Friday, February 23, 2018

Game Day: BU hosts Vermont; Bach a Kazmaier finalist

Terriers begin the final weekend of the regular season with a pair of home games against Vermont and an opportunity to clinch fourth place in Hockey East. Tonight’s contest at Agganis Arena starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.

UConn’s loss to UMass last night guarantees BU either fourth or fifth seed and a bye in the first playoff round. Terriers would secure fourth place by taking three points from the Catamounts. Any points Maine fails to get in its series with BC would reduce that number.

Vermont dropped a pair of games to Northeastern last weekend, but in recent weeks has produced wins against Lowell and Providence, along with a tie against the Friars—
all on their home ice. The Catamount attack is led by Colton Ross with 15 goals and 21 points and Alex Esposito with 19 points. One-time BU commit Liam Coughlin has 14 points. Sophomore goalie Stefnos Lekkas brings a 2.88 GAA and  .912 save percentage to the game.

It is expected that Jordan Greenway, who returned to Boston yesterday, will be in the Terrier line-up. Patrick Harper, who has not played since January 6, remains sidelined by illness.


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Hickey Fabbro
● Boston Hockey Blog Live In-Game Blog
● Daily Free Press preview
●WTBU Sports preview
● Hockey East Online Weekend preview
● Burlington Free Press preview
● College Hockey News Tale of the Tape

This week’s episode of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Terrier Head Coach David Quinn and Vermont Head Coach Kevin Sneddon.

Looking back
Nick Bonino scored his ninth goal in the Predators' 7-1 rout of San Jose.

Colin Wilson scored his sixth goal in the Avalanche's 3-2 overtime loss to Edmonton.
Women’s Team
Terriers begin a best-of-three quarterfinal playoff series against Maine at Alfond Arena. It marks the first time BU is playing a Hockey East playoff series on the road. BU finished sixth in the conference while the Black Bears were third. Maine swept the season series, taking all three games.

● preview, Game Notes, Live Stats
● Maine All-Access Live stream
Daily Free Press preview, Steady second line

Senior Victoria Bach has been named a Top -10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given annually to the top player in Women’s Division 1 hockey. Bach is second in the nation in goals (36), first in goals per game (1.20) and third in points per game (2.03).

She joins Marie-Philip Poulin and Sarah Lefort as Terriers nominated for the Kazmaier.
● report  

Poulin and Jenn Wakefield of Team Canada earned silver medals at the PyeongChang Olympics after Team USA won the gold-medal game, 3-2, in a shootout. Poulin had given Canada a 2-1 lead before the U.S. tied the score in the third period.  In the 2010 and 2014 gold-medal games (both against Team USA), Poulin scored the game-winning goals.
● report

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Catching up; Terriers add D-man to 2018 recruit class UPDATED

 Terriers will play their final regular-season weekend series against Vermont. BU, fighting to have a bye in the first playoff round and home ice in the second round, sits in fourth place, two points ahead of both Maine and Connecticut. A BU sweep or one BU win and a Maine loss to BC would enable the Terriers to finish fourth. 

Winter Olympics
The U.S. men’s team fell to the Czech Republic, 3-2, in a shootout to settle the quarterfinal match-up, ending their Olympic run. Junior Jordan Greenway was joined by former Terriers Matt Gilroy, John McCarthy and Chris Bourque on the U.S. squad.

Former Terriers Marie-Philip Poulin and Jenn Wakefield will lead Canada against Team USA in the gold medal game tonight at 11:10 p.m. ET. Canada defeated the U.S. in each of the past two championship games with Poulin scoring twice in each of those games.
● report

Looking ahead
BU has a received a commitment from Culver Academy Prep defenseman Dominic Vidoli for 2018. The 6’0”, 170 lb., left-shot blueliner from Raleigh, N.C., has 34 points in 26 games for Culver’s 28-2-0 prep team and is the fourth leading scorer (and tops among defensemen) on the team.  He’s in his third season at Culver and previously played for the Cleveland Barons and TPH Thunder organizations.

Culver currently sits atop the USA Independent Prep School rankings with a 33-2-1 record.

This past December, Vidoli earned kudos for his play in the Groton/Lawrence Holiday Tournament as he helped the Eagles reach the championship game against Cushing.  Eagles Coach Steve Palmer described his senior blueliner:
“Dom is a pro-like skater who has learned to play the position with efficiency. He is one of our leaders in minutes played and doesn’t give our opponent’s top players an inch when he’s on the ice. He is a consummate leader on the ice and in the classroom. Consequently, he is the type of player who makes his teammates around him better.”
Vidoli is the third defenseman in BU’s 2018 class, joining Ryan O’Connell, a Toronto draft pick currently with BCHL Penticton, and Hugo Blixt, who plays for USHL Tri-City.

2020 recruit Dylan Peterson scored a pair of goals in CIHA Midget White’s 4-3 overtime win over Rockland U18 AAA. The 6’4” right wing has 23 points in 24 games.

Women’s Team
Terriers concluded the regular season with a 2-0 shutout of New Hampshire on Senior Day Sunday behind goals from senior Victoria Bach and freshman Kristina Schuler and 32 saves by senior Erin O’Neil. Schuler’s first period redirect of a Connor Galway shot gave BU a 1-0 lead that it would protect for the rest of the game. Bach’s goal was an empty-netter at 19:30 of the third period and it was her 36th of the season.

BU finished the regular season in sixth place and will be on the road against Maine in a best-of-three first round series in the Hockey East playoffs, beginning Friday.
● recap and comprehensive box score

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