Sunday, November 28, 2021

Terriers fall in Red Hot Hockey

Cornell expanded a one-goal lead (3-2) after two periods with two tallies in third period before BU added a late goal for the 6-4 final. It was Cornell's third consecutive win in the series, which now stands at 3-3-2. Terrier goal scorers were Dylan Peterson, Brian Carrabes, Case McCarthy and Tyler Boucher.

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  • The game kicked off with the highest-scoring period in Red Hot Hockey history as the Big Red took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission.
  • Cornell opened the scoring exactly seven minutes into the contest as Kyler Kovich redirected a Sebastian Dirven offering to the back of the net for his first career goal.
  • BU got an equalizer at the 10:30 mark as sophomore Dylan Peterson and senior Logan Cockerill executed a give-and-go along the left boards with Peterson skating to the net and depositing his sixth goal of the season.
  • The Terriers took a lead of their own at 13:00 when freshman Brian Carrabes converted from the left circle on assists from juniors Wilmer Skoog and Alex Vlasic.
  • The Big Red quickly turned the tables, however, to regain control as a left-point bid by Ondrej Psenicka went off the BU defense and in to make it a 2-2 contest with 5:07 left in the opening frame.
  • Cornell got its first power-play chance with 1:38 left in the first and scored just seven seconds into it to create another lead change and go ahead for good.
  • On the man advantage, Max Andreev converted a one-timer from the edge of the left circle off a pass from Brenden Locke at the 18:29 mark of the first.
  • After the wild opening 20, graduate student Max Kaufman nearly tied the game on a shorthanded breakaway but his backhand attempt went off the right post.
  • Soon after that, Cornell took the first two-goal lead of the night, as Locke skated around a defender in the slot before beating Commesso to the far post at 10:17 of the second.
  • McCarthy gave BU a spark with his goal at 18:12 of the second, which came with the teams skating 4-on-4, as the junior had a wide open look from the foot of the right circle following some fantastic passing by junior Domenick Fensore and sophomore Nick Zabaneh.
  • BU looked to carry that momentum into the third but Sam Malinski took advantage of a BU miscue in the neutral zone and skated in for a tally 3:40 into the period, reestablishing a two-goal Cornell cushion at 5-3.
  • Cornell put the game away with 4:39 left as it manufactured a goal off a faceoff with Ben Berard getting his fifth marker of the season to make it 6-3.
  • Freshman Tyler Boucher found the back of the net with 56 seconds left to create the 6-4 final.
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● Post-game comments: Coach Albie O'Connell
● Video of BU goals at BU Men's Hockey Twitter
● WTBU Sports recap
 ● Boston Hockey Blog recap
● College Hockey News recap

Front Row - Matt Radoslevich, Craig Sanders (?), Ben Rosen

Back Row (left to right) - Tommy Kelley, Kevin Schaeffer, Eric Thomassian, Garrett Noonan, Scott Shaughnessy (?) 

Thanks to BU Oldtimer for identifying these alums. If you can confirm or correct any of them, please add a comment.

Looking ahead

2022 recruit Quinn Hutson scored a goal and assisted on three other tallies as Muskegon edged Madison, 5-4. The right-shot forward, who earned first-star honors, has 10 goals and 10 assists and the Lumberjacks co-leader in points.

2023 recruit Michael Chambre stopped 33 of 35 shots to lead the NTDP U17s to a 4-2 win against Green Bay. 2023 recruit Ryan Fine had an assist for Team USA, while 2022 recruit Ryan Greene scored for the Gamblers.

Looking back

Evan Rodrigues scored his eighth goal in the Penguins’ 6-3 loss to Montreal.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Game Day: Red Hot Hockey at MSG; 50th anniversary of WBA

Terriers are in New York City for tonight’s match-up with nationally ranked #10 Cornell in the eighth edition of Red Hot Hockey at Madison Square Garden. BU has a 3-2-2 record in the previous seven contests, although the Big Red has won the two most recent meetings. The teams will play for two year’s ownership of the Kelley-Harkness Trophy, named for legendary coaches Jack Kelley and Cornell’s Ned Harkness. 

Cornell’s senior Max Andreev and junior Matt Stienburg are tied for the team lead with 12 points apiece. Andreev has four goals along with a team-high eight assists while Stienburg leads Cornell with five goals and is second to Andreev with seven assists. Goaltending duties have been split between senior Nate McDonald and freshman Joe Howe.

For BU, juniors Wilmer Skoog and Robert Mastrosimone are tied for the team’s goal-scoring and points leads with identical 5-6-11 scoring lines. Classmate Domenick Fensore has 10 points and is the Terriers’ assist leader with eight.

Tonight’s BU line-up




Armstrong Zabaneh-Boucher






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50th Anniversary of Walter Brown Arena

On this date in 1971, defending national champion BU opened the school's first on-campus arena, Walter Brown Arena, in the season opener against Yale. A crowd of 2,511 was in attendance at the facility which still had one section of exterior wall not yet completed.

The Elis stunned the crowd by jumping out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of Greg Rivet goals in the first six minutes. The Terriers countered quickly with goals from Ron Anderson, captain Jake Danby (photo) and Ric Jordan to take a 3-2 lead after one period. 

In the second period, BU extended the advantage on goals by Don "Toot" Cahoon, Steve Dolloff on a breakaway and Peter Thornton. Yale closed the gap with a third-period goal but 6-3 was as close as the visitors would get. Dan Brady and Tim Regan split the goaltending, making 21 saves, while BU took 52 shots for the game.

Looking back

Joel Farabee’s highlight-reel unassisted tally, his sixth goal of the season, came in the Flyer’s 6-3 loss to Carolina.

Prior to Friday’s Boston-New York match-up, looked at the long friendship between former Terrier Charlie McAvoy and the Rangers’ Adam Fox, a Harvard standout. The two blueliners grew up in the Long Island Gulls organization where they were teammates—and often paired together—for a decade.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

BU-Cornell tilt on ESPN+; Recalling the first Red Hot Hockey game

Saturday's eighth edition of Red Hot Hockey, matching BU and Cornell at New York's Madison Square Garden, will air live on ESPN+ with Bernie Corbett and Mark Linehan calling the action. Audio of the broadcast will be available on The Terrier Sports Radio Network. The series began in 2007 with a 6-3 Terrier win (see below).

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Link to Watch

● BU Today Terriers, Big Red clash at MSG

This Date in BU Hockey

Nov. 24, 2007—In the inaugural Red Hot Hockey game at Madison Square Garden, BU scored three first period goals and went on to double up Cornell, 6-3, before a sellout crowd of 18,200. With the win, the Terriers secured the privilege of having legendary coach Jack Kelley’s name go first on the bi-annual event’s permanent trophy, the Kelley-Harkness Cup. Kelley and famed Cornell coach Ned Harkness participated in a ceremonial puck drop.

In a less than three-minute span, BU built a lead on tallies by Joe Pereira, Luke Popko and Brandon Yip. The teams traded goals in the middle period with co-captain Pete MacArthur scoring the eventual game-winner for BU. Colin Wilson and Boomer Ewing added third period goals sandwiched around two Big Red goals. Brett Bennett stopped 25 shots for BU.

The game was the first-ever college hockey game to sell out Madison Square Garden. The four Terrier standouts from the 1980 U.S. Olympic champions, Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Jack O'Callahan and David Silk, were pre-game participants and received standing ovations.

Looking back

Jake Oettinger
 stopped 21 of 22 shots as Dallas bested Edmonton, 4-1, and halted Connor McDavid's 17-game point streak. Oettinger has won all three starts since his recall from AHL Texas and lowered his GAA to 1.29 and his save percentage to .955. Oettinger and Dallas Stars beat the Oilers

Former BU All-American Kevin Shattenkirk, in his second season in Anaheim, is the Ducks' top scoring defenseman with a 4-10-14 line and has helped revitalize the team's power play. Shattenkirk won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in in 2019-20, eleven seasons after winning an NCAA title with the Terriers in 2009. The New Rochelle, N.Y., native had 78 points in three seasons on the Terrier blue line.  

● Shattenkirk Settles in for Second Season

● Career stats

Vinny Purpura stopped all 17 shots in LIU's 4-0 win against St. Anselm's. It was the former Terrier's first shutout of the season.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Looking back to 1971; Women edge BC in a thriller

 Looking back Nov. 22

On this date in 1971, defending national champion Terriers played a pre-season exhibition against the U.S. Olympic Team at Boston Garden and earned a 4-4 tie when junior defenseman Ric Jordan (photo) blasted home a 55-foot shot midway through the third period.

The exhibition game was part of a fundraising night for the US Olympic team and it also featured top U.S. figure skaters. Originally, Boston College had been tabbed to face the Olympic team.   

According to the book Striking Silver: The Untold Story of America’s Forgotten Hockey Team:

A week before the “Olympic Garden Party was to occur, several members of the BC team got the flu, requiring them to spend time in the school’s infirmary. Boston College called the Olympic team and informed them that the Eagles probably wouldn’t make a fair representation for the evening and then suggested that they call NCAA champion and Commonwealth Avenue nemesis Boston University. BU coach Jack Kelley informed his group at practice of the development, and the Terriers were thrilled at the opportunity to challenge the impending U.S. Olympic team.”

BU, which trailed 2-0 early in the second period, rallied to even the score on goals by senior Paul Giandomenico and junior Ron Anderson. Giandomenico’s unassisted goal early in the third gave BU it’s only lead, which Team USA would erase with a pair of goals before Jordan’s game-tying tally. The Terriers’ two junior goalies, Dan Brady and Tim Regan, split the netminding duties and Regan’s performance would lead to an invitation to join the Olympic Team that would eventually win a Silver Medal in Sapporo.

The previous August, Regan, who was looking forward to helping BU defend its NCAA title, had turned down an invitation to try out for the U.S. Olympic team. He was concerned that “if I left school, I wouldn’t be able to maintain my scholarship.” 

Following the exhibition game at Boston Garden, U.S. Coach Murray Williamson contacted Regan to congratulate him on the game and asked him to join Team USA.

“I was shocked,” recalled Regan. “I was 21 years old and I told him I’d have to check with the University and my uncle, who was the Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.”

After receiving blessings from his uncle and his school, Regan wanted a guarantee that, if he joined the team, he would go to Sapporo. Williamson obliged, and Regan joined the team one day after Christmas.

“I was able to take part in something that an awful lot of kids only dream about, and that’s all they are able to do—dream. For me, it happened.”

Regan would play 10 exhibition games with the national team and went to Sapporo with the U.S. squad. Then Brady twisted a knee and a phone call to Japan from Kelley changed everything. But that's a story for another day.

●  Striking Silver excerpt

Women's Team

In the first meeting of the season between Commonwealth Avenue rivals, Terriers edged BC, 5-4, on senior Courtney Correia's tie-breaking goal, late in the third period. For BU, it was the fifth win in the last six match-ups with the Eagles.

With the win, BU sits in second place in the Hockey East standings, behind Northeastern.

Terriers opened a two-goal lead in the opening period on a  power-play slapshot by Nadia Mattivi and Emma Wuthrich's conversion of a Julia Shaunessy shot. The Eagles countered with a pair to knot the game at 2-2 after one period.

BU went back in front late in the middle period when Wuthrich won a loose puck battle and slid the puck to Shaunessy at the bottom of the right circle. She quickly dished to a wide-open Parker Mackenna at the goalmouth for the senior's fifth goal.

In a wild third period that featured a combined 25 shots, BC pulled even in the opening minute. At 4:10 Shaunessy sent Christina Vote away on a 2-on-1 rush and the freshman connected from the left circle for her fourth tally of the season.

BC answered again while on a two-man-advantage with Kelly Browne's goal at the eight minute mark before BU would produce the game-winner.

With just under four minutes remaining, junior Julia Nearis carried the puck across the BC blue line and dropped a pass for Correia. The senior center skated to the circle, faked a shot, cut to the slot and whipped a shot past Abigail Levy for her team-leading eighth goal.

Terriers outshot BC 45-36 with freshman goalie Callie Shanahan making her first start in the Comm. Ave. rivalry. Shaunessy assisted on BU's first four goals, one short of the program record.

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● Video Highlights

Coach Brian Durocher, Shaunessy 

Shaunessy's four-assist effort in the win against BC earned her Hockey East's Defender of the Week.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Terriers tie again, lose in shootout--UPDATED

BU rode another strong effort from
Drew Commesso in net (29 saves) and goals from Jay O'Brien and Dylan Peterson to earn a tie against Northeastern (9-4-1) at Matthews Arena last night. After a scoreless 3-on-3 overtime, Northeastern edged the Terriers 2-1 in the 8th round of the shootout. For both teams, this was the 4th straight game to go into overtime.

For the second night in a row, the Terriers (4-8-2) played a more effective game than in recent weeks, firing 35 shots at Northeastern goalie Devon Levi. The sophomore netminder once again showed why he is a top prospect, stymying BU on multiple occasions.
Aidan McDonough, who scored the game's only goal on Friday night, started the scoring in the first period by corralling a loose puck in the left faceoff circle and beating a screened Commesso. However, just over a minute later, O'Brien out-hustled a Huskie defender to a rebound of a Domenick Fensore shot and beat Levi to the short side. Robert Mastrosimone picked up the secondary assist on the play. Shots were even in the first period, 13-13.
In the second period, Peterson bounced a shot off a defenseman's skate from in tight on the power play to give the Terriers the lead. Ethan Phillips and Alex Vlasic were credited with assists on the goal. Shots after two periods favored BU, 25 to 21.
In the third period, with Northeastern on the Power Play, the Terriers had an opportunity to clear the puck from the slot, but the Huskies were able to disrupt the play and McDonough kept the hot hand, firing a shot that was heading wide but deflected past Commesso off the skate of Vlasic. BU really picked up their game after the tying goal, but were not able to find the back of the net.
Overtime saw Northeastern outshoot BU 3-1, but neither team was able to score, officially ending the game in a tie, but sending the Terriers to their second shootout in the past four games. After Jeremy Bucheler and Jay O'Brien scored in the early rounds of the shootout, both goalies shut the door until Jack Hughes was able to slide his attempt through Commesso's legs to give the hosts the extra point.

After the game, Coach Albie O'Connell said, “We played well enough to win, we played well enough to tie. So, happy with our club––the way we played all weekend. If we continue to put periods together and games together we’re going to be on the right side of it.” 

The Terriers will try to get back in the win column when they face-off against Cornell in the eighth edition of Red Hot Hockey at Madison Square Garden on Saturday at 8:00. O'Connell indicated that junior transfer Matt Brown, who has missed the past nine games with an injury, should be back for the game at MSG.

TERRIER TAKEAWAY, by Douglass Freeman:

Northeastern played a better game than they did Friday, as the shots reflected. But overall, BU looked like the better team and Levi proved his worth.
- It looked to me like Peterson knew what he was doing when he banked the shot in off the defenseman's skate. He was approximately four feet from the crease; so it was pretty easy to put the puck exactly where he wanted to.
- Tough luck for the captain in the shootout - Cockerill lost the puck before getting a shot off.
- Fensore was flying, and didn't mix in any bad turnovers. If he can protect the puck while still making the skating plays he is capable of, he could be a dominant player.

● Recap and comprehensive box score
● WTBU Sports recap
● Boston Hockey Blog: Men's Hockey Falls Short in Shootout

Looking Back

Clayton Keller scored his fourth goal of the season and it was an overtime game-winner, as his Arizona Coyotes defeated the Red Wings last night, 2-1

Jake Oettinger stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced on Saturday evening, as his Dallas Stars defeated the Blues, 4-1. Since his recall from the AHL, the Lakeville, Minn., native has a 1.43 GAA and a .955 save percentage with two wins and one relief appearance.

Looking Ahead

2022 recruit Jeremy Wilmer notched his 11th assist of the season, as the Tri-City Storm shut out the Des Moines Buccaneers, 2-0.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Game Day: Terriers and Huskies - Take 2

Terriers will try to earn a split in the home-and-home series this evening with #18 Northeastern following last night's ovetime loss at Agganis Arena. Puck drop will be ar 7:00 PM at Mattews Arena for the contest that will air on NESN+ and, for those outside of New England, it will be live streamed on College Sports Live.

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 Boston Hockey Blog: Terriers, Huskies stay silent in goaltending matchup, fall in OT

 USCHO: Hockey East hands down one game suspension to Boucher

Freshman forward Tyler Boucher has been given a one-game suspension due to an incident occuring at the 9:18 mark of the second period during last night's game. He will be eligible to return for the Cornell game next Saturday at Madison Square Garden.


Mastrosimone -Skoog-O'Brien

Cockerill -Ty Amonte-Carrabes


Armstrong-Kaufman- Peterson

Tristan Amonte






NU holds off BU for 1-0 overtime win

After dominating in shots and puck possession through three scoreless periods, the Terriers dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to Northeastern in overtime at Agganis Arena. The Huskies’ top scorer Aiden McDonough fired the game-winner 55 seconds into the 3-on-3 extra session. It was BU's third consecutive overtime game.

Northeastern’s Devon Levi, who came into the game with the best GAA in the conference (1.58), was a stone wall in net, stopping 38 Terrier shots. 

Thanks to BU's puck possession and strong forechecking, Drew Commesso faced a lesser workload, stopping 15 of 16 shots.

BU had a 14-3 shot advantage in the opening period, including a Brian Carrabes breakaway foiled by Levi. Late in the period, a turnover at the BU blueline allowed NU’s Jack Hughes to walk in on Commesso, but his shot was gloved away. 

Just a minute into the second period, Ethan Phillips stripped a Husky defender behind the cage and Captain Logan Cockerill fed a charging Ty Amonte, whose one-timer rang off the post to Levi's left. 

Four minutes later Commesso extended a leg to rob Justin Hryckowian at the goalmouth. Two more Terrier breakaways went by the boards as a dozen BU shots in the period yielded no goals. 

BU's best chance in the third period came on a 3-on-2 rush with six minutes remaining. Carrabes headmanned the puck  Max Kaufman who slid a pass to Jamie Armstrong at the goalmouth, but Levi slammed the door. 

In overtime, Jay O'Brien's pass to Alex Vlasic, who was posted at the crease, skipped past the defenseman. Moments later, with BU in possession in the offensive zone, an errant pass was intercepted by McDonough who dashed up ice on a 2-on-1. He held the puck until reaching the right circle and fired a shot that beat Commesso low to the glove side.

After the game, Coach Albie O'Connell remarked,"It was a frustrating ending, to say the least. I like our effort. I liked the way we played. We battled hard."

Despite BU's 38 shots on goal, O'Connell clearly wasn't happy with the way his team attacked the net, pointing out too much stick-handling on breakaways and drop passes instead of putting pucks on the net. He added that "We generated a lot of scoring chances and if we shot the puck [more], we’d have generated a lot more. I didn’t like the way we shot the puck tonight.”

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Video Highlights and Post-game comments Coach Albie O’Connell

Boston Hockey Blog recap

Looking ahead

2022 recruit Quinn Hutson scored a short-handed goal and added an assist in Muskegon’s 7-5 win against Dubuque.

Jeremy Wilmer scored his eighth goal and added an assist as Tri-City routed Des Moines, 10-2.


Women’s Team

Terriers dropped a 5-1 decision to Maine at Alfond Arena. BU and the Black Bears were tied after one period with Emma Wuthrich scoring at 19:48. Maine would retake the lead in the opening minute of the second period and then added two more tallies in the second and another in the third period.

The Terriers return home to play Boston College on Sunday.

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