Friday, December 31, 2021

Game Day: BU at Brown UPDATED

Terriers return to the ice this afternoon with a non-conference game against Brown at Meehan Auditorium in Providence. Puck drop is at 2 p.m. The game will air on ESPN+, a subscription site. (Link below).

BU finished the first semester with a disappointing 6-9-3 record after being a pre-season pick for second in Hockey East. Terriers will look to launch a turnaround against the Bears, who also have struggled and sit at 3-9-0.

Regular rivals during BU’s ECAC years, the Terriers and Bears last met in January of 2020 with BU gaining a 3-2 overtime win with Wilmer Skoog delivering the game-winner in his collegiate debut. BU’s last visit to Meehan Auditorium was in December of 1993 with the Terriers winning, 2-1. Current BU Director of Hockey Operations Doug Friedman scored the eventual game-winner while current Terrier associate head coach Jay Pandolfo  assisted on the game's opening goal.

After shutout wins at home against Harvard and Dartmouth early this month, Brown dropped decisions on the road to BC and Yale.

Senior Justin Jallen leads the Bruins’ attack with eight points (3G,5G), while classmate Michael Maloney is the top goal scorer with four. Freshman Mathieu Caron has handled the bulk of the goaltending and has a 3.10 GAA.

Brown’s roster includes two connections to BU: junior defenseman Luke Krys is the younger brother of former Terrier Chad Krys; and freshman Thomas Manty’s father, Scott Manty, skated for BU in the 1980-81 season.

Since mid-November, BU has played eight close contests with six going to overtime, winning two of the OT games, losing one and tying three times—all resulting in shootout losses.

BU’s offense is led by Domenick Fensore with 14 points and Skoog with 13. Dylan Peterson and Robert Mastrosimone each have 12 and Case McCarthy has 11. Skoog and Peterson share the goal-scoring lead with six apiece. 

Today's BU Lineup (short due injuries and protocols)



Armstrong-Zabaneh-Ty Amonte

Stevens-Tristan Amonte




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● College Hockey News: Tale of the Tape


Looking ahead

2022 recruit Jack Harvey scored his ninth and 10th goals in Chicago’s 9-3 win against Madison.


Looking back

Kiefer Bellows' third goal was the game winner in the Islanders’ 4-1 win against Buffalo.


Yesterday in BU Hockey History—Dec. 30, 1971

Defending national champion Terriers’ undefeated streak was snapped at nine games (8-0-1) when they were edged by Cornell, 3-2, in the title game of the Syracuse Invitational Tournament. The Big Red trailed, 2-1, going into the final period, but scored twice in the final 20 minutes to secure the win.

BU had last faced Cornell in the consolation game of the 1971 ECAC tournament and came away with a hard-fought 6-5 win that led to a Terrier berth in the NCAA Frozen Four, also in Syracuse.

Cornell took a first period lead on Dave Westner’s shot from the top of the right circle. In the middle period, BU countered with goals by seniors Guy Burrowes (photo) and Peter Thornton.

Just 1:06 into the third period, Westner connected again, virtually from the same spot, firing the puck high into the left corner of the net. BU pressed throughout the period to regain the lead, but with 2:06 left in regulation, Bill Hanson scored on the rush for a 3-2 edge.

BU had dominated possession and outshot the Big Red 32 to 14, but could only find the net twice. Captain Jake Danby and defenseman Ric Jordan earned spots on the tournament all-star team.




Wednesday, December 29, 2021

New Years' Eve match-up with Brown; Terriers add to 2022 recruit class

Terriers will return to action on New Year’s Eve afternoon, Dec. 31, with a non-conference match-up with Brown at Meehan Auditorium in Providence. Gametime is 2 p.m. Check back for Game Day information.


Looking ahead

BU has added another forward to its 2022 recruit class, receiving a commitment from Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) right-shot forward Jack Gorton. The 6’3,” 190 lb., native of Granite Springs, N.Y. has 8 points (3G,5A) in 26 BCHL games.

Previously, Gorton played prep hockey at Trinity Pawling School—scoring seven goals in 11 games last season—as well as midget hockey with the Mid-Fairfield Rangers 18U AAA, where he had a 4-5-9 line in 12 games in 2020-21.

He is the son of former N.Y. Rangers’ general manager and Boston Bruins’ assistant GM Jeff Gorton, who was appointed executive vice president of hockey operations of the Montreal Canadiens earlier this month.

Elite Prospects page

●Times Colonist Grizzlies land son of Rangers GM


This Date in BU Hockey history: Dec. 29, 1971

Defending national champion Terriers faced off against Minnesota in the opening round of the Syracuse Invitational Tournament. BU had defeated the Gophers, 4-2, the previous March in the NCAA title game in the same venue, the Onondaga War Memorial.

The outcome was the same, but this time it required a tying goal late in the third period and an overtime game-winner.

Junior center Steve Dolloff scored a pair of goals for BU, but the Terriers trailed 3-2 in the third period. With less than a minute left in regulation, Dave Wisener stole a pass at the Gopher blueline and passed to Don “Toot” Cahoon, who drove toward the net and rifled a 20-foot shot that beat Brad Shelstad to the stick side, sending the game to overtime.

Neither team found the net during the 10-minute first overtime, but BU ended things quickly in the second extra period. Just 47 seconds in, captain Jake Danby, assisted by Bob Brown and Ric Jordan, elected not to try faking Shelstad and instead zipped a 30-foot shot past Shelstad for the win

“It was my first overtime goal in college hockey,” the senior from Port Credit, Ont., said. Earlier in the game, he had been robbed twice by Shelstad on what appeared to be certain goal-scoring opportunities. “We all decided that we couldn’t deke Shelstad, so I just shot when I got the chance in overtime,” he explained.

With the win, BU improved its record to 8-0-1 and advanced to the tournament final against Cornell, an 8-2 victor over Colgate.


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