Friday, March 23, 2018

IBUH: NCAA Regional Edition

This week’s episode of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Head Coach David Quinn, sophomore goalie Jake Oettinger, former Terrier standout, assistant coach and head coach at Princeton and UMass Don “Toot” Cahoon and Cornell play-by-play announcer—and BU alum—Jason Weinstein.  Oettinger, a 2017 first-round draft pick by Dallas, was the MVP of last weekend’s Hockey East Championship tournament won by the Terriers.

Cahoon, who starred on BU’s 1971 and 1972 national championship teams, was an assistant to Jack Parker from 1983 to 1991, He led Princeton to the ECAC title in 1998 and led UMass to an NCAA Regional final in 2007.  In 1991, he coached Team USA in the World Junior Championships. Cahoon is currently a hockey commentator on TV broadcasts.

 ► SB Nation: NCAA Regionals preview

Rematch in Worcester ahead

Following its Thursday practice, BU headed West on the Mass Pike to Worcester to continue preparations for its Saturday afternoon match-up with Cornell in the NCAA Northeast Regional.

On Saturday, the BU Alumni Association is sponsoring a Pregame Meet-up at nearby Mezcal Cantina, 30 Major Taylor Boulevard beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Should the Terriers reach Sunday’s regional final, another meet-up will be held at Mezcal Cantina at 2 p.m. (Details/Map)

College Hockey News  NCAA Northeast Regional Preview

► Ithaca Journal game preview

College Hockey News BU vs. Cornell Tale of the Tape

Looking back
Former Terrier Associate Head Coach Blaise McDonald, now at the helm of Colby College, has been named the 2017-18 AHCA Division II-III Men’s Coach of the Year. McDonald assisted Jack Parker from 1990 to 1996, with the Terriers making the NCAA tournament each season and winning the national championship in 1995. This year, he’s pursuing a Division III national title with the Mules, who play St. Norbert’s tonight in the NCAA semifinals at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid. After starting the season at 10-10-0, Colby is 7-0-2 in the last nine and won the NESCAC Tournament title despite being the #5 seed.

Colby has another Terrier connection as legendary Terrier coach Jack Kelley led the Mules for six seasons before spending a decade at BU. In his final season in Waterville,1961-62, Colby went 19-6-2 , reaching the Division 1 ECAC tournament as a Division 2 team and made it to the tournament semifinals. Kelley would return to the Colby bench for one more season, 1976-77 after leading BU to back-to-back NCAA championships in 1971 and 1972 and guiding the New England Whalers to the first WHA Avco Cup title in 1973.
● ACHA Hockey report
● Sun Journal: Colby run to Frozen Four

Clayton Keller scored a goal and an assist in the Coyotes' 6-5 loss to Carolina.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Regional Week Linkorama--UPDATED

Yahoo! Sports Ryan Lambert, previewing the Northeastern Regional in Worcester, believes that the #4-seed Terriers are a threat to move on to St. Paul.

►Cornell Daily Sun game preview

►Hockey East NCAA Press Kit

BU’s senior class is the first to reach the NCAAs all four years since the Class of ’98.

BU is making its 36th NCAA Tournament appearance, which is third most behind Minnesota and Michigan, which is making its 37th appearance. Others: BC (35), North Dakota (32), Denver (28), Michigan State (27), Wisconsin (25) and Harvard (24).

Former Terrier All-American Colby Cohen will be joining play-by-play announcer Kevin Brown to provide analysis at the Midwest Regional in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Cohen earned Most Oustanding Player honors in the 2009 NCAAs, scoring in overtime (video) to complete BU’s DC Miracle comeback win.

Looking ahead
2020 recruit Luke Tuch was a key point producer in the Jr. Sabres 16U’s run to the New York State Amateur Hockey Association tournament championship. He scored a pair of goals in a 7-1 rout of the Buffalo Regals, produced the game-winning shootout goal against the PAL Jr. Islanders and had four assists in a 9-0 win against the Syracuse Stars. Tuch was recently invited to the 2018 NTDP Evaluation Camp in Plymouth, Michigan.

Looking back
ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski has put together an ultimate line-up, for 10 college teams including BU, of players who went on to standout NHL careers. For each of the ten, Chris Peters picked each school’s all-time greatest player, based on their collegiate career. His choice as top Terrier: Three-time All-American Chris Drury.
● report

With a pair of assists in Arizona’s 4-1 win against Buffalo, Clayton Keller set a Coyotes rookie scoring record with 55 points, as well as a rookie mark for assists (35). Keller also did a Q&A interview with The Sporting News about his rookie NHL season and his season as a Terrier.  Evan Rodrigues assisted on the Sabres’ goal, earning his sixth point in his past six games.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Terriers sweep Hockey East Weekly Awards, move up to #13 in poll--UPDATED

After winning its ninth Hockey East Championship on Saturday, BU swept the conference’s weekly awards. Tournament MVP Jake Oettinger took down both Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week honors, while freshman Shane Bowers (four assists) claimed the Rookie of the Week Award. The sophomore goalie posted a 1.84 GAA and .945 SV% in the tournament. 

Junior Jordan Greenway, with six points (2G, 4A) in the tournament and Chad Krys (G, 3A), who joined Oettinger on the All-Tournament Team, also were named to the Weekly Top Performers list.

BU moved up five spots in the USCHO Weekly Poll to #13. The Terriers’ opponent in the NCAA Regionals, Cornell, fell from #2 to #4 after dropping its ECAC semifinal to Princeton. The rest of the Northeast Regional draw is #8 Northeastern and #10 Michigan.  BU also is #13 on the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.

►  BU Readies for Red Hot Rematch Against Cornell

BU made five consecutive NCAA appearances in the 1970s (’74-’78) and nine consecutive appearances in the 1990s (’90-’98).

►For the first time in 40 seasons, Minnesota, North Dakota and BC all failed to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament. That streak began in 1978 when BU beat BC in the national championship game.

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Jake Wise was named USHL Forward of the Week. The 5’11” center from Reading, Massachusetts scored six points in a pair of NTDP U18 wins over Madison, including a natural hat trick in Friday’s 6-4 victory.  Wise has 24 points (7G, 17A) in 15 USHL games and 32 points (7G, 25A) in 27 USDP games.

In’s latest ranking for the QMJHL draft, 2020 BU recruit Josh Lawrence occupies the #1 ranking. The right-shot center from Fredricton, New Brunswick scored 83 points in his second season with Selects Academy.

The USHL Omaha Lancers issued a press release on the 2019 commitment to BU of their goalie, Vinnie Purpura. Lancers Head Coach David Wilkie said.  
 "Vinnie has done a great job for our team since arriving in Omaha,”  “He has done everything that we have asked of him on and off the ice and he is extremely deserving of the opportunity at Boston University that he has earned.”

McKeens' lead prospect offered this intriguing comment about the future Terrier netminder:

Looking back
Clayton Keller, who scored his 20th goal on Saturday and has eclipsed 50 points, talks about getting his “second wind” in his rookie season.

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