Friday, October 30, 2009

Weekend Preview: Bu and Umass Lowell

This weekend's mach up between the River Hawks and the Terriers will be a home and home series. Tonights game is in the Tsongas Arena and Saturday's game is to be played at the Agganis Arena in Boston. The River Hawks were (as of the 26th) ranked number one in the Hockey East Power rankings.
Lowell came out of last week end with two easy wins over Northeastern and Colgate. With the two wins last weekend the River Hawks brought their win total to 3 and their over all recored to 3-1. The Terriers are fresh of their fist win of the season with a big win over the University of Michigan. It should be close but I think that the teams will both win one game over the weekend.

The last time they met
The last time Lowell and Bu facedoff was the Hockey East championship game in late March. The Terriers won the game behind great goal tending By Millain (photo to the right) and some help from the refs. late in the second period lowell seamed to have tied the game 1-1. The refs reviewed the play and the goal was called off. In my mined the River Hawks screwed. Who knows what would have happened if that was a goal. You make the call after you view this video clip 

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Pereira, BU, Wraparound Michigan

 Cohens lead the way
Late in the first period the Terriers grabbed the lead on the power play. The goal was scored by Zach Cohen his first of the year, on a bad play by Michigan goalie Ben Hogan. Hogan tried to bank the puck of the glass to get the puck out of the zone. The puck took an odd bounce, on to Cohen's stick and bang 1-0 Terriers. that is the first time the terriers have had a led this regular season.
“He played the one puck off the glass, which a goalie should never play. 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.” Red Berenson Michigan head coach
 The Terriers doubled their lead at 12:59 of the second period on a Bomb By Terrier D-man Colby Cohen (no relation to Zach Cohen the other Terrier goal scorer). Cohen was able to take the puck up the middle and in to the slot area and beat Hogan high glove side before he new what had just happened.

Things get chipy and here comes Michigan 
Early in the third frame the Terriers Eric Gryba got called for a five minute major for a hit from behind. Just 59 seconds latter the same call was given to Michigan's Chris Brown. Still even though it was 4 on 4 Michigan seemed to be gaining momentum. Millan, the Terrier goalie had ben playing great up in till the 10 minute mark when there was a pile-up in front of the Terrier's net and the puck drifted by Millan's glove and in of the back of the net.
“It was a little mistake on my part, 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.”- said by Millan after the goal was scored 
Less than four minutes latter Michigan tied it when Matt Rust raced in on Millan and went to his back hand and roofed it top shelf over Millan's blocker.

Heres Joey 

At the end of a typical Joe Pereira shift, digging pucks out of the conner, starting a brake out, scrapping around the net, the puck was dumped in to the Michigan zone by Bu Freshman Ryan Santana. Pereira, being the type of player he is when and  re-gained the puck in the fare conner. Michigan goalie Ben Hogan went behind his net to try to play it to his team mate. Joey lifted Hogan's stick up and raped the puck in to the vacant Michigan. Final score Boston University 3, The University of Michigan 2.

“It was actually the end of our shift, 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.”Joe Pereira comments on his game wining goal.
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Game Day Preview: Michigan @ Bu

Tonights game again has (while it lasts) two of the top teams in the nation Boston University and The University of Michigan. Bu is coming off a poor played game against Notre Dame, last Tuesday. While Michigan comes in to tonights game with a 2-1 recored and a very close call (which they did win 3-2) against the University of Niagra, last Thursday. Revenge, that is what all  Michigan hockey players want tonight. Why might you ask? Exactly one year this sunday the Terriers destroyed the Wolverines 7-2 at Agganis Arena. In the last few meetings between the two schools it has been all about revenge. In the 2008 season the Terriers went to Yost Arena to play the Wolverines and lost two games. The Terriers got there pay back last season in a big way. The Wolverines lead the all-time series 13-9.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Welcome Back

In last night's Bruins Predators game Colin Wilson the leading socorer last season, made it back to the Garden for the first time since the 2009 Hockey East championship game against Lowell. In the game Wilson scored his first NHL goal, on a tip in, to make the score 2-1 Predators at 6:17 of the second period. Do to the fact that Colin Wilson scored his first goal and played a very strong game so he got the honers of being the number "star of the game".
"it was pretty nice to get that first goal in front of all my buddies.” Wilson noted after the game was over. 

Looking Ahead              
On Tuesday the Inside College Hockey website put out there top Canadian prospects. Falling into the A   players group or the most skilled group is Charlie Coyle. Coyle has agreed to come to Boston University for the 2010-2011 season or next year. Coyle was also invited to play o the us under 18 national team that will play in the 2010 international under 18 tournament in Russia this winter. Coyle currently is playing for the South Sour Kings of the EJHL in Foxboro. 
“Yeah, this is exciting” Charlie Coyle 

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


In last nights game the Terriers got shut out for the first time in exactly 100 games. The last time a team shut out the Terrier was way back on Feb 2 2007, when the Terriers and River Hawks skated to a 0-0 tie. In the first period the teams looked very even. At 8:27 of the first period, Nick Bonino set up Vinny Saponary in the middle, only to see the him nail the left post.

Midway through the second period is when the game shifted to the Irish. Billy Maday of the Irish found a juicy re-bound in font of the net and and took a wrister from about 20 feet out and beat Millan high blocker side. The Terriers had no time to re-group, only 12 seconds latter Ben Ryan, center for Notre Dame scored on a rap-around. Early in the third period the Terriers found them selfs short handed. Wile most of the terriers were a man down the play was in the Notre Dame zone, till the Irish got a brake-a-way, during an Eric Gryba hit from behind sentence, and scored making the score 3-0 Notre Dame.

Bu had many chances to get on the board in the third period. In all the there were five time the Terriers failed to get one. Including two brake-aways that ether ended up with a great save or there was no shot on goal. The other three chances hit the post and did not go in. Midway through the third the Terriers made seam like the puck would never leave the Notre Dame end. Countless time the Irish were denied by the Terrier d-men. Yet Bu still could not get on the board.
“The first time I thought I saw a BU hockey team show up was after we were down, 2-0, I think up to that point, we were still jumpy with the puck and getting bumped off the puck and we didn’t play real hard on top of the puck. We were inept on the power play [0 for 8] as far as moving the puck." -Jack Parker/ Boston Globe   
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The Terriers next game is Saturday when they host the University of Michigan.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Game Day Preview: Notre Dame @ Bu

Here come the Irish

Tonight's mach up between the Terriers and the Fighting Irish will be the first time the two teams have ever played in a non-tournament game and the first time since the 1995-96 season in the Badger Showdown in Madison Wisconsin. This game tonight will also be the first time the Irish have ever played in Agganis Arena.

Slow Starts 
Maybe in late August many people would have thought that the two teams would not have suffered a lost thus far in the season. Not the case the, Terriers and Irish have a combined 2-3 recored. Bu is o-1 and the Irish are 2-2 after losing one game each to Alabama Huntsville and Providence College.

At The Polls 
In monday's NCAA national rankings the Terriers moved down to the third slot with the loss to Umass. They still earned 2 first place votes. Mean wile the Irish dropped from the 7 spot to the 9 slot. The big mover on the day was the University of Vermont, witch moved from 11 all the way to number 7 in the nation. The Red Hawks of Miami are still the number on team in the nation.
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Game day Preview: Boston University @ Umass

The Terriers enter the regular season tonight with a 1-0-1 exhibition recored. Umass has already played one regular season contest and won beating non-conference RPI 5-2. The Minutemen during there exhibition season went 0-1-0 with a 3-2 loss to New Brunswick on October 3rd. Tonight's game will be the first Hockey East in conference game of the season. Look for Millan to be in goal for the Terriers. The game starts 7:05 at the Mullins Center in Amherst Mass. Over the last few game at the Mullins center the Terriers have slim advantage over the Minutemen. 4-3-2 to be exact.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Back Together

As they did for much of the 2007 season Brain Strait and John Curry are trying to keep pucks out of the net. This time it is for a different team, the Wilkes Berre/Scranton Penguins. Strait is in his first year with the club and looks to go to the NHL next season wile Curry is in his second year and is coming of a great showing last season. Curry was on the Penguins play off roster but did not see any action.

Blog Changes 
There is now a new question in the right hand conner. The answer to last week's was A Maine and they beat them 6-2.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Recap: BU vs USA Under 18 Team

It is now final the 2009 Boston University Hockey team is the best team in school history. On Saturday night the Terriers razed the banners from their historic 2009 season into the rafters of Aggains Arena.  From left to right stood the National Championship, the Frozen Four, the 2009 Hockey East, the regular season Hockey East, and the last banner the 2009 Beanpot champions banner.

The Game
There was a game to play be played after all. Early in the first the Terriers were a man down and the National Team wasted no time getting on the score bored. Brandon Saad took a pass from Matt Nieto (bu recruit) and slammed it past Kieran Millan the Bu goalie. Later in the first the Terriers got a pare of goals, one from Nick Bonino a rap around goal scored on the power play. The second was scored by Chris Connolly, who took a pass from freshman Max Nicastro and blasted it of the post and into the net (photo to the left).
“Nicastro got the goalie out of position, I just wanted to put in on net; I wasn’t even looking. I was fortunate for it to go in.” - Chris Connolly 
The Terriers would get a third goal with only 8 seconds left in the second period. This goal was scored by Joe Pereira. The goal was scored on a two on one with Andrew Glass. Glass setup the play and then gave Pereira a perfect pass and he scored. The photo to the right shows Andrew Glass celebrating the Joe Pereira goal.

" Andy Glass made a great play off the boards, and I waited for the defense to commit to me and used him as a screen.”-Joe Pereira 
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Blog Changes
There is now a new video highlight in the video section and it is a recap of the 2009 and 2006 seasons 

Friday, October 9, 2009

Game day Preview: USA Under 18 Team @ Boston U

Before we get to the game starting at 6pm on Saturday the 2009 Hockey East and NCAA National Championship banners will be razed. Now to the game. The USA U18 team has a lot to offer including BU recruits Matt Nieto and Adam Clendening. Nito, lead teas usa with 67 points last season. Wile Clendening had a soled season manning the blue line.

"Adam is a very competent player with good hockey sense, He is [a] good defender with his stick and makes it tough on other team’s forwards. He makes good decisions with the puck.” -Ron RolstonU-18 coach -USA Hockey
Things to look for on the Bu side. Colby Cohen will be back in the line up after missing last weeks game do to off season surgery. Grant Rollheiser again miss the game do to a high-ankle sprain injury.

“I think there’ll be some lingering effects psychologically, maybe, Might even be a little slowed conditioning wise, but there’s no lingering effects . . . he’s better off than he was last year as far as the hip itself is concerned.” -Jack Parker 

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Terriers land a big one

Yesterday it was reported on the USA U18 website that the Terriers had just got a commitment by left wing Matt Nieto for the 2010 season and will be added to the list on the far right hand bar . Nieto led the USA under 18 team in points last season with a healthy 67 points (26-41). Other Terrier players to play on the USA U18 team are Kevin Shattenkirk, Colby Cohen, Luke Popko, and David Warsofsky.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Gilroy's first is a big one

Last night in the in the Rangers Devils game Matt Gilroy scored his first NHL goal. It came late in the second period, a slap shot that went right passed Devils goalie Martin Brodeur's leg pad. later in the second Gilroy had an other chance but this time Brodeur stood his ground an made the save. the Gilroy goal in the end was the game winning goal in the Rangers 3-2 victory.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Recap: BU vs SFX

There was some good, some bad, and some just plane crazy in the first game of the year. The good side is first. In Saturday's exhibition game between the X-men of St. Francis Xavier and the Terriers of Boston University the good side (from a boston point of view) was the Terriers had 53 shot on net. Including the first goal (photo to the right) by Nick Boinno (13). He scored of a rebound in front of the X-men net. Corey Trivino also picked up a goal at 15:50 of the second period. Corey's goal was set up with a "texted book" past from freshman Alex Chiasson. Kieran Millan play half the game leaving in the second period with 7 saves and a shut out.
“I was really happy with our overall effort in terms of poise with the puck, We only had three days of practice, and I think we did a number of things pretty well.”-Jack Parker
The bad
Things were going well up in till 9:10 of the second Period. This is when Adam Kraus (bu's third string goalie) let in one of the worst goals I have ever seen. The by X-men forward Nick Pageau's shot was to the stick side of Kraus. The Bu goalie less than interested in stopping the puck. It when right passed his right leg pad. Parker also noted that he was very upset that the Terriers were not scoring on the many chances that they given.
I was disappointed in one major thing. As the game progressed and we were having our way with them with shots, it seemed as if we felt ‘Well, we’ll get the next goal.’ But we never really went after it to make sure we got the next goal; we thought that it would come easy.”-Jack Parker
The Crazy
The X-man goalie Joseph Perricone (photo to the left) had to make 51 save in the 2-2 tie to just keep the game tied!
“I was hugging my goalie, no question, when we came into the room, we came into this knowing what we were up against in the defending national champs, but I liked how our guys competed from start to finish and found a way to tie the game at the end.” -Brad Peddle X-men head coach
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Game Day: St. Francis Xavier vs Boston University

Tonight the Terriers will open the season at Agganis Arena against the X Men of St. Francis Xavier. Tonight will be the first meeting ever between the two schools. The Terriers come in to this game in hopes of defending their national title from a year ago. The X Men on the other hand were fourth in their league with a 15-13 record and a play-off birth.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Things to Watch

Though out the NHL season this year there will be some very fresh faces to watch. At any given time in the season there could be up to 13  former BU players in the NHL. Of Course this depends on who plays on the NHL roster or who plays on the AHL roster. Here are some of the faces you could see this season in the NHL. There are as of last night three players from the 2009 season, Colin Wilson, Brandon Yip, and Matt Gilroy. Both Yip and Wilson were placed in the injured reserve. Matt Gilroy is Expected to play in the Rangers season opener against the Penguins tonight on the NHL Network. If you watch the game you will most likely see Chris Drury for the Ranger as well.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bu TV Schedule Announced

All in all the terriers will have nine games telecast on ether ESPNU or NESN. The first game on TV will be the home opener against Notre Dame. That game will be shown on ESPNU.

Oct. 20 Notre Dame @ BU (ESPNU 7pm)
Jan. 2 Umass @ BU (ESPNU 4pm)
Jan. 8 BU vs BC @ Fenway Park (NESN 7:30pm)
Jan. 15 BU @ Providence (NESN 7:30 pm)
Jan. 22 BU @ BC (NESN 7:30pm)
Feb. 1 BU vs Northseastern {bp} (NESN 7:30pm)
Feb. 12 Maine @BU (NESN 7:30 pm)
Feb. 26 Bu Vermont (NESN 7:30pm)
Feb. 28 BU @ Vermont (ESPNU 3pm)