Thursday, December 08, 2022

Final weekend of 1st semester on tap

#7/6 Terriers will close out first semester with a pair conference road games, tomorrow against ancient rival BC at The Heights and Sunday against first-place Connecticut at the XCel Center in Hartford.

Addressing the team's progress thus far on his weekly media call, Coach Jay Pandolfo explained, "We’re getting there, the team we want to be. I don’t think we’re there, yet. I don’t think the consistency has been there yet, on a shift-to-shift basis at times. The guys understand how we want to play and how we want to look…. I expect our team to get better."

Regarding the heightened level of competition in Hockey East where six teams are ranked in the top 14 nationally, Pandolfo points out, “It’s a hard league. It’s hard to win back-to-back nights in this league. Every team presents different challenges. Anytime you do win back-to-back in this've had a really good weekend."


                                      Photo credit Matt Woolverton
Earlier this week, Hockey East announced that freshman Lane Hutson had repeated as Defender of the Month for his 3-goal, 3-assist performance, including the game-winners against Northeastern and Notre Dame. It marked the sixth consecutive monthly honor for a Terrier stretching back to last season: Nov. 2021 Defender of the Month, Case McCarthy; December 2021 & January 2022 Goalie of the Month, Drew Commesso; Feb. 2022, Goalie of the Month Vinnie Duplessis and Defender of the Month, Dom Fensore.

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● The Boston Hockey Blog’s Terrier Hockey Talk podcast reviewed the weekend sweep and chatted with senior assistant captain Jay O’Brien.



And, in case you were wondering, that February 1964 game was a 1-0 BU win with future All-American Jack Ferreira earning the shutout and Bruce Fennie scoring the goal.

Hutson will be heading to US Junior National Team camp in Plymouth, Michigan, Monday, as prep for the World Junior Championships begins. FloHockey.TV’s Chris Peters evaluates the roster’s defensemen, including the Terrier freshman.

Lane Hutson, LHD, Boston University (MTL): An offensive dynamo who can be a factor all over the ice, Hutson has been among the top producing defensemen in the NCAA this season as a true freshman. His point production is off the charts as he’s averaging 1.21 points per game as an 18-year-old. His ability to key the offense from the back end is what makes him special and why he’s a strong candidate to be a bigger part of Team USA. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s used more strategically in this tournament, but he’s a competitor who will make the most of his ice time.

Looking ahead

The World Junior A Challenge begins this Sunday in Cornwall, Ontario, and, right off the bat, a pair of future Terrier defensemen will face off against each other. 2023 recruit Gavin McCarthy (photo), on leave from Muskegon, will skate for Team USA, while fellow recruit Aiden Celebrini, on leave from AJHL Brooks, will be on the Canada West blueline in a preliminary round match-up.

World Junior A Challenge home page & schedule


Looking back

Nick Bonino’s slick redirection produced his second goal of the season, but the Sharks fell in overtime to Vancouver, 6-5.

Charlie Coyle assisted on a pair of goals and Matt Grzelcyk had a helper as the Bruins blanked Colorado, 4-0, to improve to 11-1-1 in the last 13 games.

Alex Chiasson assisted on a pair of goals in his AHL Grand Rapids debut as the Griffins defeated the Iowa Wild, 6-2. Left unsigned after 10 NHL seasons, Chiasson had signed a PTO with the Redwings AHL affiliate.

Women’s Team

Days after her induction into the BU Athletic Hall of Fame, Canada’s greatest Olympian, Marie-Philip Poulin garnered yet another honor.

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