Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Terriers in the World Junior Championships

Tony Amonte-- Forward 1989, 1990
Pat Aufiero-- Defense 2000
Shawn Bates-- Forward 1995
Chris Bourque-- Forward 2005, 2006^
Rich Brennan-- Defense 1992
Dan Cavanaugh-- Forward 2000
Jon Coleman-- Defense 1994
Cleon Daskalakis-- Goalie 1981
Tom Dion--Defense 1989
Rick DiPietro--Goalie 2000, 2001*
Clark Donatelli--Forward 1984, 1985
Chris Drury--Forward 1996
Mike Grier--Forward 1995
Gregg Johnson--Forward 2002
Jeff Kealty--Defense 1996
Mike Kelfer--Forward 1986, 1987
Chris Kelleher--Defense 1995
Bob Lachance--Forward 1994
Scott Lachance--Defense 1991, 1992
Dan LaCouture--Forward 1997
Mike Lappin--Forward 1989
John Lilley--Forward 1992
Brian McConnell--Forward 2003
Freddy Meyer--Defense 2001
Paul Miller--Forward 1977
Chris O’Sullivan--Defense 1994
Jay Octeau--efense 1985
Jay Pandolfo--Forward 1994
Mike Pandolfo--Forward 1999
Mike Pomichter--Forward 1993
Tom Poti--Defense 1996, 1997
Mike Prendergast--Forward 1992
David Quinn--Defense 1986
John Sabo--Forward 2000, 2001
Joe Sacco--Forward 1989
Kevin Shattenkirk--Defense 2009
Brian Strait--Defense 2008
Mike Sullivan--Forward 1988
Mike Sylvia--Forward 1996
Keith Tkachuk--Forward 1991, 1992
Ryan Whitney--Defense 2002, 2003
Colin Wilson--Forward 2008, 2009
Scott Young--Forward 1985, 1986, 1987

Saturday, November 28, 2009

BU-Cornell: The First Tie--Dec. 30, 1967

Dec. 30, 1966— Boston Arena—BU played two three-game tournaments in December 1966. A week after sweeping Princeton, Minnesota and Clarkson at the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden, the Terriers skated on their home ice, Boston Arena, in the Arena Christmas Tournament.

They had beaten Harvard and Northeastern to improve to a 12-0 record and a #1 ranking. Meanwhile, Cornell dispatched the same two teams and was also undefeated at 11-0 and ranked #2, setting up what is considered one of the greatest college hockey games ever played.

Both squads were far from fresh as they were about to play for the third time in as many days before a capacity crowd of 5,450. The officials for the game were Giles Threadgold and Bill Clearly, later coach and athletic director at Harvard.

According to the Ithaca Journal, “Cornell had a wide edge in territorial play in a penalty-marred first period, but the Terriers capitalized on their opportunities and thwarted the Big Red''s power plays.”

All three first-period goals came on power plays. Cornell drew first blood just 2:13 into the game. With two Terriers in the penalty box, Harry Orr took a pass from Mike Doran and beat goalie Wayne Ryan.

BU senior Jim Quinn scored the equalizer four minutes later, converting a feed from Fred Bassi. Then, with half a minute left in the period and BU up two men, a Brian Gilmour slapper whizzed past Cornell goalie Ken Dryden for a 2-1 Terrier lead.

Cornell regained the lead early in the second on a pair of goals by Bob Ferguson and Skip Stanowski. Ryan got a glove both shots but couldn’t keep them out of the net. Play raged up and down the ice throughout the period with 33 shots taken, but no further goals.

The pattern continued well into the third period with Dryden keeping BU’s high-scoring ”Pinball Line” of Herb Wakabayashi, Mickey Gray and Serge Boily off the scoresheet. Finally, in the latter part of the period, BU got the tying goal from an unlikely source, sophomore defenseman Darrell Abbott.

“I think there were about 3 or 4 minutes left in the third period and we were losing 3-2 when either Pete McLachlan or Brian Gilmour—our two veteran, all-star defensemen—got a penalty, and the other, shortly before that penalty, had been injured,” Abbott recalls. “Coach [Jack]Kelley had no choice but to put the two rookies—Billy Hinch and me--out together. It was the first time Billy and I had played together as a pair so I'm sure Coach was more than a little concerned.

“Cornell dumped the puck into our end in the process of making a slow line change. Billy set up in front, while I picked up the puck behind our net, fully expecting to look up and ice it, seeing as how we were a man short.

“But when I looked up there was only one Cornell player standing at center ice and the others were just coming over the boards. With no pressure I began to skate up ice only to realize that I could beat this guy. At this point everything happened so fast. There I was, going in on a partial breakaway and, contrary to all logic, I roofed a backhander into the net over Dryden’s shoulder on the short side to tie the game.”

The game went to a 10-minute overtime and, the Ithaca Journal reported, “Cornell had the edge in the first three minutes of the first overtime with Ryan making a sensational save on Doran from in close, but BU outskated the Big Red during the last seven minutes. Dryden had brilliant saves on Boily and Bill Hinch late in the period.”

The two coaches agreed to play one more overtime period, but neither of the weary teams mounted much of an attack in the second overtime and the teams were declared tournament co-champions. Goalies Ryan (32 saves) and Dryden (40 saves) shared the MVP award.

Abbott added that “It was the first game that my Father had attended at BU so it was even more special for me. He was sitting in the first row balcony, right above our bench. Of course having seen the success that Ken had subsequent to his days at Cornell, I feel I was very fortunate to have scored at all, but it is amazing how many people remember that goal even to this day. I was especially honored by the fact that Ken still remembered me years later, even after all the Stanley Cups and the Russian experiences. His comment to me was ‘I always remember the big ones’.”

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER FOR BU HOCKEY BOOK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER FOR BU HOCKEY BOOK
BU Fans Can Obtain Signed Books Via Mail Order

BOSTON – In the national championship game in college hockey, Boston University had to go into overtime to win the big prize.

Now a special offer for Terrier hockey fans has gone into overtime as well.

Burn The Boats: A Seven-Championship Season for Boston University Hockey, written by US College Hockey Online senior writer Scott Weighart, was published last month and has proceeded to sell briskly at Agganis Arena, the BU Bookstore, and online at www.buhockeybook.com.

Initially, Mosaic Eye Publishing decided to offer fans free shipping within the United States on mail orders for the first 35 days of the regular season in honor of the Terriers’ 35-win season in 2008-09.

Now, with the holidays approaching, Mosaic Eye has decided to extend the free shipping offer with an “overtime” special geared to fans interested in purchasing the books as gifts for friends and family. As a result, the free shipping offer will continue until December 18, 2009—meaning that any offers up until that date will receive free shipping and should arrive in time for Christmas.

Additionally, a new wrinkle is now available to fans from afar. “I have done several book signings at Agganis Arena, and the response has been terrific,” Weighart says.

“Many fans have asked me to sign copies in some personalized way—sometimes as birthday presents or Christmas gifts. Eventually, we started saying, ‘Why not make this available to Terrier fans who can’t make it to the Arena?’ So now Terrier fans will have the opportunity to get a book inscribed as they wish when purchasing the book for $17 at www.buhockeybook.com.”

Here’s how it will work: When ordering online using PayPal, fans can click on “Special instructions to the seller.” After doing so, buyers can add instructions if they want a personalized comment along with author’s signature. Here are some typical choices:
· “To Katrina, Merry Christmas!”
· “To Dave, Never leave a game early!”
· “To Hannah, Keep playing hockey!”
· “To Kenny, A future Terrier!”

As always, money from each purchase of the book goes directly to the BU hockey program.

Fans should be aware of more news related to the Burn The Boats book:
· The books will be available at the Madison Square Garden concessions stands before and during the Red Hot Hockey game versus Cornell on Saturday, November 28.

· Scott Weighart will be appearing at the Pep Rally prior to the BU-Cornell game. Fans who have already purchased the book can bring their books in for signing at the Pep Rally or purchase them at concession stands to be designed before the game begins.

· Another author signing at Agganis Arena will take place before and during the game against Boston College on Saturday, December 5. Weighart will be signing books before the game from 6-7 p.m. as well as between the first and second periods.

· A book signing will also take place at the BU Bookstore in December, but the exact details are yet to be announced.

· Bernie Corbett, the Voice of Terrier Hockey, interviewed Weighart about the book for the College Hockey All-Access show on satellite radio. The broadcast should be archived and available on the Interent within a few days. Use Google to find it by searching for the November 21 show of College Hockey All-Access.

· A feature story detailing the making of the book should be available this week on goterriers.com. It is a lengthy piece entitled “A Game for the Pages.” Likewise, Weighart has completed a feature story about the Terriers’ tri-state players who will be participating in Red Hot Hockey next weekend. The story is based on interviews with Joe Pereira, Kevin Shattenkirk, Luke Popko, and Sean Escobedo.

To order the book, to read advance praise about it from Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of The Boston Globe, or to check out an excerpt from the book, go to www.buhockeybook.com. For additional information—or to arrange an interview with Weighart—please contact Ellie Boynton at info@mosaiceyepublishing.com or at 617-566-1574.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

USCHO Recap: BU 6 Harvard 5 OT

BU Pulls Out 6-5 OT Thriller
Connolly Nets Winner After Terriers Tie Game Late

By Scott Weighart, Senior Writer
ALLSTON, MA – When’s the last time you saw a hockey player score four goals and lose?

Or a team finish with a collective minus nine rating and win?Or a team take the lead four different times before losing?

Or a Boston University team score with less than 20 seconds left in regulation to tie a game before winning it in overtime?

Okay, you probably remember the last time that happened. Still, the above factoids will give you some idea of how weird and wild the game was between Boston University and Harvard in front of 3,076 at the Bright Hockey Center tonight. When the ice chips settled, the Terriers had pulled out a stirring 6-5 overtime victory, thanks to Zach Cohen’s tying goal with 19.5 seconds left in regulation and Chris Connolly’s game-winner at 2:42 of overtime.

Joe Pereira led the way for BU with two goals and two assists, while Nick Bonino added a goal and two assists for the Terriers. Yet Harvard freshman Conor Morrison—who started the night with just one goal in seven collegiate goals—stole the show individually with a stunning four-goal performance.

“Overall, it was an unbelievably exciting hockey game,” Terrier coach Jack Parker said. “I thought it was a great effort by everybody. I thought they played really hard; we played really hard. No one wanted to give up anything. When you score late like we did, it’s very fortunate to get the W. But when you score late, you’ve got the momentum going into overtime, and we certainly had that.

“I thought everybody played well on my team. We shortened the bench in the third period and went with three lines. Some guys got a little legless, but they worked like hell.”

Meanwhile, Harvard coach Ted Donato saw his team cough up a third-period lead for the fourth time in eight games this season. “Obviously, we’re disappointed,” Donato said. “You’ve got to give a lot of credit to BU. They kept coming, generated a lot of shots. Throughout the game, we kept answering back with a lot of goals and were able to maintain the lead for most of the night, but they kept coming.

“We struggled a little against their power play and were unable to keep them from getting to the net at times. Our guys battled hard, but we’ve got to do a better job of holding onto leads and closing games out.”

BU dominated play early and went ahead on their first power play of the game. Nick Bonino passed to Max Nicastro for a shot from the right point, and Pereira pounced on the rebound. At 9:11, Harvard tied it with a little puck luck, as a pass between two Terrier defensemen kicked off a referee’s skate and landed in grade ‘A’ country out front, where Morrison buried it.

BU goalie Kieran Millan gave up perhaps his softest goal of the season at 13:09, when Alex Killorn floated a backhander toward the far post from the right wing. Millan waved an arm at it but only got a piece of it, and the puck was in the net. BU go that one back during a five-minute power play following a boarding major on Brendan Rempel, as Zach Cohen tipped in a David Warsosky slapshot at 16:32.

Morrison got his second goal at 2:37 of the second period, backhanding in a rebound. But BU made it three-for-three on the power play at 6:39 when Pereira knocked in another rebound after Kevin Shattenkirk took a shot from the point.

Through two periods, all of Harvard’s goals were even strength, while all of BU’s came on the power play. As a result, BU’s combined plus-minus rating through 40 minutes was a minus 15, while Harvard was a plus 15—quite odd given that the game was tied at that point.

Morrison notched the hat trick at 5:06 of the third, driving in on the left wing before cutting across the slot with the puck on his backhand. Kevin Gilroy collided with Millan in the crease, and Morrison had that much more net to shot as a result. BU fought back to tie it yet again at 13:51 when Pereira attempted a wraparound that caromed off of Harvard goalie Kyle Richter and out to Bonino for the shot and score.

It looked as if the Crimson had the game won when Morrison scored his fourth goal of the night with just 1:18 remaining in the third. Daniel Moriarty and Chris Huxley dug the puck out of the right-wing boards to feed Morrison for the one-timer in the slot. It was the first time a Harvard player scored four times in a game since Chris Bala did it back on March 6, 1998. “We’ve been on kind of a rough stretch, so it was tough to lose it,” Morrison said. “It was a special night for me, but I’m not satisfied."

However, BU pulled Millan and scored an extra-attacker goal with just 19.5 seconds to knot the game up again. Warsofsky was cheating in on the left point, and a puck came out to him. His shot was redirected in by Zach Cohen to save the day for the Terriers.

Connolly’s goal came when Bonino attempted a wraparound, only to have the puck end up slipping through the slot to the winger at the far post. “We were fortunate enough to get it down low, cycling the puck,” Connolly said. “Nick got it in his favorite position, and I knew it was going to either go in or pop out to the other side. There was a scrum in front, so I figured I’d just wait off to the side and see what happened. I got lucky: It popped right there, and I had a wide open net.”

Jack Parker said that it was the best effort his team has shown since a 1-0 loss to Northeastern several weeks ago. “I was looking for a W, obviously, but I was more interested in our intensity—how fast we’d play and how smart we’d play,” Parker said. “We had speed and smarts tonight, that’s for sure.”

“I think it showed a lot of character tonight,” Pereira said. “Before we were kind of waiting for something bad to happen, but tonight we dug deep and responded.”BU (4-7-1) will look to keep the momentum going when playing Cornell at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, while Harvard (1-5-2) next plays ECAC opponent Dartmouth on Sunday.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

USCHO Recap: Pereira Wraps Up Terrier Win

No. 3 BU Edges No. 5 Michigan
By Scott Weighart, Senior Writer

BOSTON – It was a classic marquee matchup.

After trailing No.3 Boston University by a two-goal margin going into the third period, No. 5 Michigan stormed back to tie the game with 5:30 remaining, and they threatened to score more.

Suddenly, though, Wolverine goalie Bryan Hogan misplayed a puck behind the net, and Terrier Joe Pereira pounced on the puck for a wraparound and the decisive goal with just 2:31 remaining. Despite getting outshot 21-4 in the third period, BU emerged with a stirring 3-2 win in front of an Alumni Weekend crowd of 6,221 at Agganis Arena.

Despite giving up one bad goal, Kieran Millan played a great game in the Terrier net with 33 saves. Chris Summers led the way for Michigan with two assists. All in all, it was a gratifying first win for Terrier coach Jack Parker and his players—particularly after inconsistent showings during the first two games of the season.

“Overall I thought we played a pretty solid game in a whole bunch of different areas, but I thought that the best thing we did was we competed from the opening faceoff to the end of the game,” Parker said. “Even when we were exhausted, we were still competing real hard. We were really back on our heels in the third period—you can see that on the shot chart—and a lot of that has to do with the penalties we took. We were self-destructing with penalties, but the game was won and lost with special teams. We did a great job killing penalties.”

The latter was especially impressive considering that BU played without Luke Popko—its best forward in terms of killing two-man advantages—and then lost its best overall forward in Nick Bonino, who dislocated his shoulder in the first period. The good and bad news is that it was the first time Bonino has suffered a dislocation. Players who have no previous history of the injury have a much lower probability of a recurrence, but they also tend to have a longer recovery time. The best case has Bonino missing about three weeks, but it could be more like a month.

Meanwhile, Michigan coach Red Berenson reflected on some positives and negatives as well. “I thought it was a good game,” Berenson said. “From our standpoint, the early penalties hurt us. It’s hard to get any momentum when you’re killing penalties.

“The third period I thought our team started to compete harder and turn the wheel. College hockey is a game of momentum, and we started to get momentum. We finally got a break around the net. I like the way we were playing—just a bad goal on our goalie to decide the game.”

There were few scoring chances early in the game. The most noteworthy development was Bonino’s injury at 14:39, when he hit down hard when checked while going into the Wolverine zone. Even before he left the ice, it was obvious that he had suffered a shoulder separation—which would have been worse—or a dislocation.

On a power play, the Terriers took the lead at 16:13. Foreshadowing the clinching goal, this one was also the result of a mishandled puck behind the net by the Michigan netminder. “He played the one puck off the glass, which a goalie should never play,” Berenson said. “If the puck’s coming around the board you might play it, but not the glass. He played the first one off the glass, it took a bad bounce, and bang, it’s in our net.”

Zach Cohen scored the goal—his first of the season. “Corey Trivino was able to find the puck, and I found an open spot right in front the net,” Cohen said. “He got it out to me, and I didn’t know it was in the net at first.”

The second period featured great skating and action-packed play. BU had a great chance at 2:23 when Vinny Saponari shot, followed by Ryan Santana shooting the rebound off the post. That rebound sat in the crease, and David Warsofsky raced in and took a whack at it. Hogan stopped it—but did the puck cross the line before he did? A video review ensued after the next whistle, but the footage was too inconclusive to overrule the no-goal call on the ice.

Millan made perhaps his best save of the night at 4:20 of the period, when he was hung out to dry on a two-on-one rush. Left wing David Wohlberg was left to go mano a mano with the sophomore, and Millan stoned him.

BU made it 2-0 at 12:59 during the waning seconds of a power play. Chris Connolly got the puck along the left-wing boards and fed it to Colby Cohen at the center of the point. Unmarked, the defenseman drifted in with the puck and had ample time to set up his slapshot, which beat Hogan high glove side.

The third period was all Michigan for the first 16 minutes or so. Eric Gryba got called for a five-minute major after crunching Wohlberg into the boards at 2:15, but Michigan gave up the advantage when Chris Brown received the same call 59 seconds later. Still, Michigan gained momentum and piled up the shots. Millan looked fabulous until he surrendered a soft goal at 10:04. “It was a little mistake on my part,” Millan said. “I anticipated a rebound, and it ended up getting stuck underneath my pad. While I was rotating to make the next save, it popped up and went toward the net.” The goalie pounded his stick on the ice in frustration.

Michigan tied it up less than four minutes later, when Luke Glendening set up Matt Rust, who raced in and beat Millan with a high backhander at 14:30. Less than two minutes after that, sensing his team was exhausted and out of position, Parker called a time to give his team a breather as well as a chance to regroup.

That set the stage for Pereira’s heroics. “It was actually the end of our shift,” Pereira said. “Ryan Santana had the puck, and he saw me shooting down. He dumped it in the far corner, and the goalie went out to play the puck. I jumped, and the puck was right there. Once I got control of the puck, I knew that if I took it to the net as fast as I could it would be a good chance. I just stuffed it hard.”

“The ice is not as good as the game nears the end,” Berenson said. [Hogan’s] anticipating that the puck will move better than it did, and his decision was not good, and his execution was not good. It was a bad goal, and that’s too bad because he had a good game.”

BU (1-2-0) resumes Hockey East play with a home-and-home showdown with UMass-Lowell next weekend, while Michigan (2-2-0) travels to Lake Superior State for a pair of CCHA games.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Canadian Content

Chicago's Sahir Gill acclimates and prepares for life (and hockey) in the U.S.
Paul Shaheen - Amateur Hockey Report Senior Writer
ROI - 'The stars of tomorrow..play here today.'
October 10, 2009

It's a crisp and cool Saturday in Chicago. And though it's early morning, a 'midnight magician' is busy at work.

No, he's not pulling rabbits out of his hat, rather, he's doing something far more pedestrian for a young man of 17: He's preparing to sit for his SAT.

Sahir Gill (Terrace, BC), Chicago's electrifying rookie left wing who came to the Steel via the 2009 Royal Bank Cup champion Vernon Vipers where as a rookie last season he scored 26 goals and 56 points in 71 games, is by every indication someone who knows where he's going and exactly how he's going to get there.

Even when some things come by surprise.

Last year, the 5-10, 180 pound Gill barely made it to the BCHL. Having been cut the previous summer by the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, he made the Vipers solely on the strength of a strong training camp. Yet early on, he wasn't playing very much, or very well for that matter, until Vernon coach (and former NHLer) Mark Ferner put Gill on a line with brother act (and 2010 Quinnipiac recruits) Conner and Kellen Jones, who worked magic all their own by amassing some 151 points as the BCHL's most potent offensive line.

Not only did Vernon win the RBC, they did so in grand style, winning its last 11 post season games (Snakes with Sting--AHR May 19, 2009).

So what with Gill heading into his senior year of high school, and a chance to skate alongside the Jones brothers for yet another season, a return to Vernon seemed more or less in the cards.

Ah, but magicians never tip their hand.

Instead, having been heavily scrutinized by the Steel (who had a scout keeping an eye him all season long and who later drafted him during the 2009 USHL Entry Draft), Gill took an about face and opted to come to the USHL.

"I didn't plan on coming here at all," said the well spoken Gill, whose highlight goal from last year was a triple OT winner in game four of the BCHL championship series versus Powell River. "But I came here for camp, spoke to some people who were familiar with Chicago, and it seemed like a very good spot."

That was part of the reason he came to Chicago, but there's more.

"Here in the USHL there is lots of exposure," Gill added. I had a great spot in Vernon, but I may have felt a little too comfortable, I wanted to play (US) college hockey, so I decided to come here and get accustomed to the States."

The WHL's Vancouver Giants drafted Gill, but then traded his rights to Kamloops, which went after him heavily last spring, but has since backed off.

Gill's family, which now lives in Penticton, BC, is of Sikh Indian descent. His first name, Sahir (sa-HERE) translates most closely into 'midnight magician.' When watching Gill perform, it's obvious there's plenty in his bag of tricks.

"He is very skilled, and everybody likes him," says Steel head coach (and one-time NHL defenseman), Steve Poapst. "He competes, and that's what you want, because by doing that he will be successful."

Through three regular season games, Gill has picked up two goals and seven points, matching that of fellow top Steel scorer Andrei Kuchin, an import himself (born in 1991) from Russia.
Gill has all the tools. The only challenge now is to adapt them to a higher level of play.

"The USHL is faster paced, and a much younger league," says Gill, who is finishing his academic requirements via online correspondence with his high school back home. "Last year I was pretty young, we had nearly six kids 20 years old. There was a different feel, a lot of bigger bodies. Here, it's quicker, you can't underestimate anyone. In the BCHL, each team usually had some lines you could take advantage of, but not here. I'll be looked upon to produce more this year," added Gill, "but also play well defensively. I'm getting some penalty kill time, which I'm hoping will benefit me."

Poapst has little doubt everything will come together for Gill, as if it hasn't started to already. "He's going through the adjustments like anyone his age," said Poapst, after his team turned back Waterloo by a 6-3 score on Friday night. "This league's a little quicker, and a bit grittier. He just needs to be quicker and crisper."

Gill's parents are Bob and Kanwal. Gill's mother has a cousin in Chicago which has made it a bit easier for her to come to town and spend time watching her son. There's also an older brother, six years Sahir's elder, whom is finishing his university studies back in BC.

Having narrowed his collegiate choices to North Dakota, Minnesota, Boston University and Northeastern, Gill plans on making his 'fly downs' later in the month of October and perhaps have a decision by the end of the calendar year.

"This way," said Gill, "I can get that out of the way and focus on the year."

That's a magician for you--leaving the audience in suspense, yet always fully prepared.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

2009-10 Game Highlights

Oct. 10 - Banner-Raising Ceremony
Oct. 10 - BU 3-NTDP U18 Team 2 (exhibition)
Oct. 20 - Notre Dame 3 BU 0
Oct. 24 - BU 3 Michigan 2
Oct. 31 - Lowell 3 BU 1
Nov. 14 - BU 6 Merrimack 4
Nov. 22- BU 3 UNH 3
Dec. 4 - BU 3 Vermont 3
Dec. 5 - BC 4 BU 1
Jan. 2 - BU 7 UMass 3
Jan.8 - BU 3 BC 2
Jan. 16 - BU 6 Merrimack 4
Jan. 22 -BU 5 BC 4 OT
Jan. 23 - UNH 4 BU 1
Jan. 29 - BU 6 UMass 2
Feb. 1 - BU 2 Northeastern 1 (Beanpot)
Feb. 8 - BC 4 BU 3 (Beanpot)
Feb. 12 - BU 7 Maine 4
Feb. 13 - BU 5 Maine 2
Feb. 20 - BU 2 Providence 1
Feb. 26 - Vermont 7-BU 3
Feb. 27 - Vermont 3-BU 2
Mar. 5 - BU 5 Northeastern 4
Mar. 12- BU 3 Merrimack 2 (HE Quarterfinals)
Mar. 13- Merrimack 3-BU 2 OT (HE Quartefinals)
Mar. 14- BU 3-Merrimack 0 (HE Quarterfinals)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

2009-2010 TV & All Access Schedule

2009-10 TV Schedule

Oct. 20 vs. Notre Dame (ESPNU)
Nov. 21 vs. New Hampshire (NESN)
Dec. 11 vs. Rensselaer (NESN)
Jan. 2 vs. Massachusetts (ESPNU)
Jan. 8 vs. Boston College - Frozen Fenway (NESN)
Jan. 15 at Providence (NESN)
Jan. 22 at Boston College (NESN)
Jan. 23 vs. New Hampshire (NESN)
Feb. 1 vs. Northeastern - Beanpot (NESN)
Feb. 8 Beanpot Championship Game (NESN)
Feb. 12 vs. Maine (NESN)
Feb. 26 at Vermont (NESN)
Feb. 28 at Vermont (ESPNU)

2009-10 BU All-Access Schedule
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Oct. 10 vs. U.S. Under-18 Team
Oct. 20 vs. Notre Dame
Oct. 24 vs. Michigan
Oct. 31 vs. UMass Lowell
Nov. 14 vs. Merrimack
Dec. 4 vs. Vermont
Dec. 5 vs. Boston College
Jan. 2 vs. Massachusetts
Jan. 16 vs. Merrimack
Jan. 29 vs. Massachusetts
Feb. 13 vs. Maine
Feb. 20 vs. Providence
Mar. 5 vs. Northeastern

THFB Q&A: Chris Connolly


Duluth native Chris Connolly scored the first goal in last year’s pre-season exhibition game and then added 30 points to become the top scoring freshman. Besides holding down the left-wing spot on BU’s all-rookie line, he filled in on the Terriers’ top line when Colin Wilson was at the World Junior Championships and when Chris Higgins was injured. Coach Jack Parker expects Chris to be on one of BU’s top two lines this season. He recently answered questions from THFB contributors:

Q—Chris, you’re not the first Terrier from Minnesota. John Curry, Ryan Priem and Justin Maiser are a few of those who preceded you here. So what brought you to BU?

A—I grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and had only experienced the Midwest (Omaha and Fargo), so I wanted something completely different for my college experience. I came on my visit out to Boston already knowing how accomplished both the coaching staff and program itself were, but I also fell in love with the city.

Q—Your younger brother Jack was also a freshman last year at Minnesota-Duluth in your hometown. Did you have any interest in joining him with the Bulldogs?
A—Yes I did. It was a very difficult decision for me to turn down my home town University, especially having the chance to be a freshmen with my younger brother; but at the same time, I had also been on my own for a few years playing juniors so leaving home wasn’t an issue for me. The opportunity to play for such an historic program was too good to pass by.

Q—You became a fan favorite last year due to your non-stop motor on the ice, as well as your contributions at both ends of the ice. Has that always been your style of play?
A—Not exactly. I have always loved the offensive side of the game, but as I moved up levels from high school to juniors and juniors to college, I began to realize how important defense was. I wanted to get as much ice time as possible and have come to realize that you can earn just as much, if not more, defensively as you can offensively.

Q—Last year’s freshmen class had several players who, when the year began, were better known to BU fans—Trivino, Warsofsky, Saponari—because they were NHL draft choices. That allowed you to fly a bit under the radar in terms of expectation. But this year, expectations for you will be high. How to you plan to raise the level of your game?
A—Last year all I wanted to do was contribute as much as I could and play in as many games as possible. Every year you want to get better, and to do that, you can’t take anything for granted. Just because you played a lot last year doesn’t necessarily mean you will this year. I just try and work as hard as possible every day.

Q—You played both wing and center last season. Which do you prefer?
A—I played center throughout most of my junior career, but now that I am playing more wing, I like it a little better. I don’t dislike center by any means though.

Q—Your penalty-shot goal against BC’s John Muse had to be one of your highlights last season. Muse described your move saying “he came straight down the ice and he kind of slowed down.” Is that how you planned it? Had you been involved in shootouts while with Omaha in the USHL and used that move before?
A—I had a couple of different ideas running through my head, along with, “Oh my God!” and “Don’t mess up!” but I had used that in Omaha before and it was the move I was most comfortable with at the time.

Q—We have heard a lot about the final seconds of the championship game when Colby Cohen’s deflected shot sailed over the goalie’s shoulder, but less about how the play started. Walk us through your role in it.
A—I believe the play slowed down in our end and Colby came up the ice with the puck; he made a pass to Trivino through the middle and he deflected it into the corner. Trivino had a full head of steam and was able to forecheck the defenseman and chip the puck up the wall to me. I didn’t even have to pick my head up because I heard Shatty yelling for the puck. Shatty made an unbelievable play to Colby, and after that, I just remember standing off to the side of the net watching Colby’s shot float into the net. It was indescribable.

Q—Your line hadn’t seen much—if any—ice time during the overtime. How hard was it to just watch after playing a regular shift all game and also killing all those penalties?
A—Of course we wanted to get out there, but at the same time, we understood that at such a crucial time in the biggest game of our lives, coach was more comfortable with the upper classmen. All you can do is stay as focused as possible because you could be called upon at any moment.

Q—Coach Parker has already said that you will probably be promoted to one of the top two lines this season. How do you see your role on the team this year compared to last year?
A—We lost a lot of talented forwards, so I hope to work hard and fill some of the open roles left by those seniors. I enjoyed my role last year, now I hope I can contribute even more.

Q—In 2008 you led the Omaha Lancers to the Clark Cup title and followed that with an NCAA championship? While only a second-year player, do you feel you can help teach the freshmen what it takes to be a winner and what Jack Parker defines as “a BU hockey player”?
A—In the past two seasons I have played for two incredible coaches, Mike Hastings (Omaha) and Coach Parke. The thing they have in common is that they both demand a good work ethic. One of my favorite quotes is “hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard.” That statement sums it up for me; I’m not a big talker in the locker room, but I like to set the best example as possible by working hard.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"Burn The Boats" excerpt

Copyright 2009 by Scott Weighart – All rights reserved

MAD MEN

While BU’s inability to adapt to Vermont’s neutral-zone trap frustrated Parker, getting swept at home by the Catamounts absolutely incensed Matt Gilroy. Afterwards, the Terrier defenseman vented to assistant captain Brian Strait. “We were both really pissed off,” Strait recalls. “We knew we were a lot better than that, and the effort that we gave and the carelessness… It just wasn’t like us. I remember he stormed up to my room, fuming, right after the game on Saturday, and he said, ‘I can’t believe this. Coach is letting this happen: He didn’t yell enough.’

“And I was saying, ‘Calm down: It’s the beginning of the season.’ The next day we, the captains, went up to Coach and said, ‘It’s not going to happen again. We might lose another one—definitely we’re not losing two in a row—but we’re going to make sure that we’re not going to play like that again.’

“And Coach was kind of the same way [as me]: ‘Don’t worry about it; it’s the beginning of the season.’ And we said, ‘Look, we’re just making sure you know that that’s not going to happen again. It’s unacceptable, and if anything like that ever happens again, you have all the right in the world to blow up at us.’ But it didn’t ever happen again. We lost a couple of games. Those were our third and fourth losses, that early in the season, and the whole rest of the season we only lost two more.”

Yet the doldrums continued in the short term. Next up was a game against Atlantic Hockey rival Holy Cross. The coaches decided to bench Nick Bonino, who had cooled off dramatically after his torrid start. Taking away ice time by making a player a healthy scratch is often the m.o. to put the whole team on notice. After all, it’s sometimes impossible to bench every player who may deserve to sit.

“That not only gets Bonino’s attention, but it makes the rest of the boys say ‘He benched Bonino? Well, I could be benched pretty quickly, too,” Parker says. “Those types of things can help guys. It’s happened to a whole bunch of sophomores, forever. He got off to a great start. The puck was jumping in the net for him. Then he stopped scoring and started pressing, then he started thinking about scoring goals. When you’re playing hockey and you start worrying about scoring goals, you suck at every other aspect of the game, and then you never get the puck and you never score the goal. He went the route that many great players have gone.”

Parker refuted the notion that scratching a highly talented player is always his call; he told me that it could be any of the coaching staff making the case. “One of us would step up and say, ‘What are we accepting here?’ This kid is supposed to be a ten-beller, and we’re accepting eight bells from him. Our staff has the ability to say, ‘Don’t get fooled by this; don’t accept mediocrity.’ Nick was not trying to be mediocre. He was just out trying to do what he’s supposed to do for our team but going about it the wrong way, and he just didn’t get it until we had to sit him down and said, ‘That’s enough, Nick.’ Then he was pissed, but he realized, ‘It must be pretty bad if they’re benching me.’”

Playing without Bonino, BU went out against the Crusaders and emerged with their least inspiring victory of the whole season, a 3-2 decision that was in doubt till the final buzzer. After getting out to a 2-0 lead, the home team just about called it a night. For the first time all season, Parker reamed out his club between periods. “I remember it probably took the first 10 or 12 games before Coach came in the locker room and screamed at us to pick it up,” Jason Lawrence remembers. “Coach hadn’t come in and yelled us up to that point. So he yells at us, then he walks out, walks back in, and says, ‘I really haven’t had to yell at you guys for 12 games— that’s amazing. I’m sorry about this…”

Lawrence got called for slashing in the last minute, giving Holy Cross a better chance to tie the game. The senior would be benched for the subsequent game with St. Lawrence as a result, but fingers could be pointed at any number of culprits, afterward. “In general, with the exception of a few guys, it was a pathetic performance by my team,” Parker said at the press conference. “You’ve got to give Holy Cross credit for coming in and playing hard and saying ‘Holy Jesus! This is BU? We can play with these guys… We can more than play with these guys.’ And they did.”

Escaping with a narrow win over an Atlantic Hockey opponent with a record around .500 and a ton of freshmen and sophomores in the lineup, Parker expressed more doubt about his team than at any time previously or subsequently during the season. “I think we fell into a trap of thinking we were better than we were and now we’re in the trap of worrying about if we’re as good as we ever were or as good as we can be,” Parker said in the press conference.

“We’re so far away from where we were the first five or six game in terms of decision making and effort and skating. I thought Holy Cross looked quicker than we did.

“We’re at the point where we’re not sure if we’re any good at all.”

For his part, Matt Gilroy was mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Taking matters into his own hands, Gilroy managed to earn the wrath of his coach at the next practice. “He refused to practice hard,” Parker says. “It wasn’t anything verbal he was doing. He was coasting through drills, and I made him do one again. So he did it even slower. There were some words said on the ice but most of it was his body language, and I finally said, ‘Hey, screw.’”

Parker followed his co-captain into the locker room and gave him a tongue- lashing that harkened back to his earlier days of high-decibel coaching. “I got him out of his dressing room and into my dressing room, and I got in his face and said, ‘Who the hell do you think you are?!’ I thought this guy is too big for his britches.”

However, it’s revealing that Parker told me this story when I asked him to elaborate on something he said repeatedly later in the year—how Gilroy actually made him a better coach.

“He’s never ever admitted it, but I think he got himself thrown out of practice on purpose,” Parker says. “I think what he was telling me was ‘You should be doing this to everyone else; you’re too easy on these guys right now.’” In light of Gilroy’s complaint to Strait about Parker not getting mad enough with the team, it seems extremely likely that the altercation was a deliberate ploy on Gilroy’s part.

Copyright 2009 by Scott Weighart – All rights reserved

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Terriers in USA Hockey National Team Development

Pat Aufiero
Brett Bennett
Colby Cohen
Rick DiPietro
Jason Lawrence
Justin Maiser
Brian McConnell
Freddy Meyer
Bryan Miller
Luke Popko
John Sabo
Vinny Saponari
Kevin Shattenkirk
Brian Strait
David Warsofsky
Ryan Whitney
Colin Wilson

Future
Adam Clendening (2010)
Matt Nieto (2010)
Alexx Privitera (2011)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Baptism Of Fire



Despite being thumped, Team USA stays positive after opening USHL weekend
Paul Shaheen - Amateur Hockey Report Senior Writer
ROI - 'The stars of tomorrow..play here today.'
October 5, 2009

Getting outscored 15-6 in two games wasn't exactly what Team USA's Under 17's were looking for in their inaugural USHL weekend, but given the enormity of the task, ie: 20 wet behind the ears '93 born players getting their first taste of Tier I junior A action, one could hardly have been terribly surprised.

And yet in many ways, Team USA held its own in losing twice to Chicago in Bensenville, IL. The U-17's never backed away from physical challenges, and rarely, so it seemed, held their heads down in a defeatist way.

See our scouting notes on the weekend here (Game Report: US NTDP Select -17 v Chicago), and courtesy PointStreak, here are the two game summaries:

Game #1 Summary Game #2 Summary

"Well, we've looked better, but this is a big step up," said defenseman Alexx Privitera, the Old Tappan, New Jersey native who picked up a goal in Saturday night's 10-5 defeat. "Those guys (the Steel) are big and fast, and there's no time with the puck anymore. You get a split second, and that's it."

Under 17 head coach Ron Rolston knew only too well what his team was in for, yet found the proverbial positives in reading between the (scoring) lines.

"We knew it would be difficult," said Rolston, now in his sixth season with the US NTDP. "But it will be better for us in that (compared to season's past) we'll have cut our games down to 50 from 70. That will give us more development time, more weight room time, and more skills time in their first year."

And not unexpectedly, Rolston saw an immediate difference between where Team USA is playing now and where it had been.

"The speed and depth (in the USHL) is the biggest difference," Rolston added. "The NAHL is excellent, but there, each team had maybe one line that could really hurt you. Here, it's two or three. But it's all that we expected, it's professional, and if we want to develop elite players, we need to challenge them at an elite level."

While he admittedly has some adjusting to do, Privitera should be one of those players, if he isn't already. Having skated last year for the AAA New Jersey Avalanche U-16's, the 5-11, 175 pound Privitera sees playing in the USHL as an opportunity to truly test where he's at and how far he can go.

"You saw the game, we were getting blasted out there," said the right shooting Privitera. "It's a lot harder, but it's great. This is going to be good for us."

It surely will be, especially in lieu of Privitera's recent decision to skate for Boston University beginning in the fall of 2011.

"I made (unofficial) visits to Boston College, Harvard and Boston University. I liked them all, but I felt more comfortable with the BU coaches and I left there with a better impression."

Privitera didn't have Boston on the brain per se when it came to making a college choice, but he claims practicality played a role.

"I had visited Miami (of Ohio) last November and Wisconsin wanted me to come pay a visit as well, but if I have the situation I want that's only three hours away, I'd rather have that than have to fly three hours, you know?"

Rolston stands comfortable with Privitera's development so far.

"Defense is the hardest place to adjust," said Rolston. "Alexx has great offensive skills. What he needs to work on now is bringing a complete game to every game."

Team USA's next action comes next weekend in a two game set versus visiting Green Bay. The week after, Sioux City comes to Ann Arbor for a pair. The Under 17's will be playing the majority of Team USA's USHL matches this year, while the Under 18's will come in for a sprinkling of games throughout the year.

Below is our initial feature on Alexx Privitera from last November, as well as updated scouting

Friday, September 25, 2009

AHR Feature: Alexx Privatera


Jersey Boy
by Paul Shaheen - Amateur Hockey Report Senior Writer

November 22, 2008

New York, they say, is the 'city that never sleeps.' Across the river in New Jersey, Alexx Privitera is the defenseman that never rests.

At 5-10 and 180 pounds, a typical day for the right shooting Privitera is more akin to a Wall Street CEO than a typical 16 year-old.

"I'm up for a six am power skate, then I'm in school from eight until two, then I'm on the ice for practice at three with the high school team before hitting the gym," says Privitera, who has his mom Rissa to thank for all the support, not to mention the afternoon shuttle service.

"Then in between I'll eat and study, and then have another practice at night, and I don't get home until about 10:30, then some more studying, then to bed."

That's exhausting just to read about, but for Privitera, who's skating for the AAA New Jersey Avalanche, he wouldn't have it any other way.

"I love every minute of it, but gosh, without my parent's help and support, I couldn't do it, I feel privileged."

Privitera is indeed privileged. He comes from a good natured hard working family. His parents, Rissa and Michael, both work full-time, and Alexx has two younger brothers: Jarrid ('94) and Griffin ('97), both of whom play hockey as well.

The Priviteras work hard for their money, and for their sons, not a bit of which gets past either one of them.

"I am so lucky," says Privitera. "I attend Bergen Catholic High School (Oradell, NJ, in Bergen Country--north Jersey to be exact). "Between that and hockey, mom and dad spent a ton of money on me every year. Dad works 13 hours a day, mom drives me and my brothers all around. If not for myself, I want to succeed for them," Privitera adds. "My schedule's insane, but I hope it'll all be worth it."

So far so good on that score. Not only an excellent student, Privitera, by many accounts, is one of the top '93's in the U.S., and getting better all the time. Though he may yet consider Canadian Major A, he suggests the value of more practice time versus game action, not to mention his classroom success, will likely lead him to United States D-I.

"I could see myself playing in either situation," says Privitera, "both seem to suit my style. But I'm young, and not making any decisions right now. I just want to get stronger and improve."

Good player, good attitude, good outlook.

"Alexx is all character," says Avalanche midget minor coach (and one-time Providence Friar) John Picinic, a Fort Lee, New Jersey native who skated for the Friars in the late 1990's. "Alex is a kid who really wants it. A lot of kids say they want it but Alexx really does. for many kids, you worry if girls and parties will eventually take over their attention. But not Alexx, not only will he be a good defenseman at the next level, but there's no reason why he won't dominate."

Why's that? Let's count the ways.

Privitera has a very strong skill set. He can skate, has excellent vision, a classic high panic point, and can run a power-pay like no one's business.

"A lot of that I owe to my roller hockey days," Privitera explains. "In roller hockey, you play four-on-four. No icings, no offsides, no whistles, I could see the entire rink and everything in front of me. It helped make be better and transition to playing on ice."

These days, Privitera, a sophomore, plays for two masters. Not only is he skating for the AAA Avalanche, he's also playing for Bergen Catholic's high school team. "High school play may not be quite like playing midget minor, but it's a good experience," says Privitera. "We have a good team, and we'll play against some strong competition."

Privitera made more than a few heads turn during his summer of 2008 performance at the USA Select 15 Festival, and he's followed that up with a very impressive fall. He and the Avalanche played very well at the Nike/Bauer invitational tournament in Chicago a month ago (before falling to Little Caesars in the quarterfinals), and he continues to make observers and scouts believe in his abilities.

"He is deadly on the power play," adds Picinic. "For defensemen his age, I'm not sure anyone's better offensively."

What Privitera does, he does for himself, his parents, and someone else: his grandfather, who can now only see him in the most ethereal of ways.

"When I was young, my grandfather took me ice skating for the first time," Privitera reflects. "On his death bed, he made my mom promise she would never let us stop playing hockey, so I play for him."

And in his honor, Alexx carries his grandfather's inscription into every season, and every game.

"Each year my mom embroiders a patch on my jersey with my grandfather's initials: AJN," says Privitera. "His name was Allen Jerry Nudelman and he was born in Brooklyn. I'm not sure if I'll always be able to do this, but hopefully I will."

Needless to say, Privitera wears more than just heart and emotion on his sleeve.

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ROI Extra:

Notice the double 'X,' 'R' and 'F' in Alexx and his brother's first names? That too is in honor of their grandfather, who had two 'L's in his name....Picinic played prep hockey at Hotchkiss (Lakeville, CT) before moving onto Providence, and wishes Jersey hockey had been as far along when he was growing up as it is today. "People are taking hockey more seriously, and there's more knowledge," says Picinic, who has coached Privitera and the Avalanche '93's for the last three years. "Back then, there'd be a parent behind the bench with a cigarette doing the best he could. Now there's more sophistication, better coaching, and I think the success of the (NHL) Devils in the late 1990's made a big impact on kids."
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AHR Scouting Report: Alexx Privatera


Name: Alexx Privitera
Pos: Defense
DOB: January 18, 1993
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
Hometown: Old Tappan, NJ
CHL Status: Free Agent
NCAA Status: Boston University 2011
2007-08 Team: New Jersey Avalanche U-14
2008-09 Team: New Jersey Avalanche U-16
2009-10 Team: US NTDP
NHL Draft Eligible: 2011
AHR Rating: A

Scouted on June 27-29, 2009 @ 2009 USA Select 16 FestivalNotes: Played well but not as good as we have seen him. He sort of took a back seat to the other top defenders. Needs to assert himself more into the play and make things happen. He was very strong on the puck and at times jumped into the play as the leader of the offense, we would just like to see him do that much more often. He has very good hands and competes very hard. He will be in Ann Arbor with the NTDP team next season where he should do well. AHR Rating: A

Submitted By An AHR Scout April 1, 2009
Notes: Is a strong puck handler with very good ice vision. He is offensive and likes to make the long pass. He skates very well and is strong on the puck. Has pretty much told everyone he is going to the NCAA so where he goes in the OHL Draft is anyone’s guess. AHR Rating: AA

Scouted on October 31, 2008 @ 2008 Nike/Bauer Invite
Notes: Excellent showing as he has started to blossom as a leader on his team. He was always around the puck creating or making defensive plays. He played well at both ends of the ice and showed his very good skating and speed many times. His hands can place the puck anywhere needed on the ice. He is an offensive minded defender who can make a super pass through the neutral zone. He likes to hit and has a solid frame. Has NHL potential. AHR Rating: AA

Scouted on Aug 3-8, 2008 @ 2008 USA Select 15 Festival
Notes: One of the best in the festival and his class. He was a solid defender who made very few mistakes. He has good size with a solid build and was also solid and strong on his skates. He had a very good sense for the game and where the play was going. He was able to make a crisp pass and move the puck around the offense with ease. He was very patient within the play not trying to force the issue. We watched him make a perfect open ice pass through the neutral zone placing the puck right on the stick of a streaking player who went in all alone for a goal. His physical play was very good as well, lots of potential here. Has pro potential. The OHL will be watching him this season. AHR Rating: A

Scouted on Aug 3-8, 2008 @ 2008 USA Select 15 Festival
Notes: Another Scouts Notes: By far the best power play defenseman in his age group at the Festival. He has soft hands, a quick release, and can skate with the best of them at this age group. Big upside! AHR Rating: A

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

East Coast Selects '89--2004 Mission Cup Champs


East Coast Selects won the 2004 Mission Cup Tournament in Montreal.
Back row: Colby Cohen is 2nd from left and Ben Rosen is 5th from left.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

HockeysFuture.com's Top 20 Prospects, Fall 2009

Nashville Predators
1. Colin Wilson, C, 19
Acquired: 7th overall, 2008

Wilson took a sizeable step forward this past season, scoring 55 points in 43 games for Boston University despite being one of the youngest players on the team. His output was a 20-point jump over his freshman effort in 2007-08. This past May, Wilson was the only non-NHL player selected to represent the US at the IIHF World Championships.

Wilson's combination of size and natural offensive abilities make him as close to a "sure thing" that exists in the Predators organization currently. At 6'1" and 215 pounds, the 19-year-old has an NHL-ready frame. He may be ready to push for a spot on the Predators out of training camp this year, but he is perhaps more likely to start with the farm club in Milwaukee.

Pittsburgh Penguins
4. Brian Strait, D - 6.5B
6’1, 200 pounds
3rd round, 65th overall, 2006
January 4th, 1988

It was an exciting spring for the Boston native as he helped the BU Terriers to an NCAAchampionship on April 11th and watched the Penguins march to the Stanley Cup. After weighing his options, Strait opted to forgo his senior year of college and sign with the Penguins.

A player who does not excel in any one facet of the game but thinks the game at a higher level than most, Strait is never the flashiest player on the ice, but typically the most reliable. A smart, stay-at-home defenseman, he has been compared favorably to former Penguin defenseman Rob Scuderi on many occasions. While that comparison is fairly accurate, Strait is farther along developed at his age than Scuderi and should be able to make a more immediate impact at the professional level.

Strait can play on both special teams, has an underrated shot from the point, and is excellent with gap management. He uses his stick effectively to break up passing lanes and has a quick outlet pass. He will never deliver earth shattering body checks but the thickly built defender can effectively use his body to separate opponents from the puck.

The Penguins are fairly set with their defensive group for the 2009-10 season so unless injuries hit, Strait should be starting the season in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.

Anaheim Ducks
14. Nick Bonino, C - 6.5C
6'1, 202 pounds
6th round, 173rd overall, 2007

Bonino was taken by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round of the 2007 draft as a big high school center who dominated in Connecticut. During his freshman year at Boston University, he far exceeded all expectations by becoming the top rookie goal scorer in all of Hockey East by finding the twine 16 times for a total of 29 points in 39 games.

If he exceeded expectations in 2007-08, then he would shatter them in 2008-09 with a performance good enough to finish second on the team in scoring only behind the Nashville Predators' top prospect, Colin Wilson. In 44 games, Bonino tallied 18 goals and assisted on 32 others for 50 points on the year. If he continues to progress this well and dominate at BU, the former sixth round selection may turn into a solid NHL center some day. Like many bigger forwards he has issues with his skating and speed, but his vision, hands, and passing are enough to give him a legitimate shot at the NHL.

Atlanta Thrashers
10. Vinny Saponari, RW 7.5D
6’0, 180 pounds
4th Round, 94th Overall, 2008

Saponari, a 2008 draft pick, was not only born in, but also developed in Georgia.

Saponari spent last season playing with his older brother Victor for the national title-winning Boston University Terriers, collecting eight goals and 17 points in 44 games. He has energy on the ice and tenacity when forechecking. As he progresses, he will need to improve his skating and play with the puck. He returns to BU this fall.

Detroit Red Wings
18. Max Nicastro, D – 6.5C
6’2, 189lbs.
Acquired: 3rd round, 91st overall, 2008

Mobile defender Nicastro was able to improve during his second year of play in the USHL, putting up 31 points in 57 games with the Chicago Steel. He heads to Boston University this fall.

New York Islanders
11. Corey Trivino, C, 19
Acquired: 2nd round, 36th overall, 2008

Trivino attracted a lot of attention in 2007-08 while playing for the Stouffville Spirit of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League. He posted 19 goals and 50 assists in 39 games with the Spirit and another five goals and 17 assists in 15 playoff contests. He represented Canada at the 2008 U18 World Championships and turned in a strong performance with four goals and three assists in seven games. Trivino moved to Boston University and appeared in 32 games for the Terriers in 2008-09, scoring six goals and seven assists en route to a NCAA championship. Trivino will return to BU next season and will likely see an increased role since many of the top forwards from the championship team have moved on.

St. Louis Blues
15. David Warsofsky, D - Boston University
Drafted: Round 4, 95th overall, 2008
Born: 5-30-1990
5'8, 160 lbs

Part of the national champion Boston University team, Warsofsky looked very good on the offensive side of the ice this season. He led Hockey East freshmen defensemen with 23 points in 45 games. His size was not an issue while on the offensive, but he was exposed on the defensive side of the ice at times.

Warsofsky is very quick and knows what to do with the puck. He is not a defensive liability, but he must build muscle in order to make up for his size. If he gets a little bigger, he can become a serviceable offensive defenseman in the NHL.

Ottawa Senators
19.(NR) Eric Gryba, D
Rating: 6.0C
Acquired: 2006 draft, 68th overall

The big 6’3, 215 lbs defender had a solid year at Boston University, recording six assists and 106 penalty minutes in 45 games. He played his typical physical, shutdown game, providing BU with a gritty edge to their defense corps. He also showed his defensive chops at Senators development camp, easily handling many opposing forwards with his massive frame.

Despite his defensive acumen, Gryba must get faster to play at the NHL level. But his hitting game and grit are exactly the type of style that Murray likes. Gryba will never be an offensive threat, but with some more development, he could turn into a solid bottom pairing defender. He’ll be returning to BU for his final year of college hockey.

New York Rangers
9. (NA) Matt Gilroy, D
Grade: 7.0B
Acquired: Free Agent, Signed 4/17/09
Age: 25

Gilroy was signed by the Rangers this past April after being named the 2008-09 Hobey Baker Award winner. The North Bellmore, New York native had patrolled the blueline for Boston University for four years, and during his senior year was the national championship team’s captain.

The signing was a coup for the Rangers, as there were several other teams that made offers to Gilroy that were quite enticing. A solid puck mover, with a heavy shot, and good patience with the puck, Gilroy was one of the standouts in the Rangers’ Development Camp this past summer.

There is an expectation that he will become an NHL roster member out of training camp. However, should he not be ready for the jump to the NHL, he will begin the season in Hartford and be a mid-season call-up to the NHL team.

Dallas Stars
7. (NR) Alex Chiasson, RW – 7.0 D
2nd round (38th overall) in 2009

Chiasson was able to stand out on an otherwise forgettable Des Moines team in 2008-09. The 6-foot-4 winger tallied 50 points and 101 PIMs in 56 games and was named to the USHL All-Rookie Team. Chiasson uses his strength on the puck and great body position in combination with his smooth hands. As a power forward with great offensive ability, Chiasson’s potential is very high, but work ethic issues make him somewhat boom or bust. Chiasson begins play at Boston University this year.

Colorado Avalanche
2. (1) Kevin Shattenkirk, Defense, 20, 8 B
Acquired: 1st Round, 14th Overall, 2007 Entry Draft

2008-09 will certainly be a year to remember for Colorado’s top defensive prospect. After a strong showing for the USA during the World Junior Championship, Shattenkirk played a pivotal role in the Boston University Terriers national championship win, leading the team in plus/minus and quarterbacking their second-ranked power play.

Shattenkirk is an excellent leader, whose greatest strengths are his smooth skating, vision and strong point shot. Drawbacks thus far have been his size and defensive play, and at 5’11 and weighing in less than 200 lbs, Shattenkirk does not match up well with larger NHL forwards. That being said, he will have to get stronger physically and improve his defensive zone awareness to reach his full potential.

Shattenkirk returns to BU this season to serve as captain. It is expected that he will begin his professional career as early as the 2010-11 season.

6. (5) Colby Cohen, Defense, 20, 7 C
Acquired: 2nd Round, 45th Overall, 2007 Entry Draft

Another BU Terrier, Cohen’s 2008-09 campaign was for the most part a successful one. After doubling his regular-season point total (32) from the previous season and finishing second in defensemen scoring, Cohen would go on to have a very successful Frozen Four Tournament, scoring the game-winning goal in the final game and being named Tournament MVP.

Like Terrier teammate Shattenkirk, Cohen is at his best playing an offensive role from the back end, with his biggest strength being a booming right-handed shot. His defensive game, however, leaves much to be desired as was the case during the Terriers regular season which saw Cohen benched on more than one occasion after sub-par defensive play.

Cohen returns to BU for his junior season and will have to work hard on improving his defensive game, before beginning his professional career.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

AHR Scouting Reports: Cason Hohmann

Name: Cason Hohmann
Pos: Forward
DOB: January 10, 1993
Height: 5-8Weight: 165
Hometown: Arlington, TX
NCAA Status: Boston University 2011-12
2008-09 Team: Compuware U-16
2009-10 Team: Cedar Rapids-USHL
NHL Draft Eligible: 2011
AHR Rating: BBB

Scouted on June 27-29, 2009 @ 2009 USA Select 16 Festival
Notes: Played very well highlighting his super fast skating and terrific hands. He was always bringing the puck up ice and making plays with great work in tight and crisp passes. He is an exciting player to watch who has excellent skills. The only knock is his size at 5-8/165 he can get pushed around, but he is so elusive on the ice he doesn't get hit much. Our fear is if he does go to the WHL, which we hear he may want to, that a much better skating group of players will tag him up a few times. Not sure why he wasn't offered a spot right away for the NTDP? A high end player who would be a great NCAA playmaker. AHR Rating: BBB

Scouted on Nov. 15-16, 2008 @ 2008 MWEHL Minor Showcase
Notes: Another great performance from this dynamic player. He is a great fore checker who causes many turnovers and in turn scoring chances. His hands are great as well, whether in tight or in open ice he can do just about anything he wants with the puck. He does lack size but has super fast skating and sees where the play is going before it happens. Despite how much we love him we think he will be a good college player and that’s it as for right now. Should be invited to the US NTDP camp next spring. AHR Rating: BBB

Scouted on October 31, 2008 @ 2008 Nike/Bauer Invite
Notes: Super talented small spitfire. He has super great hands, able to make a play in tight or undress a defender at will. couple his hands with his extreme speed and you have a high end player. He is an excellent skater who can be at full speed in just a couple strides. He forechecks very well causing turnovers. He is not afraid to go to net, whether he will do that against much bigger players is yet to be seen. His size is a bit of a liability as he was knocked off the puck despite being pretty strong on his skates. Portland grabbed his rights in the WHL last spring.AHR Rating: BBB

Scouted on Aug 3-8, 2008 @ 2008 USA Select 15 Festival
Notes: Looked very good every game. He has a ton of potential but seems a bit raw at times. He showed his speed and puck skills by skating end to end many times on breakaways. He seems comfortable in any situation and can shot the puck very well. Was the second American taken in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft by Portland. Going to play for Compuware Minor AAA next season. An NCAA prospect. AHR Rating: BBB

Scouted on Aug 3-8, 2008 @ 2008 USA Select 15 Festival
Another Scouts Notes: Can this kid fly? He is extremely good in all areas. He has a great stick and his explosive skating allows him to control the tempo of the game. He will play at a high level Division 1 program and beyond. AHR Rating: BBB

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Game That Never Was

The Game That Never Was

By David Warner, BU ‘73

On December 13 1972, there was the game that never was.

There have been many memorable games played between Cornell and Boston University. The 1972-73 team included six seniors (Larry Abbott, Ray Cournoyea, Steve Dolloff, Mike LeGarde, David Warner, David Wisener) who were a part of the 1971 and/or the 1972 NCAA championship squads. In December 1971, we were edged by Cornell, 3-2, at the Syracuse Holiday Tournament final as the Big Red avenged the previous season’s 6-5 ECAC consolation game loss, which put BU into the 1971 NCAA tournament. Later, Cornell came into our new Walter Brown arena for the season finale and beat us again, 3-2, for our only home defeat that season. That win earned Cornell the top seed in the upcoming ECAC tournament at Boston Garden.

Going into the 1972 ECAC tournament, we had only lost four games all year, two of those to Cornell. Everything that was to happen from here on out was magical and would impact hockey at BU for the next 35 years.

Those two losses were enough for us to remember and, as a group, rise up and smother Cornell, 4-1, in the ECAC final and shut them out 4-0 in the NCAA championship game. The 1971-72 BU team was like no other. There was a confident locker room attitude that carried out to the ice surface. This team was explosive on offense and stingy on defense. There were 18 players that had been on both NCAA teams. It might just have been the greatest collegiate team ever assembled. Editor’s note: Coach Jack Kelley said of the ’71-72 team, “I always felt this group could win any game when they put their minds to it.”

The 1972-73 team found itself minus a staggering nine letterman lost to graduation and four other key players who turned pro before their senior years. Ric Jordan and Bob Brown followed Coach Jack Kelley to the new WHA New England Whalers organization, Ron Anderson signed with the Bruins; AHL team and Bill Flynn went to the International League.

Still, things were not really that bad because the sophomore class was as good as or better than graduated letterman when they were sophomores. They were a scoring machine. Paul O’Neil would score 35 goals in 28 games, while Vic Stanfield and Bill Burlington would end up All-Americans the following season. Freshman Peter Brown would become an All-American in his senior year. All totaled, the 71-72 and 72-73 teams had eight current or future All-Americans: John Danby, Dan Brady, Steve Dolloff, Ed Walsh and Bob Brown are the others.

On December 13th, we traveled to Cornell’s Lynah arena with a 6-1 record and a number one national ranking. There, we handed Cornell its worst home defeat in school history: a 9-0 drubbing. While it was a solid team effort, one Terrier stood out with three goals, sophomore Dick Decloe. The hattrick gave him nine goals in eight games and it looked like he might have All-American credentials in his future, too. But the matter of a $189.33 school tax and the actions of then Cornell AD John Anderson paved the way for what became known as “L’affair Decloe.”

While Decloe, a tall lanky winger, played junior hockey in Ontario, his Jr. A team had paid a provincial school tax on Dick’s behalf, unbeknownst to Decloe and his family. This was considered an unauthorized educational expense that would make the recipient a professional and ineligible to play college hockey. Tom Burke of The Hockey News commented “How many preppies get their expenses paid to some of the prep schools by the colleges they eventually attend?” Imagine nowadays, we have the $40,000 a year student-athlete who leaves after a year or two for a multimillion-dollar NHL contract.

One of Cornell’s players, a teammate of Decloe in Ontario, had previously been declared ineligible. Anderson and Coach Dick Bertrand conveyed the similarity of Decloe’s situation to the ECAC, ostensibly to rectify their own player’s situation. Or maybe just maybe it was those three straight losses to BU by a combined 17-1 score that pushed their buttons!!

BU’s Athletic Director Warren Schmakel reacted angrily to the Cornell actions. “I’m disappointed that Cornell didn’t contact me directly,” he said. “I don’t think they should have gone to the ECAC.” He added that he couldn’t understand why Cornell didn’t directly fight the earlier decision instead of using Decloe as a “lever” to have that decision reverse, according to The Daily Free Press.

Declared ineligible, Dick left school and returned to Toronto where he would win a Memorial Cup with the Howe brothers. Editor’s Note: Decloe later represented Holland in the same 1980 Winter Olympics in which four Terriers led the U.S.A. to its miracle gold medal.

To the six seniors, the 9-0 blowout in Ithaca became “The Game That Never Was!” The Terriers had to forfeit eleven wins. Our record went from an 11-4 to a 0-15, from national ranking to the bottom of the pile.

I suppose the seniors could have looked at our championship rings and kissed off the season. No one would have blamed us, but we decided that the “sweaty-palmed men who run the ECAC” (according to the Boston Globe’s Mike Lupica) would not deter us while we were on the ice. Four things were written on the dressing room chalkboard: Beanpot, ECAC, Cornell and the NCAA. These things were our goals! For the next 12 games, we were undefeated with an 11-0-1 mark, the best streak in the country. That run included a 4-1 victory against BC for the Beanpot championship, the third in a row for the seniors.

Before our final regular season game, the ECAC playoff seedings were announced. We were seeded fourth instead of number one, a distinction that went to Cornell. In a lackluster performance, we lost that game in Providence, 3-0. Still, we were on to the playoffs for a home game against Penn.

Perhaps we had our sights on Cornell or maybe we peaked too early having to win virtually every one of our last games just to get home ice. Or perhaps the fired up Penn team wanted to win this one for their coach, Bob Crocker. Ironically, Crocker, a BU grad and former frosh coach, had been passed over for the BU varsity job in favor or Leon Abbott when Jack Kelley left for the pros. Many of the players agreed that we had looked past Penn and only saw Cornell.

I think all of us wanted, at the least, to hip check a Big Red into the stands at Boston Garden in the ECAC final game.

Oh, I did mention earlier that it was magical time and that the “Decloe affair” would impact BU hockey for the next 35 years? Cornell set off a chain of events that isn’t talked about much. We were forced to win all those games and peaked far too early. Coach Leon Abbott lost a third ECAC quarterfinal game (the previous two, by 11-0 and 8-2 scores, were against BU while he coached RPI). Then six games into the following season, Abbott was dismissed by BU. Maybe it had to do with quarterfinal losses or recruitment procedures; no one will say. The reins were handed to Jack Parker and, as they say, the rest is history.

As for me and my fellow 72-73 senior teammates, we wish that we’d had that one last chance at Cornell. But we can look at and polish our NCAA championship rings, knowing that BU has won two more NCAA championships since then and has reached the title game three more times. The talk in Boston for many years was about the “curse of the bambino”. Just think, Cornell has not been to an NCAA final game since losing to BU, 4-0, in 1972. Maybe that is “the curse of Dick Decloe.”

GO BU!!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Looking back: Five rings

People continue to speculate as to where this season's team ranks amongst the other four NCAA Title winners. Each teams commends itself for various reasons. I tend to be partial in terms of the first two title winners as I am most familiar with the dynamics of those two squads. I make no judgments, but set forth some of the key points regarding all of the teams. One interesting dynamic is that each of the five teams had quality offense, solid defense, good goaltending and the many solid workmanlike players whose efforts may not have been reflected on score sheets but were valuable throughout the season.

The 1970-71 team was our first to win it all and only the 5th Eastern team to do so in the first 24 years of final four play. The team was dominant offensively scoring 210 goals while allowing but 60 in 31 games. The power play boasted an astonishing 40.2% success rate. 9 players hit double digits in goal scoring (John Danby 28, Steve Stirling 27, Toot Cahoon 24, Bob Gryp 20, Ron Anderson 20, Bob Brown 17, Wayne Gowing 16, Steve Dolloff 15, and Ric Jordan 12). 50 point scorers included Stirling 70, Danby 64, Brown 60 and Jordan 50. Team boasted solid defense. Goalies Dan Brady and Tim Regan each put up 3 shutouts and as the team averaged 6.60 goals per game while allowing 1.91. The squad was 24-1-1 in the regular season but was upset in the semifinals of the ECAC by Harvard. Winning a hard fought consolation game over Cornell boosted the record to 26-2-1 and the selection committee picked the team to be the #2 eastern seed for the final four. The team justified the selection beating Denver and Minnesota, both by 4-2 scores, to win that first title.

The 1971-72 team was the first team to play in the Walter Brown Arena and became the first and to date only Eastern team to win back to back NCAA titles. It put up 155 goals (4.85 per game) while allowing 69 (2.16 per game). Danby and Brown each scored 50 points while Danby led 7 double digit goal scorers with 26. After losing the regular season title to Cornell in the last game of the year. It was totally dominant in the 5 games of the post season beating RPI (8-2), Harvard (3-1) and Cornell (4-1) to give BU it's first League tournament title ending many years of frustration in that tournament. The team won the NCAA in spite of losing 2 regulars (Goalie Dan Brady and defenseman Bob Murray) to injury. Tim Regan who had spent most of the season with the silver medal winning US Olympic team literally came off the bench to backstop the title pitching a shutout 4-0 over Cornell in the NCAA Championship game to win Most Outstanding Player honors. Danby had as good a post-season as anyone has had for BU, scoring 8 goals and 5 assists in 5 games, including the hat trick in the 3-1 ECAC semifinal win over Harvard and the hat trick in the 4-1 NCAA semifinal win over Wisconsin.

The 1977-78 team dominated much like the 1970-71 team but like that team was unable to get past the league semifinal tournament game losing to Providence 5-1. After winning the consolation game over Brown the team was 27-2 and the NCAA Selection committee determined that a qualifying game would be played between BU and Providence in Providence to determine the ECAC #2 team who would join tournament champion BC in the final four. BU prevailed 5-3 over PC at Schneider Arena and returned to Providence Civic Center for the NCAA where they beat defending champion Wisconsin 5-2 and BC in the title game 5-3. This team boasts the highest winning percentage of a BU team (.937) and Mark Fidler (30) led 8 goal scorers in double digits with Dave Silk (27) and John Bethel (25) joining him in the 20 goal club. Team scored 199 goals (average 6.13) while allowing 127 (average 3.92). Terriers converted 32% on the power play. Like its predecessors the team had solid goaltending with Jim Craig and Brian Durocher and had solid defensemen as well as those would could score from the blueline. 50 point scorers included Fidler (64), Bethel (63), Dick Lamby (59), Silk (58) and Jack O'Callahan (55). BU teams of the 1970's dominated the ECAC and won three NCAA crowns.

The 1994-95 team ended a 17 year drought along with 4 years of final four frustration in the 1990's when it beat Minnesota 7-3 in the semifinal and Maine 6-2 in the title game . The team also had the honor of winning the final Beanpot and final college game played in Boston Garden (HE Final) before the building was torn down to be replaced by the present building. The team was loaded in terms of scoring distributed over 4 lines. 10 players hit double digits in goals: Jacques Joubert 29, Mike Grier 29, Chris O'Sullivan 23, Shawn Bates 18, Mike Prendergast 17, Steve Thornton 17, Bob Lachance 12, Chris Drury 12, Ken Rausch 12, and Mike Sylvia 10. 50 point scorers were O'Sullivan 56, Grier 55, and Joubert 52. Team had seven solid defensemen maybe the most depth ever at that position. Team scored 224 goals (5.60 average) while allowing 117 (2.93). Tom Noble and Derek Herlofsky provided solid tandem goaltending much the same as its predecessor title teams. The team tied for the league regular season title but was seeded second in the quarterfinal round.

The 2008-2009 team, however, accomplished something that sets it apart from the others: win the league regular season title outright, win the Beanpot, win the League tournament, and win the NCAA. Like its counterparts the team was solid in all phases, had offensive defensemen, defensive defensemen, and role players who could transition seamlessly as needed. The team recorded the most wins in school history with a 35-6-4 record. The team consistently came up large when needed in the post season (putting the health of some of us older folks at risk) beating BC 3-2, Lowell 1-0 in the HE Title game. UNH 2-1 in the regional final inside the last 20 seconds, Vermont in come from behind fashion in the NCAA semifinal and, of course, the incredible win in the title game.

There are differences between the teams. For example, in 1970-71 and 1971-72 you could not check in the offensive zone. Freshmen were not eligible and we only began to play four lines in the regular season finale against Cornell and in the ECAC and NCAA tournaments. Today you have four lines and six defensemen.

I think also that the top flight players of one era could play in other eras as well because they brought superb skills to the table whether it be scoring, playmaking, defense or goaltending.All 5 teams had players beyond the acknowledged stars who complimented and filled out the squad.

It may be harder to get to the Frozen Four these days but for a long time you had to be #1 or#2 in the league tournament to make it. Teams like Vermont this year would not have made it to the NCAA after having been ousted in the quarterfinal of their league tournament.I think it's fair to say that there are more schools playing the game and thus greater distribution of talent.

I can also say that the NCAA Title and Frozen Four was not promoted in the way it is today. The Frozen Four while in the shadow of March madness nevertheless is on a National stage. It has reached a magnitude that was not there in 1971 and 1972. When we won in 1971 it was a fairly small celebration in the hotel in Syracuse. The next day we rode the bus home, went to the Dugout and Jimmy O'Keefe closed it to all but the team and we had a great time. In 1972 the security at the Sonesta herded people into their rooms at some point ending the revelry although others went to the Dugout.

The 1995 game was played at noon time and I recall the team heading back to Boston on the bus. The team was recognized by the Governor and Mayor Menino.

I have never seen a display of fan support and enthusiasm that I saw at the team hotel following the Miami game. The band, students cheering, alumni, parents and team all mingled enjoying what had just transpired. The parade was an amazing turnout and even at the banquet the lines seeking autographs stretched beyond the confines of the Sherman Union.

To the student fans who are leaving, you can always support the team whether near or far. We all go through establishing careers and having families and as such our ability to support the team may not be in the manner in which we would like. However when you reach my age (and don't rush it) and the children are grown and you have found some stability it is a great thing especially if you live close by and are able to take advantage of the chance to be at the games. I will never forget the organized cheering and chants at the Frozen Four both at the arena and then at the Hotel.

The five NCAA title-winning teams have a special place in the program's history because they each attained the ultimate goal. They each deserve the accolades of our fan base. But we should always remember that each and every team owes so much to those who came before who worked hard to put each of these teams into position where they could reach the lofty heights.

Finally let's not forget the Coaches, Jack Kelley and Jack Parker, who have placed their brands on the program. The wisdom and stability that each brought to BU hockey, and the contributions of fine assistants over the years have played a huge part in the success BU has enjoyed

Sunday, May 10, 2009

2007-2008 Video Highlights

Nov. 24--BU 6 Cornell 3 (at Madison Square Garden)
Dec. 3o--BU 5 Merrimack 2
Feb. 15--BU 2 Maine 1 OT
Feb. 16--BU 1 Maine 0 OT
Feb. 23--BU 3 Northeastern 2
Feb. 29--BU 3 Massachusetts 0
Mar.7--BU 2 Providence 0
Mar. 16--BU 4 Lowell 2

Milestone goals and games

We're building a video clip library of memorable goals and games, beginning with a collection from blog contributor Sean Pickett. Check back periodically as new clips are acquired and added.
2-6-78: Beanpot Opener—BU thumps BC 12-5 as the Blizzard of '78 brings Boston to a standstill.
2-22-80: Miracle on IceFour Terriers, captain Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig, Jack O'Callahan and David Silk help lead Team USA for the Olympic upset of the ages. Eruzione's third-period goal is the game-winner and Craig bars the door to any Soviet comeback. Team USA wins, 4-3. Two days later, they win the gold medal.
2-9-87: Beanpot Championship—Mike Kelfer scores game-winner on a turnaround shot to beat Northeastern, 4-3 in overtime.
3-6-87: Mike Kelfer scores with one second left in regulation to beat Lowell, 3-2, at Walter Brown Arena.
2-6-89: Beanpot semifinal—Mike Sullivan scores shorthanded to tie Northeastern with 3:00 minutes remaining. Chris Lappin scores his second career goal in overtime for a 5-4 win.
3-24-90: NCAA Quarterfinals— Third-period goals by Mike Sullivan and Tony Amonte lead BU past Michigan State, 3-2, tying the best-of-three series.
3-25-90: NCAA Quarterfinals—Down 3-1 in the second, BU scores four times to eliminate the Spartans, 5-3 and move on to the Frozen Four.
3-10-91: Hockey East Championship—Shawn McEachern scores take a Tony Amonte pass beats Garth Snow with a backhander to beat Maine in overtime, 4-3.
3-30-91: NCAA Championship game: Scott Lachance's lunging pass sets up David Sacco who knots the title game at 7-7 in the final minute of regulation, but BU would fall to Northern Michigan in 3OT by an 8-7 score.
11-15-91: Mike Prendergast scores a shorthanded, game-winning goal with 21 seconds left to beat Maine, 5-4, at Walter Brown Arena.
2-19-93: Mike Prendergast scores the game-winner in overtime at Alfond Arena as BU handed the Black Bears their only defeat of the season, 7-6.
12-31-94: Mariucci Classic Championship—Ken Rausch receives a beautiful pass from Chris Drury and scores the winner against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in overtime, 4-3.
4-1-95: NCAA Championship—Steve Thornton wins the face-off and scores the first goal of the game late in the first period. Mike Sylvia scores off of a slick Shawn Bates pass in the third period to make it 4-2 en route to the Terriers’ 6-2 win over Maine. Full-game highlights.
1-5-97: Mike Sylvia skates out from the corner and scores in overtime to beat New Hampshire, 3-2, at the Whittemore Center.
3-22-97: NCAA Regional Championship—Chris Drury converts the rebound of a Chris Kelleher shot in overtime to send “a few good men” to Milwaukee for the Frozen Four.
3-27-97: Terriers avenged their loss to the Michigan Wolverines in the previous year's Final Four, taking down the top seed in the NCAA semifinals, 3-2, on goals by Chris Heron, Tommi Degerman and Greg Quebec.
2-9-98: Beanpot Championship—Nick Gillis tips in Tom Poti’s shot from the face-off circle to win in overtime, beating Harvard, 2-1, for the Beanpot title.
2-1-99: Beanpot semifinal—Russ Bartlett dives to redirect Chris Heron’s pass into the net for the overtime winner as BU beat BC 3-2.
12-4-99 vs Massachusetts—Tommi Degerman scores with 17 seconds left in overtime to win it for the Terriers.
1-16-00: Dan Cavanaugh scores the game-tying goal against Maine (3-3) with 3:40 to play and climbs onto the dasher in front of Section 7 at Walter Brown Arena.
3-14-03: Hockey East semifinal—Against BC, Justin Maiser knocks down the puck with his stick, turns and fires it into the net for the game-tying goal with 3:22 to go in the third. Then, completing a hattrick, Maiser scores the game-winner in double overtime (6-5) to put the Terriers in the Hockey East championship for the first time since 1997.
3-6-04: David van der Gulik scores in overtime to beat New Hampshire, 4-3, in the final regular season game, leapfrogging BU over Northeastern into 8th place to qualify for the Hockey East Tournament.
12-3-04: Jack Parker’s 700th win—Brad Zancanaro scores the game-winner to beat BC 3-2.
1-2-05: Final game at Walter Brown— Memories of WBA; Minnesota edges the Terriers, 2-1.
1-3-05: First game at Agganis Arena— Travis Roy drops the first puck and Brad Zancanaro scores the first goal as BU beats Minnesota, 2-1.
2-7-05: Beanpot semifinal— John Laliberte scores twice to lead BU past BC, 2-1.
2-14-05: Beanpot Championship Bryan Miller scores BU's first goal; then his end-to-end rush in overtime sets up Chris Bourque's game-winner as the Terrier edge Northeastern, 3-2.
2-6-06: Beanpot semifinalChris Higgins scores highlight reel goal (#2 on ESPN) en route to 5-3 win against Harvard.
3-18-06: Hockey East Championship Game—Brandon Yip finishes a 3-on-2 rush in overtime to beat BC, 2-1, for BU’s first Hockey East title since 1997.
2-12-07: Beanpot Championship Brian McGuirk scores from a faceoff to give BU a 2-1 overtime win over BC for its 28th title.
4-1-09: NCAA Championship: "The D.C. Miracle." A pair of goals in the final minute of regulation by Zach Cohen and Nick Bonino bring BU back from a 3-1 deficit; then, Colby Cohen's deflected curveball in overtime makes the Terriers 4-3 winners and national champs for the fifth time. (Full game highlights)
1-8-10: Frozen Fenway: Wade Megan's second-period goal, batted out of the air, proves the game winner as BU bested BC, 3-2, at a sold-out Fenway Park in the teams' first-ever outdoor matchup.
3-17-13: Jack Parker's final game behind the bench at Agganis Arena is a 5-3 win over Merrimack in the quarterfinals sending the Terrier to the Hockey East semifinal