhibition game with McGill. Seven freshmen and transfer Shannon Doyle (Colgate) will suit up in Scarlet for the first time.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Hockey East Writers & Broadcasters announced its pre-season poll that ranks BU third, behind BC and Lowell. Two Terriers, juniors Garrett Noonan (photo) and Matt Nieto were named to the HEWBA pre-season All Hockey East team.
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► Today is Hockey East Media Day. Check back for coverage of the coaches’ poll and comments.

In the initial USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll, BU is ranked 13th.

The Portland Press Herald talked with BU freshman Nick Breed, who was recently added to the roster as an unrecruited walk-on. The Maine All-State forward was recommended to BU by his Cape Elizabeth coach, Bill Leblond, a defenseman on BU’s 1978 NCAA championship team.

Looking ahead
2013 recruit Brendan Collier’s first goal for the EJHL Valley Jr. Warriors was the game-winner in a 3-1 defeat of the Jersey Hitmen. The next night, Collier assisted on both Warrior goals in a 2-0 shutout of Baystate.

2013 recruit Robbie Baillargeon’s backhander gave Indiana a 1-0 lead en route to a 3-1 win against Waterloo in the USHL Fall Classic. He finished the tournament with four points, tied for his team’s scoring lead.

2014 recruit Jack Eichel registered two assists in the NTDP U17s’ 5-1 win against the LaSalle Vipers. In a rematch the next night, Eichel scored twice in the final two minutes of the first period –his second two-goal game of the year) and also added an assist to give the U17s a 4-1 lead, but the Vipers scored five third-period goals for a 9-7 win.

2014 recruit JJ Piccinich scored the game-winner for Youngstown in a 4-1 victory over Green Bay.                      Recap

Looking back
Former BU co-captain and U.S. Olympic hero Mike Eruzione was one of the hosts of this past Saturday’s “Celebration of BU” gala at Agganis Arena. The event, which featured The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and a performance by the BU Figure Skating Club, kicked off the Univesity’s most ambitious fundraising effort with a goal of raising $1 billion for financial aid, faculty support, research, and facility improvements.

Four ex-Terriers--Chris Bourque, Colby Cohen, Justin Courtinall and Dave Warsofsky--are on the training camp roster of the AHL Providence Bruins. Players take to the ice this Friday.

Women’s team
Led by co-captains Jill Cardella and Marie-Philip Poulin, the Terriers officially began practice yesterday. Sixth-ranked BU will play an exhibition game against McGiIl this Sunday before kicking off the season against BC on Oct. 5. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Roster announced; Ruikka named assistant captain

BU today announced its 26-man roster for the 2012-13 season and that senior/grad student Ryan Ruikka (photo) will serve as the team’s assistant captain. Senior Wade Megan was announced as captain last spring. The roster now shows ten freshmen with the addition of walk-on Nick Breed, an all-state forward from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, who scored 34 goals—tops in Western Class B—and 17 assists.

If Cape Elizabeth sounds familiar to longtime fans, it’s the hometown of former BU captain and NHLer Doug Friedman, who also was a walk-on.

►In its preview of Hockey East recruit classes, College Hockey News has ranked the BU freshman class #1.

Looking ahead
2013 recruit Kevin Duane scored an unassisted goal for Waterloo in its 4-2 win over Muskegon in the USHL Fall Classic.

Women’s program
6th ranked BU was voted second by league coaches in the WHEA pre-season poll. The Terriers, who defeated Providence in double overtime for the 2012 Hockey East tournament title, picked up three first place votes while arch-rival BC received five. BU’s season begins on Sept. 30 with an exhibition game against McGill at Walter Brown Arena.
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