Sunday, April 24, 2022

An imminent decision?, Wilmer claims USHL scoring title

Will we learn the identity of the next Terrier head coach this week? Journalist Mike McMahon suggests just that in his College Hockey Insider newsletter and also believes current Associate Head Coach Jay Pandolfo will get the nod. He additionally reports that BU's search has included Minnesota State's Mike Hastings and AIC's Eric Lang.  

Looking ahead

The USHL’s regular season has concluded and 2022 recruit Jeremy Wilmer of Tri-City claimed the league scoring title with 98 points (25G,73A). As Smaht Scouting’s Paul Zuk tweeted, “Wilmer has been on an absolute tear since joining Tri City in the @USHL. He’s playing with a chip on his shoulder after being unselected in the Draft last season, and his hard work is paying dividends!”

The Storm, which claimed the league’s Anderson Cup for top regular-season record, sat its top players including Wilmer on Saturday. He had a goal and an assist in Friday ‘s win giving him 28 points (5G,23A) in his last 13 games.  His league-high 73 assists broke a Storm franchise record previously held by Seattle Kraken and Yale forward Jaden Schwartz.

● Smaht Scouting Wilmer profile

2023 recruit Doug Grimes scored his eighth goal Saturday in Lincoln’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Storm.

In Team USA’s first games at the World U18 championships (8-3 over Canada and 6-2 over The Czech Republic), 2022 recruits Lane Hutson and Devin Kaplan each had an assist in both wins. Prior to the tournament’s start, Chris Peters profiled the tournament’s top players, including Hutson, for The Daily Faceoff.

Lane Hutson, D, USA: He is the most dynamic defenseman in this draft class in terms of skill, but at 5-8, 148, most teams are especially reluctant to view him as a top defense candidate for this draft. He played in this event last year and really broke out, earning a selection as one of the top three players for Team USA. He averaged better than a point per game from the back end, which only one other NTDP defenseman – Flyers prospect Cam York – has done in his U18 season. 

2023 recruit Jack Harvey scored his 26th goal and added his 23rd assist in Chicago’s 6-5 win against Muskegon in the Steel’s final regular season game.

2024 recruit Brandon Svoboda joined USHL Youngstown after completing his 16U season with Pittsburgh Penguins Elite, and scored his first USHL goal in the Phantoms’ 7-3 win against the NTDP U17s. The 6’2” forward had a 24-26-50 scoring line in 50 games with the Penguins.

Looking back

Charlie McAvoy’s 10th goal was the game-winner in the Bruins’ 5-3 win against Montreal.

Alex Vlasic scored his first NHL last Wednesday in Chicago's 4-3 OT win against Arizona.


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Fensore to lead 2022-23 Terriers, also named team MVP

Rising senior Domenick Fensore was named captain of the 2022-23 Terriers at a somewhat subdued team banquet this past Saturday. The left-shot defenseman from Thornwood, N.Y., led BU in scoring (31 points) this past season, earning the Ed Carpenter Award for most points as well as the George V. Brown Most Valuable Player Award. In addition, Fensore shares the Clifford P. Fitzgerald Scholarship Award (outstanding junior or senior defenseman) with Alex Vlasic, who recently made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks.

Fensore will be joined in the Terrier leadership group by fellow rising seniors Case McCarthy and Jay O'Brien. McCarthy, who was named Hockey East Defender of the Month for November, had a career-best 14 points this season. O'Brien also set new career marks with 10 goals and 12 assists. 

Other team award winners were:

Most Improved Player--Sam Stevens 

Bennett McInnis Award for Spirit--Logan Cockerill

Friends/Albert Sidd Unsunge Hero--Ty Amonte

Regina Eilberg Scholarship Award--Cade Webber

Travis Roy Award--Max Kaufman  Men's Ice Hockey Announces 2022-23 Leadership Group

Looking ahead

2022 recruit Charles-Alexis Legault leads all BCHL defensemen in playoff scoring with 10 points in seven games for West Kelowna. 2023 recruit Nick Roukounakis has seven points for the Warriors who lead their second playoff round series vs. Salmon Arm, 3-0.

2022 recruit Quinn Hutson scored his 32nd goal in Muskegon's 6-2 win against the NTDP U17s. 2024 recruit Ryan Fine scored his 4th goal for Team USA.

2023 recruit Michael LaStarza scored his 16th goal and added a pair of assists in Sioux Falls' 8-2 win against Tri-City. The Montreal native leads the Stampede with 40 points. 2022 recruit Jeremy Wilmer picked up his 68th assist (and 91st point) for the Storm.

2022 recruits Devin Kaplan and Lane Hutson each had a primary assist in Team USA's 3-2 shootout loss to Sweden in a pre-tournament exhibition at the IIHF World U18 Championships in Germany.

Looking back

Brady Tkachuk scored his 28th goal in Ottawa's 4-2 loss to Seattle.

Jake Oettinger stopped 23 shots in the Stars' 2-1 win against San Jose. 

Adam Clendening assisted on a pair of goals in Lehigh Valley's 3-2 loss to Providence. He leads all Phantoms defensemen with 39 points.

Shane Bowers scored his sixth goal in AHL Colorado's 6-2 win against Tuscon.


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