Max Prawdzik set to graduate from BU

After serving as a goaltender for Boston University for three seasons, redshirt junior Max Prawdzik’s career as a Terrier has come to an end.

The Andover, Massachusetts native did not see ice time as a freshman, but was recognized with Hockey East All-Academic honors. In 2016-17, Prawdzik spent his second semester guiding the Lone Star Brahmas of the North American Hockey League to a Robertson Cup title.

Returning to BU as a redshirt sophomore, the once-again Hockey East All-Academic honoree appeared in three games, and was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week after a 29-save shut-out of the University of Maine. In 2018-19, Prawdzik conceded two goals in three appearances.

After joining BU from the Brook School where he was named 2015 Independent School League Hockey League Most Valuable Player, Max Prawdzik finishes his collegiate career with a 2.46 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in six appearances.

During Prawdzik’s time at BU, the Terriers won a Hockey East championship and made three appearances in the national tournament.

Shane Switzer set to graduate from BU

After serving as a defenseman for Boston University for three seasons, redshirt junior Shane Switzer’s career as a Terrier has come to an end.

The Bloomfield Hills, Michigan native skated in six games as a freshman, earning a career-best plus/minus of +1. Switzer came up with his most productive season in 2016-17, notching a career-high three goals, as well as one assist to match the assist tallied in 2015-16.

In 2016-17, Switzer was named a one-time Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week and member of the 2017 Hockey East All-Academic Team, but did not appear in 2017-18. The blueliner returned as a redshirt junior for the 2018-19 season, making a career-high 17 appearances.

After joining BU from the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Switzer now concludes his collegiate career with three goals and two assists in 31 games.

During Switzer’s time at BU, the Terriers won a Hockey East championship and made three appearances in the national tournament.

Ryan Cloonan set to graduate from BU

After serving as a forward for Boston University for four seasons, senior Ryan Cloonan’s career as a Terrier has come to an end.

The East Longmeadow, Massachusetts native shined as a freshman, appearing in all 39 games and totaling career-highs in goals (4), assists (10), and points (14). The three-time Hockey East Top Performer from 2015-16 finished with a career-best plus/minus of +1 the next season.

Seeing the ice for 15 games as a junior, Cloonan reemerged as an everyday skater for his final year with the team, tallying two goals and six assists, which all came in the second half of the season.

Cloonan came to BU after trying for the United States Premier Hockey League lead in power-play points (21) during the 2014-15 season with the Boston Jr. Bruins. The four-year Terrier now finishes his collegiate career with six goals and 23 assists through 122 games.

During Cloonan’s time at BU, the Terriers won a Hockey East championship and made three appearances in the national tournament.

Bobo Carpenter signs with New York Islanders

Bobo Carpenter has signed a two-year entry-level deal that will take effect next season with the New York Islanders after entering the offseason a free agent.

Formerly a senior forward with Boston University, the North Reading, Massachusetts native was named a 2017-18 New England All-Star, 2017-18 Hockey East Second Team All-Star, one-time Hockey East Player of the Week, and member of the 2017 Hockey East All-Academic Team.

Carpenter skated in all 39 games during his first year with the team, contributing three postseason goals as a freshman to close out the 2015-16 season. As a sophomore, Carpenter tied for second on the team with 14 goals, also posting a career-best eight-game point streak.

Taking over as an assistant captain for 2017-18, Carpenter led BU with 20 goals and tied for the team lead in points (35) and game-winning goals (4). Becoming a senior captain, Carpenter tallied a team-leading nine goals by the end of 2018, before missing 10 games due to injury late in the season.

Originally coming to BU from the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League, Carpenter now closes out his four years as a Terrier with 56 goals and 46 assists in 144 games. The captain notched two hat tricks, and tallied three assists in a single game on one occasion.

During Carpenter’s time at BU, the Terriers won a Hockey East championship and made three appearances in the national tournament.

Moving on to the New York Islanders, Carpenter will get a chance to continue his hockey career by joining an organization that has stockpiled prospects as it continues to build up its system.

Dante Fabbro signs with Nashville Predators

Dante Fabbro has signed an entry-level deal with the Nashville Predators, where he was selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft.

Formerly a junior defenseman with Boston University, the New Westminster, British Columbia native was voted a 2017-18 New England All-Star, and a Hockey East Second Team All-Star in 2017-18 and 2018-19. In the World Juniors with Canada, he won gold in 2018 and silver in 2017.

Fabbro started strong at BU, making 36 appearances in the 2016-17 season. It was his sophomore year when he really broke out, finishing second among all Hockey East defenseman in points (29) with a career-best nine goals, and leading the conference in blocks (82).

Taking on the responsibility of co-captain as a junior in 2018-19, the ten-time Hockey East Top Performer once again led Hockey East with 82 blocks, while also posting a career-best 26 assists to lead the team in that category and finish second on the team with 33 points.

Having joined BU from the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League, Fabbro ends his time as a Terrier with 22 goals and 58 assists over 112 games. The blueliner notched a single four-assist game en route to a career-high five points that night, and also recorded one hat-trick.

Fabbro joins a Nashville Predators organization with Stanley Cup aspirations and an already elite blue line under which Fabbro will develop as an elite defensive talent in his own right.

During Fabbro’s time at BU, the Terriers won a Hockey East championship and made two appearances in the national tournament.

Joel Farabee signs with Philadelphia Flyers

Joel Farabee has signed an entry-level deal that will take effect next season with the Philadelphia Flyers, where he was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2018 NHL draft.

Formerly a freshman forward with Boston University, the Cicero, New York native was named the 2019 Hockey East Rookie of the Year, and was chosen for the 2019 Hockey East All-Rookie Team and 2018 Preseason All-CHN Rookie Team.

Additional accolades for the eight-time Hockey East Top Performer include being a three-time Hockey East Rookie of the Week, one-time GoTerriers.com Student-Athlete of the Week, and nominated for the Walter Brown Award and Hockey East Rookie of the Month.

Farabee burst on to the scene in his lone year with the Terriers, leading BU in points (36), total goals (17), game-winning goals (5), shorthanded goals (3), and plus-minus (+4), averaging nearly a point a game and only missing one game throughout the 2018-19 season.

Having joined BU from the USA National Under-18 team where he captained the squad to a silver medal in 2018 and won gold in 2017, Farabee finishes his brief career on Commonwealth Avenue with nine multi-point games and three three-point games.

Farabee will join a Philadelphia Flyers organization that appears poised to have a breakthrough season, and his elite offensive capabilities will be a welcomed sight in Philadelphia for years to come.

Jake Oettinger signs with Dallas Stars

Jake Oettinger has signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Dallas Stars, where he was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft.

Formerly a junior goaltender with Boston University, the Lakeville, Minnesota native was voted the 2018 Hockey East Tournament MVP and 2017 Hockey East Second-Team All-Star, and was selected to the 2018 Hockey East All-Tournament Team and 2017 Hockey East All-Rookie Team.

Additional accolades for the 17-time Hockey East Top Performer include being a five-time Hockey East Goaltender of the Week, two-time Hockey East Rookie of the Week, and one-time Hockey East Player of the Week and Hockey East Goaltender of the Month.

The 2017 World Juniors gold medalist took over between the pipes as soon as he arrived at BU for 2016-17, putting up a career-best .927 save percentage and 2.11 goals-against average to go along with a career-high 56 saves in the NCAA West Regional first round against North Dakota.

Oettinger tallied a career-best five shutouts as a sophomore in 2017-18, and backstopped BU to a Hockey East championship. Becoming an assistant captain for 2018-19, Oettinger made 89 saves on 93 shots when at the TD Garden, and tied BU’s career shut-out record with 13.

Having joined BU from the USA National Under-18 team, Oettinger now concludes his collegiate career having logged 6,566 minutes in the crease over 109 games, posting 3,054 saves en route to 58 wins and a career save percentage of .923 and career goals-against average of 2.34.

After graduating later this spring, Oettinger will join a Dallas Stars organization with tremendous young talent, and will likely take a spot in the American Hockey League with the Texas Stars to adjust to the professional game before aiming for a consistent NHL role.

During Oettinger’s time at BU, the Terriers won a Hockey East championship and made two appearances in the national tournament.

Chad Krys signs with Chicago Blackhawks

Chad Krys has signed a three-year deal worth $925,00 per year with the Chicago Blackhawks, where he was selected with the 45th overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft.

Formerly a junior defenseman with Boston University, the Ridgefield, Connecticut native was selected to the 2018 Hockey East All-Tournament Team, and was once named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week and Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week.

Krys started strong at BU as a freshman, appearing in all 39 games during the 2016-17 season and scoring three game-winning goals. As a sophomore in 2017-18, Krys tallied the most points (27) of his career, and ranked third on the team in both blocks (55) and assists (20).

Serving as an assistant captain for the Terriers in the 2018-19 season, Krys scored a career-high eight goals despite missing eight games due to injury.  In his final game at Agganis Arena, he was the first BU defenseman in 47 years to record two goals and three assists.

Having joined BU from the USA National Under-18 team, Krys now finishes his collegiate career with 20 goals and 38 assists in 105 games. The six-time Hockey East top performer recorded two goals in a single game twice and three assists in a single game three times.

Chad Krys will join a Chicago Blackhawks team in the midst of a retooling phase after a decade of success, looking to develop into the organization’s vision for him as premier offensive talent on the blue line.

During Krys’ time at BU, the Terriers won a Hockey East championship and made two appearances in the national tournament.

BU’s season comes to an end with 2-1 overtime loss to Northeastern in Hockey East semifinal

Playing with their season on the line in the 2019 Hockey East semifinals at the TD Garden, the Boston University men’s hockey team fell to Northeastern University in overtime, 2-1.

BU head coach Albie O’Connell put it best: “it’s not fun being on the wrong side of it.”

It was a familiar matchup at the Garden, as BU (16-18-4) and Northeastern (26-10-1) had met on February 4 for the Beanpot semifinals. That contest was decided in overtime by a score of 2-1, 53 days before the result would be repeated in Hockey East tournament play.

“We knew that there was a little bit of an incentive there for them,” said Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan, acknowledging the Terriers’ hunt for Beanpot revenge.

The Terriers suffered a major blow in the hours leading up to the game, as freshman forward and leading scorer Joel Farabee was announced unavailable due to a lower-body injury suffered in the final game of the quarterfinal series against the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

“We had a bunch of guys who were pretty dinged up,” O’Connell said.

Despite missing their offensive leader, the Terriers came out on the front foot, gaining the immediate advantage in zone time. Senior forward and co-captain Bobo Carpenter and sophomore forward Shane Bowers both saw Northeastern netminder Cayden Primeau turn away their early attempts.

The Huskies would finally turn things around past the halfway point in the period, maintaining possession in the offensive zone and getting dangerous chances from defensemen Jeremy Davies and Eric Williams.

With the first period winding down, the Terriers regained their rhythm, and nearly broke the game’s deadlock.

On a rebound chance in the slot, sophomore forward Logan Cockerill spun and fired one by Primeau. However, the officials would review the play, ultimately determining that Carpenter had interfered with the Husky keeper on the edge of the crease, nullifying the goal.

With the Terrier tally taken off the board, the teams would return to the locker rooms still level at 0-0.

“They took the play to us a little bit in the first,” recalled Madigan.

Beginning the second period, it was Northeastern who grabbed the majority of the zone time in the period’s opening minutes. The Huskies’ pressure was boosted by the game’s first power play, but the Terrier penalty killers held on to survive the two minutes.

Receiving a power play of their own, BU flipped play to the Northeastern end, and earned an opener that would stay on the board.

As the Husky penalty expired at 7:39, sophomore defenseman David Farrance let go a long drive that fell in front. Picking up the rebound, sophomore forward Ty Amonte caught Primeau sprawling out and roofed the shot to beat the recently-named Hockey East goaltender of the year.

“They’re hard to beat,” said Madigan, who had seen his team concede four consecutive goals to the Terriers in BU’s lone win over Northeastern back in November.

The teams would trade punches on unsuccessful odd-man rushes and well-worked shot opportunities, with the best chance coming for BU junior forward Patrick Harper, who rang the post from close range on the pinpoint feed from Cockerill.

Northeastern turned up the heat late in the period with shots from defenseman Jeremy Davies and forward Tyler Madden, among others. Still, BU junior goalkeeper Jake Oettinger stayed perfect, accumulating 18 saves in the second period compared to 8 in the first.

The frame would come to an end on a scrappy note, with a late scuffle resulting in four-on-four play to conclude the period. The late intensity set up for an exciting final 20 minutes, as the Terriers took a 1-0 lead into the second intermission.

We’ve come a long way as a team,” said O’Connell, referring to BU’s newfound sense of tenacity and unity he had noted after the quarterfinal series in Lowell.

With both teams skating four-on-four to open the third, it did not take Northeastern very long to find their equalizer.

16 seconds into the period, forward Matt Filipe drove in on the backhand, and pulled the puck back to a streaking Madden. The standout freshman did the rest, beating Oettinger just as he had in February to overcome BU in the Beanpot semifinals.

“We’ve excelled in the third period,” Madigan said. “There’s a confidence level.”

With the Husky fans finding their voice and the team sensing an opportunity for a lead, Northeastern nearly grabbed a go-ahead goal at the 13:19 mark.

Crashing the Terrier net, forward Brandon Hawkins could not get through Oettinger, but the puck would slide across the line on the second effort from forward Lincoln Griffin. Upon review, goaltender interference was called once again, this time against Hawkins for the initial net drive.

Gaining a lifeline on the disallowed goal, BU found new energy, coming closest on a rocket from sophomore forward Shane Bowers that glanced off the iron and into the protective netting above Cayden Primeau.

“We had chances to make some plays,” said O’Connell.

The second half of the period would feature porous defense, but masterful goaltending to make up for it. Primeau kept out bids from the likes of Cockerill and Amonte, while Oettinger denied good looks from Huskies such as forwards Grant Jozefek and Zach Solow to counter Primeau.

Back-and-forth play and late power plays for both teams would not be enough to separate the sides, who would require overtime just as they did back in the Beanpot matchup, tied 1-1.

As O’Connell put it simply, “it was a tight game.”

Moving into the extra frame, the Huskies tilted the ice early, but would not find a winner in the first minute like they did in February. The Terrier defense held firm, including an impressive kill of a power play three and a half minutes in.

“I thought our guys played really hard,” O’Connell said.

BU were able to gain opportunities as overtime wore on, with promising chances from Carpenter and Cockerill falling apart in great positions. Freshman forward Matt Quercia would have BU’s best look of the fourth period, jamming away at a resilient Primeau just outside the crease.

“We had some chances that we didn’t capitalize on,” claimed O’Connell.

While the Terriers looked to have taken the upper hand, it was clear that fatigue was becoming a factor. With 4:16 to play in overtime, Northeastern would take advantage.

Holding the puck deep in the left corner, Brandon Hawkins zipped it centrally for Zach Solow. Receiving the pass in the slot, Solow ripped one top shelf, taking Northeastern to the conference title game and pushing BU into the offseason.

“You have to tip your cap to them,” said O’Connell. “They made a play in a critical time of the game.”

The final score was a repeat of BU’s Beanpot defeat at the hands of the Huskies, and also marked the first loss all season for the Terriers when leading after two periods.

As Madigan suggested, “this game could’ve gone either way.”

Northeastern’s win was their program-record 26th of the season. The Huskies will play for a 27th tomorrow when they take on Boston College in the Hockey East final before turning their attention to the national tournament.

“[I’m] thrilled we’re in the championship,” Madigan said.

With the semifinal defeat, the Terriers’ season has come to an end. BU will graduate five skaters: captain Bobo Carpenter, Ryan Cloonan, Max Prawdzik, Shane Switzer, and Max Willman.

“The seniors played really hard,” credited O’Connell.

As the offseason begins, stay tuned for reflection on the 2018-19 season and team updates in anticipation of the 2019-20 campaign right here on the Boston Hockey Blog.

 

 

 

 

 

*HE Semifinals* Live Blog: BU vs. Northeastern, 3/22 @ 4pm

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In the 35th annual Hockey East tournament, the Boston University men’s hockey team will open the semifinal round against Northeastern on Friday afternoon at the TD Garden.

The Terriers overcame UMass Lowell in three games last weekend, taking games one and three through a mix of lock-down defense and timely scoring, while falling in the middle game despite a valiant comeback effort.

On the other side, Northeastern took down the University of Maine in the first round with a two-game sweep, outlasting the visitors in overtime in game one, and finishing it off with another hard-fought victory the next night.

The Terriers and Huskies know each other well, having met three times already this season. In their November home-and-home series, BU tied Northeastern to earn their first point of the season, and then gained their first win of the campaign in the second half of the back-to-back.

While BU got the better of the Huskies in the fall, the history that is getting the most attention is February’s Beanpot semifinal meeting. Jake Oettinger made a season-high 47 saves for the Terriers, but it was not enough, as the Huskies found the winner less than a minute into overtime en route to securing back-to-back championships.

Can the Terriers get Beanpot revenge on Northeastern and keep the season alive? Join our live blog for constant coverage and conversation throughout the game! The blog will begin at 3:50pm, with puck drop is set for 4.