Friday, November 22, 2019

Game Day Terriers host Vermont; a scorer for 2022

Terriers continue their schedule of home-and-home conference games, hosting Vermont this weekend. Puck drop at Agganis Arena tonight is at 7:30 p.m. The contest will be live-streamed on CBS All-Access. Saturday's game is a 4 p.m. start and airs on NESN.

BU will be without Head Coach Albie O’Connell, who is serving a one-game suspension for behavior following last Saturday’s UMass game. Associate Head Coach Paul Pearl will pick up the reins, aided by assistant Len Quesnelle and DHO Eddie Effinger.

The Catamounts, after being swept at home by BC, stand at 1-7-0 but have played tight one-goal games with Lowell, Maine and Clarkson. Senior goalie Stefan Lekkas has kept Vermont in games with a 2.78 GAA and .911 save percentage. Sophomore Joey Cippollone has three goals, while Christian Evers and Alex Esposito each have a pair. Defenseman Andrew Lucas has a team-high five points.

Nashville draft picks David Farrance (16 points) and Patrick Harper (15) pace the Terrier attack. Farrance leads all D1 blueliners with nine goals and in points, while Harper has dished out 11 assists. Captain Patrick Curry (8G,5A) and Trevor Zegras (4G,9A) each have 13 points. Sam Tucker, who stopped 85 shots in the UMass series has a 2.81 GAA and a .904 save percentage. 

Getting healthy 
The Boston Hockey Blog reports that freshman forward Sam Stevens and sophomore forward Jack DeBoer were both back on the ice practicing this week. Stevens has been out since the season-opener against Union, while DeBoer has yet to play this year due to an injury.

“We’ve got the ability to play them,” said O’Connell. “There’s going to be a couple tough decisions, which is nice to have.” 



● preview, Game Notes, Live Stats, Terrier Sports Radio Network, @TerrierHockey     
● CBS All Access:  Live Stream 
● Boston Hockey Blog Live In-Game Blog 
● Boston Hockey Blog preview; View from the Press Box 
● College Hockey News Tale of the Tape
● picks and predictions  
● Weekend Preview   

Episode 7 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interview with O’Connell, graduate transfer goalie Tucker and UVM radio voice Michael Lehr.

Movember donations link: 

Looking ahead

BU has a new commitment for its 2022 recruit class. Jack Harvey, a 5’9” left-shot center from the #2-ranked Gentry Galaxy 16Us in Minnesota. The 16-year-old has 24 goals and 16 assists in 16 games this season for the Gentry 16U squad after putting up 37 points in 13 games last year for the 15Us.

A prolific scorer, Harvey became a hot commodity following a strong performance in the USHL Fall Classic in September. He was the 19th overall pick in the 2019 USHL Futures Draft by Chicago and is expected to skate this weekend for the Steel, who called Harvey a “high-IQ playmaker” following the draft.

Sources indicate that several Western powers, including Minnesota-Duluth were among the schools pursuing Harvey.

Elite Prospects page-Harvey

2022 recruit Lane Hutson has been selected for Team USA in the upcoming Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland, beginning January 9.  A left-shot defenseman for the North Jersey Avalanche 16U, Hutson, whose older brother, Quinn Hutson is a BU 2021 recruit, has 49 points (16G,33A) in 42 games. Lane’s teammate on the Avs, forward Devin Kaplan, also had been under consideration for Team USA but is injured. He has 49 points (15A,34A) in 33 games for the Avs, who play in the AYHL and in the elite-team Beast Series and Northeast Pack.
● USA Hockey Youth Olympics roster and staff announced 

Looking back

Brady Tkachuk scored on a breakaway 38 seconds into overtime to deliver a 2-1 win for Ottawa over Montreal. Tkachuk, who scored 22 goals in his rookie season, has eight this season along with five assists.
● recap and video highlights

Women’s Team

Senior co-captain Sammy Davis and junior Jesse Compher have been selected to participate in the 2019 USA Hockey Women’s Winter Training Camp in Hartford from Dec. 9 through 13.  Davis is tied for the Terrier points lead with 13, while Compher, recently returned to the line-up, led BU last season with 61 points and was a Kazmaier Award top-10 finalist and second-team All-American. Last April, Compher helped the US Women’s National Team win its fifth straight gold in the World Championships.Davis won gold in 2014 with the US Under-18 team.
● report


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