Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Milestone for Parker; Recognition for O'Regan

Danny O'Regan was named Hockey East Rookie of the Month for January. The 5-9 center topped all Division 1 freshman with 11 points (4g, 7a) in six January games. Currently, he's second on the Terriers in scoring with a 9-13-22 line, a point behind Cason Hohmann.

The Boston Hockey Blog tweeted that Sean Maguire will get the start in goal Friday at UMass-Amherst and that right wing Evan Rodrigues is expected to return to the lineup after suffering a hand injury against Providence.

● WTBU Sports’ Three Things We Learned
● CHN’s Hockey East power rankings
USCHO Hockey East Blog

A half-century rivalry
This Saturday night at Walter Brown Arena, BU Head Coach Jack Parker will join BC Head Coach Jerry York to present the MVP Award when their high school alma maters—Catholic Memorial (Parker) and BC High (York)mark the 50th year of the two schools' hockey rivalry. The milestone game also marks a half century of the rivalry between college hockey’s two winningest active coaches.

When the puck dropped for the teams’ first confrontation—on New Year’s Eve of 1962—Parker was CM’s first-line center and York was BCH’s first-line left wing. The CM Knights earned a decisive win that evening, 7-3, with Parker and York each registering a pair of goals. The two continued to be on-ice opponents at opposite ends of Commonwealth Avenue, followed by four decades behind the benches as rival coaches, while becoming college hockey icons: Parker at BU and York at Clarkson, Bowling Green and BC.

Looking ahead
2013 recruit Robbie Baillargeon’s sixth goal in 13 games since joining Omaha helped the Lancers defeat Sioux City, 5-3, tonight. The right-shot center has 13 points for Omaha and 28 points overall this season.

Matt Christians, who authors the Bulldog Country blog, has prepared a list of prospects committed to Hockey East teams, detailing their current team, statistics through Jan. 23 and anticipated year of arrival on campus. He’s also done the same for the other conferences. The Hockey East list show six recruits for 2013, three for 2014 and one each for 2015 and 2016. We’ve added Bulldog Country—HE recruits to the list of links in the sidebar.

Looking back

Luke Popko, BU’s top defensive center on the 2009 national championship team, is continuing his career in Poland’s Elite League with HC GKS Katowice where he has an 8-12-20 scoring line in 35 games.

Former BU MVP John Curry was named ECHL Goalie of the Week for the week of January 20.

Women’s program
Freshman Jordan Juron was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week, marking the fifth time this season a Terrier had received that recognition.  Juron, who last year captained Assabet Valley to the U-19 national hockey, scored a pair of power play goals and added an assist in BU’s  5-2 win at Vermont.
● Daily Free Press recap of wins against Vermont and New Hampshire
● Daily Free Press power play analysis

Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday Linkorama

Terriers remained at #11 in the USCHO weekly poll, but moved up a notch to #9 in the USAToday/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

Sean Maguire, Matt Nieto, Danny O’Regan (photo) and Evan Rodrigues all made the Hockey East top performers’ list for the week.Over the past three weeks, no other player in the country has more points than O'Regan . He has a 4-7-11 scoring line in six games, as the freshman has 11 points (4g,7a) in six games.

Sahir Gill’s game-winning goal Friday night against Providence came in his 100th career game at BU.

●  Daily Free Press: Nieto on the upswing; 3-3 tie recap/comments

Blog contributor mh82 reports that College Hockey Inc. has introduced a new statistics platform that provides detailed statistics, including faceoff wins and losses, blocked shots and others, for every Division 1 team. There are the options of using various filters and choosing a number of statistics categories, so look around and explore. Here’s the link for BU stats. It’s also now in our list of links in the sidebar.

Looking ahead
2013 recruit Brendan Collier registered three assists in the Valley Junior Warriors two weekend shutout wins over the Philadelphia Revolution, 2-0 and 4-0. The former Malden Catholic captain has an 8-22-30 scoring line in 35 games.

Looking Back
Looking to upgrade his game after the Blues were eliminated by the Kings last season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Shattenkirk sought the counsel of longtime NHL standout blueliner Al McInnis. Details from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Boston Herald’s look at how many NHL players spent the lockout features Nick Bonino’s sojourn to Italy where he became the leading scorer for HC Neumarkt-Edna Riwega.

Former Terriers Adam Clendening (West) and Eric Gryba (East) will compete in tonight's AHL All-Star Classic in Providence.

Women’s Team
Scarlet gave way to pink as the Terriers marked Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer day by edging New Hampshire, 3-2, at Walter Brown Arena. Isabel Menard’s fourth game-winner of the season came midway through the middle period as the senior finished off a pretty give-and-go with Louis Warren.

The victory stretched BU’s unbeaten streak to 12 games (10-0-2) and its overall record to 17-3-3. In USCHO’s weekly poll, the Terriers moved up to #4. Of the team’s three losses,

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights

Junior co-captain Marie-Philip Poulin was the subject of a recent Women’s Hockey East All-Access interview.

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