Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Following their 0-1-1 weekend, Terriers dropped to #12 in the USCHO Weekly Poll and to #11 in the USA Today/IUSA Hockey Magazine weekly poll .

Sophomore Dante Fabbro (photo) and Freshman Ty Amonte were named to Hockey East’s Weekly Top Performers List. Fabbro scored the tying goal in the third period of Friday’s 4-3 loss to Denver and Amonte tallied his first collegiate goal in that game.

Nick and Lauren Bonino punked the Predators, posing as autograph-seekers.

Looking ahead
The Scout.ca has named 2002 recruit Dylan Peterson (photo) as the #3 ranked player for the 2018 OHL draft. The CIHA right wing, who is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada and is considered a strong candidate for the NTDP U17s next season, was described as “a forward with a game-breaking skill-set packaged into a 6'3" frame.”

The preliminary list of candidates for the 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Players of the Year includes 2020 recruit Donovan Sebrango of CIHA among 10 candidates from Ontario.

Looking back
Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on the game-winning goal as the Rangers rallied for four third-period goals and beat Las Vegas, 6-4.

A display of Clayton Keller's brilliance produced the overtime game-winner that gave Arizona its first win of the season, 4-3 against Philadelphia. The play began with a D-zone pass and ended with a pass for a one-timer.
After Charlie McAvoy logged nearly 30 minutes of ice time, the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzaw reports that "overtime was meant for a racehorse like McAvoy." The blueliner from Long Beach, NY explained: 
 “Once you get to overtime, I kind of pride myself on the offensive side. If you get a chance there with so much free ice and so many other great players out there with you, to hop in and try to contribute that way, that’s just fun. Guys just enjoy three-on-three hockey. It’s just pure offense. It’s almost like shinny hockey in the backyard.” 
● BostonGlobe.com  Charlie McAvoy is having the (ice) time of his life

Former Terrier captain and All-American Jay Pandolfo recalls the opening of the Prudential Center in Newark ten years ago and his only NHL hat trick, scored in the second game in that arena. Terrier fans will recall his 38-goal senior season (1995-96) that included multiple hat tricks, including a short-handed hat trick vs. Northeastern. Pandolfo is in his second season as a Bruins assistant coach.
● NHL.com report

Former Terrier co-captain John McCarthy scored his first goal of the season as AHL San Jose fell to Texas, 3-2. McCarthy is captain of the Barracuda.

Women’s Team
Behind 42 saves by freshman goalie Corinne Schroeder and goals by senior Victor Bach and freshman Kristina Schuler, BU skated to a 2-2 tie with New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center Sunday afternoon.
●GoTerriers.com recap and comprehensive box score


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Blanked in Providence

One night after going toe-to-toe with #1 Denver, before falling in the final seconds, #6 BU turned in what Coach David Quinn called “a poor performance” suffering a 3-0 shutout at the hands of #11 Providence.

Despite being outshot 15-9 in the first period, BU had several good scoring chances, including a shot by freshman Shane Bowers from just outside the crease that was stopped by Hayden Hawkey.

Providence scored all three goals in the middle period. An unassisted goal by Vimal Sukumaran two minutes in proved to be the game-winner. Erik Foley scored a 5-on-3  power play goal at the 11:18 mark and Brandon Duhaime beat sophomore Jake Oettinger just a minute later.

Terriers managed only five shots in the third period as their record fell to 3-4-1 overall and 1-1-1 in Hockey East. Quinn commented:

“I know we had some chances in the first period, [but] we were still sloppy with the puck. Certainly we didn’t play well with the pace and energy we played with in the last two games. I was sitting on the bench and trying to figure out what we need to do better and the answer’s everything.”

● GoTerriers.com recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Post-game comments Quinn
● Daily Free Press recap and analysis
● USCHO recap

Looking ahead
2018 recruits Tyler Weiss (photo) and Joel Farabee scored first-period goals to stake the NTDP U18s to a 2-0 lead over Adrian College. Fellow recruit Jack DeBoer assisted on a third USA goal, as the U18s went on to a 4-2 win.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone scored his third goal of the season in USHL Chicago’s 5-3 win against Sioux City. The goal gave the left wing from East Islip, NY points in four of the Steel’s past five games.

Looking back
Clayton Keller scored his eighth goal of the season—tops for NHL rookies—but the Coyotes were edged by New Jersey, 5-4. Keller’s unassisted goal, after stealing the puck from 2017 overall #1 draft pick Nico Hischier at the Devils’ blueline, had given Arizona a 3-2 lead late in the second period.

Women’s Team
A third-period rally fell short as the Terriers fell to rival Boston College, 4-3. Senior Captain Rebecca Leslie scored twice and added an assist, as BU fell to 1-5-0.  Mary Grace Kelley had the other BU goal and senior Victoria Bach assisted on two goals.
● GoTerriers.com recap and comprehensive box score

BU returns to the ice today visiting New Hampshire for a 2 p.m. start. The game can be viewed on a free live stream.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Game Day: Terriers visit Providence

#6 Terriers will look for a split to their weekend against ranked teams when they head South to Providence to take on the #11 Friars in an important Hockey East match-up. BU and Providence each received two first-place votes in the pre-season Hockey East coaches poll and were picked to finish first and third respectively. Providence, which has a 4-2-0 record, is coming off a 2-1 win against BC last night on home ice.

Josh Wilkens is the Friars’ top scorer with five points, while Kasper Bjorkqvist leads in goals with four, including a hat trick against St. Lawrence last weekend. Junior Hayden Hawkey has played all six games in goal and has a 2.48 GAA and a .912 save percentage.

Last season, BU won a hard-fought 2-1 contest at Schneider Arena on a Nikolas Olsson goal, and then tied Providence the next night, 2-2, at Agganis Arena.

● Boston Hockey Blog Live In-Game Blog
● Daily Free Press Game Preview
● CHN Tale of the Tape
Providence College Live Stream (PayPerView)



Terrier Takeaway from blog contributor Neal Boudette

The bad news from last night, of course, is the Terriers gave up a goal with 16 seconds left and lost at home to Denver. It spoiled what had been an impressive effort, twice battling back against the No. 1 team in the nation, once from a two-goal deficit in the first and then while trailing 3-2 in the third.

You can't walk away from a loss like that feeling good.

The good news is that they showed some real fire, and showed they can play, and even outplay, the No. 1 team in the nation.

In a six minute stretch in the third that culminated with Dante Fabbro's goal to knot the game at 3, BU dominated Denver. So this team can play at a high level. We saw that in the second game against Minn. St. when they dominated and controlled the entire first period.

And they were able to do it against Denver - for stretches - when they played with passion and speed and intensity.

The problem is they fade in and out. It takes a while for the team to ramp up to maximum intensity. In how many games has BU given up the first goal?

And even when they get going, they tend lose their edge after a while. I think part of that is maturity, or lack of it. Young players have to learn how hard they have to play to be successful in college, and have to learn to sustain their intensity over a 60 minute game. And these Terriers aren't there yet.

They may very well get there. That's Dave Quinn's challenge as coach. To get them to play their very best hockey from the drop of the puck to the final horn. If they learn to do that over the course of the season, they could be a very dangerous team at tournament time.

It's ironic that maturity is an issue. That was a challenge with last year's team and it seemed that this year's squad, a year older and bolstered by players like Drew Melanson, would be a more mature group.

But the fact is that the players who have been dressing each night are as young as last year's team. The starting roster is filled out with a lot of freshmen while some veterans have played little or not at all.

The average age of this year's team is higher than last year's group, but I'd bet the average age of those actually playing in games is pretty much the same – young.

I'm not saying Quinn should change the line-up. Not at all. I think he's putting his most skilled players on the ice. I'm just saying BU isn't playing with as much maturity as we expected, and part of the reason may be that some of the older guys we have - Chabot, Switzer, Diffley - haven't cracked the line-up to add maturity to the 18 skaters who dress for games.

Last night every line had at least one teenager. The goalie (Oettinger) doesn't turn 19 until December.

Fabbro tied the game with about five minutes left. With about 2:30 left, there was a face-off in the BU zone and Quinn called a time-out. When play resumed, Denver was the more energetic team, BU struggled to get the puck out of the D zone and Denver's Troy Terry got enough room to pick a top corner over Oettinger's glove.

Seems like the time out helped Denver more than BU. Bottom line is Denver, the older, more mature team, was able to lift its game at the critical time.
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