Thursday, October 31, 2019

An early assessment; recruit class rankings; Bonino X 3

BU Athletics staff writer Scott Weighart offers his analysis of the first three weeks of BU's season. Terrier Insider: Terriers Survive Tricks, Earn Treats in Season’s Opening Weeks   

Daily Free Press:  BU set to visit Maine for Hockey East doubleheader  

Boston Hockey Blog View from the Press Box Oct. 23-30  

NeutralZone's ranking of the top NCAA recruit classes for 2019-20 has BU in the #1 spot. 

Looking ahead 
The Beast Series, which brings together 19 of the best midget programs in New England and the Northeast, completed its playoffs last weekend and New England Hockey Journal has selected all-star teams for the 18U, 16U and 15U divisions. Terrier commits selected: 18U First Team, F Quinn Hutson (2021, NJ Avalanche), 16U First Team, F Ryan Greene (2022 Selects Academy) and Lane Hutson (2022 NJ Avalanche); 16U Third Team F Devin Kaplan (2022 NJ Avalanche). Greene's Selects Academy team claimed the 16U playoff title. The 6'1" center from Newfoundland has a 13-17-30 line in 22 games and also spent a weekend playing for  Green Bay, who had drafted him #3 overall in the USHL Futures draft. The 15U all-stars included a player with a BU connection: Selects Academy defenseman Shaun McEwen, is the grandson of BU standout and associate head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon.

2020 recruit Liam Connors, who scored 43 points in 29 games as a senior at St. Sebastian’s, is with the Boston Junior Eagles 18Us this season. 2022 recruit Nick Roukounakis, skating this fall for the Junior Eagles 16Us, scored 15 points last season for Coach Tony Amonte’s Thayer Academy team. 

Looking back 

Nick Bonino's natural hat trick powered the Predators past Chicago, 3-0. The former Terrier captain now has six goals this season. Dante Fabbro assisted on the second goal. 
● recap and video highlights

Charlie Coyle scored his second goal in the Bruins’ 5-1 win against San Jose.
● recap and video highlights

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Kudos and analyses--UPDATED

Sam Tucker, Patrick Harper and Robert Mastrosimone (photo) were named to Hockey East’s Weekly Top Performers list following BU’s 1-0-1 weekend against conference foes. Tucker stopped 57 of 60 shots in the two games, earning his fourth career shutout (3 while at Yale) on Saturday. Harper scored twice and added an assist in the 3-3 tie with Lowell and assisted on the game-winner on Saturday. Mastrosimone scored BU’s second goal in the 3-0 win against New Hampshire. 

Analyses of Saturday’s 3-0 Win

● Boston Hockey Blog Three Takeaways from Win Over UNH

● Line Change: BU vs. UNH

Looking back
 In the Bruins’ 7-4 win over the Rangers, Charlie Coyle scored his first goal of the season on a sharp angle shot, following Charlie McAvoy’s rush and pass across the goalmouth.  Coyle also added an assist.The game featured three Terriers on the ice—Coyle, McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk—and three behind the benches—Rangers’ head coach David Quinn and Bruins’ assistants Jay Pandolfo and Joe Sacco. recap and video highlights

Jack Eichel scored his seventh goal on his 23rd birthday in the Sabres' 3-2 shootout loss to the Coyotes. recap and video highlights

Brady Tkachuk scored his third goal and added two assists in Ottawa's 5-2 win over San Jose. recap and video highlights  

The concourse at Agganis Arena now features the jerseys of 15 Terriers in the NHL with Joel Farabee's sweater most recently added.

Former Terrier Cason Hohmann has rejoined HC Bansk Bystrica in Slovakia after spending last season in Switzerland with EHC Olten, scoring 57 points in 44 games. An assistant captain on the Terriers’ 2015 Hockey East champions and national finalist squad, Hohmann skated for HC Banska in 2017-18, putting up a team-high 47 points in 51 games for the Slovakian Extraliga champions. In his four seasons at BU, the Texas native had 92 points. 
Women’s Team 
Following their weekend sweep of Penn State, Terriers moved up to #9 in the USCHO Weekly Poll. BU’s next opponent, Northeastern is ranked #4.

A trio of Terriers--Kaleigh Donnelly, Julia Nearis and Kate Stuart--earned spots on the Hockey East Weekly Top Performers list. Donnelly recorded a goal and an assist in each of the weekend wins. Freshman Nearis produced her first two-goal effort in Saturday's victory, in which Stuart stopped 21 of 22 PSU shots. Her .955 save percentage was second best in the conference last weekend.

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