Jack Parker Postgame Transcript

Transcriptions by Arielle Aronson/DFP Staff

Opening statement

In general, I thought that it was a really exciting game to watch, unbelievably exciting. The difference between last night’s game and tonight’s game was night and day for both teams. I didn’t think we played that well last night. I didn’t think UNH played that well last night. I thought both teams played really well tonight. I think we needed the win more than they did, so they’re probably happy to get three points on the weekend. And we only get one, so that really hurts us. That was the only negative thing about the game for me. We come back, we gave up a goal right off the bat, they get a power-play goal in the third period, and then we come back and get one for ourselves to tie it up. In general, we had opportunities to win it on more than one occasion.

I thought Shattenkirk and Cohen played great tonight. I thought they played well last night, but tonight they played absolutely fabulous. And I thought Bonino came out of it a little bit tonight. He got his legs back a little bit tonight, made some plays. I thought most guys competed pretty hard. We had a couple of our guys that we usually use killing penalties not in the lineup, and that really hurt us as far as numbers are concerned. And they had six power plays, which hurt us as well. Six and two is not a good ratio. Six for them and two for us. In general, I thought Rollheiser played extremely well. Their goalie played really well. We both had chances to win it. The puck was around both nets a lot.

On what happened in the handshake line after the game

I thought that was getting testy around the corner, and then somebody said something in the line.

On moving Warsofsky back to defense in the third period

I thought we needed a bit more poise back on the point. I thought he’d create a bit more offensively for us. He almost broke out a couple times. He was struggling on the forechecking a bit, and on the backchecking. He’s good when he’s got the puck, but he doesn’t have that instinct as a forward. We’ll see what happens on Tuesday. We might move him back up, or we might keep him on defense.

On the team’s psyche and their record

I think that you get what you deserve. I think our record is indicative of who we are at this point. I don’t think we’ve played a lot of good games and dominated opponents and didn’t get a W, or our goalie stunk and we didn’t get a W. I think that there were many nights when guys just didn’t show up and we didn’t play hard enough. We’ve played a lot of 3-2 games. We’ve played a lot of games that we were in, but we weren’t nearly as competitive.

We’ve played two 60-minute competitive games this year, and how many have we played overall? Eleven? I thought we played very, very well over at Northeastern from start to finish. I thought that was our best game of the year. We dominated that game, up and down the ice, couldn’t put it by the goaltender. Tonight. I thought we played real well. We gave up a lot of shots in the first period, gave them a lot of grade-A shots in the first period. But in the second period, we did a much better job. Then we both got some great opportunities in the third period.

I think that’s the best initial rush team in our league, mostly every year, but this year I think they’re really good speed-wise coming through center ice. They really put a lot of pressure on you. They don’t forecheck and dominate you down low like some other teams can, but they can really get opportunities on the initial rush. I thought their power play moved the puck real well tonight. They got 10 shots on the power play.

On the forward lines after moving Warsofsky

We just rotated four lines with three left wings, so sometimes it was Gaudet, sometimes it was Zach Cohen, sometimes it was Glass. It was one of those three. Those three played, and the rest of the other four lines played for the most part until the very end. So, it was four lines with three left wings. Mostly every time a line went out, a center went out, he had a different left wing, but it kept those guys in the game. I thought Glass played pretty well. I thought Vinny Saponari gave us a real solid game, too. I thought he played real well in every phase of the game, finally making plays, getting pucks to the net, playing pretty well defensively.

On Trivino and Saponari turning a corner

I thought that Trivino had played extremely well the last three games until last night. Last night, he looked legless to me. He had some opportunities, but he really looked tired. I thought the big surface hurt those two guys a little bit last night. I think they’re both playing much harder than they were earlier in the year. With Vinny, it’s just you have to skate harder. Vinny’s got a lot of confidence, but he’s got to move his feet more, and he’s doing that now. With Trivino, I think he’s got to just grow and realize that he’s a good player. He has to gain a little confidence, but he certainly helped us out tonight. That’s a nice goal, and he played well. As I said the two games before that, he really came on and made some good plays. He looked like a hockey player for us against Merrimack.

On the save by Bonino in overtime

I didn’t see it. I just knew there was a pile. I didn’t know who was behind, who was around the goaltender. But I know we were running all over the place. I just knew we were out of position. When somebody dives behind the goaltender to make a save, it’s usually a desperation situation because everybody got caught out of position. But the effort is there for sure, and I thought Bonino was, especially in the defensive end, really working hard tonight.

On why Ryan Santana and Justin Courtnall didn’t play

I wanted to rotate some guys in and out, wanted to give some guys a chance. Glass had been out for a while. Kevin had been out for a while. So, I wanted to give both guys some ice time. And Kevin, really, you can’t judge him because he didn’t get much ice time at all with the way the penalties were. And I thought Glass played very well. I’m pretty sure we’ll get Connolly back, which will give us a different look up front, too. So, that will help us out, and we’ll see what happens on Tuesday.

Dick Umile and Paul Thompson Postgame Transcripts

Transcriptions by Arielle Aronson/DFP Staff

Dick Umile

Opening statement

I would say, as a spectator, it was probably a heck of a game to watch. There was some pretty good action going on back and forth. Both teams had a chance to win it. The lead went back and forth. We came back in the third, tied it up and went ahead. We executed on the power play to tie it up. And I think after that, both teams had a chance to win it in regulation as well. We had a power play in overtime and couldn’t get it by him. At this point, for the weekend, I told my team they competed hard and I’ll take the three points for the weekend and move on.

On the play of Brian Foster

He’s been playing well for us. You can’t look at his numbers and save percentage and goals against and think that he’s not playing well, because he’s been playing pretty well for us all season, and that’s what he’s done for us tonight. He made some key saves at key times when he needed to. Breakaway early in the game, I think it was Pereira, it was a great move and a great save.

On the power play not being as successful as it was on Friday night

We’re moving it pretty good. You have to give credit to them, blocking shots and their goaltender making saves. We moved the puck around pretty well tonight and that’s how I evaluate. They don’t go in all the time.

On the Thompson-DeSimone-Butler line

We made that change a few weeks ago. We split up Bobby Butler and Peter LeBlanc, who played together early in the season. Both lines are now working. Both lines are now playing well. In particular, Paul Thompson’s playing very well for us. He’s a junior. It’s very important for him to step in and play that role for us. He and Bobby obviously have some chemistry, and Phil DeSimone the center on that line. It’s a good line for us, and since we’ve done it, we’ve been playing some pretty good hockey.

On whether or not he wanted a review on Bonino’s save in the crease

I was just asking if he was sure, whether he put his hand over the puck and threw it. And that’s what I was asking, if we could get a review on that. But he was certain, he was right there, that he just batted it out of there. I was asking for a review, but he had a better view than I did.

Paul Thompson

On his first goal

The first one was a fluke. I just threw it out in the air, was actually trying to get it to Bob, who was going back door, just trying to hit his stick and hope for something, but I think it hit one of their guys and just deflected over his blocker.

On his second goal

The second one, power play, and Campanale from the point made a great shot to my stick, and I got a little lucky with the tip and beat him.

On the play of his line

I think we have good chemistry going. Tonight, we didn’t score too many of the prettiest goals, but just hard work and pucks going in for us, so hopefully we can keep it going.

On tying BU

I’m happy with a three-point weekend, but we had a chance to win this game and a chance for the sweep, which would have been huge. But you can’t be too disappointed when you take three out of four from BU.

Grading the Terriers: 11/21 vs. UNH

By Scott McLaughlin/DFP Staff

Offense: B+
The Terriers had plenty of chances, peppering UNH goalie Brian Foster with 37 shots and outshooting the Wildcats in every period, including overtime. Those numbers are even more impressive when you consider that BU had just two power plays, which accounted for just three shots. After Friday night’s 4-2 loss, Jack Parker called for more production from his top six forwards. They responded by scoring all three goals and recording 18 shots. Particularly impressive was the second unit of Zach Cohen, Corey Trivino and Vinny Saponari. Saponari and Trivino each scored pretty goals by doing something they’ve both struggled to do for most of this season –– finish around the net.
Defense: B-
The BU D played one great period and two bad ones. In the second period, it held UNH to six shots and zero grade-A chances. Unfortunately for the Terriers, the Wildcats registered 24 shots and 14 grade-A chances in the first, third and overtime periods combined. Parker was quick to point out that he thought the top pairing of Colby Cohen and Kevin Shattenkirk played great, though –– the second night in a row he has highlighted that duo. Another positive was BU’s 21 blocked shots. Saponari credited that to everyone just buying into the team and being more willing to sacrifice their bodies.

Goalie: B+
Grant Rollheiser made a career-high 27 saves and faced 30 shots. He’d probably like to have the Wildcats’ second goal back, though. He gave up a bad rebound on a Bobby Butler shot, allowing it to bounce right back out and onto the stick of Phil DeSimone, who promptly beat Rollheiser before he could recover. However, there wasn’t a whole lot he could do on UNH’s other two goals. Both came on odd deflections that the netminder never even saw. Additionally, Rollheiser made several great saves to keep his team in the game, including two late in the third –– a blocker save on a hard one-timer by Mike Sislo from the left dot and a sliding save against Butler where he closed his five-hole at the last possible second.

Special teams: B+
The Terriers drew just two penalties, but they did capitalize on one of the power plays, and they continued to move the puck well once they got inside the zone –– getting into the zone was a problem at times. The goal came when Shattenkirk took the puck at the right point, glided backward toward the center of the ice and then slapped a pass down low to Trivino. The sophomore stopped it with his skate and then ripped a shot into the right side of the net. The penalty kill also featured pros and cons. On the upside, it held a talented UNH power play to one goal on six chances, something David Warsofsky said the team will take every time they play them. On the downside, it gave up 10 shots on those six chances, often failing to clear the zone for prolonged periods of time.
X-Factor: Saponari and Trivino finishing around the net
A lot of Terriers have struggled to finish around the net this season, but two of the biggest offenders had been Saponari and Trivino. Whether it was whiffing from the doorstep, overskating a rebound, hitting the goalie in the chest or missing the cage altogether, they just couldn’t seem to find the back of the net in grade-A areas. After Saturday night, though, that pair has now combined for four goals in BU’s last four games, and all four of them have come from in close on strong finishes. Another Terrier who had been snakebitten was Chris Connolly, but then he got off the schneid with three goals in three games before suffering a separated shoulder and missing this weekend. The chances for Saponari and Trivino have been there all season. If they can continue finishing like they have recently, that would give BU’s offense a much-needed boost.

Jack Parker Friday Postgame Transcripts

Transcriptions by Arielle Aronson/DFP Staff

Opening statement

I thought we played OK in the beginning. I thought we played pretty well in the second period. I thought we looked like we ran out of gas, like we were skating in sand. The difference in the speed of the game between UNH and BU in the third period was like night and day. That coupled with the fact that they do real well in their special teams –– they did a good job killing penalties, they did a great job in the power play. And they got two faceoff goals. Both exactly the same –– just win it straight back. One of them goes to the point. One of them goes to a shooter in the slot and we don’t get a neutral faceoff there. That play by our center, it looked like the referee threw it back to him. Nothing you can do about that for our goaltender. We should have had somebody in line to block the shot and we didn’t.

I was disappointed in how unthorough we were. I was disappointed in how slow we looked as the game progressed. We turned pucks over at blue lines. We had opportunities to make some plays and we fumbled them. We were forcing pucks, and then we were just hanging on too long sometimes. And I thought UNH out-battled us. As the game progressed, I thought they just out-battled us. All in all, not a good show.

On whether or not faceoffs have been an ongoing issue

No, we’ve been very good at faceoffs lately. In fact, one guy was 13-for-17, one guy was 14-for-16, one guy was 5-for-9, one guy was 11-for-17, but we lost a couple of them that were absolutely brutal. The one that Trivino lost for the goal was the only one he lost in his own zone.

On taking penalties during penalty kills

It’s a pathetic problem. They don’t get the message. It’s not that important to them to fight hard and be tenacious without being stupid. I didn’t see some of the calls. I thought the game was well refereed.

On whether the team is rundown

Bonino was sick all day, and he looked it. Trivino looked like he was very, very slow. Key guys. David Warsofsky, it was his first game back and his first game playing forward in a big rink. I thought Pereira looked OK, but nowhere near the speed he usually gives us. I thought that Megan played extremely well tonight. He was sick for the last few days with a flu bug. He didn’t practice at all, and came to practice today and took a pregame skate and said, “I think I can play.” We weren’t sure, so we dressed him in the warmup. He said he thought he could play. I thought he was one of best forwards, if not our best forward.

I thought Shattenkirk and Cohen gave us a good night. I thought Shattenkirk, especially, was moving the puck and competing. A couple of turnovers we would like to have back from those two guys, but in general, they played pretty well. We can’t seem to recognize when people are taking away Shattenkirk and Cohen on the point on the power play that we’ve got to get the puck down low. We keep forcing it up top. We’re playing 3-on-3 up top instead on 3-on-1 down low. We’re not doing a good job on our power play recognition, as well as not moving the puck. But I don’t think it’s because of Shattenkirk and Cohen. They got all kinds of pressure on them, and they make a couple of great plays with guys all over them on the blue line. So, I liked what I saw there. It was Chiasson’s first game back. I thought he played OK. But in general, I thought 80 percent of our forwards had tough nights.

On whether focus was an issue

I think we were ready to play tonight. We looked slow. I don’t know what that’s all about. Maybe the flu bug is attacking a few more guys. A few guys had it. A few guys are getting over it. So, that’s a problem. I don’t think we looked slow because we weren’t physically or mentally ready to play.

On Warsofsky’s play up front

I think it’s an experiment. We have guys so banged up that we need a little more talent up front. This is probably the worst rink you could have him play forward. It’s hard to get to people. It’s a long way up and back. He’s not used to jumping on people on the forecheck. We’ll see how he does tomorrow in our rink.

On the play of the freshman

Chiasson, Courtnall, Escobedo, Nicastro, all our freshman are playing well. It’s a recurring theme. They come to play every night. They play hard. I thought Santana played pretty hard tonight. It was nice to see Gaudet get another goal, because he works very hard. But we have to get more out of the first six guys instead of hoping that Gaudet and Santana can win a game for us.

On Connolly’s status for Saturday

I don’t think he’ll play.

On avoiding getting buried too far in the stantdings

I think we’ve already buried ourselves pretty far in the standings. We have to put more than a few games together to get out of where we’re at. We look like we’re in the same boat coming in here, except UNH was in second place in our league, or third, but we’re in last or second last. We’re 3-6-0. They were 3-6-2 coming in, but all their wins were in the league, and now they have a fourth win in the league. They’re much better off than us in the league. I would have taken their record coming in before the game. We’ve really put ourselves in a hole here as far as Hockey East is concerned, and anything is concerned. When you start off 3-7, you’re not getting what you want out of everybody.

On the play of Kieran Millan

I thought he played extremely well. I would have liked to have the 5-on-3 power-play goal off the angle, but other than that, I thought he played real well.

On who will start in net Saturday

We’ll talk to [Coach Mike Geragosian] before the game, watch the film tonight, make a decision. Millan has played extremely well against UNH, and I thought he did again tonight.

Terriers downed by Wildcats, 4-2

By Jake Seiner/DFP Staff

DURHAM, N.H. –– It’s not often that the Boston University men’s hockey team and the University of New Hampshire meet with both teams seemingly struggling to keep their skates beneath them.

After Friday night’s game, it’s starting to look like one team has finally found its footing. Unfortunately for Terrier Nation, that team is not the Scarlet and White.

With a 4-2 win in front of the home crowd at Whittemore Center Arena, the Wildcats (4-6-2, 4-2-1 Hockey East) catapulted themselves into a tie for first in the conference with Boston College.

With the loss, the Terriers (3-7-0, 2-6-0), entrenched themselves one game deeper into Hockey East’s cellar, maintaining just a two-point lead over Providence College for last place, despite playing twice as many conference games as the Friars.

“We’ve really put ourselves in a hole here as far as Hockey East is concerned,” BU coach Jack Parker said. “We’ve gotta put more than a few games together to get out of where we’re at.”

UNH senior Bobby Butler earned the game’s top star by netting the go-ahead goal 11:24 into the second period.

UNH went two-men up after penalties by BU sophomore Vinny Saponari and freshman Sean Escobedo were called within 39 seconds of each other. Midway through Saponari’s minor, BU sophomore goalie Kieran Millan (23 saves) made a diving, highlight-real, paddle save to rob Butler on a one-time chance from the left faceoff dot.

However, just seconds later, Butler got the better of Millan with a one-time bomb from the same spot. Junior Matt Campanale set up the power-play goal from the right point, with sophomore Blake Kessel credited the second assist.

The goal was Butler’s 10th of the season, making him the first Hockey East player to hit double digits in the goal column this season.

After the game, Parker addressed BU’s reoccurring troubles taking penalties when already a man down.

“That’s a pathetic problem,” Parker said. “It’s a pathetic problem. They don’t get the message. It’s not that important to them to fight hard –– be tenacious without being stupid.”

The scoring chances came early for UNH, which almost netted the game’s first goal just seconds into the contest when BU freshman Ben Rosen misplayed a pass at his own blue line. UNH sophomore Stevie Moses scooped up the puck at the left wing, and rocketed to the BU cage, joined by senior captain Peter LeBlanc on a 2-on-0 break.

Moses gave to LeBlanc at the right circle, who immediately slid the puck back to Moses at the left doorstep, throwing Millan off the puck’s scent. Moses had an open net to shoot at, but his momentum had carried him too deep into the zone, and the shot bounced harmlessly off the side of the cage.

The rest of the first period was highlighted by a lack of scoring chances either way until the Wildcats struck gold off a faceoff win in the BU zone 16:43 into regulation.

Junior Phil DeSimone flipped the draw to winger Paul Thompson, who tipped the puck back to sophomore Damon Kipp at the right point. Kipp wristed the puck through a mass of players in front, which shielded the disk from Millan’s vision until the last second. The goaltender whiffed with a flailing glove stab, and the puck sailed over his left shoulder and under the crossbar for the game’s first tally.

BU responded five minutes into the second period with an equalizer from senior Zach Cohen. Taking the faceoff on the left side of the UNH zone, sophomore Corey Trivino managed to bounce the draw toward Cohen in the slot. As the puck came down from a substantial hop, Cohen slapped the disk at net and dislodged UNH goalie Brian Foster’s water bottle with a rising, top-shelf laser.

The Terriers and Wildcats would exchange tallies midway through the third as UNH freshman John Henrion netted the first goal of his career just before BU sophomore Ross Gaudet netted his second of the season.

With 8:46 left in the third, UNH expanded its lead back to two goals with yet another power-play conversion.

Once again, it was Campanale setting up a teammate in a grade-A scoring area. This time, the junior defenseman found Thompson all alone at the right post from the left point. Thompson corralled the pass, sitting comfortably next to the BU crease –– all but ignored by BU junior defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen.

Millan slid and got to the right post with his leg pads, but his upper body couldn’t catch up, leaving a window into the top-right corner of the cage. Thompson lifted the puck over a falling Millan, and knocked over the Terriers chances of a comeback in the process.

The Terriers allowed two goals on six Wildcat power plays, marking the third consecutive game BU has allowed multiple goals on the penalty kill.

Kibbles and Bits

Sophomore David Warsofsky returned to the lineup after missing 3-of-4 games with a hip injury. Warsofsky made his first collegiate start at forward, registering one shot on the night . . . UNH’s Butler led all players with seven shots on goal, followed by Shattenkirk with six and Zach Cohen with five . . . BU was 0-for-5 on the power play, cutting their season-long conversion rate 16.2 percent . . . Millan’s save percentage on the season is now .873, far below his .921 clip a year ago . . . Parker said after the game he thought it unlikely sophomore Chris Connolly (shoulder) would return to the lineup tomorrow night at Agganis Arena, where the Terriers will play host to UNH in game two of the weekend’s home-and-home series . . . Parker said he would consult goaltending coach Mike Geragosian before deciding who would start in net for BU Saturday.

BU-UNH Postgame Notebook

By Scott McLaughlin/DFP Staff
The tortoise and the hare

DURHAM, N.H. –– Boston University men’s hockey coach Jack Parker has been quick to blame a lot of his team’s struggles this season on a lack of attitude and a lack of focus. After Friday night’s 4-2 loss at the University of New Hampshire, however, Parker didn’t pin the loss on any of those factors.

“I think we were ready to play tonight. We just looked slow,” Parker said. “I don’t know what that’s all about . . . I don’t think we looked slow because we weren’t physically or mentally ready to play, though.

“We looked like we ran out of gas, like we were skating in sand. The difference in the speed of the game between UNH and BU in the third period was like night and day.”

The only possible explanation Parker could come up with for his team’s sluggishness was a flu bug that has hit the Terriers over the last couple days.

“[Junior forward Nick] Bonino was sick all day. He looked it,” Parker said. “[Freshman forward Wade Megan] was sick for the last two days . . . Maybe the flu bug is attacking a few more guys. We’ve had a few guys who’ve had it, and a few guys just getting over it. So, that’s a problem.”

A few fine faceoffs

After struggling mightily on faceoffs earlier this season, the Terriers have shown significant improvement over the last couple games, including a 38-for-62 advantage over the Wildcats on Friday night. But despite BU winning the war, UNH was able to win two key battles in the circle that led directly to goals.

The Wildcats opened the scoring late in the first when junior forward Phil DeSimone won a faceoff that junior forward Paul Thompson was able to move back to sophomore defenseman Damon Kipp. Kipp quickly fired a wrist shot through a screen in front and right by sophomore goalie Kieran Millan.

UNH’s third goal, which proved to be the game-winner, also came immediately off a faceoff. Junior center Greg Manz won the draw straight to freshman winger John Henrion in the slot, and Henrion ripped a shot that deflected off Millan’s shoulder and into the net.

“We’ve been very good on faceoffs lately,” Parker said. “But we lost a couple of them that were absolutely brutal. The one that [sophomore Corey] Trivino lost [on the Henrion goal] was the only one he lost in his own zone.”

Not feeling too special

BU’s power play had been improving in recent weeks. BU’s penalty kill had been looking pretty good all season. Neither of those trends continued on Friday night. The Terriers went 0-for-5 on the power play and allowed two goals on six penalty kills.

One trend that did continue in regards to special teams, though, was BU’s recent habit of giving up extended 5-on-3s. Midway through the second period, freshman defenseman Sean Escobedo took a boarding penalty just 39 seconds after sophomore forward Vinny Saponari was called for hooking.

UNH capitalized 50 seconds later when senior forward Bobby Butler blasted a one-timer from the left dot past a helpless Millan.

“It’s a pathetic problem,” Parker said of the 5-on-3s. “They don’t get the message. It’s not that important to them to fight hard and be tenacious without being stupid.”

As for the power play, which mustered just four shots in its five attempts, Parker said that his forwards need to step it up and create more chances down low.

“We can’t seem to recognize that when people are taking away [junior defensemen Kevin] Shattenkirk and [Colby] Cohen at the point on the power play, we have to get the puck down low,” Parker said. “We keep forcing it up top. We’re playing 3-on-3 up top instead of 3-on-1 down low.”

From the FreeP: BU and UNH seek consistency in weekend pair

By Scott McLaughlin/DFP Staff

In a typical season, a Boston University-University of New Hampshire men’s hockey matchup is a showcase of two national powerhouses. But this weekend’s home-and-home between the Terriers and Wildcats, which kicks off tonight at the Whittemore Center in Durham, is a meeting of two unranked clubs loitering below the .500 mark.
Neither team has been able to find any sort of consistency this season. BU (3-6-0, 2-5-0 Hockey East) started the season 2-2, but then proceeded to lose four straight before beating Merrimack College, 6-4, on Saturday night. UNH (3-6-2, 3-2-1) has more or less followed the same path, getting off to a 2-2-1 start, but then going 0-4-1 in its next five before picking up a 4-2 win at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst on Saturday.

Injury updates heading into UNH series

By Jake Seiner/DFP Staff

Connolly questionable with shoulder injury

As The Boston Hockey Blog reported yesterday, sophomore forward Chris Connolly is questionable with a separated shoulder heading into this weekend’s home-and-home with UNH, according to a source close to the team.

Connolly, who was named a Hockey East Co-Player of the Week on Monday, skated briefly at the beginning of practice Wednesday, sporting one of BU’s light-blue non-contact jerseys. Connolly left the ice about 15 minutes into the session, and watched the remainder of practice from the BU bench. He had an ice pack saran-wrapped to his left shoulder for part of that time.

BU coach Jack Parker declined to specify Connolly’s injury after practice, saying he had an upper-body injury that “may or may not keep him out of play this weekend.”

Colby Cohen leaves practice with lower-body injury

Junior Colby Cohen left practice early Wednesday with what Parker called a “lower-body injury.”

Parker said the injury was “probably not” anything serious, and did not go into further detail.

Warsofsky 100 percent, practicing at forward

Sophomore defenseman David Warsofsky said after practice Wednesday that the injury to the adductor muscle in his hip that had caused him to miss three of the last four games is back to 100 percent, and that he expects to play this weekend.

Warsofsky practiced as a forward during Wednesday’s practice. During 5-on-3 power-play drills, Warsofsky worked as BU’s big-man atop the crease with junior Nick Bonino and freshman Alex Chiasson on the wings and junior Colby Cohen and junior Kevin Shattenkirk at the points.

“That’s an important part of the power play for sure,” Warsofsky said about setting screens and scrounging for rebounds. “If I get in front of the net, maybe some of the other guys will see that and learn a little something. We’ll see.”

Parker said he had yet to decide where Warsofsky would play this weekend, saying the decision will be made based on what players are kept from the lineup with injury.

“I know he can play defense for us. I know he can play forward for us,” Parker said. “I think it’s a matter of who’s available and where we’ll be depth-wise. If we had everybody, I’d probably play him back on defense.”

If Warsofsky does play forward, he’ll play on Bonino’s wing, or if he plays defense, he’ll be paired with senior Eric Gryba, Parker said.

Warsofsky, who was selected as a defenseman by the St. Louis Blues in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, said the move wasn’t likely to be permanent.

“I mean, I don’t think it’s going to be a career-changer, but we’ll see,” Warsofsky said.

Rollheiser’s status still uncertain

In Saturday’s 6-4 win over Merrimack College, sophomore goalie Grant Rollheiser tweaked the high-ankle sprain that had kept him out of action for the entire season leading up to last weekend. Rollheiser practiced at full strength Wednesday, and Parker said he would wait to see how Rollheiser felt tomorrow before deciding who would start in net on which nights this weekend.

Bonino and Chiasson practice full-contact, ready to go

The list of BU players dealing with injuries is finally dwindling to only a select few. Bonino and Chiasson both missed time last weekend due to injuries, but both participated fully in practice Wednesday and are expected to play this weekend.

When it was suggested that BU might actually have most of its players healthy and in the lineup this weekend, Parker turned to knock on the wood table next to him and said, “There’s still one more practice to go, though, so we’ll see.”

Parker joked that he might have to keep an eye on Gryba, whose hits are responsible for Warsofsky’s and Chiasson’s injuries.

“We might have to have him come out with just no shoulder pads, no elbow pads,” Parker said jokingly.