Odds and ends: Commits, decommits and more on the rumor mill

Hi, friends! There have been a few bits and pieces of news over the past few days that don’t warrant their own post, so we’ve compiled a few links here for your reading pleasure and to keep you posted on a few things that have unfolded over the past week or so.

-Over the Boards reports that forward Sean MacTavish, who was slated to come to BU this season, has committed to Alaska-Anchorage instead.

Multiple reports say that Ryan Cloonan will attend BU this fall, instead of in 2016 as originally planned.

-There have been conflicting reports over the past few days about the future of rising sophomore forward J.J. Piccinich, who saw limited playing time last season. One report had him returning to the USHL with Youngstown, while a few reports have him signing with the London Knights of the OHL. For what it’s worth, that uncertainty is just that — we’ve heard that there’s nothing definitive yet in place.

-For some news down the street — reports suggested that BC commit Jeremy Bracco would be decommitting and headed to the OHL. Bracco himself denied these rumors.

Odds and ends: Facebook, NHL combine and more

Hope everyone is having a good summer! With the NHL draft looming in less than three weeks, we’ve got plenty to talk about — here’s a taste of what’s to come.

-First things first — we’re on Facebook! Be sure to give us a like and share. We’ll be posting content there all summer and all season. (Haven’t you always wanted to get BU hockey updates in your newsfeed? Now you can!)

-All eyes were on Jack Eichel at the NHL Combine this weekend, and for good reason. The projected second overall pick for the upcoming draft placed in the top 10 of seven different events. (Compare that to projected No. 1 pick Connor McDavid, who finished in the top 10 in three events).

-BU recruit Jordan Greenway was in the top 10 at the combine in terms of pull-ups (12). He also had the fourth-largest wingspan (80.5 inches) of anyone at the combine.

-A.J. Greer “strongly thinks” his good pal Eichel will be drafted first overall.

-And, well, maybe Eichel himself does, too? Apparently Eichel told Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray that he thinks he’s the best player in the draft. Naturally, overreaction ensued, but Jack explained himself.

-Still no official schedule released for BU for the upcoming 2015-16 season, but we already know a few games based on other teams releasing their schedules and other channels. Here are those:

Oct. 10 — at Union
Oct. 17 — home vs. Wisconsin
Oct. 31 — home vs. Denver
Nov. 28 — Red Hot Hockey vs. Cornell at Madison Square Garden
Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 — Beanpot semifinal and final. Pending weather, of course, if it’s anything like last season.

-ICYMI, some BU and BC alumni will be playing in a charity game in July to raise money for ALS research.

A note from your Boston Hockey Blog writers, and various links and notes

To all of our readers:

We wanted to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude for your support and readership this season. Student journalism is sometimes a grueling task, but to produce content for an eager audience is something very few students have the opportunity to do, and we’re extremely grateful for all of you.

Conor will be graduating in May, but Andrew and I will return next season to cover the team. We’ll be joined next year by current Daily Free Press sports editor Judy Cohen, who has a great hockey mind and has followed BU for a long time. We’re excited to add her to the crew.

Below, we have links to all of our coverage from the national championship game and other relevant news. We’ll continue to post what we’re sure will be many stories in the coming weeks, when captains are announced, and as departures and new recruits potentially roll in.

It has been our absolute pleasure to cover BU hockey this season, to tell the stories of this team and to provide our readers with the best coverage possible. We’re excited for what the future holds, and are looking forward to continuing to provide you all with the best coverage possible. As always, suggestions are welcome for what you’d like to see in the future.

All best,
Sarah, Conor and Andrew

-Conor’s recap.

-Andrew’s piece on Anthony Moccia and Matt O’Connor.

-My piece on Cason Hohmann, who didn’t want to take off that jersey.

-Another piece of mine, this one on Evan Rodrigues.

-Andrew’s blog post on all of the firsts in the national championship game — but not necessarily the firsts that BU wanted.

Photos from the game, taken by the lovely Maya Devereaux.

-Jack Eichel will play for Team USA in the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships.

Odds and Ends: Prepping for the Frozen Four

Happy Frozen Four, everybody! Here are some stories from us and from around the internet to distract you from any impending nerves for tonight:

-Conor and Andrew’s game preview.

-Conor and I wrote a feature on BU’s four freshman defensemen.

-Conor and I also did a Q&A with Ahti Oksanen and Matt O’Connor. We got a lot of laughs out of that one.

-From Andrew, a look back at BU’s history in the Frozen Four.

-Conor previewing Jack Eichel’s Hobey chances — that’ll be announced Friday night, and we’ll be at Matthews for the announcement.

-A story from our pals over in the news section of the FreeP, about ticket availability (or lack thereof) to students.

-Conor and I hopped on the FreeP’s new sports podcast to talk about the Frozen Four. We start talking about hockey around 6:00.

College Hockey News’ picks for who will advance and win the Frozen Four.

-Frozen Four preview from our pal Scott McLaughlin over at WEEI.

-The team had some fun at Media Day on Wednesday:

-In case you missed it, there’s a new video for Eichel, courtesy of BU Athletics:

-Good stuff from the Providence Journal’s Mark Divver on Providence head coach Nate Leaman.

Odds and Ends: Pre-Beanpot notes and links

It’s finally here! We know you’re all excited for tonight’s Beanpot final, so to tide you over until puck drop, here are a couple of links and notes:

-Here’s our preview for tonight.

-ICYMI, here’s Friday’s recap and sidebar.

-And Saturday’s recap and sidebar.

-Conor caught up with ’95 BU captain Jacques Joubert, and he likes what he sees from this year’s Terriers.

-Maya’s photos from Friday and Saturday.

-BU fell to No. 4 in the USCHO rankings this weekend, and No. 7 in the Pairwise rankings. A bit scary given tournament seeding implications, but there’s still plenty of hockey to be played.

-Everyone is expected to be healthy and ready to go tonight, save for sophomore defenseman/forward T.J. Ryan (upper-body injury).

-Here’s the Boston Globe’s preview for tonight.

-A story from College Hockey Inc. on Evan Rodrigues.

-SB Nation has been ranking the NCAA’s best NHL prospects. A lot of BU players expected to be on the list. Here’s #100-91, #90-81 and #80-71

Odds and Ends: BU reaches Beanpot championship for 1st time in 3 years

In one of the most, if not the most, exciting games of the year, the No. 2/3 Boston University men’s hockey team came away with a 4-3 win in double overtime over No. 4/6 Harvard University in the Beanpot Tournament semifinal. If your heart is still racing from that one, you’re probably not the only one.

With the victory, the Terriers reach the tournament final for the first time since 2012, when they fell to Boston College in a dramatic overtime game. A victory next Monday night would be BU’s 30th tournament championship win and the first of this decade.

Northeastern University won its semifinal tilt against No. 11/12 Boston College, so the matchup is set: the Huskies will play the Terriers for the trophy and Boston bragging rights. But before we get to that game, here are a few links from Tuesday’s dramatic finish:

— Sarah’s game recap

— Conor’s sidebar on junior forward Danny O’Regan and his game-winning goal

— What went right and wrong for the Terriers in Pluses and Minuses

Other Links 

— Conor’s pregame story on O’Regan and his hockey-centric family.

Game story for the BC-Northeastern semifinal game.

— Some quick facts on next week’s championship matchup.

— Jack Eichel, Danny O’Regan and Matt Grzelcyk were named semifinalists for the Walter Brown Award, given to the best American-born college hockey player competing in New England.

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Odds and Ends: Beanpot Edition

Happy Beanpot, everyone! To get you primed for tonight (and distracted from the disastrous weather/MBTA situation), we have some notes and links.

-Here’s our page where we’ll have all Beanpot stories. We’ll still have the liveblog and all that later tonight.

-And here’s a preview from the Crimson.

-A Beanpot preview from our pal Jeff Cox over at SB Nation.

-As a refresher of the UMass game, here’s Andrew’s recap, Conor’s sidebar on timeout adjustments and my pluses and minuses.

-Additionally, here are some awesome photos that Maya got from the game.

-In BU women’s hockey news, they’ll be taking on Harvard in the first round of the Women’s Beanpot tonight. Here’s the FreeP’s preview of that.

Doyle Somerby, and other notes

Hope everyone’s having a great week! The three of us are getting ready for this weekend’s series against the University of Vermont, and we’ll have live coverage from Burlington for both games.

In the meantime, for a little BU hockey coverage to tide you over, Conor published a feature on BU defenseman Doyle Somerby today. I’m probably biased when it comes to the work of my beatmates, but it’s really well done. Definitely read it if you have a few minutes to spare.

Here’s a little TBT for you, too:

Can you spot the three current BU hockey players in this Middlesex Islanders team photo? #TBT PHOTO COURTESY OF DOYLE SOMERBY

A photo posted by Daily Free Press Sports (@dfpsports) on

We’re headed off to Vermont tomorrow morning. We’ll have a full, open day on Saturday up until gametime, and probably some free time Friday afternoon, so if anyone has any must-sees or must-eats in the Burlington area, be sure to let us know!

A few quick mid-week odds and ends

We have a few minor notes and links that don’t quite deserve their own post, so I’ll compile them here:

-Daniel Guan, one of our staff photographers at The Daily Free Press, shot the Union game. Here are some of his photos from that. We’re especially digging the puck in this photo of Brandon Hickey.

Quite the lively discussion going on about whether Coach Quinn et al should have let freshman forward Jack Eichel play a day after the United States was eliminated from the World Juniors. Here’s one take from Adam Wodon on College Hockey News.

-Eichel was named Hockey East Rookie of the Month for December on Tuesday morning. Junior goaltender Matt O’Connor was runner-up for Goalie of the Month.

-A bit old, but still on the topic of Eichel, here’s a video he did for NHL.com a few weeks back. Fun stuff.

-Conor and Andrew will be in Madison this weekend as BU takes on the University of Wisconsin. I’ll miss the trip due to work, but the boys will have you completely covered.

Odds and Ends: Day after No. 2/3 BU beats No. 18 Merrimack

The No. 2/3 Boston University men’s hockey team ended its two-game winless stretch with a 4-2 victory over No. 18 Merrimack College on Saturday night at Agganis Arena.

Junior forward Danny O’Regan recorded his first hat trick in college and freshman center Jack Eichel added four assists in the BU (10-3-2, 7-1-2 Hockey East) win.

In case you missed it, here are a few links from our coverage of Saturday’s game:

— The game recap of BU’s 10th victory of the 2014-15 season.

— Sarah took a look at the play of freshman defenseman Brandon Hickey and the rest of the young defensive corps.

— Conor broke down what went right and wrong for BU in Pluses and Minuses.

Postgame comments from BU coach David Quinn, O’Regan, Hickey and Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy.

Other Notes

— Boston College defeated the University of New Hampshire at Conte Forum last night.

— No. 7 University of Massachusetts-Lowell came back to beat the University of Maine.

— Northeastern University held Providence College in check for a 2-1 win.

— No. 8/9 Harvard University won its ninth game of the year with a victory over ECAC foe Quinnipiac University.

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