Sunday, September 29, 2019

One week away--UPDATED

BU's season opener at Union College is a week away. It’s a 4:00 p.m. start at Achilles Arena. ECAC home games air live on ESPN+ ($4.99 monthly subscriptions available). The Dutchmen, ranked #8 in the ECAC coaches' poll, edged BU, 2-1, last season at the Friendship Four tournament in Belfast.

Boston Hockey Blog’s Terrier Hockey Talk with reporters Brady Gardner and Patrick Donnelly is back. In Episode 1, they review the past week’s Hockey East Media Day activities for both the men’s and women’s teams.

College Hockey News looks as some of the top newcomers in D1 hockey including, Trevor Zegras, who was Anaheim’s #1 draft pick this past June.
● CHN Fresh Faces 

Looking ahead

2020 recruit Luke Tuch scored a pair of goals and added an assist in the NTDP U18s’ 5-2 win against Green Bay in the USHL Classic. The 6’2”, 203 lb. power forward earned first star honors and has five points in two games. Fellow recruit Drew Commesso played the final 20 minutes in goal, stopping six of seven shots. UPDATE: Tuch assisted on a pair of goals in the U17s' 4-0 win against Sioux City and is team co-leader in points with seven in three games.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

2020 recruit Wilmer Skoog scored a goal and added an assist in NAHL Maryland’s 7-3 win against Wilkes Barre/Scranton. The 6’2” forward from Stockholm has twelve points (7G,5A) in eight games.

2020 recruit Jay O’Brien scored his fifth goal just nine seconds into Penticton’s game with West Kelowna and added three assists for a four-point game in the Vees’ 7-3 winCade Webber picked up an assist on Penticton’s third goal. O’Brien, who has a 5-8-13 line in eight games and is tied for the BCHL scoring lead, earned first-star honors. recap

2021 recruit Artem Shaline scored a goal for Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep in a 5-1 win over Map South and had a pair of assists in the Sabres’ 5-4 win against Twin Cities. The 6’1” Moscow-born center has six points in five Upper Midwest Elite League games.

2022 recruit Ryan Greene discussed his decision to continue at Select Academy and his commitment to BU despite being drafted #59 overall in the 2019 QMJHL draft. He also was selected #3 overall in the USHL Futures Draft by Green Bay. report  

Looking back
After attending his first NHL training camp, Jake Oettinger was assigned by Dallas to the AHL Texas Stars where he'll compete for the starting job in goal. Oettinger determined to climb stars depth chart

Charlie Coyle scored an unassisted goal and added two assists in the Bruins 8-2 exhibition win against Chicago. recap

Friday, September 27, 2019

Media Day--UPDATED

BU has issued a 30-page online men’s hockey prospectus for the 2019-20 season. It includes the schedule, roster, player and coaching staff bios and 2018-19 statistics. 
Prospectus pdf 

Hockey East held Media Day at TD Garden with Head Coach Albie O'Connell, Captain Patrick Curry and Assistant Captain Patrick Harper in attendance. [check back for media reports]

Conference coaches have ranked the Terriers #5 in their pre-season poll. With 72 points, BU was a point behind #4 Northeastern. BC was the top pick, earning eight of the 10 first place votes, followed by #2 Massachusetts and #3 Providence. BU finished fifth last season and reached the conference tournament semifinals, where it lost to Northeastern, 2-1, in overtime.
● report

Hockey East and NESN have announced a new multi-year agreement that will result in nearly 100 men’s and women’s games to be aired during the 2019-20 season. Included are nine BU games on NESN and two more on NESN+. See prospectus for schedule. For those outside of New England, home games on the NESN schedule will be available on CBS Sports Digital properties.  
● report 

► Hockey East composite schedule

Looking ahead

2022 recruit Ryan Greene, a 6’1” right-shot center for Selects Academy 16U, is currently the top scorer among Beast Series 16U teams with 12 points (8G,4A) in six games-- including a four goal effort in a win against Neponset Valley. Last season, Greene (photo) scored 81 points for the Selects 15Us. 2022 recruit Devin Kaplan, a 6’2” North Jersey Avalanche 16U right wing is third with nine points (3G,6A). The Beast Series features nine elite East Coast junior programs.

The Avalanche and Selects squads are first and second respectively in the Beast Series standings. In the national 16U rankings, Avalanche is #1 and Selects Academy is #8. 

Mark Cheremeta scored a goal and two assists in Dubuque's regular-season opening 4-1 win against Muskegon, while 2020 recruit Braden Doyle added an assist. Cheremeta, who played for the Terriers last season, has expressed interest in returning to BU. 

Looking back 
A pair of Terrier forwards who signed pro contracts after last season are making strong bids to earn spots on opening night rosters. Joel Farabee is currently one of 13 forwards on the Flyers’ roster (although a few players are on the injured list); and Shane Bowers has impressed in a pair of exhibition games for Colorado.
● A 9-game tryout for Joel Farabee? 
● Farabee brings it 
● Is Shane Bowers the real deal? 
● Bowers-Postgame (Sept. 22) 

The Blackhawks have assigned Chad Krys to their AHL affiliate, Rockford Ice Hogs.

The Islanders have assigned Kiefer Bellows to their AHL affiliate, Bridgeport. Bobo Carpenter remains on the Islander roster but is on the injured list and is expected to head to Bridgeport when able to play. 

Women’s Team

Terriers have been voted #2 in the Hockey East Coaches’ pre-season poll. BU was ranked behind Northeastern and just ahead of Boston College. The Terriers finished third in the regular season last year and reached the conference tournament semi-finals. The team returns the conference's top two scorers, Jesse Compher and Sammy Davis, along with veteran goalie Corinne Schroeder.
● report

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Terriers picked 5th in writers and broadcasters poll

The first Hockey East pre-season poll is out. The Hockey East Writers & Broadcasters Association poll has the Terriers ranked #5. Last year’s regular-season champion, UMass is picked to repeat, followed by Providence, BC and Northeastern. 

Poll results (first place votes in parens):
1.Massachusetts (6) 163
2.Providence (3) 153
3.Boston College (6) 151
4.Northeastern (1) 140
5.Boston University 123
6.Massachusetts-Lowell (1) 121
7.New Hampshire 73
8.Maine 70
9.Connecticut 65
10.Vermont 43
11.Merrimack 20

Looking ahead 
2020 recruit Jay O’Brien scored his fifth goal and added an assist in Penticton’s 6-0 win against Cowichan Valley. The Flyers’ first-round pick in 2018 leads the Vees in scoring with nine points in five games

2020 recruit Braden Doyle scored his first USHL goal in Dubuque’s 5-4 win against Green Bay. The Lynnfield, Mass., native, who was selected by the Kings in the sixth round of the 2019 NHL draft, had 29 points in 28 games last season for Lawrence Academy, helping the Spartans to the ISL Keller Division title.

2020 recruit Wilmer Skoog scored his fifth goal in NAHL Maryland’s 3-2 loss to Minot in the NAHL Showcase. Six games into the season, the left wing from Stockholm leads the Bears in scoring with a 5-3-8 line. Last season he had 47 points playing for Minot.

2021 recruit Quinn Hutson scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the North Jersey Avalanche 18Us’ 4-1 win against the Mercer Chiefs on Saturday. He had a single tally in Sunday’s 4-3 overtime loss to Elite Hockey.

2021 recruit Tyler Boucher, a 6’1” right-shot power forward on the NTDP U17s, talked with Redline Report about his path to Team USA. Boucher is the son of former NHL goalie and current NBC analyst Brian Boucher.
● USA report

Boucher’s NTDP teammate Jeremy Wilmer scored his second goal of the season in the U17s’ 4-2 loss to Amarillo at the NAHL Showcase. Wilmer has four points in four games.

2022 recruit Devin Kaplan assisted on five tallies and fellow recruit Lane Hutson contributed four helpers in the North Jersey Avalanche 16Us Premier 9-4 win against the Junior Devils 16Us.The 6'2" power forward from Bridgewater, N.J., leads the Avs with 10 points in three AYHL games.
Looking back
Defenseman Eric Gryba has retired following a nine-year pro career and 289 NHL games. A four-year Terrier, who was paired with David Warsofsky during BU's run to the 2009 national championship, he had been drafted by Ottawa in 2006 and played three seasons with the Senators. Following three seasons with Edmonton, he concluded his pro career playing 10 games with the Devils and 47 with their AHL affiliate. An avid hunter, Eric hosted his own cooking
TV show, "Grilling with Gryba," which aired earlier this year. report

Jake Oettinger stopped 13 of 14 shots in a 20-minute stint in the Dallas Stars' 2-1 win against St. Louis. recap

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