Three Thoughts: BU’s split with Vermont

Charlie McAvoy has a team-best 11 assists, but was held off the scoreboard this past weekend against Vermont. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF
Charlie McAvoy has a team-best 11 assists, but was held off the scoreboard this past weekend against Vermont. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

The No. 5 Boston University men’s hockey team traveled to Gutterson Fieldhouse for a pair of games against No. 12 Vermont last weekend, falling 4-2 in Friday’s tilt before cruising to a 4-0 win on Saturday. A lot happened in the last series of 2016. Let’s take a look at the positives and negatives from the Terriers versus the Catamounts.

1.) Keller’s return – Man, it’s good to have Clayton Keller back. After missing seven games, the star freshman forward returned to the ice Friday night, slotting back into his center spot on the second line. He didn’t miss a beat, as he won 12-of-14 faceoffs and notched a helper on Pat Harper’s goal in the second period. It was more of the same on Saturday, as Keller went bar down for his sixth goal of the season on the power play in the third period. The Terriers may have gone 4-2-1 in Keller’s absence, but it’s obvious that BU is a much more dangerous team with Keller patrolling the ice. – Nick

2.) Power Play – BU came into this weekend having gone 1-for-24 on power plays in conference play. They really flipped the script on that one, going an impressive 3-for-8 on PP opportunities against Vermont. Bobo Carpenter and Pat Harper scored two on Friday, with Keller’s coming on Saturday. The Catamounts’ penalty kill was ranked 9th in the nation heading into Friday’s contest, so a very positive sign from a Terrier offense that has gone silent at times. – Nick

3.) Jake Oettinger – Sixteen games into the 2016-17 season, BU’s freshman netminder has recorded three shutouts and taken the starting job by storm. He posted 24 saves in Friday’s 4-2 loss, then bounced back on Saturday night and stopped 28 shots for his first goose egg on the road. Looking at the national picture, Oettinger is a top-five goaltender, at least according to USCHO’s statistics. Boasting .932 save percentage and 1.86 goals against average will do that for ya. Oh, and we’d be remiss not to point out that Oettinger soon heads to the U.S. Hockey World Junior Championship preliminary camp, so his stock should continue to rise.  – Jonathan

The Small Five

a.) Carpenter – I thought Bobo had a really strong weekend, especially on Saturday. On Friday, the sophomore kicked things off with a power play goal off a rebound, another case of him being around the puck at all times. On Saturday, Bobo was second on the team with four shots taken and was consistently chasing after the puck behind the Catamount net. He’s not going to get on the score sheet a whole lot this season, but he works his you know what off every night, and that was evident this weekend. – Nick

b.) Bellows sits – We mentioned in our Three Thoughts last week that we thought Bellows should sit a game, and that finally happened during Saturday’s win. He did have an assist on Friday, but he also was called for another penalty and finished the loss with a plus-minus of -2. It just hasn’t been the season we hoped the talented freshman would have, at least not yet. Hopefully he’ll turn it around in the second half of the season. – Nick

c.) Hockey East update – BU now sits tied for sixth in the Hockey East standings with 10 points in eight games. The University of New Hampshire, Notre Dame and Vemrmont are in front of the Terriers with 11 points each. Boston College may have a strong grip on the conference standings, but BU is right on the heels of the other frontrunners. Keep in mind, four of the five teams in front of the Terriers have played more games. – Nick

d.) Switzer and Diffley – Shane Switzer and Brien Diffley were pencilled into the lineup on Saturday night – Switzer alongside Brandon Hickey and Diffley with Somerby – and impressed. The moves were prompted by choice and necessity, as Dante Fabbro jetted off to Team Canada’s camp for World Juniors, while John MacLeod didn’t play. Nevertheless, these two blueliners seized their chance, contributing in notable ways to BU’s 4-0 shutout of the Catamounts. Furthermore, it was Switzer’s first appearance since Nov. 12’s 4-2 win over Michigan, while Diffley hadn’t skated since the 4-0 loss to UConn on Nov. 19. – Jonathan

e.) Team Defense –  For all the talk about how “stacked” BU’s offense is, it’s team defense is firmly entrenched in the country’s upper echelon. Its 2.06 goals against average is tied for the fourth fewest in Division 1 college hockey, while its 90.8 success rate on the penalty kill is third best nationally. One worrisome trend is the magic number number for opponents seems to be four – as in four goals allowed. BU has surrendered four strikes five times this fall semester, losing four times (t0 UConn, Michigan, Denver and Vermont) and drawing once (to Northeastern). – Jonathan

Live blog: BU vs. UVM at Gutterson Fieldhouse (Round two)

After falling to Vermont 4-2 on Friday night, the Terriers will look for revenge in the final game of the weekend against the Catamounts. Be sure to keep up with our live blog for updates!

Live Blog BU vs. UVM (12-10-2016)
 

 

Seven Terriers make U.S. National Junior team; Fabbro joins Canadian squad

Chad Krys joined BU's cohort of draftees on Saturday morning. PHOTO COURTESY OF: USA Hockey
Chad Krys has been named to the USNJT preliminary roster for the second consecutive year. (PHOTO COURTESY OF: USA Hockey)

As if we needed anymore evidence that the young guys on the No. 5 Boston University men’s hockey team are crazy talented.

On Monday, USA Hockey announced the preliminary roster for the 2017 United States National Junior Team. Seven of the 27 athletes are current Terriers. Freshman defenseman Chad Krys and sophomore blue-liner Charlie McAvoy got the invite after leading last year’s U.S. NJT squad to a bronze medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

Along with Krys and McAvoy, freshman goaltender Jake Oettinger, sophomore forward Jordan Greenway, and freshman forwards Pat Harper, Clayton Keller and Kieffer Bellows made the first cut.

Four of the 27 players will be cut before this year’s IIHF WJC starts Dec. 26 in Canada. The final roster cuts are expected to be made Dec. 24.

Playing for the U.S. National Team is nothing new for most of the Terriers named to the preliminary roster. McAvoy, Oettinger, Keller, and Krys won gold with Team USA at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship, while Bellows joined Oettinger, Keller, and Krys to snatch bronze in the same tournament last year.

Training camp will be from Dec. 16-20 at HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York, then Dec. 20-24 in Ontario. There will also be two pre-tournament games on the 21st and 23rd.

Not to be outdone, freshman defenseman Dante Fabbro was named to the Canadian WJC selection camp. He joins North Dakota’s Tyler Jost as the only NCAA athletes to make the cut. Camp will be held from Dec. 10th to the 14th.

As a reminder, the Terriers host Yale University on Dec. 13th, then take on Union College Jan. 5th.

For the complete schedule for this year’s tournament, click here.

Live Blog: BU vs. Providence at Agganis Arena

The Terriers and Friars are back at it again. One night removed from BU securing a 2-1 win over Providence College, the two sides meet again on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena.

Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m., and a free live stream is available by clicking here. Be sure to follow along on our live blog below, too!

Live Blog BU vs. Providence @ Agganis Arena
 

BU forward lines:

Greenway – Forsbacka Karlsson – Harper

Bellows – Curry – Carpenter

Olsson – Cloonan – Roberto

Andren – Chabot – Phelps

BU D-pairs:

Hickey – McAvoy

Krys – Fabbro

Somerby – MacLeod

BU goalies:

Oettinger

LaCouvee

Prawdzik

Live blog: BU vs. Harvard

After splitting a weekend series with the University of Connecticut, the Terriers will take on Harvard University before the break. Follow along with our live blog!

Live Blog BU vs. Harvard (11-22-16)
 

BU lines:

Greenway – Forsbacka Karlsson – Harper

Bellows – Curry – Carpenter

Cloonan – Chabot – Roberto

Andren – McDermott – Kelley

 

Krys – McAvoy

Hickey – Fabbro

Somerby – MacLeod

 

LaCouvee

Oettinger

Prawdzik

Live blog: BU vs. UConn, round two

The Terriers look to extend their home winning streak to ten games tonight against the Huskies. Follow our live blog for up-the-date info!

Live Blog BU vs. UConn, round two
 

BU lines

Greenway – Forsbacka Karlsson – Harper

Bellows – Carpenter – Roberto

Kelley – Curry – Chabot

Phelps – McDermott – Andren

 

Krys – McAvoy

Hickey – Fabbro

Somerby – Diffley

 

Oettinger

LaCouvee

 

UConn lines:

Thompson – Letunov – Richardson

El-Mir – Kalter – Ronan

Naas – Freeman – Ojantakanen

Morgan – Schwartz – Howell

 

Masonius – Drake

Austin – Gendron

Pratt – Newpower

 

Huska

Nichols

Creel

Live blog: BU vs. Northeastern

It’s been a while, but the Terriers return to action on Friday in a conference matchup with Northeastern. Take a look at our live blog to keep up with the game:

Live Blog BU vs. Northeastern
 

BU lines:

Bellows – Forsbacka Karlsson – Carpenter

Harper – Keller – Greenway

Curry – Cloonan – Roberto

Kelley – McDermott – Chabot

 

Krys – McAvoy

Hickey – Fabbro

Somerby – MacLeod

 

Oettinger

LaCouvee

 

NU lines:

Sikura – Aston-Reese – Schule

Filipe – Gaudette – Griffin

Lerario – Collier – Kurker

Jozefek – Pond – Picking

 

Shea – Cockerill

Davies – Williams

Owens – Cecere

 

Ruck

Theut

BU gets commitment from ’99 defenseman Cam Crotty

The commitments just keep on coming for the Boston University men’s hockey team, as Canadian blue-liner Cam Crotty took to Twitter today to announce his commitment to BU. The 17-year-old is projected to join the Terriers next season.

Crotty, who is eligible for next year’s NHL draft, is a 6-foot-1, 172 pound defenseman currently with the Brockville Braves of the CCHL. He has one goal in seven games this season after recording 18 points in 57 games with the Braves last year, indicating his knack of contributing on the offensive end.

The Terriers have been extremely busy as of late adding recruits for the next couple of years, as they have picked up four commitments in less than a month. Defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo and forward Shane Bowers will likely join BU for the 2017-18 season, while 14-year-old Dylan Peterson is projected to arrive at Commonwealth Avenue in 2020.

Here are some more tweets regarding Crotty.

 

Top prospect Shane Bowers commits to BU

The star-studded prospects just keep on coming for BU head coach David Quinn and the Boston University men’s hockey team.

After receiving a commitment from Dylan Peterson yesterday, USHL center and top 2017 NHL draft prospect Shane Bowers tweeted out his commitment to BU today. Bowers, 17, is one of seven Terrier commits eligible to play next season.

The Canadian-born Bowers is currently in the midst of his second year with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL. He has five goals and four assists through nine games played. The 6-foot, 170 pound center also played for the Canada Under-18 squad in the Hlinka Memorial Cup this year, scoring once in four games.

Bowers is known for his limitless potential and playmaking on the offensive end. With the current Terriers’ squad stacked on offense, it looks like Bowers should have no problem fitting right in on Commonwealth Avenue next season. Here are some more reactions on Bowers’ decision.

https://twitter.com/USHockeyWire/status/791762863643881472

From the FreeP: BU knocks off No. 4 Quinnipiac

The Terriers managed a complete turnaround after dropping a pair of games to No. 6 Denver University last weekend. They topped No. 4 Quinnipiac 3-0 on Saturday, thanks to goals from Jordan Greenway, Bobo Carpenter and Jakob Forsbacka – Karlsson.

Check out our articles on the game below:

  1. Jon’s recap, focusing on the sophomore forwards and the penalty kill
  2. Nick’s sider on Jordan Greenway’s impressive weekend.

Also check out our postgame videos if you missed them.

The Terriers don’t have any games this upcoming weekend, but they will get back on the ice Friday, Nov. 4, when they take on Northeastern.

Finally, keep an eye out for a feature from us this week!