Friday, March 23, 2018

Game Day: Terriers vs. Cornell in Northeast Regional

After staving off elimination twice last weekend en route to the Hockey East Championship, #13 Terriers will seek to further extend their season, taking on #4/3 Cornell in the NCAA Northeast Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. Puck drop is at 1 p.m. for the contest that will air on ESPNews and will be live streamed on WatchESPN and TSN Go.

Today’s game will be the 47th between the teams (Cornell leads 24-19-3) but just the third in NCAA tournament play. The Big Red beat BU, 4-1, in the 1967 national title game; five years later, the Terriers blanked Cornell, 4-0, for its second straight championship.

In last November’s Red Hot Hockey game at Madison Square Garden, BU rallied from a 4-1 deficit but could get no closer than 4-3.

BU, currently unbeaten in its last seven games (6-0-1) will face the challenge of denting Cornell’s best-in-the-nation defense that has allowed only 1.53 goals per game. It’s freshman goalie, Matthew Galajda has the top GAA (1.49) and third best save percentage (.940), earning himself a spot as a Hobey Baker top-10 finalist.Anthony  Angello leads a balanced attack with 26 points and 13 goals.

For BU junior Jordan Greenway  is playing the best hockey of his college career and is tied with Bobo Carpenter atop the Terrier scoring list with 33 points. Freshman Shane Bowers has 31 points. Drew Melanson led BU in goals during the four-game Hockey East playoffs with four. Goalie Jake Oettinger, who earned MVP honors for his 1.85 GAA in the Hockey East tournament, posted a .958 save percentage during BU’s current unbeaten streak.

Yesterday, Coach David Quinn, captain Brandon Hickey, Bobo Carpenter and Drew Melanson met wit the media.

● Live Stream: ESPN3  & TSN Go
● Boston Hockey Blog Live In-Game Blog
● HockeyEastOnline Live Scoreboard
● College Hockey News Live Scoreboard
College Hockey News  NCAA Northeast Regional Preview 
Former BU All-American and Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 NCAAs Colby Cohen guested on The Pipeline Show (audio), discussing the NCAA tournament. He is doing game analysis for ESPN at the Eastern Regional in Briddgeport.

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Joel Farabee scored an extra attacker goal, assisted by fellow recruit Jake Wise, that pulled the U18s even with Chicago and Team USA went on to a 5-4 overtime victory. Farabee has 27 goals and 62 points. 2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone had an assist for the Steel.

2018 recruit Hugo Blixt (photo) assisted on a power play goal as Tri-City edged Sioux Falls, 1-0. The 6'4" defenseman from Sweden has 25 points in 51 games.

2019 recruit Trevor Zegras (photo) scored his 16th goal and assisted on two others in the NTDP U17s’ 9-3 win against Central Illinois. Zegras has 47 points in 41 games.Alex Vlasic scored his seventh goal for the U17s. Vlasic, a 6-5 defenseman, has 25 points in 46 games.
●USA Hockey recap

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.
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