Saturday, September 30, 2023

Celebrini's 4-goal effort highlights Scarlet & White Scrimmage; Women defeat McGill

Freshman Macklin Celebrini scored four times to lead Team White to a 7-3 win over Team Scarlet in the annual Scarlet & White Scrimmage at Agganis Arena. Lane Hutson found the net with a blast from center point.

Freshman Shane Lachance connected twice on redirections for Team Scarlet while Devin Kaplan had given Scarlet an early lead with a snipe from below the right dot. 

Quinn Hutson scored for Team White in 3-on-3 play, while Kaplan and Sam Stevens had the only shootout goals, giving Scarlet a 2-0 win.

Junior transfer Matthieu Caron was in goal for Team White while senior transfer Henry Graham and grad student Nick Howard split netminding duties for Team Scarlet. Caron was solid throughout the scrimmage. His best save was a quick move across the crease to stop Jack Harvey's blast from below the right circle. 

At the post-scrimmage reception, Head Coach Jay Pandolfo thanked the crowd--which filled the Francis D. Burke Club Room-- for its support and asked for more of the same throughout the season. He acknowledged his staff, associate head coach Joe Pereira, assistant coach Kim Brandvold and goalie coach Brian Daccord, whom he noted is now an assistant coach. Former Terrier Chris Bourque is a volunteer assistant.  He added that Director of Hockey Operations--and former captain--Doug Friedman epitomizes the way a BU player should play.

Pandolfo pointed out the while his talented squad has high expectations for success this season, they are resolutely focused on a-one-game-at-a-time approach.

Looking ahead

2024 recruit Cole Eiserman, who announced his commitment to BU this past Wednesday, scored four goals in the NTDP U18s in a 10-3 win against Green Bay. 2024 recruit Kamil Bednarik registered four assists, including on two Eiserman tallies. 2024 recruit Cole Hutson also had an assist. 

● Eiserman Goal Videos:1st, 2nd goal3rd goal, 4th goal

2025 recruit Conrad Fondrk scored his third goal in as many games--and fifth point-- in the NTDP U17s' 6-2 loss to Green Bay. spoke with Eiserman following his four-goal, one-assist performance in the USHL Fall Class that earned him USHL Forward of the Week honors. The left wing from Newburyport, Mass., who is known for his NHL-caliber shot, explained, "Individually, I'd like to round out my game and try to be a 200-foot player for the guys to make sure we win more."

TSN’s Craig Button’s new 2024 NHL Entry Draft projection has Celebrini and  Eiserman a close #1 and #2, while Cole Hutson was slotted at #20.
“I compare Celebrini to [Jonathan] Toews and I compare Eiserman to [Alexander] Ovechkin,” said Button. “I think they’re both game changers, difference makers in different ways.”
This web page also contains Mark Masters' 7-minute candid interview with Eiserman, recorded before his BU commitment. Click on the video box with the caption "You want to be the guy," Eiserman on battling pal Celebrini to go first overall.

                                  Photo credit Jordan McAlpine

2025 recruit Zach Morin scored his first USHL goal, assisted by 2024 recruit Brandon Svoboda, as Youngstown routed the NTDP U17s, 12-0. Svoboda had a pair of assists. profiled several of the top first-year players in the USHL, including  Morin.
The Quebec product comes in at 6-foot-2 and 174 pounds and blends that size with his skill. Morin had a ridiculous 130 points (58-72-130) in 77 games last season with the Little Caesars 15U AAA team and while he didn’t record a point at the Fall Classic, he’s hoping that production follows him to the USHL.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Zach here and everything he’s about is what we want in a Youngstown Phantom,” Ward said. “The way he works, the way he practices, the way he’s dialed in to everything – there’s a reason why he tendered him and he’s a very special player.
“He’s mean, he’s tough, he’s dynamic and he wants to be the top pick in his NHL Draft year. I think that’s the most impressive thing about him and you can see how committed he is and how serious he takes his career."

2024 recruit Jack Pridham's second goal of the season was the game-winner as West Kelowna defeated Trail, 5-3. Linemate and 2025 recruit Cal Hughes had the primary assist.

Women's Team
Tara Watchorn's Terriers traveled to Montreal for an exhibition game against McGill and came away with a 5-2 win. Five different skaters found the net.

A first-period goal by Ani Fitzgerald and one in the second by Sydney Healy gave BU a 2-0 lead. McGill scored twice in the second to tie the score before Clara Yuhn found the net with .6 second remaining in the period for the eventual game winner.  Brooke Disher and Catherine Foulem added third-period tallies as 

Freshman Mari Peterson and grad student Alex Matses combined to stop 14 shots. recap and box score

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

5-Star forward Cole Eiserman Flips His Commitment and Joins BU's 2024 Recruit Class

                               Photo credit Rena Laverty/USA Hockey

In a massive recruit coup for BU, NTDP U18 star forward Cole Eiserman, projected to be the #2 or #3 pick in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft, has flipped his commitment from Minnesota to the Terriers.

Wednesday afternoon, Puck Preps and New England Hockey Journal reported that Eiserman had decommitted and was seeking to play closer to home. Just an hour or so later, Puck Preps reported that he was committed to BU.

According to College Hockey Insider’s Mike McMahon “There will likely be an NIL (name/image/likeness) package for Eiserman, but this decision had more to do with family, and a desire to stay closer to home.”

Last summer it was reported that BU and Minnesota were finalists for the Newburyport, Mass., native’s commitment. That led to speculation that he would join Macklin Celebrini, his teammate and frequent linemate at Shattuck St. Mary's, as a BU commit. However, on Sept. 7, he verballed to the Gophers.

A 6’0”, 197 lb,. left wing, Eiserman had a 69-35-104 scoring line last season in 42 games with the U17s and then 20 games with the U18s At the IIHF World U18 Championships he helped Team USA win the gold medal with a tournament high nine goals in seven games and added two assists, while earning a spot on the All-Star team.

                                  Photo credit Rena Laverty/USA Hockey

Eiserman has four goals and an assist in four games this season, and was a standout at last weekend’s USHL Classic, prompting’s Chris Peters to write:

With five points over the weekend, Eiserman delivered on the high expectations everyone has set for him coming into the year. After scoring 69 goals last season, he put up four over the weekend including a second-period hat trick against the Omaha Lancers in Sunday’s finale. He’s a dangerous player who is always a threat to shoot and he’s shooting to score at all times. The single-season goal-scoring record at the NTDP is 72 goals set by Montreal Canadiens forward Cole Caufield in 2018-19. That record certainly could be in peril with Eiserman wasting no time to fill the nets.

BU fans won’t have to wait for 2024-25 to see the newest gemstone in the Terriers’ recruiting pipeline. On Oct. 14, the U18s will be at Agganis Arena for an exhibition game against BU that will also feature 2024 recruits Kamil Bednarik and Cole Hutson.  Like Eiserman, Hutson moved up to the U18s late in the season and played in the U18 Worlds where he set a new single-season scoring record for an NTDP defenseman with 86 points.

As Peters has reported, Eiserman is close friends with current BU freshman—and projected #1 pick for the 2024 draft—Celebrini . In 2021-22, as 16-year olds on Shattuck's (18U) Prep team, Celebrini led the team in scoring with 117 points, while Eiserman led in goals with 56. A year earlier with Shattuck’s 14U squad, Eiserman had a team high 97 goals and 154 points in 50 games while Celebrini had 41 goals and 141 points.

Last month, The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler, who ranked Celebrini and Eiserman 1&2 for the next draft, offered this profile of the high-scoring wing:

A dynamic goal scorer in the truest sense, Eiserman possesses an exhilarating ability to cleanly pick his spots in the net and beat defenders and goalies one-on-one when the shot isn’t there. He can score in every which way: long range, midrange, jam plays, rush plays, the one-timer, a catch-and-release. Last year, he showed one of the better shots and sets of hands I’ve seen in a player that age. He’s actually two and a half months younger than Celebrini, with a late-August birthday that makes him one of the youngest players in the draft.

Eiserman’s a shot creator who took whatever he wanted with the U17 team at the NTDP last year and continued to fill the net with the U18 team, chasing down records and seeming to score every night.

I actually think Eiserman’s a better skater than he has been given credit for in initial conversations I’ve had with folks about him, but it’s his dancing puck skill, quick release, shot variety (he can rip it in motion, off catch-and-releases, standing still, and from a one-timer, and he’ll make goalies guess wrong in alone because of how fast his hands are), and sneaky strength that allows him to create at will against his peers.

Earlier today, we posted a Q&A interview with Associate Head Coach Joe Pereira, and right on cue, he's delivered a blockbuster.

NTDP Eiserman bio and stats

Elite Prospects Page Top Prospect Cole Eiserman flips commitment from Minnesota to BU Cole Eiserman decommits from Gophers, now Boston University bound

●  Top 2024 Draft Prospect Cole Eiserman Loves Scoring and Having Fun With It


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