Thursday, December 14, 2017

Three for the Hall: Parker, Young, Smith inducted--UPDATED

A trio of Terriers—legendary head coach Jack Parker, assistant coach and U.S. Women’s Olympic coach Ben Smith and former Terrier standout and assistant coach Scott Young—were inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame last night in ceremonies at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.  The 2017 class also included Ron Wilson, the winningest American NHL head coach and 28-year NHL referee Kevin Collins.

During his 40-year tenure behind the Terrier bench, Parker directed 897 wins—third best among D1 coaches—three NCAA titles, 11 conference championships and 21 Beanpot titles.  Smith was Parker’s assistant for nine seasons before going on to be head coach at Dartmouth and Northeastern as well as lead the U.S. Women to Olympic gold in 1998.  Young skated for BU for two seasons, then embarked on a 17-season NHL career, winning the Stanley Cup twice and ranking #15 in games played by Americans and #20 in points. After two seasons as a BU assistant, he became the Penguins Director of Player Development, reunited with BU teammate Mike Sullivan.

The three join 10 previous Terrier inductees, including Jack Kelley, Chris Drury, Keith Tkachuk and 1980 U.S. Olympic gold medal team members Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig, Jack O’Callahan and David Silk.

► With 18 points (5G, 13A) in 19 games, sophomore Chad Krys is third in scoring among Division 1 defensemen.

World Junior Championships
USA Hockey opens its Junior National Team camp today to select the 23-man squad for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships.  The current 26 man roster includes BU sophomores Jake Oettinger and Patrick Harper—both returnees from the 2017 gold-medal team—and freshman Brady Tkachuk.
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TSN’s Craig Button, previewing Team Canada, offer his thoughts on Terrier sophomore Dante Fabbro (video).

Looking ahead
2019 recruits Trevor Zegras and Case McCarthy scored goals for Team USA in a 12-0 blowout of Slovakia at the U17 Four Nations Tournament in Veliky Novgorod, Russia. Zegras converted a pass from fellow BU recruit Alex Vlasic in the second period, while blueliner McCarthy scored in the third period.  Zegras, who scored 42 points for Avon Old Farms last season, added a pair of assists. Team USA next plays Switzerland on Friday.
● USA Hockey recap has ranked 2020 recruits Dylan Peterson and Donovan Sebrango #1 and #2 among 2018 OHL draft prospects from the Ottawa-region HEO Midget AAA league. 

Leading the way in the Ottawa Region in our first ranking is 6’3" winger Dylan Peterson of CIH Academy White. Peterson has a complete package with pro potential. Dylan skates well and possesses high-end skill, developing a physical edge has also added another element to his game.

Following closely behind Peterson is his teammate Donovan Sebrango. Donovan is left shot defender with outstanding two-way traits to his game. Sebrango consistently shows strong vision and above average puck moving skills.

Looking back

AJ Greer scored his fifth goal for San Antonio and David Warsofsky contributed an assist, but the Rampage fell in overtime, 3-2, to Ontario. evaluate the Bruins top prospects, including Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson.

Former BU co-captain John McCarthy scored a goal and an assist in the Barracuda’s 5-2 win against Tucson.

Women’s Team
Former Terrier Rebecca Russo and the Metropolitan Riveters of the NWHL are off to a 6-0-0 start.
● NWHLzone report

Monday, December 11, 2017

Swedish blueliner commits to BU; More kudos for Bach--UPDATED

Junior Jordan Greenway, sophomore Chad Krys and freshman Cam Crotty were named to Hockey East’s Weekly Top Performers list.  Greenway registered his first career hat trick en route to a six-point weekend as BU split its series with UMass Lowell. Krys contributed a goal and two assists to Saturday’s 9-3 win, while Crotty scored his first collegiate goal and assisted on Greenway’s third score.

Looking ahead
BU today received a commitment for 2018-19 from Swedish blueliner Hugo Blixt, a 6-3, 194 lb., left-shot playing in the USHL for Tri City Storm.  Reportedly, the native of Västerås made his choice between BU and Denver.

Blixt is the second defenseman in BU’s 2018 recruit class, joining Ryan O’Connell, a Toronto draft pick, currently playing for the BCHL Penticton Vees and, this week, playing for Canada West in the World Junior A Challenge. BU’s roster has three senior blueliners: captain Brandon Hickey, John MacLeod and Brien Diffley

With 12 points (3G, 9A) in 19 games, Blixt, who turns 20 on January 2, is the Storm’s third leading scorer and the top scoring defenseman. He’s taken four penalties. 

A fourth round pick by Tri-City in the 2017 USHL Entry Draft, Blixt decided to cross the pond after spending the last three seasons on various levels of his hometown VIK Västerås organization, most recently with HK20 in the SuperElit league.  

He told the Kearney Hub “It’s good for my development. The junior league is probably the best in the world. It’s better than back in Sweden. I like it a lot.”

His coach, Anthony Noreen believes he’s made a strong adjustment to the USHL, noting, “It’s even harder for a defenseman going from the bigger ice surface to the smaller ice service. I think there was an adjustment. His adjustment was quicker than most guys I’ve been around at this level.”

“I think he’s a guy who has a chance to be a real special defenseman in this league and beyond,” Noreen said. “I think he’s a guy who can be a dominant presence on our blue line."
Tri-City Storm report
● Elite Prospects page
Blixt video 
● Blixt finding his groove has released its top 25 rankings from the Atlantic region with the #1 spot occupied by 2020 recruit Josh Lawrence, who is in his second season with Selects Academy at South Kent School.  He leads the U16 squad with 54 points (20G, 34A) in 31 games.

At the top of our list is Josh Lawrence, a New Brunswick native who’s currently in his second season playing prep hockey south of the border with the Select Hockey Academy 16U. Lawrence, who committed to Boston University last May, leads his team with 44 points in 23 games this season and he’s the youngest player on his team. Lawrence is a proven scorer; in his last year in his home province, he scored 41 goals in 30 games as a first-year bantam, which is quite an accomplishment. Atlantic Scout Al Rankin comments: “It would be hard to pass up a chance to draft this dynamic player, who is always driving his team’s play. Very mature skills and IQ, and his development has not stalled.”

Looking back

Evan Rodrigues brought the Sabres back from a 2-0 deficit in the third period with a pair of goals, including an extra-attacker goal with 1:27 remaining, but St. Louis would take a 3-2 win in overtime. The tallies were the first of the season for the former Terrier standout who was recalled to Buffalo from Rochester last week.
● Post game comments Rodrigues (video)

Women’s Team
For the third time this season, senior Victoria Bach is Hockey East’s Player of the Week. With four goals against Yale and two against Providence, the NCAA Player of the Month for February leads the nation with 23 goals and is third in points with 40. Terrier captain Rebecca Leslie who had five assists last week was named to the weekly list of top performers. She is fourth nationally in scoring with 36 and fourth in assists with 21.
● HockeyEastOnline report
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For the third time in four weeks, Bach is one of the NCAA weekly stars, this time the #1 star with the most goals and points scored.

Bach and Leslie have been named to Team Canada’s roster for the Nations Cup, which will be played in Fussen Germany, Jan. 3-6.
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Greenway hat trick and a pair by Harper power BU to 9-3 win UPDATED

Junior Jordan Greenway’s first-career hat trick and two tallies by leading scorer Patrick Harper led a Terrier season-high nine-goal outburst as BU thumped Lowell in its final first-semester outing, 9-3. Chad Krys had a three-point night with a goal and two assists as BU evened its record in Hockey East at 6-6-1.

For the second night in a row, Brady Tkachuk gave BU an early lead, taking an entry pass from Drew Melanson and connecting on a backhander that beat Tyler Wall. However, this time, the Terriers wouldn’t give up the lead; they built on it. Attacking while on the penalty kill, Bobo Carpenter dashed into the Lowell zone and found Greenway in the slot for a quick finish and a 2-0 lead just four minutes in.

Late in the period BU extended the lead to three with a power play goal from Harper who closed to the right circle dot and wired a shot high to the glove side. Lowell got on the board a minute later when Jake Oettinger was bumped on a play behind the BU cage, leaving an empty net for Charlie Levesque.

BU would pour it on in the second period. Krys, who had left the ice in pain after blocking a shot, returned to follow his own rebound and beat Wall with a backhander. On the ensuing faceoff, Greenway intercepted a pass just inside the Lowell blueline, skated to the high slot and wristed home a shot, high to the glove side.

Cam Crotty tallied his first career goal on a shot from the right point through the five hole to make it 6-1 and end Wall’s night. BU’s onslaught was interrupted briefly when a defender was beaten to the puck behind the Terrier goal line, leading to a goal by Connor Wilson, unmarked right in front of Oettinger. Harper then scored his second power play goal on a sequence involving all five BU skaters and concluding with Greenway finding Harper in the slot for a quick finish.

In the third period, after a Lowell power play goal, Kasper Kotkansalo collected the puck after Chase Phelps’ faceoff win, skated to the high slot for a wrist shot that beat Christoffer Hernberg, who was screened by Nikolas Olsson. Greenway completed his hat trick banging home the rebound of Crotty’s shot from the right point.
Carpenter, Shane Bowers and Phelps combined to win 27 of 38 draws.

Senior John MacLeod who returned to the line-up for the Lowell series, played a strong defensive game and finished the night +4.

Terriers fired 47 shots (24 in the first period) on the two Lowell netminders while limiting the Red Hawks to just 18 shots. Greenway led BU shooters with seven shots.

Summing up the win, Coach David Quinn pointed out “We were ready from the drop of the puck. We played at a pace that we haven’t played in while.” He added,“You get nine goals, obviously that’s a great thing, but it was the way we did it. It wasn’t luck, it wasn’t bad bounces on their end. We earned it." 

While inconsistency continues to dog the Terriers, their offense continues to show positive signs with two seven-goal efforts to go along with last night’s nine spot in the past six games. SID Brian Kelley tweeted that the last time BU scored nine times was a “9-5 win over UMass on Jan. 30, 2015 when ERod got six assists.” recap and comprehensive box score  
Post-game comments Quinn; Greenway & Krys  
Daily Free Press recap and analysis
● WTBU Sports recap

This coming Wednesday, Terrier coaching legend Jack Parker will be inducted into theU.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in a Boston ceremony, along with Ben Smith, who served as a BU assistant and in several head coaching slots, and Scott Young, a former BU, NHL and Olympic standout, who spent two seasons as a Terrier assistant. talked with Parker about how he became a college hockey coaching icon even though it wasn’t his career goal after graduation.

Looking ahead

2018 recruit Joel Farabee had a hand in three goals for the NTDP U18s in their 4-2 win against Central Illinois. The forward from Cicero, NY scored once and added two assists while fellow recruit Jack DeBoer assisted on Team USA’s fourth goal. Farabee, who is ranked #12 by McKeen’s for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, is the U18s’ second leading scorer with 24 points (12G, 12A). DeBoer has 12 points (3G,9A).
● USA Hockey recap and USHL box score

2018 or 2019 recruit Matt Quercia scored a goal and added an assist in Sioux Falls’ 4-3 overtime win against Youngstown.

Looking back
Matt Nieto scored a goal and added two assists and Colin Wilson also found the net in the Avalanche’s 7-3 win against Florida.

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson scored his eighth goal in the Providence Bruins 3-2 overtime win against Utica.

Women’s Team
Despite two more tallies from national goals leader Victoria Bach, BU dropped a 6-5 decision to Providence at Schneider Arena. The Friars took a 3-0 lead after one before Bach scored her NCAA-best 22nd and 23rd goals in the second period.

Midway through the third period, pucks began finding the net. In a five minute span the Friars scored three times while Nara Elia scored for BU making the score 6-3.  Mary Grace Kelley and Abby Stanley scored extra-attacker goals to cut the margin to one. A late Providence penalty had the Terriers with a 6-on-4 advantage in the final minute, but they were unable to produce an equalizer. Captain Rebecca Leslie contributed three assists while Bach extended her scoring streak to 10 games.
● recap and comprehensive box score

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