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.

Report: Sean Maguire to miss 2014-15 season

By Sarah Kirkpatrick/DFP Staff
Boston University men’s hockey junior goaltender Sean Maguire will sit out the entirety of the 2014-15 season with a medical redshirt, according to a report from Jeff Cox.

As rumored, goaltender Sean Maguire will be sitting out entire ’14-15 season at BU. Reason for LaCouvee coming in. Pittsburgh Penguins pick.
— Jeff Cox (@JeffCoxSports) July 1, 2014

@smclaughlin9 @slurpee387 he will medical redshirt per source
— Jeff Cox (@JeffCoxSports) July 1, 2014

Maguire played in 16 games for the Terriers during the 2013-14 season, with a goals-against average of 2.90 and a save percentage of .919. During his BU career, Maguire has a save percentage of .923 and a 2.68 GAA.

BU still has reinforcements at the goaltending position, as it recently added goaltender Connor LaCouvee from the British Columbia Hockey League to its recruiting class for2014-15. LaCouvee joins junior goaltender Matt O’Connor, who played the most minutes in net for the Terriers last season, and graduate student Anthony Moccia.

Sean Maguire gets back-to-back starts for first time this season

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff 

LOWELL — Sooner or later, David Quinn said, it would happen. He would have to have the same conversation with Matt O’Connor as he had with Sean Maguire, the one where he has to explain his tough starting goalie decision — the one where he tells O’Connor he isn’t playing.

It’s not you, the coach would say, it’s him. You’re both good goalies. Right now is just his time. He’s the hot hand.

That time could be now for Maguire. The sophomore made 39 saves, tying his season high, against No. 10 University of Massachusetts-Lowell at the Tsongas Center Saturday night. The Boston University men’s hockey team lost, 3-1, but afterward Quinn and company sung a familiar song.

Their goalie kept them in it.

“Obviously our goalie was unbelievable tonight,” Quinn said in his opening comments, before even being questioned on his netminder. “[He] gave us a chance.”

The head coach would not go as far to say that Maguire will start next weekend when No. 18 University of Vermont visits Agganis Arena for a two-game set, but it stands to reason that will be the case.

Maguire was between the pipes Friday in a 6-4 loss at No. 3/4 Boston College, then again Saturday in Lowell. He allowed two goals in the latter contest, one of them the result of a breakaway.

Maguire stopped a combined 77 shots while yielding seven goals.

The .917 save percentage in that short sample size is more impressive when you consider the Terriers played with five defensemen.

Sophomore Matt Grzelcyk is out for the season with a separated shoulder, and mid-way through Saturday’s game, sophomore Ahti Oksanen suffered an apparent left leg injury and did not return. Freshman T.J. Ryan, who had been playing forward, switched back so the defensive corps wasn’t too weakened. 

That means shorter but more frequent shifts and, ultimately, more ice time for the healthy blueliners.

Those circumstances put additional stress on Maguire.

“There is pressure on our goalie,” Quinn said. “There is pressure on every goalie really. But when you’re in the situation we’re in, there’s even more pressure. It’s difficult.”

Senior captain Garrett Noonan concurred.

“We have a depleted lineup with a ton of injuries right now,” said Noonan, one of the healthy defensemen. “It’s something that he knows, and he knows he’s going to have to make two or three big saves — maybe two or three big saves a period, whatever it is. He did that all weekend.”

This weekend was the first time Maguire started back-to-back games since the end of last season. At that point, then-coach Jack Parker didn’t have a choice when a collapsed lung ended O’Connor’s freshman campaign.

This time, Quinn did have a choice, and he went with Maguire.

Scott Wilson, a junior assistant captain for the River Hawks, noted Maguire’s prowess. Both are Pittsburgh Penguins draft picks, and they are familiar with each other from their time at developmental camps.

“I knew he’s a great goaltender, so I know you’ve got to battle through a little [adversity] there,” Wilson said. “But I think we got plenty of chances and a couple of them just didn’t go in for us.”

The net result of Maguire’s impressive weekend could lead to a role reversal with his classmate and counterpart, O’Connor.

O’Connor started the final seven games of the first semester, a streak prolonged when Maguire could not play due to back problems. That stretch started when Quinn pulled Maguire after he gave up three goals in 30 minutes against the University of Maine.

This time, O’Connor was the one pulled — again against Maine — after spotting the Black Bears four goals in less than a period Jan. 11.

Maguire has hardly let up since.

“He played awesome. He played awesome for sure,” Noonan said. “When [Maguire and O’Connor] give up goals, we’re usually leaving them out to dry. That was the case this weekend and last weekend.

“He gave us a chance to win both games. Unfortunately we didn’t capitalize on that.”

Sean Maguire, Matt O’Connor roughed up during blow out in Maine

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff 

ORONO, Maine — The 14-month Boston University men’s hockey goalie battle took an interesting turn Friday night.

In a 7-0 loss at Alfond Arena to the University of Maine, sophomore Sean Maguire — in sticking with the team’s two-netminder rotation — got the start and allowed three goals in the first half. Sophomore Matt O’Connor came on in relief but allowed four goals in the final period and a half.

For a BU team that has struggled to find the back of the net as of late, its usually solid goaltending didn’t do the team any favors.

“[The Black Bears] were opportunistic. They were very opportunistic. Give them credit,” BU coach David Quinn said. “They had chances and they buried them. … We had chances and we have got to bury them. We didn’t.”

That Maine took advantage of its opportunities may be an understatement. It broke a scoreless tie midway through the first when center Devin Shore snuck one between Maguire and the nearside pipe for one of the softer goals the netminder has given up all year.

About 20 minutes of game time later, Maguire let in another particularly regrettable tally when defenseman Ben Hutton took it end-to-end during a BU 5-on-3. The resulting shot dribbled through Maguire’s legs before barely crossing the line.

Quinn promptly pulled Maguire from the game.

“I just thought that the way the momentum was going I thought he would have liked to have the first and third goals back. Just a hunch,” Quinn said. “There were a bunch of reasons that went into that.”

Although O’Connor let in one more goal in about the same amount of time, he did not play as poorly.

By the time O’Connor entered the game, with BU already down by a considerable margin, the Terriers had to employ a riskier style of offense if they had any chance of coming back. That meant numerous breakaways for the Black Bears.

“We left him out to dry on some goals at the end there,” Noonan said. “But those are back-door tap-ins that we’d like to not let them tap in.”

What Friday’s loss means in terms of the big-picture goalie situation for Quinn’s crew is unclear. O’Connor will likely start Sunday against the University of Connecticut, given that Quinn has displayed little desire to stray away from the rotation, particularly when the goalie’s efforts don’t force the issue.

On the season, Maguire owns a 2.49 goals-against average and .929 save percentage, while O’Connor’s corresponding numbers are 3.46 and .905. Both are swayed by the last three games — all losses — in which opponents have outscored BU 15-2.

Of the Terriers’ four wins, one has come with Maguire between the pipes — the season opener, a 3-1 win over the University of Massachusetts. He is somewhat a victim of BU’s lack of offense, with the Terriers scoring a combined three goals in Maguire’s four other starts.

BU has averaged 3.2 goals in each of O’Connor’s five starts.

But chalking up Maguire’s lack of success to a lack of offense at the other end likely serves as little consolation given it doesn’t change the bottom line — Ws. And it almost certainly didn’t help as he skated to the bench in the second period against Maine, not allowed to finish a game for his second time as a Terrier.

“I didn’t [say anything to] Mags. He’s a great goalie,” said senior captain Garrett Noonan. “I don’t think me going over there and saying, ‘It’s not your fault’ or whatever is going to do him any good. He knows it’s not his fault. We have to play better in front of him, and he’s an awesome goalie. We know he’s going to be there for us.”

Three up, three down: Strong goaltending, second period lead to Terrier win

By Meredith Perri/DFP Staff

Three Up
Maguire continues solid play from last season
Last season when Sean Maguire made his first career start as a member of the Boston University men’s hockey team, the then-freshman netminder struggled. After giving up four goals on 14 shots, Maguire made an early exit from the game just 32 minutes into the contest.
This season was the polar opposite.
Maguire, who won in five of his last six outings last season, carried a shutout into the middle of the third period during the Terriers’ regular season opener Friday night at Agganis Arena.
“He was outstanding,” said senior captain Garrett Noonan. “[Maguire] has been great since last year. That’s what he does – he makes big saves. He really kept us in the game especially in the first period.
“I really thought it could’ve been a 1 or 2-0 then, but he held the fort and then luckily, our offense got going.”
Maguire, who had 39 saves on the night, can thank Noonan for one of those stops. During the first period, Noonan dove across the net to stop the University of Massachusetts from taking an early 1-0 lead.
Ahti, Ahti, Ahti
Sophomore defenseman Ahti Oksanen had a hand in each goal tonight. With his three assists, he registered in one game nearly a quarter of the helpers he had during the 2012-13 season.
According to BU coach David Quinn, Oksanen’s game improved significantly from last Saturday’s exhibition against St. Francis Xavier.
“I thought he was more physical,” Quinn said. “I thought he kept his game simple. He has a great skill set, and he made some great plays.”
All three of the Terriers’ goals, as well as all three of Oksanen’s assists, came in the span of six-and-a-half minutes in the beginning of the second period.
Getting that first win
Outside of that stretch in the second period, this game wasn’t necessarily a strong showing from the Terriers. Nonetheless, it did allow the team to start off the season with a win, and gave Quinn his first career win to kick off the season.
“He knows how to play the right way, and I think you saw tonight we played the right way at times,” Noonan said of Quinn. “Hopefully tomorrow night we’ll have more of a 60-minute effort, and we’ll be fine.”
Three downs
First period slumps
Both Quinn and Noonan said that UMass surprised the Terriers with its intensity in the first period. Despite the Minutemen spending the majority of the first seven minutes of the period on the penalty kill, UMass had 11 shots on goal in the frame compared to BU’s six.
“I thought they took it to us in the first period,” Quinn said. “I thought we were a little bit surprised by their speed and their aggressiveness. I didn’t think we matched it.”
Paltry Power Play
Part of the reason the Terriers looked so sluggish during the first period was the team’s inability to keep the puck in their offensive zone while on the power play. In seven minutes of having a man advantage in the first period, the Terriers had one shot on goal.
BU did score its second goal of the game on the power play, but later on in the contest, the Terriers could not take advantage of a 5-on-3 opportunity. While Quinn said the team had good chances during the 5-on-3, the team failed to capitalize.
“We missed the net again,” Quinn said comparing the chances to ones in last week’s exhibition. “It’s something we are really going to have to bear down on, but I thought our 5-on-3 we controlled the puck. We were moving quickly. I still wanted to do it quicker, but I thought we were better at it.”
Slashing Kurker’s penalties
One of the few things that Quinn has repeated multiple times is how he runs the team as a meritocracy. He made that point clear Friday night when sophomore forward Sam Kurker took a spot on the bench for the majority of the second and third periods.
According to Quinn, Kurker put himself into that situation after he had two penalties – one for holding and the other for slashing – in the Terriers’ offensive end in the first 22 minutes of play.

From the FreeP: Goalie duo impresses in rookie campaign

By Annie Maroon/DFP Staff

For all but the luckiest hockey teams, goaltending is often a question. The Boston University men’s team found an unconventional answer this year, using freshmen Sean Maguire and Matt O’Connor as complementary pieces in net for most of the season.

While resolution in the form of a clear No. 1 goalie never came, both were good enough that rotating them was logical. BU goaltending coach Mike Geragosian said he thinks the competition was also the best way for both to develop, each pushing the other to stay sharp.

“I don’t think it’s a [Kieran] Millan-[Grant] Rollheiser roommate situation,” Geragosian said. “I think there’s mutual respect for each other, but there’s also mutual compete, that, ‘Hey, if you don’t play well, I’m going to play well.’

“And that’s what’s great about these two. They’re only going to get better because of that drive, versus, ‘Oh, I’m happy not playing.’”

Maguire eventually started 21 games to O’Connor’s 18 because O’Connor was out for the season after being hospitalized in early March with a collapsed lung. O’Connor made 10 of BU’s first 15 starts as Maguire worked out some early kinks, but they split time from January through the end of February.

By the numbers, each played better when starting every game, or at least the majority of the games. Between Oct. 26 and Dec. 6, when O’Connor started all but three of BU’s 12 games, he had a .924 save percentage, compared to .910 on the year.

The change was even more extreme in Maguire’s case. When O’Connor was scratched from his scheduled start on March 2, Maguire started consecutive games for only the second time all year. He then started the next six, putting up a .957 save percentage in those eight games, including four in the postseason, to bring his overall save percentage up to .926 on the year.

Those numbers are not everything — Maguire’s late run was the product of improvements he made all year, and it would have been tough to maintain the success O’Connor had early over an entire year, regardless of how often he played. But they do illustrate the balancing act involved in developing two successful goalies.

For more, including a look at what Maguire and O’Connor said about sharing the job and what might be in store next year, go to

Freshmen finish season well, signal bright future for BU hockey

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Sports

It was the end of the road for Jack Parker and the Boston University men’s hockey seniors Saturday night when the Terriers lost to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell 1-0 at TD Garden in the Hockey East championship. However, Saturday’s loss was just the end of the first chapter for BU’s freshmen, who give Terrier fans a lot to look forward to over the next three seasons.

One freshman who stood out in particular was goaltender Sean Maguire, who earned the loss on the night despite only allowing a single goal in 29 shots. Maguire, who took over the starting job after fellow freshman goaltender Matt O’Connor went down with a collapsed lung, shined in his opportunity as the No. 1 backstop.

In his six games he has played since finding out he would be the starter for the rest of the season — four of which were playoff games — Maguire had a .956 save percentage and 1.51 goals-against average. The Powell River, British Columbia native made more than 30 saves in four of those six starts.

“He played his best hockey when his stablemate went down, when Mattie O’Connor went down,” Parker said. “He took us to a different level. He certainly gave us a chance to win tonight, and certainly gave us a chance to win last night the way he played the last 30 minutes of the game last night.”

Despite Maguire’s strong postseason performance, he did not earn any Hockey East tournament honors. Two of his classmates — forward Danny O’Regan and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk — were named to the Hockey East All-Tournament team for their performance in the past four games.

O’Regan, who became the first BU freshman to lead his team in points on the season since Tony Amonte did it in the 1989-90 season, was second on the Terriers with four points in the tournament. He had two power-play goals in BU’s 6-3 win over Boston College Friday.

His strong performance in the tournament was just an extension of his stellar play to close out the season. Since the beginning of 2013, O’Regan totaled 27 points in 23 games, including eight multi-point games.

“I’m pretty amazed at the effort that [O’Regan’s line] brought, especially down the stretch,” said BU captain Wade Megan. “You look at Danny O’Regan and Rodrigues played a heck of a postseason for us and that line in general. You can’t ask for any more from those guys, they gave it all they had.”

Grzelcyk also made the All-Tournament team for his strong two-way defensive ability. The Charlestown native had two assists and was a plus-2 in the Hockey East tournament while making several crucial defensive plays. On one play in the third period, Grzelcyk caught up to UMass-Lowell forward Ryan McGrath on a rush and dove to poke the puck off his stick and end the scoring threat.

Hockey East recognized O’Regan and Grzelcyk for their performance on the season by naming them to the All-Rookie team Thursday night. The duo continued to prove they belonged there with their play in the tournament.

While O’Regan and Grzelcyk stood out in particular, all of BU’s freshmen had their moments in the postseason, including defenseman Ahti Oksanen and forwards Matt Lane and Sam Kurker.

Lane and Kurker in particular improved their play toward the end of the season — which Parker credited to increased ice time and confidence. In the final four games, Lane scored two of the seven points he scored all season, while Kurker notched one of his three goals on the season.

Senior forward Ben Rosen, who centered the two freshmen wingers on the third line since late January, said that the duo started playing better together once they stopped “bickering.”

“I came in there and I just tried to settle things down and calm them down and make sure that they were working together, we were working as a line,” Rosen said. “I was going to be the defensive guy and let them play offensive, obviously Lane coming from the national team, he’s a very skilled guy, and Kurks being a second-rounder, he’s a skilled guy with a lot of goals last year. “

“I let them just kind of play their game and settle things down and obviously it worked out for us.”

Kurker and Lane showed improvement at the end of this season, which bodes well for next season. With Megan gone next year, someone is going to have to move up to a top-six forward role and pick up the scoring slack.

“There’s a lot of terrific young players on this team and if you’re a BU fan I think the next couple years are going to be exciting because those guys are great hockey players,” Megan said. “I have a feeling they’re going to be back here in years to come.”

Maguire weathers early barrage, enables BU to rally

By Annie Maroon/DFP Staff

For most of 30 minutes on Friday, the Boston University men’s hockey team chased Boston College around the defensive zone, blocking shots with their shins because they couldn’t get their sticks on the puck. Every Terrier was reeling, back on his heels, except one: freshman goalie Sean Maguire.

As BC cycled through BU’s zone, firing puck after puck at Maguire, he only seemed to get sharper, stopping 11 Grade-A chances by the end of the period. Despite setting up camp in BU’s zone from the opening draw, the Eagles couldn’t score until the last 90 seconds of the period.

“In the first period, it could have easily been 2- or 3-0, and in the second period it’s the same,” said freshman center Danny O’Regan. “They were just relentless the whole game, and [Maguire] has been unbelievable throughout this whole stretch.”

Late in the first, BC forward Johnny Gaudreau – recently named the Hockey East Player of the Year – picked up a BU turnover at the side of the goal. He took his time wristing the puck toward Maguire for what looked like a sure goal, until Maguire swatted it out of midair with the tip of his glove.

BC scored shortly after that save, when a shot from Bill Arnold changed direction off the stick of BU junior defenseman Garrett Noonan and leaped over Maguire’s shoulder. Considering the way the Eagles controlled the puck in the first period, the Terriers were fortunate to escape with a mere 1-0 deficit.

“It was huge,” freshman wing Matt Lane said of Maguire’s play in the first. “We got off to a slow start, and when [sophomore wing Evan] Rodrigues got that [goal], I think that fired us up. You could see the momentum going our way. But Maguire played a great game, and he kept us in it when they were outshooting us there early.”

In total, Maguire faced 47 shots: 18 in the first period, 13 in the second and 16 in the third. He stopped 44. Across the ice, BC senior Parker Milner stopped 21 of the 26 shots he saw.

A 6-3 win doesn’t come without an offensive explosion, and both BU’s regular contributors, like O’Regan and Rodrigues, and fresh faces, like Lane, found ways to beat Milner. The Terriers scored four times in ten minutes, between 12:47 of the second and 1:42 of the third, to propel themselves to victory.

Had Maguire lost focus for an instant early on, though, the Terriers could have been buried too deep to come back. Midway through the second, before Rodrigues scored BU’s first goal, the Eagles led 29-10 in shots, and it seemed only a matter of time before the score began to reflect that margin.

Fortunately for the Terriers, Maguire stayed locked in even during TV time-outs. Where most goalies might have taken lackadaisical laps around the net or glided to the boards and back, Maguire was down in the crease, stretching out his legs, or up miming glove saves, visualizing pucks flying toward him and hopping back and forth to make imaginary saves.

Lane noted Friday that BU didn’t have a defined starting goalie for most of the year, since Maguire alternated games with fellow freshman Matt O’Connor until O’Connor suffered a collapsed lung this month.

Neither gave Parker a reason to stop the rotation while they were both healthy. In seven games since taking over as the No. 1 goalie, however, Maguire has a .951 save percentage.

“After his very first game, I thought Sean really played well almost all year long,” Parker said. “He had maybe one or two not-great games the rest of the way. But when [O’Connor] went down, it looked like he even picked up the pace even more and got a lot more confident and knew he was the guy.”

On Saturday, Maguire will face another accomplished freshman in the opposing net: Connor Hellebuyck, who has a .946 save percentage in 20 starts for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

Goals haven’t come easily for the Terriers against Hellebuyck this year. In fact, they’ve managed just one in 120 minutes of play. Against a defensively oriented River Hawks team that has stifled BU’s forwards this year, Maguire will have little margin for error.

“We’re going to rely on him for the same thing tomorrow,” O’Regan said. “He’s the most competitive kid I know, so I know he’s going to bring it tomorrow too.”

From the FreeP: Terriers facing tall order against BC

By Annie Maroon/DFP Staff

There are higher-stakes games than this in college hockey — though not many — but the No. 17 Boston University men’s hockey team must win Friday before it can worry about those.

At 8 p.m. at TD Garden, the Terriers (20-15-2, 15-10-2 Hockey East) will face No. 4 Boston College in their first win-or-go-home game this year, the semifinal of the Hockey East tournament. And going home, as everyone in scarlet and white is aware, means sending coach Jack Parker home from his last game behind the bench with a loss.

BU can’t make the national tournament without beating BC (22-10-4, 15-9-3 HE). Their best shot at the tournament would be winning the Hockey East tournament, although they have a slim chance of getting in if they lose in the title game.
The game will be unusual for Parker, and for all parties involved, without BC coach Jerry York behind the opposing bench. York had surgery for a detached retina on Monday, the second time he’s had the procedure this season, and is still recovering.

“I don’t think we ever missed a game, either one of us, a BC-BU game,” Parker said. “It’s too bad.”

Aside from York, though, a BC roster that had suffered some key injuries this year is almost back to full strength, as defenseman Patch Alber returned to the lineup for their quarterfinal series against Vermont.

BU’s defense will also get a boost with the return of junior defenseman Garrett Noonan, who missed BU’s last three games with a shoulder injury. Noonan, BU’s second-highest-scoring defenseman, will provide some much-needed relief to a defensive corps that’s been shorthanded without him.

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