Sunday, April 30, 2023

Skating for Gold


Team USA and Sweden will face off this afternoon (1:00 PM) in the gold-medal game of the IIHF World 18U Championship, a rematch of last year's title game won by the Swedes. BU recruits Cole Hutson and Tom Willander each played an important role in their teams' semifinal victories on Saturday.

  ●USA Hockey USA and Sweden Square Off in Gold Medal Game

2023 recruit Willander, ranked #16 on Central Scouting's International list, scored Sweden's first goal--answering a Team Canada tally by 2023 recruit Macklin Celebrini--and assisted on Sweden's fifth goal in a 7-2 victory. Both of his points came on power plays.

Willander's game ended early when he took a major penalty for slashing at the end of the second period that also brought a game misconduct.  With a 3-5-8 scoring line in six games, the 6'1" right-shot defenseman is third in points by defensemen in the tournament.

Celebrini leads Canada in scoring with a 4-8-12 line, which is sixth best among all skaters. The 16-year-old center was named Canada's top player in the tournament in a vote of coaches prior to the medal round. He'll play against Slovakia this morning (9:00 ET) in the Bronze-medal game before returning the Chicago Steel in the USHL playoffs.

Hutson scored the game-winning goal and added an assist as Team USA dominated Slovakia, 7-1, to earn a berth in the gold-medal game. His goal in the opening frame was his first of the tournament and moved him past Cam York as the new record-holder for most points by a defenseman in a single NTDP season. With the assist in the second period, he now has 67 points.

His 11 points (1g-10a) leads all defensemen and his +13 rating ranks second within his position.

Looking ahead

2023 or 2024 recruit Michael LaStarza was the BCHL's second star of the week last week after after four goals in four games to lead Chilliwack past Nanaimo in a second-round playoff series.  He added his sixth post-season goal in the Chiefs' 9-5 loss to Alberni Valley. He has nine points in 13 games.

Looking back

In the Stars' six playoff games this season, Jake Oettinger has a league-best .929 save percentage, along with a 2.01 GAA and one shutout.

Friday, April 28, 2023

Future Terriers shine at U18 Quarterfinals

Three BU recruits helped their teams advance to the semifinals of the IIHF 18U World Championships in Switzerland.

2023 recruit Macklin Celebrini powered Canada’s 7-3 victory over the host country with pair of goals and two assists. The 6’0” left-shot center from Vancouver leads all Team Canada skaters with 11 points (3G,8A) and is tied for fourth in the tournament.

2024 recruit Cole Hutson assisted on a pair of goals in Team USA’s 4-1 win (stats & highlights) over Czechia. He leads all defensemen with nine points—all assists—and with a +11 rating. The two helpers boosted the left-shot blueliner’s season points total to 65, tying him with Cam York for the most points by an NTDP defenseman in a single season. Seven of the 13 defenseman on that list are Terriers, including Lane Hutson, Dom Fensore and Freddy Meyer.

2023 recruit Tom Willander assisted on two goals in Sweden’s 6-1 win (stats & highlights) against Latvia. For the 6’1” right-shot defenseman, it was his second multiple-point game of the tournament. He has a 2-4-6 scoring line and is second in points among Sweden’s defensemen.

All three were called out in’s Scouting Notebook of top prospects

In Saturday's semifinal match-ups, Team USA will face Slovakia (9:00 AM), while Canada takes on Sweden (1:00 PM). Games will air on NHL Network and TSN.


Another Terrier who entered the transfer portal has found a new home. Defenseman Lachlan Getz has committed to Michigan Tech. He made 16 starts this past season.

Looking back

Nick Bonino will be on the Team USA roster for the IIHF World Championships set for May 12-28 in Finland and Latvia. Sharks head coach David Quinn will be behind the bench for Team USA.  Buffalo Sabres forward Alex Tuch revealed that he and his younger brother, Luke Tuch, will be on the U.S. roster


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