Saturday, December 16, 2017

World Junior Camps open; first NHL hat trick for Eichel

U.S. Junior National Team Camp opened in Columbus, Ohio with sophomores Jake Oettinger and Patrick Harper and freshman Brady Tkachuk among 28 rostered players vying for the final 23 spots. Team USA will defend its gold medal in the World Junior Championships in Buffalo beginning on December 26. Oettinger explained:

"I've had this camp circled on my calendar since end of last tournament. It's something I've been working towards the entire year, so I'm really excited and confident that all the work I've put in up to this point will pay off. It's just about playing, having fun and trusting all the work I've done."

● IIHF World Junior Championship home page
● US WJC camp opens

Sophomore Dante Fabbro saw his first game action at Canada’s World Junior selection camp, skating in a 5-2 win against Denmark. The 2016 first-round draft pick of the Nashville Predators had been on the sidelines as a precaution due to a lower-body injury, which had kept him out of BU’s game against Lowell on Dec. 8. He returned to the Terrier line-up on Dec. 9. Canadian Coach Dominique Ducharme, commenting on Fabbro, pointed out:

"It was good to see him back on the ice. He was a good player last year and I think he's progressed well. You see his maturity in his game physically, he's hard on battles, he's retrieving a lot of pucks, winning one-on-ones. It's good to see him back."

►This week’s episode of Hockey On Campus features interviews with Bentley Coach Ryan Soderquist, UMass defenseman Cale Makar and former Terrier assistant coach and Northeastern Head Coach Ben Smith, who was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday night, along with Jack Parker and Scott Young. Hockey on Campus airs on NHL Radio (SiriusXMChannel 91) on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. ET and Sunday morning at 10 a.m. ET. You can also find it here on College Hockey News.

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Hugo Blixt scored his fourth goal of the season in Tri-City’s 4-2 loss to Dubuque. The 6'3" Swedish blueliner had announced his commitment to BU earlier in the week.

2019 recruit Trevor Zegras (photo) scored a goal and fellow 2019 recruits defensemen Alex Vlasic and Case McCarthy each contributed an assist as Team USA defeated Switzerland, 7-2, in the Four Nations Tournament in Veliky Novgorod, Russia. Team USA plays the host Russian team on Saturday.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

Looking back

Jack Eichel had a hand in all four Buffalo goals—with his first-career hat trick and an assist in the Sabres’ 5-4 overtime loss to Carolina. suggest reuniting Terrier linemates Eichel and Evan Rodrigues would help rev up Buffalo’s offense. Since his recall from Rochester, Rodrigues has two goals and an assist in five games.
● report and Rodrigues BU highlight reel

Alex Chiasson scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner on a shorthanded breakaway, as Washington defeated the Bruins, 5-3.

Women’s Team
Former Terrier captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored for Team Canada in a 3-1 win over Team USA in a pre-Olympic match-up between the two national teams. Former Terrier standout Jen Wakefield also is on Canada’s roster.

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