Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Prawdzik shutout seals NAHL title; Drury named Hartford GM--UPDATED

Goalie Max Prawdzik blanked the Ashton Rebels, 3-0 in the NAHL championship game, as the Lone Star Brahmas won their first-ever Robertson Cup title. Prawdzik stopped all 17 Rebel shots to record his third post-season shutout and ninth win in 11 appearances. The 2015 ISL Most Valuable Player and captain of The Brooks School’s NEPISHA Large School champions, he was named to the all-tournament team, with a 1.77 GAA and a .913 save percentage during the playoffs. He'll return to BU for the 2017-18 season.
● NAHL.com report

Jack Eichel and Clayton Keller registered assists in Team USA’s 5-3 win over Russia that clinched the Group A preliminary round title at the 2017 IIHF World Championships. With the win, the U.S. will be a top seed in the quarterfinals taking on Finland on Thursday. The game will air on NBCSN at 10:15 a.m. ET.
● USA Hockey recap and Notebook
● IIHF recap and box score
● IIHF World Championship home page

Jordan Greenway talked with NHL.com about his experiences with Team USA at the World Championships and the goals he's set for his next season at BU.
NHL.com report

Looking back
Three-time All-American and 1998 Hobey Baker Award Winner Chris Drury has been named general manager of the Rangers’ AHL team in Hartford. Drury had been promoted to assistant GM of the Rangers last September after serving as New York’s Director of Player Development. BU’s all-time goal-scoring leader with 113 and third in points with 214, Drury played on three Frozen Four teams including BU’s 1995 national champions and was team MVP twice. The year after winning the Hobey, Drury turned pro with Colorado  and earned the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie.  In 2001, he won the Stanley Cup with the Avs. In his 12 year NHL career, he tallied 615 points (255 goals and 360 assists).
● NHL.com report
● BU Athletics Hall of Fame bio

Former BU All-American Shawn McEachern has been selected for the 2017 Class of the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame and will be inducted on June 17, along with Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna and former BC All-American Paul Hurley. The Waltham native won two state titles at Matignon High School before spending three seasons as a Terrier. He scored 186 career points, including 82 as a junior to lead BU to a Hockey East Champsionship (video above) and to the NCAA championship game. He totaled 571 points in 13 NHL seasons, won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 1992 and skated for the gold-medal Team USA in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. He’s currently head coach at The Rivers School, which reached the NEPISHA championship game this past March.
● Massachusetts Hockey report

Boston Herald report
● BU Athletics Hall of Fame bio

Ralph “Ike” Bevins, one of BU’s first All-Americans and a teammate of Jack Garrity and Jack Kelley on the Terriers’ first NCAA Frozen Four squad, has passed away. 

A three-sport star at Arlington High School, Bevins was the Terriers netminder from 1946-1950. As a senior, he won team MVP honors and helped lead BU to the NCAA championship game, earning Most Outstanding Player of the tournament honors. Bevins was inducted into the BU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1965.

In the 1950 Frozen Four, BU upset 1948 champion Michigan in the semifinals, but lost to Colorado College in the final, 13-4. So how did Bevins earn M.O.P. honors? USCHO looked into it a few years ago.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Prawdzik shines in NAHL playoffs; Oettinger heads to Strelow camp - UPDATED

Credit: Meagan Sullivan Photography
Max Prawdzik stopped 20 of 21 shots to lead Lone Star to a 3-1 win Friday night over Janesvilles, as the Brahmas sweep NAHL Robertson Cup semifinals. The former Brooks School standout, who will return to BU in September, made 30 saves in game one, a 3-2 overtime victory. Prawdzik has won eight of ten playoff games while ringing up a 1.71 GAA and a .913 save percentage. The Brahmas move on to Sunday’s championship game against the winner of today’s deciding game between Ashton and Aberdeen.

Meanwhile, Jake Oettinger, is again attending the prestigious Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp in Plymouth, Mich. Oettinger was named to Hockey East’s 2017 Pro Ambitions All-Rookie team, along with Clayton Keller and Patrick Harper, and also was named a second-team Hockey East All-Star.

Looking ahead
2017 recruit Ty Amonte and the Penticton Vees begin play next week in the RBC Cup which crowns Canada’s Junior A champion. The right-shot forward, son of former BU star Tony Amonte, has 43 points for the Vees this season (37 in the regular season and six so far in the playoffs).

Looking back
Five Terriers remain in the hunt for the Stanley Cup.  Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan and Nick Bonino (photo), looking to repeat, face Ottawa, with Matt O’Connor on the roster, in the Eastern Conference final.  Nashville's Colin Wilson and assistant general manager Paul Fenton take on Anaheim in the Western Conference final. [Note the "How to Win a Stanley Cup" feature by blog contributor Neal Boudette. Link is in the sidebar]

Clayton Keller registered an assist for Team USA in its 5-3 win against Latvia in the IIHF World Championships. It was Team USA’s fourth straight win after an opening game loss.
● USA Hockey recap
● IIHF World Championships home page

Chris Bourque scored both goals for the Hershey Bears, including the overtime game-winner, as the Bears defeated Providence, 2-1, in the third game of the teams’ second round Calder Cup series.  Hershey now leads the series, 2-1.
● Providence Journal report

Women’s Team
Photo by Justin Hawk, Daily Free Press
Rebecca Leslie will captain the 2017-18 Terriers. The rising senior forward from Ottawa has 114 points in her first three seasons.  Graduate student Mary Parker was named last season’s team MVP.  She led Hockey East with 24 goals and was second in points with 45.
● GoTerriers.com report

Former Terrier standouts Marie-Philip Poulin and Jennifer Wakefield have been named to the centralization camp for Canada’s 2018 Olympic team.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Keller powers US past Denmark; BU All-Access Episode 6

Clayton Keller’s hat trick powered Team USA to a 7-2 preliminary round win against Denmark in the IIHF World Championships in Cologne, Germany.  Charlie McAvoy assisted on Keller’s first goal and Jack Eichel also picked up an assist. Team USA next faces Sweden on Monday in a game that will air on NHL Network at 2 p.m. ET.
● USA Hockey recap
● IIHF box score
Video interview with Keller

Episode 6 of BU All-Access 2016-17, which previously aired on NESN, is now available online. It covers BU’s post-season run in the Hockey East playoffs and the NCAA regionals.

College Hockey News’ early look at next season’s top 10 finds BU in the #4 spot behind Denver, Notre Dame and Providence

Looking ahead
New York Hockey Journal: Prospects Pulse—David Farrance

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Eichel scores in US exhibition win; Bostonia feature profiles Pen's Coach Sullivan

Jack Eichel’s first-period goal gave Team USA a lead it would never relinquish in a 5-2 exhibition win over Italy as the U.S. prepares for the IIHF Men’s World Championships. Team USA’s first preliminary round game is against Germany on Friday. Jordan Greenway and Clayton Keller also skated for Team USA and Charlie McAvoy will join the team today.
● USA Hockey recap
● IIHF Tournament schedule

Kevin Shattenkirk’s overtime goal gave Washington a 3-2 win over defending champion Pittsburgh, cutting the Penguins’ series lead to 2-1.

New York Times writer and blog contributor Neal Boudette has authored an insightful examination of Penguins head coach and former Terrier captain Mike Sullivan. The article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Bostonia Magazine. We're also adding it to the list of Terrier Tales in the sidebar.

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Tyler Weiss, a Raleigh, North Carolina native, whose hockey path has taken him to Ontario and Michigan, is profiled by the News & Observer. Two seasons ago, the left-shot forward racked up 63 points for the Don Mills Minor Midget and then had 30 points last season for the NTDP U17s. He was one of four future Terriers on the U17s, along with Jake Wise, Joel Farabee and Jack DeBoer.
News & Observer feature article

2020 recruit Cade Webber was selected #5 overall, by Madison, in the USHL Phase 1 draft. Webber, who had declined an invitation to join the NTDP U17s, played last season at The Rivers School where he was coached by former BU All-American Shawn McEachern.  In the second round, 2020 recruit Braden Doyle was selected by Dubuque and 2020 recruit Liam Connors was taken by Tri-City. Doyle skates for Lawrence Academy and Connors plays for St. Sebastian’s.  Prior to the draft, 2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone signed a tender with the Chicago Steel after spending two seasons at Shattuck St. Mary’s.
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