Monday, December 30, 2019

Terriers blank Concordia, 3-0, in exhibition game at WBA

Newly-arrived netminder Ashton Abel and senior Nico Lynch stopped a combined 26 shots to shut out Concordia in a 3-0 exhibition game win. The game, played at BU’s Walter Brown Arena, raised more than $10,000 to benefit The Travis Roy Foundation.

With upperclassmen Patrick Harper, Patrick Curry, David Farrance, Cam Crotty and Sam Tucker getting the night off, the Terrier freshmen dominated the score sheet. BU scored twice in the opening period on a short-handed tally by Ethan Phillips and a goal from Sam Stevens. Alex Vlasic’s short-handed goal into an empty net closed out the scoring.

Abel, a top goalie in the AJHL with the Okotoks Oilers, was efficient turning away 10 shots in the first two periods, but long-time back-up Lynch, making his first appearance this season, faced a heavier workload as the Stingers fired 16 shots—including six on power plays—in the final period. Lynch, who made several impressive saves—one coming on a breakaway—was mobbed by his teammates after the final whistle.

BU’s other midterm addition, Wilmer Skoog centered the top line and nearly bagged his first goal. Along with his goal, Stevens had a strong game in the faceoff circle, winning 13 of 15 draws.

● Boston Hockey Blog recap

At the World Junior Championships in The Czech Republic, Trevor Zegras had two primary assists in Team USA’s 3-1 preliminary-round win against Russia. Those helpers gave the freshman seven points—all assists—and a tie for the tournament scoring lead. Team USA meets the host team today in a 1 p.m. ET contest that will air on NHL Network.

Looking ahead
Following five new recruit commitments in the past month (Anton Castro, Charles-Alexis Legault, Nicholas Zabaneh and Doug Grimes), BurntBoats has updated his roster projections chart. Some of the arrival dates may be subject to change.

Looking back

Kieffer Bellows scored a hat trick in AHL Bridgeport’s 4-3 overtime loss to Springfield.

AJ Greer scored his seventh goal in AHL Colorado’s 4-1 win against Tucson. The previous night Shane Bowers scored his fourth goal in Colorado’s 4-3 win against Tucson.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Game Day: BU vs. Concordia at WBA

Terrriers begin second semester with an exhibition contest against Concordia University today at 5 p.m. and, for the first time in five years, BU will play at the team’s former home, Walter Brown Arena.The game will be streamed on CBS All-Access.

All proceeds from the game will benefit the Travis Roy Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families by providing adaptive equipment and to finding a cure through increased funding of research, resulting in self-reliance and the ability to be as independent as possible.

BU will be without freshman Trevor Zegras who is skating with Team USA in the World Junior Championships and it appears that his senior linemates, Patrick Harper and Captain Patrick Curry will be rested. However, two mid-year additions, center Wilmer Skoog and goalie Ashton Abel are expected to make their debuts in scarlet.

CBS All-Access Live Stream
● BU welcomes newcomers (with Coach’s audio comments)
● Boston Hockey Blog preview, Skoog, Abel, Live In-Game Blog

Looking ahead
2020 recruit Drew Commesso stopped 22 of 24 shots as the NTDP U18s dropped a 3-1 decision to top-ranked North Dakota. Dylan Peterson set up Team USA’s only goal.

2020 recruit Braden Doyle assisted on three goals for Dubuque in a 6-5 loss to Cedar Rapids. With 20 points in 24 games--including a hat trick--the former Lawrence Academy standout is second in scoring among USHL defensemen.

2021 recruit Artem Shlaine leads top-ranked Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep in scoring with a 16-37-53 line in 29 games. He also recorded two goals and an assist in five games with USHL Muskegon.

Looking back
Matt Nieto assisted on both Colorado goals in the Avalanche's 3-2 shootout loss to Dallas.

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