Monday, January 23, 2023

UPDATED H.E. Weekly honors for Brown, Hutson; #4 in USCHO Poll; New Roster Projections


More recognition for two of BU's Hobey Baker Award nominees. And Jeremy Wilmer earned a spot on the Hockey East Weekly Top Performers list with his 2G,2A performance against the Black Bears. Brown, Hutson Earn Hockey East Weekly Awards.


Poll story

Terriers move up one slot to #4, with two first-place votes, in the USCHO Weekly Poll, jumping over defending national champion Denver, who lost twice to top-ranked St. Cloud. Minnesota, who split with Michigan, remains #2, while Quinnipiac, who lost to Cornell and Colgate, slipped to third. Of the top 12 teams in last week’s USCHO poll, only BU, St. Cloud and Western Michigan won all its games last week. 

This is the first poll in which BU has received first place votes since Oct. 9th, 2017.

In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll, BU remains at #5 but received one first-place vote. John Buccigross also slotted BU at #4 in his ranking, while Everything CollegeHockey puts the Terriers at #3. In the PairWise rankings, BU remains at #6. 

SNL (Saturday Night Leftovers)

At 17-6-0, BU has its best record through 23 games since it was 17-5-1 in 08-09

Following a junior season when he was named second team All-Hockey East, Wilmer Skoog got off to slow start as a senior, with just one goal and four assists through his first dozen games. In his last ten, the senior center has generated 15 points on eight goals and seven assists, including three multiple goal games. His two-goal, one-assist effort Saturday earned him the jacket.


Last season, senior Matt Brown had 17 points (7G,10A) in 24 games; this season he has 34 in 23 games to lead Hockey East in scoring. Nationally he is tied for fourth in points, fourth in points per game (1.48), and second nationally in assists with 23. Amazingly, all five of the top D1 point producers, including Brown, are undrafted free agents.

►After sophomore Ty Gallagher scored his first of the season which was the eventual game-winner, BU Hockey Stats tweeted: 19 different Terriers have scored a goal this season and every skater with at least 16 GP has scored.”

►Junior Luke Tuch had goals in each of the two games and has three in the last four games. His six goals equal his total for his freshman and sophomore years. And his 13 points are a new career high. 

►Montreal hockey fans have kept watch on Lane Hutson ever since his selection by the Canadiens in second round of the 2022 draft and impressive performance at Habs development camp.  takes a look at A Very Special Player


Looking ahead

In three Prep Hockey Conference (PHC) wins this weekend against Northwood, South Kent School and Shattuck, 2024 recruit Jack Pridham had three goals and five assists for St. Andrews College. He leads all Saints skaters with 8-8-16 in 10 PHC games and has 19-24-43 overall in 32 games

The three leading goal-scorers in the USHL are all heading to BU next fall: Jack Harvey leads the way with 25, followed by Shane Lachance with 23 and Macklin Celebrini, tied for third with 20. Harvey and Celebini are first and second in points with 45 and 41 respectively. Celebrini is averaging 1.48 points per game. Top Scorers


With the recent commitments of two defensemen for next season—Chicago Steel’s Hunter Hady and Rogle BK's  Tom Willander—our friend @BurntBoats has updated his projection of future BU rosters. With Colby Cohen tweeting that Macklin Celebrini will arrive next fall (he's accelerating), don't be surprised if brother Aiden Celebrini slides into the 2023-24 column as well.


Looking back

Clayton Keller scored three times for Arizona in a 4-1 win against Vegas. With the Coyotes leading, 1-0, Keller scored the next three for his team, interrupted only by Phil Kessel’s goal for the Golden Knights. It was the second hat trick of the season for Keller,  who now has a team-leading18 goals. This was the second of the three.

 Charlie McAvoy scored his fourth goal in the Bruins’ 4-0 win against San Jose on a strong drive through the Sharks defense to the net. Matt Grzelcyk assisted on the goal. The game featured six Terriers on the ice (McAvoy, Grzelcyk, Charlie Coyle, AJ Greer, plus Sharks Nick Bonino and Matt Nieto), two coaches (Bruins’ assistant Joe Sacco and SJ Head Coach David Quinn) and one General Manager, Mike Grier.


Women's Team

Freshman Clara Yuhn was named Hockey East's Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week. Yuhn recorded a goal and two assists over the three games and added a plus-2 rating while winning 68.8 percent of her faceoff attempts. report 

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