Monday, October 31, 2022

New recruit; Poll Story; Hutson Q&A; SNL

Terriers have received a commitment from Long Island Gulls 16U AAA forward John McNelis. A 5’9” left-shot forward, the Potomac, Md., native is the seventh 2006 recruit to commit to BU since August 1. The Heisenberg recruiting site projects a 2025 arrival.

Last season, he led the Little Caesars 15-Only in scoring with 10 goals and seven assists in 12 games. At the 15-O Nationals, he added three goals and two assists in four games.  Puck Preps reported: "John McNelis is likely the most talented player on Little Caesars 15O in terms of offensive ability and output. McNelis is a very talented playmaker."

 In 2020-21, playing for the NJ Colonials 14U, he led the Atlantic Youth Hockey League in scoring with a 20-23-43 line,  skateing with 2024 or 2025 recruit Callum Hughes.  NEHJ’s review of top performers at the 14U National Championships reported:

“McNelis is a skilled winger who is strong and hard to knock off pucks. The Potomac, Md., native led the Colonials in scoring while playing on the top line. He’s a goal scorer who likes to cheat the defensive zone a little to get a jump start on the offensive chances.”

Note: That top performers list was headed by Macklin Celebrini and also included Hughes, Cole Hutson and Owen Keefe.

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                           Photo credit Kyle Prudhomme

Just prior to the Lowell series, Lane Hutson answered questions for Canadiens writer Matt Cudzinowski. The freshman blueliner discusses adapting to NCAA play and how Assistant Coach Kim Brandvold is aiding his development. Catching up with...Lane Hutson


Poll Story

Following the split with Lowell, BU slipped two slots to #11 in the DCU/USCHO weekly poll. UMass remains at #5, while UConn, which thumped BC on Thursday, jumped up to #8. In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, BU is now #13 after having been #9 last week. 

In the PairWise rankings, Terriers are ninth, just behind UConn. BU's next opponent, UMass, is fourth.

SNL [Saturday Night Leftovers]

Hutson’s overtime goal goes into the books as unassisted, but classmate Jeremy Wilmer's stick-check on the River Hawk skater with the puck made the goal possible.  Hutson reacted quickly to the puck sliding free at center ice and was off to the races—and heroics.

No assist for Wilmer Skoog on the game-tying goal but his screen was a critical part of the goal. With Skoog is planted in front, UML goalie Grigals leaned right to see around the big center just as Lane fired back to the goalie’s left. Slow down this video down to half speed with the settings button to see it unfold.

Both BU goalies saw their goals against average fall after the low-scoring series. Vinny Duplessis went from 3.06 to 2.85. Drew Commesso, whose GAA ballooned to more than five after the first-period disaster in Michigan, is down to a more respectable 3.66.

Fourteen Terrier skaters have at least one goal through the first seven game while 17 have at least one point.

USCHO’s Jimmy Connelly contacted Hockey East for clarification of the disallowed goal on Case McCarthy’s shot. He shares what he learned about the goalie interference call on this twitter thread.

Looking ahead

While Macklin Celebrini was recording a hat trick for USHL Chicago on Saturday night, older brother and 2023 recruit Aiden Celebrini tallied his first AJHL goal as the Brooks Bandits throttled Drumheller, 9-3.  He has three points in his last four games. A 6’1” right-shot defenseman, Aiden played for Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep team last season, along with Macklin, putting up a 2-30-32 line in 57 games. 


Looking back

Lane Hutson wasn't the only Terrier providing overtime heroics this weekend. Jack Eichel delivered the OT game-winner after setting up the tying goal in the third as Vegas edged Winnipeg, 2-1.

Also on the left coast, Trevor Zegras' second tally of the game came during "bonus hockey," as the Ducks rallied for a 4-3, win against Toronto. Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on the game-tying goal.

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