Thursday, August 12, 2021

Initial D1 rankings; Schedule news; Women announce newcomers

The first pre-season poll is out, posted by ESPN’s John Buccigross. He has slotted BU at #10. Three other Hockey East teams are in the top 16: Defending national champion UMass is #3, BC is #7 and Providence is #14.

1 Michigan 2 St. Cloud 3 UMass 4 Minnesota St 5 Minnesota 6 Boston College 7 Cornell 8 Minnesota Duluth 9 North Dakota 10 Boston University 11 Harvard 12 Quinnipiac 13 Providence 14 Omaha 15 Wisconsin 16 AIC

Terriers were ranked #11 is last season's final USCHO poll.

►While BU has posted only its home schedule on the site, College Hockey News has a full 34-game schedule, beginning with an October 3 exhibition game against McGill. A week later BU opens the season with a home-and-home against UConn.

Along with 24 Hockey East games, the Terriers will play 10 non-conference games: Oct. 15 & 16 hosting Sacred Heart; Nov. 5 & 6 at Northern Michigan; Nov. 27 Red Hot Hockey vs Cornell at MSG; Dec. 31 at Brown; Jan. 7 & 8 hosting Arizona State; Feb. 7 vs. Harvard in the Beanpot opener; and either BC or Northeastern a week later in the finals.


►Three of BU’s incoming freshmen skated for the Boston Knights Jr. A in the recent Senior Chowder Cup tournament: defensemen Braden Doyle, a Los Angeles draft pick, and Ty Gallagher, a Bruins pick, and forward Brian Carrabes, who led the team with three goals in three games. 

The Travis Roy Foundation's 20th Wiffle Ball Tournament begins tomorrow in Essex, Vermont, supporting TRF's campaign goal of raising $1,000,000.  The Foundation also has announced plans to begin to wind down operations early in 2022.

Looking back

Nick Bonino has signed a two-year $4.1M contract with San Jose after spending last season with Minnesota and scoring 26 points. The veteran center was originally drafted by the Sharks in 2007 but his rights were traded to Anaheim, where he began his 11-year NHL career. Bonino, a member of BU’s 2009 national champions, played on a pair of Stanley Cup champions (2016 & 2017) in Pittsburgh.

He’ll join another Shark’s draft pick, Matt Nieto, who returned to San Jose last season, after several seasons in Colorado. Nieto, a 102-point scorer in three BU seasons, recently signed a two-year contract with an annual average value of $850,000.

● report

Drew Melanson, a graduate transfer to BU in 2017-18, scored 19 points that season, none bigger than this one in the Hockey East final. One night earlier, he scored the third-period tying goal vs. BC in the semifinal. After a year in the ECHL, Melanson has spent the past two seasons in Germany’s DEL.

Women’s Team

Coach Brian Durocher introduced a contingent of eight newcomers—six freshmen and two transfers—to the team’s 2021-22 roster. They’ll join 19 returnees from last season.

The freshmen are: goalie Callie Shanhan, defensemen Maggie Hanzel and Madison Michals, and forwards Liv Haag, Kylie Roberts and Christina Vote. Defenseman Ellie Larson, a graduate student, transferred from RIT, where she was captain. Senior Jesse DeVito spent the past three seasons at Wisconsin.

Durocher, a co-captain of the men’s 1978 national champions, is entering his 17th season behind the Terrier bench.

● GoTerriers report with player thumbnails, team roster



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