Thursday, August 04, 2016

US edges Sweden; a D-man for 2018

Jordan Greenway scored the game-tying goal as Team USA overcame a 3-0 deficit to edge Sweden, 4-3, in the NJEC Showcase. Clayton Keller and Kieffer Bellows assisted on Team USA’s first goal, early in the second period.

Next up for Team USA is a Friday match-up with Finland, which defeated Canada, 2-1 in overtime, on Wednesday.

USA Hockey Recap, Box Score,  NJEC Notebook Day 6

Looking ahead
With five high-end forwards recruited for the 2018 freshman class, BU’s coaches turned their attention to the blue line and secured a commitment from their first defenseman for 2018, St. Andrew’s College standout Ryan O’Connell. Last season, the 6’1”, 174 lb., left shot from Kanata, Ontario, (which BU fans will recognize as the home of the late Scott Cashman) played 55 games for the Saints’ CAHS team, putting up 31 points (4G, 27A) with a +14. He added 11 points in 18 CISAA regular season and playoff games, helping the Saints win the league title.

The previous season, he was Defenceman of the Year for the Ottawa 67s Midget AAA club, scoring 18 points in 22 games and earning a spot in the 2015 OHL Gold Cup competition.

In 2015, O’Connell was an 8th round draft pick of the OHL Missassauga Steelheads, who noted:

Ryan O’Connell was one of the Ottawa Jr. 67’s top defenders throughout his minor midget season, showing impressive mobility, intriguing hockey sense and developing two-way capabilities. This season the left shooting defender has joined St. Andrew’s prep school and has continued to round out his game. A defender that see’s the ice well and makes a strong first pass, O’Connell uses his hockey sense along with sound positional play and an active stick to defend at an effective rate. O’Connell gets up ice well and continues to round out his two-way game.

This past Spring, O’Connell was the Des Moines Buccaneers’ fourth round pick in the USHL Phase 2 draft.

O’Connell joins five forward commits in BU’s 2018 recruit class: Jake Wise, Tyler Weiss and Jack DeBoer, who will play for the NTDP U17s next season; Logan Cockerill of the NTDP U18s and Matthew Quercia, who is headed to USHL Sioux Falls.

● Elite Prospects card
● Boston Hockey Blog report

Looking back
Former Terrier captain and head coach of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins Mike Sullivan brought sports’ most famous trophy to BU Wednesday afternoon for a viewing attended by Terrier fans. Sullivan and BU Coach David Quinn were teammates on the 1986-87 and 1987-88 Terrier teams. Earlier in the day, Sullivan brought the Cup to BC High, where he starred in high school. Connecticut native Nick Bonino, whose strong playoffs helped the Penguins win the Cup, will bring the trophy to Avon Old Farms, his high school alma mater, on Aug. 11.

"To see him win the ultimate prize, you are so happy for him because this is such a difficult profession," Quinn said. "For him to wait as long as he did for a second opportunity, I just always shook my head because I couldn't believe it took this long. As good a coach as he is, he's a better person. It couldn't happen to a better guy." report
Boston Globe report

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