Thursday, April 27, 2017


Charlie McAvoy has been added to Team USA’s roster for the upcoming IIHF World Championships in Germany and France. He joins Jack Eichel, Jordan Greenway and Clayton Keller on the US squad.  McAvoy will be playing for his fifth team this season, having already skated for BU, the US National U18s, Providence Bruins and Boston Bruins. The All-American blueliner became the 81st Terrier to reach the NHL.
● USA Hockey report

Goalie Max Prawdzik, who returns to BU in the fall, won his third straight playoff game for the Lone Star Brahmas, 4-3 in overtime, to sweep the series from Wichita Falls.  Lone Star faces the Corpus Christi IceRays in the second round of NAHL playoffs beginning Friday.
● Jr. Hockey Digest recap

Looking ahead

College Hockey News spoke with 2017 recruit Shane Bowers as the Waterloo Blackhawks prepare for their next opponent, the Sioux City Musketeers, in pursuit of the USHL Clark Cup. The Halifax, Nova Scotia native has scored a career best 51 points (22 G, 29A) in his second USHL season. He added two goals and an assist in the Blackhawks’ three-game sweep of Fargo.  The upcoming Waterloo - Sioux City series will be somewhat of a coming attraction for next season's Green Line Rivalry ... as the Musketeers' top forward is incoming BC winger Eeli Tolvanen.
College Hockey News feature article

2017 recruit David Farrance is profiled by USA Hockey, following Team USA’s gold-medal performance in the World U18 Championships. The left-shot defenseman from Victor, NY was ranked #46 among North American skaters for the upcoming NHL draft.
USA Hockey NTDP report profile

Looking back
Returning to the Predators’ lineup after being sidelined for six games, former BU All-American Colin Wilson scored the first goal in Nashville’s 4-3 win over St. Louis in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. recap and video

Women’s Team
Offensive defenseman Abby Stanley has transferred from the disbanded North Dakota program to BU.  A St. Louis native, Stanley had eight points as a freshman last year.

Former BU captain Kayla Tutino has been traded from the CWHL Boston Blades to Les Canadiennes. She’ll join former Terriers Marie-Philip Poulin and Sarah Lefort in Montreal.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Future Terriers shine in World U18 title game win--UPDATED

2018 recruit Joel Farabee scored twice—including the game-winner—as Team USA defeated Finland, 4-2, in the gold medal game of the IIHF World U18 Championships.
The win gave the US its seventh U18 title in the past nine years and turned the tables on the Finns who beat Team USA in the 2016 semifinal en route to winning gold.

Team captain and 2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk stripped a Finn of the puck and pinpointed a goalmouth pass to Josh Norris for a 1-0 lead. That was doubled when Farabee, who led the NTDP U17s with 31 points (18G, 13A) before his call-up to the U18s, drove to the net and one-timed a centering pass.

In the second period with Team USA shorthanded, Farabee head-manned the puck to 2017 recruit Logan Cockerill, whose slick return pass sent Farabee in alone for a shot through the goalie’s five-hole and a 3-0 lead.

Farabee, who earned player-of-the-game honors, scored 17 points in 21 games with the U18s. Tkachuk finished the season with 53 points (25G, 28A), while Cockerill had 27 (14G, 13A) and a third 2017 recruit, defenseman David Farrance, had 36 (7G, 29A). For Tkachuk, Cockerill and Farrance, the next hockey stop is Agganis Arena.
● USA Hockey recap
● IIHF recap
Michigan Hockey Now recap

Looking ahead

Three future Terriers—forward Trevor Zegras and defensemen Case McCarthy (photo) and Alex Vlasic—have accepted invitations to join USA Hockey’s NTDP U17s for 2017-18.

Zegras played for Avon Old Farms last season and led the team with an 18-24-42 scoring line.  McCarthy had 14 points for the Buffalo Junior Sabres 16Us, while Vlasic had 13 points for the Chicago Mission 16Us. Another BU recruit who had attended the NTDP evaluation camp, defenseman Cade Webber (The Rivers School), reportedly also was invited to join the U17s, but declined the invitation.
● USA Hockey report
Looking back
The season came to an end for former Terriers and current Bruins Charlie McAvoy and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson as Ottawa eliminated Boston, four games to two. McAvoy had three assists in the series with the Senators, playing extensive minutes in each game. Karlsson didn’t dress for any playoff games and skated in one regular-season contest. Matt Nieto on the sunny side of hockey

After being named the 2016-2017 Women's Hockey East Coach of the Year (an award he also received at the end of the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons), former Terrier goalie (1984-1987) and current Providence College head coach Bob Deraney has been given a contract extension by the Friars.  He just completed his 18th season with the Friars and is the winningest coach in Women's Hockey East history.
● USCHO Providence women's coach Deraney inks contract extension

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tkachuk-led U18s reach IIFH semifinals; Eichel, Drury join Team USA for Worlds

► has updated its hockey archive and records to include the 2016-17 season.

Looking ahead
Team USA skates against Sweden on Saturday in the semifinals of the IIHF World U18 Championships, airing on NHL Network at 1:30 p.m. The U.S. squad advanced following a 4-2 quarterfinal win against Switzeland, in which 2017 recruit David Farrance scored the tying goal and fellow 2017 recruit and team captain Brady Tkachuk assisted on one goal and set up another.

The 6’2”, 195 lb.,Tkachuk, whose father, NHL standout Keith Tkachuk, starred for BU’s 1991 NCAA finalist squad, is tied for second on the U18s with 25 goals and leads the team in penalty minutes. He is featured in a USA Hockey player profile.  

2017 recruit Shane Bowers’ scored his second playoff in Waterloo’s 3-0 win over Fargo to complete a first-round series sweep.  Bowers had 51 points (22G, 29A) in the regular season. The win ended the season for fellow 2017 recruit Hank Crone who produced 62 regular-season points (24G, 38A), tied for third in the USHL scoring race.

In a College Hockey News feature on Youngstown Phantoms defenseman Michael Karow, the BC recruit was asked who was the hardest forward to play against this past season. 

“[Boston University recruit] Shane Bowers,” said Karow. “He combines his size and skill level. He uses his body positioning to protect the puck. He’s the best forward we’ve played against.”

Prior to the recent 2017 OHL draft, scouting site Neutral Zone ranked five future Terriers --Alex Vlasic, Case McCarthy, Trevor Zegras, Cade Webber and Robert Mastrosimone--among the top 12 Americans eligible for the draft. List

Looking back
A pair of Terrier Hobey Baker Award winners have joined Team USA for the IIHF World Championships. Jack Eichel, who has a career best 57 points in 61 games for Buffalo, joins Clayton Keller and Jordan Greenway on the U.S. roster. Two seasons ago, following his All-American freshman year at BU, he helped Team USA win bronze at the 2016 World Championships. 

Two-time All-American and current Rangers’ assistant GM Chris Drury has joined the Team USA management team.  BU’s all-time goal-scoring leader with 113, Drury was a member of the 1995 national championship team and won the Hobey Baker Award in 1998.
● USA Hockey report-Eichel

Charlie Coyle’s unassisted goal was the game-winner for Minnesota in the Wild’s 2-0 win over St. Louis that prevented a Blues first-round sweep.

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