I'd love to go into an in-depth look at this past weekend, but unfortunately I was not at Saturday's game vs. Holy Cross, so I can't really add much there. Anyway here are a few quick thoughts.
|Both Ahti Oksanen and Sean Maguire were named "stars of|
the game" on Friday.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Sophomore Ahti Oksanen was a major standout out on Friday night. The Finnish born defenseman had a hand in all three goals Friday and added another assist Saturday. It's not the points, though, that really stood out. It was his confidence with the puck and where to go with it. Both of these looked to be missing last year. I wouldn't underestimate the fact that he moved from Finland and had to completely change his entire life. A little time to learn the "American way" in both life and hockey seems to be paying dividends for Oksanen.
Getting Their First
Three Terriers found the point column for the first time in their collegiate careers this weekend. Tommy Kelley and Nick Roberto both scored goals and Kevin Duane added an assist. Both Kelley and Roberto scored in the exhibition game vs. St. Francis last weekend, but of course those don't actually count as real goals. Duane registered an assist on Roberto's goal.
The 1st, 2nd ,4th, and 8th leading scorers from last year are picking up where they left off. Danny O'Regan, Cason Hohmann, Evan Rodrigues, and Garrett Noonan all had goals this weekend. The key to this year will be upper-classmen leadership and scoring and so far (yes, it's only been one weekend) they are getting it.
At the Poles
USCHO: Miami was this week's new number one after former number one Lowell lost to Sacred Heart on opening night. Wisconsin (who will be at Agganis on Saturday night) jumped up one place from third to second. Minnesota moved up two slots to three from five. Notre Dame leap-frogged from 8th to 4th and Michigan slid all the way up to 5th from 11th to round out the top five. Lowell is now 9th. BU moved up 4 slots from 19 to 15.
Around Hockey East
Thursday: Boston College lost at Michigan 3-1.
Friday: New Hampshire rolled past Clarkson in the opening round of the Icebreaker Invitational 4-1 in Minnesota... Northeastern pummeled Alabama Hunstville 9-1 at Matthews... Providence torched Minnesota Mankato 5-1 at home... Maine fell at St. Lawrence 3-1... Sacred Heart upset #1Lowell 2-1 at Tsongas Center... Notre Dame blanked Western Michigan 4-0 at Family Arena... Vermont allowed North Dakota to come back and win 5-3 at the Ralph... Merrimack was shutout 1-0 at Denver... BU got by UMass 3-1 at home.
Saturday: Northeastern finished the sweep of UAH at home with a 3-2 win... Providence completed the sweep of Mankato State after a 3-0 victory... Maine was swept by St. Lawrence after a 5-2 loss... Lowell cruised past UMass at home... Notre Dame again blanked Western, this time on the road 3-0... New Hampshire lost the Icebreaker Invitational Championship game at Minnesota 3-2... Vermont and North Dakota skated to a 2-2 tie... Denver again shutout Merrimack, this time 4-0... BU upended Holy Cross 3-2 at Agganis.
Sunday: Boston College steam-rolled Rensselaer 7-2 at Conte.