Monday, June 28, 2021

14 named All-Academic; Somerby seeks a title

Editor's note: This post was intended for June 24, but didn't publish until today (6-28) and is located above today's post announcing defenseman Ty Gallagher's commitment (link) for the coming season. Sorry for the confusion.

A program-record 14 Terriers have been named to the 2020-21 Hockey East All-Academic Team, led by Max Kaufman who earned Distinguished Scholar status with his fourth berth on the All-Academic team. The first three were at Vermont. Sophomores Jamie Armstrong, Markus Boguslavsky and Sam Stevens each were repeat honorees.

First-year honorees include Drew Commesso, Joseph Campolieto, Domenick Fensore, Thomas Jarman, Jay O’Brien, Luke Tuch, Ethan Phillips, Wilmer Skoog, Alex Vlasic and Cade Webber.

● HockeyEastOnline report

● report

Looking back

One Terrier is still chasing a championship this season. Defenseman Doyle Somerby, who captained BU’s 2016-17 team, has been a blueline mainstay for the ECHL South Carolina Stingray, who are facing the Fort Wayne Komets in the Kelly Cup finals. After three seasons with AHL Cleveland, Somerby was loaned by Columbus to AHL Tucson earlier this season. Following 24 games with the Toros, he joined the Stingrays, playing 17 regular season games and, thus far, all nine playoff games.

Looking ahead

2022 recruit Nick Roukounakis has committed to play for BCHL West Kelowna next season. The 6-2, 220 left wing put up 11 goals and 16 assists in 26 games for Tony Amonte’s Thayer Academy Tigers during his sophomore season. With prep hockey suspended this past season, he suited up in five games for the NTDP U18s. The Pembroke, Mass., native was ranked #184 among North Americans for the July NHL Entry Draft.

● Roukounakis commits to Warriors

Elite Prospects page

In a free article, Neutralzone spoke with 2023 recruit Ryan Fine.  A high-skilled right-shot forward, Fine earned a roster spot on next season’s NTDP U17s. This past season, he skated for the Mid-Fairfield Rangers 15U and for Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey, finishing second on the team with 17 points en route to the Gordon Cup title. Fine was the first 2023 recruit to commit to an NCAA school.

● Ryan Fine 2023 NHL draft scouting report

● Elite Prospects page

Women's Team

The Terrier women also set a program record with 17 players named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. Rachel Allen and Corrine Schroeder both earned Distinguished Scholar status, while Kate Stuart became a three-time All-Academic.

Two-time honorees: Nara Elia, Courtney Correia, Kaleigh Donnelly, Brooke Esroy, Nadia Mativi and Grace Parker. First-time honorees: Andi Calderone, Catherine Foulem, Lacey Martin, Julia Shaunessy, Alex Allan, Haylee Blinkhorn, Nicole McGuigan and Emma Wuthrich. report




Defenseman Ty Gallagher commits to BU for 2021-22

After losing 2021 recruit Roman Schmidt to the OHL, BU has received a commitment from another NTDP U18 blueliner, Ty Gallagher. The 6’0” 190, right-shot from Clarkston, Mich., had previously been committed to Notre Dame, but when the Fighting Irish, who had signed several grad transfers, asked him to defer to 2022, he re-opened his recruitment.  

NEHJ reports that Gallagher also was being pursued by Connecticut, Colorado College and Nebraska-Omaha. He joins defensemen Braden Doyle and Charles-Alexis Legault in the Terrier recruit class for next season.

This past season, Gallagher scored 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 48 games for NTDP with 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 25 USHL games. His three goals in five games at the World U18s—including a pair of power play goals against Germany—led all defensemen. The goals at the Worlds established a new program career record of 25, eclipsing Cam York’s 22.

With the U17s in 2019-20, Gallagher had an 11-11-22 scoring line in 49 games, earning a silver medal at the World U17 Challenge. He is a product of the Compuware program, skating for 14U and 16U HPHL championship squads. Gallagher also participated in the World Selects Invitational in his U14 and U15 seasons. In 2016, he played for Belle Tire’s championship squad at the Quebec International PeeWee Tournament.

NHL Central Scouting ranked him #53 among North American skaters, while McKeen’s Hockey has him at #92 and Draft Prospects Hockey slotted him at #69.

Elite Prospects Page

● Gallagher draft profile

● Video: Shift by Shift vs. Dubuque (3-5-21)

USA Hockey Gallagher feature 


► Four Terriers have been named to the Team USA roster for the World Junior Summer Showcase beginning July 24 at USA Arena in Plymouth, Mich. The WJSS is the first step in selecting the U.S. Junior National Team that will compete in the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships in Alberta. BU will be represented by three sophomores, goalie Drew Commesso and forwards Dylan Peterson and Luke Tuch, and freshman winger Tyler Boucher.

● USA Hockey report


Looking ahead

New England Hockey Journal's Kirk Luedeke took a look at five future Hockey East players who spent last season in the USHL, including 2021 recruit Brian Carrabes and 2022 recruit Doug Grimes.

1. Brian Carrabes, Sioux City, North Andover, Mass. (Boston University)
08/01/01, right shot, 5-10/165

Smallish scorer is fast and highly skilled with a nose for the net. He gets up to speed quickly in just a few slashing strides and can handle the puck at full gallop, using his balance and agility to elude defenders with east-west moves. A product of Kimball Union Academy and St. John’s Prep, Carrabes came to the USHL a season ago after being drafted by the Sioux Falls Stampede, but was dealt to rival Sioux City at the 2020 trade deadline.

After pacing the Musketeers in goals with 21 in 45 games, he brings scoring and ability to play with pace to BU. He may need to be patient and work his way into a bigger role as he gets stronger and adjusts to the Hockey East. He had a disappointing USHL playoffs, going held off the score sheet in four games over two series against Omaha and Fargo. His playing style compares to: Brendan Gallagher

4. Doug Grimes, Sioux City, Brookline, Mass. (Boston University)
04/18/02, right shot, 6-2/186

Although he battled through injuries which limited him to 22 games and four goals, the Dexter Southfield product has upside. With the size and good wheels to play at the highest levels, he does a pretty good job of hunting pucks and helping in the transition game. He committed to BU in the middle of a breakout prep season, parlaying that success into the 15th overall selection (1st round) of the 2020 USHL Entry Draft by the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. When that team had to sit out the 20-21 season due to damage done to the venue in a major wind storm last Aug., Grimes was acquired via the dispersal draft.

If he does not go in to BU this fall and returns to the USHL, Grimes will play for Cedar Rapids in 21-22. His playing style compares to: Ryan Dzingel



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