Charlie Coyle happy to be back at BU for Comm Ave Charity Classic

It’s been three-and-a-half years since Charlie Coyle left the Boston University men’s hockey team midseason to pursue his professional career, but it doesn’t change how much his time at BU meant to him.

“Everyone has their own path, the way they want to go,” he said. “That’s the path I chose, and I enjoyed my time here. It was awesome, it was my dream school to come here, and the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do was to leave here.”

Growing up in Weymouth, Coyle watched a few games at Walter Brown Arena and dreamed of suiting up for the Terriers. He never hit the ice in the historic rink for a game during his collegiate career, but he got the chance to in the first annual Comm Ave Charity Classic to benefit Compassionate Care ALS on Friday night.

Coyle, along with 17 other BU alums, 18 Boston College alums and a few special guests, took part in a game that pitted old rivals against each other to help raise awareness and over $55,000 for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

“You want to help out as much as you can, so I think when every guy got the text, they wanted to play today, kind of jumped at the opportunity and they’re happy to do it,” Coyle said.

The Minnesota Wild forward netted a hat trick in the process and guided BU to a 7-5 win over the Eagles. And though the game was just for fun, Coyle said the intensity of the BC-BU rivalry never wanes.

“I think it goes as long as you live,” Coyle said. “You see those guys wherever you go in life, and you always come back to BC-BU … Everyone kind of knows each other, but once you’re on the ice and you’re playing, BC-BU, it’s a whole different story and it’s just a huge rivalry. It’s competitive, and that’s what makes it such a cool tradition, so I was fortunate to be a part of it and be part of it again tonight.”

He also reiterated just how much being a member of the Terriers contributed to him becoming the player and professional he is today.

“Coming to BU helped me tremendously,” Coyle said. “Like I said, it’s where I wanted to go, where I wanted to come my whole life and being here, being coached by Jack Parker and playing with some of these guys behind me, it was awesome. I made a lot of friends, became a better player and it’s helped me at the professional level. Work outs … everything, everything, the school, just everything.”

Scott Young feels not so young

For BU, roster spots on Friday night weren’t as readily filled with current NHL talent as those of its BC counterparts. Some had a prior commitment, as former Terrier Brandon Yip’s wedding is this weekend.

But what the scarlet and white lacked in that area, they made up for with veteran talent, including the likes of former BU standout and ex-NHLer Scott Young.

Currently the Director of Hockey Operations for the Terriers, Young won the Stanley Cup on two occasions — once with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and again with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996. He also donned the red, white and blue for Team USA in three Olympic Games and served as the head coach of St. Marks School in Southborough from 2010 until he returned to BU in 2014. The forward has collected various other accolades in his hockey career, including Hockey East Rookie of the Year in 1986, and racked up 756 career points in 1,186 NHL games.

It seems even after all this time, Young’s still got it.

“Young was the best guy on the ice,” said former BU goaltender Anthony Moccia after his team’s win. “He was talking before, about all, ‘oh, I’m out of shape’ — yeah, right, Coach!”

At one point in the game Friday, Young was exiting the defensive zone and a teammate tried to get the puck up to him to start a rush.

“He tried to lob it over my shoulder, and I ducked so it could land in front of me and I could skate into it,” Young said. “It landed on my shoulder, and kind of hung there for a little bit. It was kind of awkward.”

From the FreeP: Noonan steps up in final year

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

If there is one player who has been asked to do it all this season for the Boston University men’s hockey team, it is senior defenseman and captain Garrett Noonan. In every situation, whether it is a power play, penalty kill or key moment at the end of the game, Noonan has been called upon to do the job.

With sophomore defenseman Matt Grzelcyk injured and a thin group of defensemen left over, Noonan has logged significant minutes this season. He is a minus-12 on the season, but 11 of those goals have come in situations when BU (10-20-4, 5-12-3 Hockey East) has pulled the goalie.

“He has been relied on a lot,” said BU coach David Quinn before his team’s weekend sweep over Northeastern University. “I think the thing that’s happened is he has really improved his play without the puck.”

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From the FreeP: Notebook: Injuries abound as Terriers prep for Vermont

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

The Boston University men’s hockey team has been much maligned by the injury bug this season, but it is inching closer and closer to getting some bodies back.

Senior wing Jake Moscatel, who has been out with a lower-body injury since Jan. 4 at Harvard University, is likely to play this weekend when No. 17 University of Vermont visits Agganis Arena for a two-game set.

Sophomore defenseman Ahti Oksanen and junior forward Evan Rodrigues were both day-to-day as of Tuesday, making their status against the Catamounts (12-8-3, 4-6 Hockey East) less clear.

In addition, sophomore center Danny O’Regan, BU coach David Quinn said Saturday, has been playing through a nagging, undisclosed injury he suffered while representing the United States in the World Junior Championships in Sweden last month.

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From the FreeP: Notebook: BU recruits goalie for 2014-15

By Annie Maroon/DFP Staff

It was not the biggest piece of news related to Boston University men’s hockey goalies this week, but the No. 19 Terriers (16-15-2, 13-10-2 Hockey East) have landed goaltender Shane Starrett of Selects Academy as a recruit for the 2014-15 season. Starrett announced his commitment Monday on his Twitter account, saying, “One of the happiest days of [my] life. Officially going to be a Terrier.”

Starrett posted a 24-12-4 record with a 1.90 goals-against average and .915 save percentage while with the Selects Academy U18s. The Bellingham native and former Catholic Memorial netminder was named the No. 35 goaltender on the NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL draft.

The 6-foot-5, 180-pound goalie was born in July 1994, making him only three months younger than freshman forward Sam Kurker. According to East Coast Militia’s Facebook page, Starrett is committed to come to BU for the 2014-15 season.

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From the FreeP: Notebook: Wes Myron most recent player to leave team

By Annie Maroon/DFP 

Last week, Wes Myron became the third Boston University men’s hockey player in 14 months to leave the team midseason in search of better playing opportunities. BU (13–11–1, 10–7–1 Hockey East) coach Jack Parker said Myron was unhappy with his playing time and role on the team.

On Sunday, Parker spoke highly of those players who might have been frustrated with their minutes early in their time here, but stuck around and saw their work pay off — including the Terriers’ captain and their top scorer.

“[Senior captain Wade] Megan had his struggles his first two years before he blossomed into a great player,” Parker said. “Some of that might have been that we didn’t play him enough. Some of it had to do with him getting faster and stronger.

“[Sophomore forward Cason] Hohmann was miserable last year, but he didn’t leave.”

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From the FreeP: Terriers drop in rankings after rough weekend

By Annie Maroon/DFP Staff

After its two losses last weekend, the Boston University men’s hockey team fell from No. 9 to No. 11 in this week’s poll and from No. 10 to No. 11 in the USA Today poll. The Terriers (12–9–0, 9–6–0 Hockey East) are also now tied with next week’s opponent, Providence College, for third place in Hockey East after sitting alone in third for most of the season so far.

The Terriers’ bad weekend was a good weekend for the surging University of Massachusetts-Lowell, which moved from No. 18 to No. 15 and No. 15 to No. 12 in the two polls, respectively, with its 4–3 win over BU.

Providence is not ranked in either poll, although it received 24 votes in the poll.

Always a plus to have Hohmann on the ice
Sophomore forward Cason Hohmann leads the Terriers in plus-minus with a plus-17 rating. That puts him fourth in Hockey East and six points higher than the second-highest Terrier rating, which is the plus-11 of his linemate, senior Wade Megan.

Hohmann certainly is not an improbable candidate to lead that category, since he also leads BU in points (22) and assists (16). He is also tied for third in goals, with six, and has spent the year centering Megan, who leads the team and is tied for second in Hockey East with 12 goals.

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From the FreeP: Parker praises York, Grzelcyk makes national team, poll update

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff
In the final minutes of Saturday night’s game, with then-No. 1 Boston College comfortably leading BU 5–2, the home crowd rung out a chant far more common on daytime TV than at Conte Forum: “Jerr-ry! Jerr-ry! Jerr-ry!”

No, the BC students were not chanting for Springer. They were cheering for York, the 19-year Eagles head coach who with the win tied former Bowling Green and Michigan State University coach Ron Mason as the all-time winningest NCAA hockey coach with 924 victories.

BU coach Jack Parker congratulated York at center ice after the game and afterward gushed with praise for his long-time friend.

“He deserves all the accolades,” Parker said. “It’s hard for people to believe this because he’s been around so long and he’s been so successful and he’s won so many games, but I still don’t think he gets the credit he deserves.”

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From the FreeP: O’Connor leads goalie competition

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

Arguably the biggest question mark entering the 2012–13 Boston University men’s hockey season was between the goal pipes, as freshmen goaltenders Matt O’Connor and Sean Maguire were set to battle for the starting goalie job.

Before the season, BU coach Jack Parker said the two netminders would probably alternate starts until one goalie stood out as the permanent starter. However, six games into the season, O’Connor has already gotten significantly more playing time than Maguire and he has done nothing to warrant a spot on the bench.

The Toronto, Ontario native is undefeated in his four starts in a scarlet and white uniform. Perhaps his best performance came in the Terriers’ 3–2 win over the University of Massachusetts on Oct. 27, when he stopped 34 shots and kept BU in the game long enough for senior defenseman Sean Escobedo to score the game-winning goal.

O’Connor also made 15 saves on 15 shots during the second half of a 4–1 loss to the University of New Hampshire on Oct. 20. Maguire made his first collegiate start in that game, but allowed four goals on the first 14 shots he faced before getting pulled in favor of O’Connor.

However, Maguire bounced back from his tough first outing with a strong 31-save performance against No. 6 University of North Dakota on Nov. 2. Despite Maguire’s strong play, the Terriers lost the matchup 4–2 and Maguire fell to 0–2 on the season.

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