Lawrence, Udahl cut from BU men’s hockey team

Junior forward Dillon Lawrence and freshman forward Erik Udahl have been cut from the Boston University men’s hockey team for the 2016-17 season, multiple sources told The Daily Free Press.

Lawrence made just three appearances for BU in 2015-16, in two games against the University of New Hampshire and in the Terriers’ 4-1 victory over undefeated Quinnipiac University. He scored one goal in 37 appearances over the course of his BU career.

Udahl joined the Terriers in January, following a stint with the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL, and did not make a game appearance with the team.

From the FreeP: Men’s hockey reflects on 2015-16 season, David Quinn offers positive spin

Following a 7-2 loss to the University of Denver in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 26, Boston University men’s hockey head coach David Quinn told reporters in St. Paul, Minnesota: “It seems like our season ended at [the University of] Notre Dame. I don’t know what happened to us mentally. We were playing good hockey, and we became a fragile group mentally.”

Had BU won or tied in that game against Notre Dame on Feb. 27, it would have been guaranteed a top-four spot in the league standings and a first-round bye in the Hockey East Tournament. Instead, it ran into a spotless, 39-save shutout from Fighting Irish goaltender Cal Petersen and dropped into fifth place in the league, prompting a first-round appearance in the conference tournament.

Quinn, even three and a half weeks following the season-ending loss to Denver, still viewed that 1-0 loss in South Bend, Indiana as the singular moment where things stopped clicking for the Terriers mentally and where the issues “snowballed” as the season tumbled to its conclusion.


’99 F Matt Quercia commits to Boston University

Andover native and forward Matt Quercia announced his commitment to Boston University in a tweet on Monday.

Quercia, now 17, spent this season with the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 16U program, with 31 points in 18 games of EJEPL play and 14 points in 14 games in ECEL play. In this year’s EHL playoffs with the Monarchs, he totaled five points in six games. Last season, with the Manchester Jr. Monarchs of the USPHL, Quercia had 35 points in 27 games.

Somerby named 2016-17 captain, team awards presented at Friends of Hockey Banquet

David Quinn named assistant coach of U.S. Men’s National Team for World Championship

Boston University men’s hockey head coach David Quinn was added as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team slated to participate in the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship, USA Hockey announced Friday.

Quinn joins former Terrier John Hynes, who was tabbed head coach of the team last week, and Todd Richards, who was also named an assistant coach.

The tournament begins May 6 and will run through May 22, taking place in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.

The nod marks Quinn’s fifth assistant coaching opportunity with USA Hockey, as he helped the men’s World Championship team in 2012 and 2007 and the women’s squad in 1999 and 2000.

He’s also worked with USA Hockey in other capacities, serving as a head coach with the National Team Development Program from 2002-04. He did so with Hynes during the 2003-04 season in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In his three full seasons as head coach of BU so far, Quinn has posted a 59-42-14 record and guided the the Terriers to the national tournament two years in a row.

Sean Maguire signs entry-level contract with Pittsburgh Penguins

Goaltender Sean Maguire has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Pittsburgh Penguins beginning in the 2016-17 season, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

He will first join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL on an amateur tryout contract for the rest of this year.

A fourth-round selection (113th overall) by the Penguins in the 2012 NHL Draft, Maguire ended his senior campaign with a .920 save percentage and 2.41 goals-against average. Maguire also earned the 2016 Beanpot MVP and Eberly Award for the top goaltender of the tournament in his final year on Commonwealth Avenue.

Maguire ended his BU career with a 29-29-2 record and .922 save percentage in three seasons.

He is the fourth player since the end of the season to sign a professional contract, joining Matt Grzelcyk, Danny O’Regan and Matt Lane.

Matt Lane signs AHL contract with Rochester Americans

BU assistant captain Matt Lane has signed an AHL contract with the Rochester Americans for the 2016-17 season, the team announced Wednesday morning.

Lane, an undrafted free agent, becomes the third Terrier since the end of the season to sign a professional contract.

During his senior campaign at BU, Lane finished fourth on the team in points (28), recording 14 goals and 14 assists, both career highs. Lane finished his BU career with 69 points and 33 goals.

A native of Rochester, New York, Lane is now the third BU player to join the Americans within the last year, as former forwards Evan Rodrigues and Cason Hohmann have both spent time with the Buffalo Sabres’ affiliate this season.

BU adds 20-year-old recruit Patrick Curry

The season is over for the Boston University men’s hockey team, but the Terriers added another recruit to their list, as 20-year-old forward Patrick Curry announced his commitment to the school on Twitter.

Curry, a native of Illinois, has played in the last three years in the USHL, most recently with the Bloomington Thunder. In 55 games this season, Curry has 33 points (17 goals and 16 assists), which is good for fifth on the team. In 2013-14, Curry was the top scorer for the Springfield Junior Blues of the NAHL with 26 points in 25 games played.

Matt Grzelcyk signs with Bruins

BU captain and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins, the team announced Friday. He will join the Providence Bruins of the AHL on an Amateur Tryout Agreement for the remainder of the year.

Grzelcyk was a third-round, 85th overall draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2012.

Grzelcyk finished his BU career with 95 points in 125 contests. He was named a First Team All-American for the 2014-15 season, and earned Hockey East First Team All-Star honors in his junior and senior years.

In his senior season, in 27 appearances, he had 23 points and finished as a plus-17.

He is the BU second player this week to sign a pro contract, as Danny O’Regan signed with the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

Reports: Danny O’Regan signs with San Jose Sharks

Boston University men’s hockey senior assistant captain Danny O’Regan has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks, Bob McKenzie reported on Friday. San Jose drafted O’Regan in 2012 in the fifth round with the 138th overall pick. 

In his senior year in 2015-16, he led his team in scoring with 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists). He recorded his second career hat trick in a tie against the University of New Hampshire on Feb. 19. Hockey East awarded him with First Team All-Star honors for the 2015-16 season, after he finished third in the league with 28 conference points.

He was previously named to the 2014-15 Second Team and the All-Rookie Team in 2012-13.

O’Regan completed his Boston University career with 154 points in 154 games in a Terrier uniform. He is just one of 18 BU players in history to finish with 150 career points, and is tied for 15th place on the all-time scoring list. He has the highest career point total of any Terrier since Chris Drury finished with 214 points in 1998.

In all four seasons, he finished in the top three on the team in scoring, with his highest-scoring season coming during his 50-point junior season.

John Buccigross indicated on Tuesday that O’Regan would sign with the Sharks.