Sunday, April 07, 2013

Chiasson "Stars" in Dallas win UPDATED

BU’s 2011-12 top scorer, Alex Chiasson recorded his first NHL goal in the Dallas Stars’ 3-1 win against Anaheim.  Chiasson, playing in his second game since being recalled from the team’s AHL affiliate, spent most of his ice time on the Stars’ top line with Ray Whitney and Jamie Benn.  His goal came on a give-and-go late in the second period, with Chiasson finishing a centering pass to the crease.  Chiasson, who also hit the post on another scoring opportunity, earned the Dallas Morning News’ #1 star.

"It's incredible. I don't think I realize it yet," Chiasson said. "You work so hard when you're young, and you don't realize that one day this could happen. I was a Montreal Canadiens fan growing up and watching Saku Koivu — and now I'm playing against him."

 Chiasson is the 69th former Terrier to play in the NHL. Of that number, 68 were coached by Jack Parker--65--while he was head coach. Three of them--1971 and 1972 NCAA championshipteam members Ron Anderson and Bob Gryp, and 1972-73 top scorer Paul O'Neil--were coach  by Parker when he was an assistant coach.

And who was the one pre-Parker Terrier to play in the NHL. It was goalie John Aiken, who suited up in one game for Montreal as an emergency replacement for Hall of Famer Jacques Plante. 
 Pulled from the crowd to be a Habs goalie

Matt Nieto picked up his third point in as many AHL games, assisting on Worcester's only goal, a 7-1 loss to Springfield.

Looking ahead
2013 recruit Doyle Somerby scored an unassisted goal for Muskegon in its 5-1 thumping of Green Bay. For the 6-5, right-shot defenseman, it was his second goal since joining the Lumberjack after his prep school season at Kimball Union ended.

2013 recruit Jarrid Privitera scored his 14th goal of the season in Dubuque’s 4-3 loss to Sioux Falls. Privitera, who was +3 in the game, has a 14-10-24 scoring line for the Fighting Saints who clinched the USHL Eastern Conference title on Friday night.

Looking back
In an feature story, current pros look back at their experiences in the NCAA finals. Included is former BU captain and current Boston Bruin Jay Pandolfo, who played in the
Final Four in all four seasons (1993-96) at BU, including 1995 when BU won the national championship. A sidebar listing's Top-10 NCAA title-winning contributions by current NHL players gives the top spot to the 2009 BU national championship, referencing Colby Cohen's title-winning goal, assisted by Kevin Shattenkirk, and the dramatic game-tying goal scored by Nick Bonino off a Matt Gilroy feed with seven seconds left in regulation.

Note that we say Pandolfo played in four "Final Fours," rather than "Frozen Fours." That's because the latter term was first used in 1999, and it was coined by BU's longtime Sports Information Director Ed Carpenter, as The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan points out today. Beginning in the 2004-05 season, The Ed Carpenter Award has been given to the Terriers' top scorer.

Women’s Team
Terriers swept the Hockey East Monthly Awards for March. Junior captain Marie-Philip Poulin earned Player of the Month honors , after scoring 10 points in six games. Junior Kerrin Sperry was Hockey East’s Goaltender of Month  after posting a 2.01 GAA and a .936 save percentage and earning five wins in six games. Sarah Lefort’s five goals and two assists brought her Rookie of the Month recognition. Poulin and Lefort had earned the same monthly awards in October. report

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