Wednesday, October 5, 2016

USA-U18 Preview

Tomorrow night will be the last tune-up game for the Terriers before opening the regular season on Saturday in Hamilton, NY against Colgate. The National Team Development Program (NTDP) or the more commonly referred to USA-U18 team will once again be back at Agganis for an exhibition game.

The NTDP lost last weekend 5-1 at Notre Dame in their first of a handful of games against college opponents. While the team may be young compared to a college roster, all but three players on the USA-U18 roster have committed to schools already.

Andrew Glass celebrates after Joe Pereira scores against
the NTDP in October of 2009.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Brady Tkachuk, Logan Cockerill and David Farrance are slated to be in a BU uniform come the Fall of 2017.

So far this season, Tkachuk is tied for the team lead in points with six (2g, 4a) in as many games played. Cockerill has a goal and two assists and Farrance has two goals and one helper. Evan Barratt (Penn State) and Josh Noris (Michigan) are the team leaders in goals scored with three. Cockerill was the only NTDP player to find the back of the net against Notre Dame last weekend.

Last Year
Last October, the U18’s came into Agganis and won 7-4. Current BU goalie Jake Oettinger made 41 saves and Kiefer Bellows notched two goals and an assist against his then future team. Clayton Keller added three assists and Bruins first round selection (ugh, don’t draft a third rounder in the first round, sorry for the side note) Trent Frederic scored twice. 

News and Notes
On a personal note, the coverage here this year may be a bit different from years past. This year I am lucky enough to be working with and helping out Brian Kelley (BU’s Assistant AD) in the press box and that will take away from the time I can devote to this site. I still hope to have something up about each game, but I don’t know if I will be able to write full game recaps. I will, however, be taking a lot more pictures this season and might be able to do a lot more with those than in the past.

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