Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Another title game shutout

Yale’s 4-0 blanking of Quinnipiac in Saturday's NCAA championship game put Eli goalie Jeff Malcolm into the small fraternity of netminders who pitched a shutout in the title game. The list of five includes BU’s Tim Regan, who stopped all 39 Cornell shots in the 1972 final at Boston Garden, as the Terriers repeated as national champions. The full list of title game shutouts:
-1968 Denver 4 North Dakota 0
-2004 Denver 1 Maine 0
-2010 BC 5 Wisconsin 0
-2013 Yale 4 Quinnipiac 0

Just three shutouts in the first 57 championship games, followed by three in the past ten years, is testimony to how the once high-scoring college game has changed. As former BU coach Jack Parker has pointed out, "they should call the game 'goalie'."  

Looking ahead
2014 recruit Jack Eichel, in Sochi, Russia with Team USA for the World U18 championships, scored the game-winner in a 2-1 exhibition game victory over Canada. United States of Hockey’s Chris Peters offers a breakdown of the Team USA roster, including a profile of Eichel:

Jack Eichel (Boston University) — Team USA’s youngest player may be its most intriguing. Eichel isn’t draft eligible for two more years, but his overall skill level is notable. Since getting called up from the Under-17 Team in February, Eichel has been averaging just over a point-per-game with eight goals and seven assists in 14 contests with the U18s. He had 19 goals in 36 games with the U17s as well. Eichel can be a difference maker for Team USA, giving it some terrific scoring depth up front. This could be a breakout moment for the already highly-regarded Eichel. U18: 14 GP, 8-7–15, 8 PIM. U17: 36, 19-13–34, 16 PIM. Draft Eligible in 2015

Looking back
Former Terrier standout Joe Sacco(photo), now head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, has been selected to lead Team USA in this Spring’s IIHF Men’s World Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm. Before beginning a long NHL career, Sacco scored 128 points in three seasons wearing Scarlet including 52 points (28 g, 24 a) as a senior in 1989-90. Tomorrow, we’ll post the latest Terrier Tale, the story of the 1989-90 Terriers’ run to the Final Four, authored by blog contributor mh82.

Kevin Shattenkirk’s heavy hit on Chicago’s Andrew Shaw, in the Blue’s 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks, made numerous highlight reels.

Charlie Coyle also dished out a heavy hit in the Minnesota’s 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus. The apparently legal hit to Artem Anisimov precipitated a fight between Coyle and Brandon Dubinsky. Coyle received two five-minute majors and a match penalty, but the match penalty was rescinded as the league determined he hadn’t targeted the head.
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Alex Chiasson impressive NHL start took a detour last night when the rookie right wing suffered an upper-body injury—possibly a shoulder sprain—in the Stars’ 5-2 loss to Chicago Monday night. Two days earlier, Chiasson picked up his sixth goal in his first six games—becoming the first NHLer to do so since Evgeny Malkin in 2006-07.  The first period goal proved to be the game-winner in the Stars’ 2-1 win against San Jose. Chiasson’s six goals have come on 13 shots.

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