2017 Hockey Broadcasts

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BROADCASTS

2017 NCAA D-I Men’s Ice Hockey West Regional Final: Boston University vs. Minnesota-Duluth – March 25, 2017 – Scheels Arena, Fargo, North Dakota

Partner: Chris Picher

Overtime (color)
Third Period (color)
Second Period (Play-by-play)

2017 NCAA D-I Men’s Ice Hockey West Regional Semifinal: Boston University vs. North  Dakota – March 24, 2017 – Scheels Arena, Fargo, North Dakota

Partner: Chris Picher

Double-Overtime (color)
Overtime (color)
Third Period Part 1 :: Third Period Part 2 (color)
Second Period (Play-by-play)
First Period (color)

2017 Men’s Hockey East Semifinal: Boston University vs. Boston College – March 17, 2017 – TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Partner: Chris Picher

Third Period (color)
Second Period (Play-by-play)
First Period (color)

2017 Women’s Hockey East Playoffs: Boston University vs. New Hampshire – February 26, 2017 – Walter Brown Arena, Boston, Massachusetts

Solo Broadcast (play-by-play)

Third Period
Second Period
First Period

2017 Women’s Hockey East Playoffs: Boston University vs. New Hampshire – February 25, 2017 – Walter Brown Arena, Boston, Massachusetts

Partner: Jake Reiser

Third Period (play-by-play)
Second Period (color)
First Period (play-by-play)

2016/17 Women’s Hockey East Regular Season: Boston University vs. Maine – February 19, 2017 – Walter Brown Arena, Boston, Massachusetts

Partners: Matt Dresens, Jake Reiser

Third Period (play-by-play)
Second Period (play-by-play)
First Period (play-by-play)

2016/17 Men’s Hockey East Regular Season: Boston University vs. UMass-Lowell – February 10, 2017 – Tsongas Arena, Lowell, Massachusetts

Partner: Chris Picher

Third Period (play-by-play)
Second Period (color)
First Period (play-by-play)

2017 Men’s Beanpot Semifinals: Boston University vs. Boston College

Partner: Marisa Ingemi

Third Period (play-by-play)
Second Period (color)
First Period (play-by-play)

2016/17 Women’s Hockey East Regular Season: Boston University vs. Providence – January 22, 2017 – Walter Brown Arena, Boston, Massachusetts

Partner: Arthur Blue

Third Period (play-by-play)
Second Period (color)
First Period (play-by-play)

2016/17 Women’s Hockey East Regular Season: Boston University vs. Vermont – January 14, 2017 – Walter Brown Arena, Boston, Massachusetts

Solo Broadcast (play-by-play)

Third Period/Overtime
Second Period
First Period

2017 Frozen Fenway: Boston University vs. Massachusetts – January 7, 2017 – Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

Partner: Chris Picher

Third Period (color)
Second Period (play-by-play)
First Period (color)
Pregame Podcast LIVE (host)

Hockey Beat Articles – Month of October

PLUS/MINUS: FOUR TAKEAWAYS FROM BU VS. UCONN

By: Dan Shulman

  • Jittery, Shaky Starts

For the fourth game in a row, including exhibition games, the Boston University Terriers experienced jitters in the early stages of the first period on Saturday. It certainly wasn’t a slow start, as the teams raced up and down the ice. However, UConn gave the Terriers an early scare, as Evan Richardson rung the crossbar in the opening seconds. Despite the shaky start, the Terriers were able to get the game’s opening goal for the first time in this regular season.

  • Net front presence in defensive zone

Both UConn goals on Saturday night came as a result of poor coverage in front of the net. The defense was unable to clear loose pucks away from the crease, resulting in two goals from former Terrier commit Max Letunov. Regardless of whether the issue is poor coverage or failure to clean up the garbage in the net-front area, the Terriers need to work on better protecting their own cage to keep opponents off the scoreboard. However, the defense has looked much improved overall since the exhibition mishap against the US Under-18 Team.

  • Potent Special Teams

Last season, the Terriers special team units both thrived, as they were among the leaders in power play and penalty kill percentage in the nation. With a different look this season, BU doesn’t seem to have missed a beat. Scoring two power play goals on Saturday, the Terriers not only showed the ability to draw penalties, but also to capitalize on the man-advantage, converting at 21.4% on the young season. On the flip side, the BU penalty kill has been stellar this year, killing at a rate of 92.3% while allowing just 16 shots on 13 opportunities.

  • Life after Eichel

The Terriers found themselves in a mode last season where if things went wrong, Jack Eichel would save the day. As Eichel has moved on to the greener pastures of the NHL, the Terriers have reacted well to the loss of such of prolific player. With an entirely different offensive approach, where all four lines are balanced and either one could be the best on any given night. BU has shown good poise without such a top player, taking a more team oriented approach that, in due time, will be tough to stop.

Hockey Beat Articles – Month of October

BU MEN’ ICE HOCKEY LOOKS TO OPEN HOCKEY EAST PLAY ON HIGH NOTE VS. UCONN

By: Dan Shulman

BU Men’s Ice Hockey vs. University of Connecticut (Hockey East) October 24th & 27th

ABOUT THE OPPONENT

Location – Storrs, Connecticut; Mascot – Huskies; Last Year’s Record – 10-19-7 (7-11-4 HE); 3-11-3 on the road, 5-6-3 at home; Fun Fact – This is UConn’s second season in Hockey East…BU holds a 2-0-1 record vs. the Huskies

PREVIEW

The Boston University Terriers Men’s Ice Hockey Team will open up Hockey East play this weekend as they host University of Connecticut on Saturday.

The Terriers will play a disjointed home-and-home series with the Huskies, travelling to Connecticut, Tuesday, to wrap up the season series.

The Terriers have faced UConn three times, winning twice. The lone tie came last season at Agganis Arena, as BU battled back to take a late lead before UConn tied the game with just under four minutes to go in regulation leading to a 4-4 score line.

Connor LaCouvee got the nod in net for the Terriers in that game, making 22 saves. For the Huskies, Shawn Pauly and Trevor Gerling scored twice and had two assists each. Goaltender Rob Nichols recorded 30 saves.

Two weeks later, the teams met again at XL Center in Hartford as the Terriers shutdown UConn in a 5-2 rout. BU forward Ahti Oksanen had three points in the game and fired nine shots on goal.

This season, the Huskies enter the contest at 2-1-0. Following a split on the road against Alabama-Huntsville, a series where both teams earned a 5-2 victory, the Huskies hosted Arizona State last Friday, winning 5-1.

UConn is led by freshman Max Letunov and sophomore Spencer Naas. Letunov, originally a BU recruited, committed to UConn in the summer and has been the star so far for the Huskies, registering three goals and three assists. Naas, who was third a season ago with 17 points, has two goals and two assists so far in 2015-16.

BU is fresh off their first win of the season over Wisconsin last Saturday. The victory saw ten different Terriers record a point, including freshman Bobo Carpenter’s first career goal.

The Terriers will look to stick to their winning ways as they start Hockey East competition.

PREDICTION

The Terriers will struggle in the opening period Saturday, as the speed of UConn will be difficult to slow down. However, the Terriers are definitely more physical and the Huskies prolific offense has yet to be given a real test. With BU’s improving defense, the teams should play a close game on Saturday before the Terriers take home a big win on Tuesday.

BU’s THREE KEYS TO THE GAME

  1. Shut down the Huskies offense
    • so far, the Huskies have played a weak schedule. The Terriers must keep a confident UConn team off the scoreboard in order to bring the Huskies back to earth
  2. Play Physical, Yet Disciplined
    • UConn is a small but fast team. The only way to slow them down is to play physically. Still, the Terriers must remain disciplined as last year’s draw came as a result of a UConn equalizer on the power-play.
  3. Test the Huskies goaltender
    • regardless of who starts in net (likely Rob Nichols), the Terriers need to fire pucks on goal to test the goaltending, which currently has a combined 2.67 GAA and a 0.884 SV%.

Hockey Beat Articles – Month of October

PLUS/MINUS: FOUR TAKEAWAYS FROM BU VS. NTDP AND WISCONSIN

By: Daniel Shulman

  • Sloppy Passing

The Terriers were handily beaten at the hands of the NTDP on Friday night. Head Coach David Quinn described his teams play as “immature”. One of the biggest issues, prevalent in both games last weekend, was passing. Distribution of the puck was either poor, too casual, or led to an icing. The Terriers experienced a lot of indecisiveness when passing, and a lack of communication as well.

  • Getting Shots on Net

BU certainly had its chances to score plenty of goals last weekend, firing 89 shots on goal. However, not many of those shots were considered to be quality. Again, there was an issue of being too casual in possession of the puck, choosing to skate deeper into the zone rather than shoot, which led to turnovers in the offensive zone. When the Terriers did shoot, most of the time they were just bland wrist-shots right at the goalie. BU has done well this season to put pucks on net, but the quality of their shots must improve.

  • Special Teams

Despite going 1-for-7 on the power play Saturday, the Terriers displayed a potent power play, firing 21 shots while on the man advantage. The physical play improved tremendously from Friday to Saturday, as BU frustrated the Badgers to draw eight penalties. The Terriers also remained more disciplined Saturday, even with an increased physicality. The penalty kill held Wisconsin to just three shots on the Badgers three power plays.

  • Defensive Zone Breakdowns

Both nights saw BU allow goals off defensive zone breakdowns. More apparent on Friday night, the Terriers turned the puck over inside their defensive numerous times, three of which led to goals. There were also lapses in coverage on both nights, as often times opposing forwards would have the puck without a defender. Even with a defender, they opposition was easily skating around the protective defensemen. Finally, there was little to no defensive presence in front of the BU net. When Terrier goalies gave up a rebound, or a puck became loose in the crease, the BU defense was reluctant to scrap for the puck and when they did, it was lackadaisical at best.

Hockey Beat Articles – Month of October

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY: PLAYER RATINGS VS. NTDP, WISCONSIN

By: Dan Shulman

TOP – Ahti Oksanen

GRADE – B+

WEEKEND STATS – 13 shots on goal, 2 goals, 1 assist, +1 for the weekend, 0 PIM

Oksanen was a huge factor for the Terrier offense last weekend. He was always looking to get pucks on net, and was rewarded with a pair of goals. The Finnish forward also stayed disciplined, and led to positive play from the rest of his team. Oksanen, along with his top line partners Jordan Greenway and Danny O’Regan, were prolific on Friday night and the NTDP had no answer. Saturday, the trio held a more reserved role, but still combined for 12 shots thanks to the efforts of Ahti Oksanen.

TOP – Brandon Fortunato

GRADE – A-

WEEKEND STATS – 3 shots on goal, 1 goal, 1 assist, -2 for the weekend, 0 PIM

Fortunato saw his first action of the season Friday against the NTDP. Despite going -4 on the night, no goals were directly from any mistake by Fortunato. He played with three different defense partners on Friday, and saw action on the first power play unit. His speed and ability to take the puck up the ice quickly led to him scoring his second career goal on Saturday. His more confident play led to another goal Saturday when Fortunato had his shot deflected by Chase Phelps, into the back of the net. Paired on the second defensive line with Doyle Somerby, look for the tandem to kick start the blue-liners with a balance of speed and physicality.

BOTTOM – A.J. Greer

GRADE: C-

WEEKEND STATS: 4 shots on goal, 0 points, -3 for the weekend, 2 PIM

Greer has had a difficult start to the season. The highly touted sophomore was poised to be one of the top players on a very talented team. Instead, he has yet to record a point this season and was demoted to the third line. In the game on Friday against the NTDP, Greer had three giveaways in the Terrier defensive zone, two of which led to goals for the other team. He was sloppy when in possession of the puck and chose to hit the opposing players rather than go for loose pucks. Saturday, his play improved slightly as his physical presence was felt. However, his play still lacked urgency and he effectively ended a Terrier power play with a crease violation.

BOTTOM – John MacLeod

GRADE – D+

WEEKEND STATS – 3 shots on goal, 0 goals, 1 assist, Even for the weekend, 4 PIM

MacLeod is a draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning and featured on the top defensive pairing a year ago. This season, MacLeod has found himself on the third defensive line, and likely the first defenseman out when Matt Grzelcyk returns. On Friday night, he looked in awe of the speed the NTDP forwards displayed as they easily skated around MacLeod. The second goal was a direct result of that. He ruined power play momentum by failing to keep a puck in the offensive zone. Both games saw MacLeod take boarding penalties, showing his frustration. His clearance passes were sloppy both nights as well, leading to odd-man rushes for the opposition.

SURPRISE – Chase Phelps

GRADE – B-

WEEKEND STATS – 2 shots on net, 1 goal, 0 assists, +1 for the weekend, 0 PIM

The physical, fourth-line sophomore was one of the biggest surprises coming out of preseason camp. His improved play was on display this weekend. Taking a reserved role on Friday with two extra-forwards dressing, Saturday, Phelps and the fourth line were the top unit on the ice. Along with senior center Mike Moran and freshman winger Bobo Carpenter, the trio contributed to a pair of Terrier goals, with Phelps scoring one, then delivering a hit to give the Terriers the puck in the build-up to the team’s fourth goal of the night. The sophomore’s continued improvement makes Phelps a denizen on the fourth line.

SURPRISE – Ryan Cloonan

GRADE – B

WEEKEND STATS – 1 shot on net, 0 goals, 2 assists, Even for the weekend, 0 PIM

If you look at the Terrier’s team leaders in offense, Cloonan, who some slated to be on the bench at the start of the season, is currently the team leader in points. With a goal and two assists thus far, Ryan Cloonan has been a pleasant surprise to say the least. Promoted to the second line for Saturday’s game, his speed was too much for Wisconsin to handle. Assisting on two Terrier goals, the freshman resembled the style of linemate Matt Lane. Along with Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, the second unit looks to be one of the fastest in the nation. As Cloonan matures, his play will only improve.

My Most Recent Column for the Daily Free Press

Indirect Kick: Who’s to blame for the Bruins’ poor start?

The 2015-16 NHL season is finally underway and one of the biggest storylines is the number of winless teams through the first few weeks. The Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins were all 0-3 to start the season.

Joining this trio with three emphatic home losses in five days was the Boston Bruins. After being outscored 16-7 through three games, the Bruins finally notched one in the win column with a 6-2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 14.

This rough start to the season is just the tip of the iceberg for the Bruins. They missed the playoffs last season, overhauled their front office this summer, traded half the team away and wasted three consecutive draft choices on prospects who won’t see NHL action for a few years. At the center of this controversy is head coach Claude Julien.

Julien has been behind the Bruins bench since the start of the 2007-08 season, and has led his team to the playoffs in seven of his eight seasons. But, after winning two Prince of Wales Trophies and a Stanley Cup, the clock is about to strike midnight on the Julien Era.

It’s an unfortunate truth but it’s a move that must be made. And it has nothing to do with Julien’s ability to coach. If that was ever in doubt, he would never have been hired. Instead, it’s an issue of a new front office bringing in its own coach.

However, I believe Julien deserves to stay. I mean, come on. You can’t finish a puzzle if you aren’t given all the pieces. If anything, Julien should remain coach just on the sheer principle of the way Bruins general manager Don Sweeney and the new front office has blown up his team.

The Bruins really need to fix themselves quickly, but consider all the other teams who are off to rough starts. There is still hope for the Bruins and it’s not impossible for them to make the playoffs this year.

Looking at the situation statistically, the Bruins are certainly struggling defensively. Goaltender Tuukka Rask, despite his abysmal goals-against average, cannot be blamed for the poor defensive showing on the part of the black and gold.

Against the Winnipeg Jets, of the six goals the Jets scored, two came directly off a turnover in the defensive zone, one came on a breakaway and another went into an empty net. In essence, Rask was only to blame for two tallies.

The same goes for the games against the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning, where defensive lapses were prevalent. However, in Colorado, something finally clicked and the Bruins blue liners only conceded twice against the Avalanche with Jonas Gustavsson between the pipes.

The Bruins are missing Dennis Seidenberg, who is dealing with a back injury. An experienced defenseman, his contributions are extremely missed at the moment, as evident in the Bruins’ struggle to tame opposing offenses.

Captain and defenseman Zdeno Chara is also working back to full health. Breaking a rib in preseason, the 6-foot-9 Slovakian has struggled to play at full capacity due to his ailment. His contribution, albeit limited, is evident through his three assists in his first three games.

Even with Chara and Seidenberg at full health, there are still only five defensemen on the roster who have full-time NHL experience. Five. You need six defenseman. This is a huge problem for the B’s.

The team traded away Johnny Boychuk last season for god knows who, and this past offseason, the team parted ways with Dougie Hamilton as well. Those are two defenders who should still be donning the spoked B. But alas, all they got in return were some draft picks.

The motto “defense wins championships” really should be carved in stone, framed and given to both former GM Peter Chiarelli and Sweeney because they destroyed the Bruins.

Offensively, the Bruins lost a few key elements and some of their long-time players are underperforming. However, that isn’t any concern, as goals will come like they did against Colorado. Goaltending is also something to be confident about. For the first time in two years, the Bruins have a legitimately talented tandem between the pipes.

So let’s not get distracted here. It is clear that the real problem is defense. Not goaltending, not offense and certainly not Claude Julien. The front office needs to wake up, make a big splash by acquiring a notable defenseman, and revive the Bruins.

So for everyone looking for someone to point a finger at, you should be looking in the direction of the front office, not Julien.

Fans just need to take a breath and relax. There are 82 games in a season and a lot can happen between now and April. The Bruins will be fine. If not this year, then next, but it can’t get much worse.