Monday, November 28, 2022

More honors for Hutson; BU comes up 7s and one 9; Terrier Takeaway UPDATED

                                   Photo credit Matt Woolverton

For the third time in the last month, Lane Hutson has been selected for a Hockey East Weekly Award. This time, he’s been named Hockey East Player of the Week after a two-goal performance in BU’s 5-2 win against Notre Dame. He previously gained Rookie of the Week honors on Oct. 31 (GWG, tying goal vs. UML) and Nov. 21 (GWG, assist vs. NU).

The Montreal Canadians draft pick was Defender of the Month for October with eight points and 11 blocks in the team's first seven games.

Hutson is the third Terrier to earn P.O.W. honors this season. Matt Brown was selected for the week ending Oct. 24 (2G,2A vs. UConn) and Ryan Greene was honored on Nov. 14 for his six-point performance in the UMass series.

Brown (G,2A) and Drew Commesso (26 saves) were named to the conference's weekly top performers list. 

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Poll Story

Terriers jumped back to the #9 spot in the DCU/USCHO Weekly Poll, just two points behind UConn. BU won its only regular-season game, a 5-2 win over Notre Dame.  Among last week’s top 20 teams that played weekend series, only Quinnipiac, Penn State and Michigan State swept their series.

In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, BU moved up four spots to #7, just ahead of Connecticut. Everything College Hockey also pegs the Terriers seventh.

College Hockey News’ Power Ratings, based on KRACH, has BU at #7, with the Terrier now #3 in strength of schedule. Pairwise now shows BU at #7 with surging Merrimack one spot behind.


SNL (Saturday Night Leftovers)

Twelve games into the season, BU is tied for sixth in team scoring among D1 schools with a 3.75 GPG.  

Brown is second in Hockey East in overall points per game (1.42). Lane Hutson is fourth (1.17) and Greene is tied for eighth (1.00).

Commesso is third in conference goals against average (1.58) and third in conference save percentage (.943).

Neal Boudette's Terrier Takeaway

The exhibition game Saturday against the USA NTDP was a story of the good, the bad, and, well, let’s call it the indifferent. 

First, The Good: In the third period, the Terriers outskated and outplayed the USA boys (they are boys – they’re all still 17) and put up two goals to tie again in which BU had trailed by the embarrassing score of 5-2. Vinny Duplessis made two highlight reel saves, one moving left to right to shut down a golden open-net, back-door opportunity for USA. The save saved BU’s chances in the game. Had USA scored there, I doubt BU would have been able to draw even.

BU also showed some flashes of fire in the second period but not enough to take control of the game from the visitors. The Terriers did outscore UAS 2-1 in the middle frame, but the second came off the stick of Matt Brown with nine seconds remaining. Until then, BU had shown signs of life on certain shifts or parts of shifts.

The Bad: Sloppy play and confusion in the defensive zone led to a couple of the USA goals. BU did not come out with intensity, something of a surprise because five of the seven D who dressed have mostly been healthy scratches and you’d expect that they might take this game as a chance to play with fire and audition for some real game action.

Duplessis surely would like a few of the goals back, and none more than the first, on the first shot of the game. BU turned the puck over and Oliver Moore (Minnesota commit) fired from the face-off circle – flat on the ice, yet it got in five-hole. Ethan Phillips tied it seven minutes later but it did not light a fire under the Terriers. USA scored three more to end the first period leading 4-1. 

The Indifferent: You have a big win over Notre Dame Wednesday, you have a big Thanksgiving Day dinner on Thursday, and some downtime on Friday (I don’t know if they Terriers skated Friday or not, but they clearly had more downtime than usual), and I suppose it’s not a surprise that they came out flat in an afternoon exhibition game. What was surprising was that it took BU so long to get into the game. They finally did with Brown’s goal, but that came after 39:52 of hockey. Also surprising: BU’s upper classmen who played (Skoog, Tuch, Peterson, Brown, Phillips) made some good plays but never reached a point where they were dominated the game – something you might expect playing against opponents who are physically immature and 4-5 years younger.

It's hard to draw clear conclusions on the USA’s starting goalie, Michael Chambre, a BU commit. He allowed two goals in the first to minutes of the third and was pulled, but he only faced 19 shots in 41 minutes of play. Another BU commit, Kai Janviriya, an undersized defenseman, showed good skating ability, speed and decision-making, but again it’s hard to make much of an assessment. Did he look good because he’s good, or did he look good because the Terriers were flat? (He did show some grit not backing down in a couple post-whistle tussles).

I think it’s best to set this game aside and put more focus on how the Terriers have played in their other contests this season. While they’ve had a stretch here and there of less than stellar hockey at times, they have by and large looked very fast, very intense, intelligent, and skilled in all games played. And they have been very competitive in every game except the first Michigan contest, the one marred by the two five-minute majors.

A better measuring stick will be Friday against New Hampshire, which is ranked 51 in the country. BU just handled No. 19 Notre Dame. They dominated No. 55 Bentley earlier in the season. If BU plays as it did against Notre Dame, and handles UNH, no reason for worry in Terrier Town.


Looking ahead

2023 recruit Aiden Celebrini scored his fourth goal in AJHL Brooks' 5-1 win against Olds Grizzlys. The older brother of Macklin Celebrini is a right-shot defenseman who has a 4-9-13 line in 28 games including two game-winning goals.


Looking back

Trevor Zegras assisted on three goals but the Ducks were edged by the Kraken, 5-4



Saturday, November 26, 2022

Terriers rally to tie, but lose to U18s in OT UPDATED

BU’s annual exhibition against the NTDP U18 was a high-scoring affair with the Terriers rallying from a 5-2 deficit to tie only to lose on a power play goal in overtime. BU goal scorers were Ethan Phillips, Sam Stevens, Matt Brown, Wilmer Skoog and Lane Hutson. Vinnie Duplessis stopped 33 shots.

Line-up regulars Jay O’Brien, Ryan Greene, Case McCarthy, Dom Fensore and Cade Webber were given the afternoon off and with the lines and defensive pairs shuffled, the Terriers got off to a rocky start.

Just one minute in Oliver Moore got a step on the BU defense and beat Duplessis five hole. Terriers evened the scored at 8:20 on a two-man-advantage. Jeremy Wilmer set up Phillips on a back door play. 2023 recruit Michael Chambre stopped the initial shot but Phillips smacked the rebound home.

The U18s owned the rest of the period taking the lead on a snipe by Ryan Leonard, followed by goals from Alex Weiermair—assisted by 2024 recruit Kai Janviriya—and Gabe Perreault for a 4-1 lead after one.

Early in the second period, BU got some puck luck. Stevens took a pass from Jamie Armstrong and raced down the left side. His sharp-angle shot grazed a defenseman’s stick and then went off Chambre’s shoulder into the net.

Perrault’s second goal, at 14:16 restored the three-goal deficit, but BU responded in the final minute of the period. Brown stole the puck in the neutral zone, sped up ice, beating two defenders and fired a shot past Chambre to make it 5-3 after two.

Brown’s late tally gave BU a spark entering the third period. In the opening minute, Skoog picked a defender’s pocket in the high slot, waited for a defenseman to commit and zipped a shot past Chambre on the blocker side.

Less that two minutes later, Hutson took matters into his own hands. After passes from Phillips and Lachlan Getz, he skated through the left circle, started around the cage, then stopped and slid the puck through the paint. Dylan Peterson’s attempt was stopped but Hutson followed and slid the puck home to knot the score at five apiece. At that point, Chambre was replaced in goal by Trey Augustine.

The teams combined for 25 shots in the final period (14 for BU, 11 for the U18s) with both goalies defending grade A chances. With 4:30 left in regulation, Getz rang a shot from the left point off the post.

As time wound down, Lane Hutson was called for holding and the penalty extended into overtime. With 15 seconds left in the U18's 4-on-3 power play, Moore brought the puck into the high slot and wristed a shot past a screened Duplessis.

Final shots in regulation were 36 apiece and the U18s had all three overtime shots. BU had the edge in the face off circle winning 37 of 25 draws, including 12 of 17 for Skoog.

“I thought we started off really slow today,” said Coach Jay Pandolfo addressing the results of the first period. “Sometimes it’s tough, an exhibition game at two o’clock in the afternoon. I thought we were better in the second than in the first. I thought we had more to give. The guys woke up [in the third] and started pushing it.”

Asked about the two future Terriers on the U18s, he explained, “I thought they both played very well. It was unfortunate for Chambre that we got two quick ones in the third and they decided to take him out.”

Pandolfo pointed out that Chambre had recently returned from an injury, had only played a few games and “just trying to find his game.”

“[Janviriya] played very well defensively, moved the puck very well, so I was really impressed with him tonight,” he added.

Asked what might be in a scouting report on undrafted senior  Brown, Pandolfo pointed out, “He drives our offense with his speed. He’s taken more ownership of playing well in the defensive zone first before trying to go on offense. I’m sure there’s teams watching him. He’s producing every night.”

Prior to today’s game (1G,1A), Brown had points in five of the last six games and has already equaled last season’s 17 total points and seven goals.

BU resume conference action next Friday when it begins a home-and-home series with New Hampshire in Durham.  

● recap and comprehensive box score

  Video highlights and post-game comments

 Boston Hockey Blog recap 

 NTDP Hockey recap


Looking ahead

2023 recruit Macklin Celebrini's power play goal (his 11th overall) late in the third period was the game-winner in Chicago's 2-1 win against Green Bay, Fellow recruit Jack Harvey's league leading 16th goal had tied the score earlier in the period. Harvey, who tops all USHL scorers with 30 points, also assisted on Celebrini's goal..

2023 recruit Michael LaStarza's unassisted goal was the game-winner in Sioux Falls' 5-3 win against Lincoln. The Montreal native also assisted on the tying goal.

2024 recruit Kamil Bednarik scored his seventh goal in the NTDP U17s' 3-2 win against Youngstown. Bednarik has 12 points in 17 games. 2023 recruit Shane Lachance netted his team-best 11th goal for the Phantoms. That matches the captain's total for last season and is tied for third in the USHL.

 2024 recruit Jack Pridham scored his sixth and seventh goals as St. Andrews College defeated Stanstead College, 5-1. The 6'2" right wing has 18 points in 15 games. His father, Brandon, has been assistant GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs since 2018.

Looking back

Joel Farabee scored his fifth goal in the Flyers' 5-2 loss to the Islanders.

Alex Chiasson has been signed to a professional tryout by the Red Wings' AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. The 32-tear-old Chiasson played for Vancouver last season after three campaigns with Edmonton.

Women’s Team

Terriers fell to #12 Penn State in the consolation of the Henderson Collegiate Hockey Showcase. The Nittany Lions scored once in each period while turning aside all 21 BU shots. Callie Shanahan had 38 saves for the Terriers.

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Game Day: BU hosts NTDP U18s; Physical defenseman commits for 2023

                              Photo credit Matt Woolverton

#11 Terriers take on the NTDP U18s today at Agganis Arena. Puck drop is at 2 p.m. for the contest that will be live-streamed on ESPN+

The last two meetings between BU and the U18s were both 4-3 decisions. In Jan. 2020, BU won in a shootout on goals by Wilmer Skoog and Kasper Kotkansalo. A year ago, the U18s won on an unassisted goal by Quinn Hutson, who had been added to the US roster for that weekend. Current Terriers Lane Hutson and Devin Kaplan played for the U18s in that game.

Other NTDP alums on the BU roster: Drew Commesso, Dom Fensore, Case McCarthy, Ty Gallagher, Cade Webber, Jay O'Brien, Luke Tuch and Jeremy Wilmer.

The U18s sport an impressive 18-3-0 record, including wins against Michigan State, Lake Superior St., Notre Dame, Army, RIT Rensselaer and Michigan Tech. They have an explosive offense featuring a number of projected first round draft picks.  Earlier in the week, the U18s defeated Youngstown, 4-1.

Two Terrier recruits are on the U18 roster. Kai Janviriya (photo) is a smaller, but dynamic defenseman with seven points in 20 games. Goalie Michael Chambre has made two starts and one relief appearance for the U18s and has a 3.19 GAA.

















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The Friends of BU Hockey Holiday Skate will take place following the game. Fan are invited to skate with the Terriers.
Following the game, please make your way to the Burke Room for dessert, coffee, and hot cocoa. We will then head down to the ice around 5:00 p.m. A game ticket is required for entry. Details.


Hockey journalist Chris Peters offers his projection for Team USA’s roster for the upcoming World Junior Championships in Cornwall, Ontario. USA Hockey will announce the roster on Dec. 5. Peters lists Lane Hutson as a lock to join the defense corps while he has former Terrier Tyler Boucher as likely to earn a spot at forward.

● FloHockey.TV Projecting Team USA’s roster

Following Wednesday's 5-2 win against Notre Dame, Commesso spoke with BU's Laura Stickels The Chicago Blackhawks draft pick now has a 4-1-0 record in five home starts, and a .948 save percentage in those games.

Looking ahead

Youth Hockey Hub has tweeted that BU received a commitment from defenseman Hunter Hady, a Rochester, Minn., native now in his second season with the Chicago Steel. A 6’4.5”, 195 lb., right shot, he has a goal and four assists in 17 games this season, along with the shootout winner (video) in a recent 6-5 win against Madison. A physical, defensive-minded blueliner, Hady is the third member of the Steel committed to BU, joining forwards Jack Harvey and Macklin Celebrini.

Hady, who will be 19 next summer, played 23 games with the Steel a year ago, recording one assist, He spent the previous two seasons with Sioux Falls Power 16U AAA and the season before that with Rochester Mayo High School.  A strong performance for Sioux Falls Power in the 2021 Nationals led to his selection by the Steel in the 2021 USHL Phase 2 Draft.

During Hady’s initial season in Chicago, the team’s then-head coach Brock Sheahan observed:

"At our camp last summer, we saw that Hunter has a lot of room to grow in his skating, but the way he thinks the game, it's at such a high level that he was able to play with the type of kids we have here in our organization. The way we play, if you can't think the game, it's really tough to play for us."

Elite Prospects Page

2023 recruit Shane Lachance scored his team-leading 10th goal and 2024 recruit Brandon Svoboda notched his third as Youngstown defeated the NTDP U17s, 6-1.

2023 recruit Gavin McCarthy scored his third goal in the last two games as Muskegon bounced Madison, 8-3.  A right-shot defenseman and younger brother of Case McCarthy, he leads the Lumberjacks in scoring with a 3-12-15 line. McCarthy has been named to the Team USA roster for next months World Junior A Challenge.

Celebrini scored his 10th goal for the Steel in a 4-3 overtime loss to Dubuque. Newest recruit Hady was +1 in the game.


2023 recruit Jack Gorton's second-period unassisted goal was the game-winner as Victoria edge Cowichan Valley, 2-1. For the 6'3" right wing, it was his fifth goal. With 17 points in 20 games, Gorton is second in scoring for the Grizzlies.


Looking back

Vinny Purpura stopped 32 of 34 shots as LIU upset #12 Ohio State, 3-2, for the Sharks’ first-ever win against a ranked team.

Brady Tkachuk scored his eighth goal as Ottawa thumped the Ducks, 5-1.


Women’s Team

Terriers dropped a 2-0 decision to Yale in the opening game of the Henderson Collegiate Hockey Showcase in Henderson, Nev. The #5 Elis broke a scoreless ties 15 minutes into the third period and then added a second tally. BU dominated the middle period with a 15-6 shot advantage but couldn’t’ put one pas Pia Dukaric. Grad student Andrea Brändli stopped 30 Yale shots. BU will face #12 Penn State today in the tournament consolation game. recap

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