Hockey Beat Articles – Month of October 2015

BU MEN’S ICE HOCKEY OPENS PRESEASON AGAINST ACADIA SATUDAY

By: Dan Shulman

About the Opponent:

Location – Wolfville, Nova Scotia; Competes in Canada Interuniversity Sport (CIS) in the Atlantic University Sport subdivision

Mascot – Axemen

Last Year’s Record – 20-5-3; finished 3rd in the CIS Final Poll

Preview:

BOSTON — The Boston University Terriers Men’s Ice Hockey team opens its season with an exhibition game and first ever matchup against Acadia University of Canada. The Terriers won their opening exhibition game last year over St. Thomas, by a record final margin of 12-1.

Acadia, in the midst of their preseason, will play BU and Vermont before starting their regular season next weekend against St. Francis Xavier.

The Axemen finished third overall in Canada last season, including second place honors in the very difficult Atlantic Division to Canada’s second-ranked team New Brunswick. Acadia then fell to University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres in the Canadian Championship Tournament.

Acadia played two games against NCAA opponents last year as part of their preseason. The Axemen traveled to Hamden, Connecticut to face ECAC powerhouse Quinnipiac, easily dispatching the Bobcats 4-1, despite falling behind early.

The next night, the Axemen visited Northeastern University and again, fought off an early lead by the Huskies to win, 3-2.

Some key players to watch for Acadia include Brett Thompson and Mike Cazzola, who led Acadia in points last season combining for 70 points in 28 games. Last season’s plus/minus leader Boston Leier also returns following his successful freshman campaign where he registered 18 points and finished +12 on the season. Goaltender Brandon Glover also returns for his junior season, coming off .906 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average a year ago.

The Terriers will debut some of their brand new freshmen recruits, including forwards Jordan Greenway and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, along with defender Charlie McAvoy.

Prediction:

Boston University wins 4-3 – it will be a close game throughout, but with BU’s experience and pace, they should outlast their elite Canadian opponents.

Terriers’ Keys to the Game:

  1. Stay out of the penalty box – 20.9% power play last season for Acadia
  2. Solid performances all around – Especially with players fighting for a starting job
  3. Get shots on goal – Poor save percentages and a 2.69 team GAA last season cost the Axemen

Hockey Beat Articles – Month of September 2015

BU Ranked Third in Preseason USCHO Division 1 Men’s Poll

By: Dan Shulman

BOSTON — The USCHO released its annual preseason poll on Monday, as the Boston University Terriers were ranked third overall and received six first place votes. BU was one of four Hockey East teams to feature in the poll. The other three are Boston College (#1), Providence (#7), and UMass-Lowell (#14). You can view the full rankings here.

Comm. Ave. rivals Boston College topped the USCHO Preseason Poll for the first time since 2012, with Minnesota-Duluth, BU, North Dakota, and Denver rounding out the top five. The Terriers take on Denver on Halloween afternoon and play a two game, home-and-home series with the BC Eagles in mid-January.

Other Terriers’ opponents in the poll include conference foes Providence and UMass-Lowell, along with Harvard (#8), Yale (#12), Michigan (#13), and Quinnipiac (#18).

Numerous Hockey East schools just missed the cut. Among those receiving votes were Notre Dame, Northeastern, Vermont, and New Hampshire along with Union, the team with which BU will open its regular season with.

BU also featured in last season’s preseason poll, ranked 2oth overall. This season was BU’s highest ranking since being placed second back in 2010.

The Terriers begin their preseason this coming Saturday as they host Canadian powerhouse Acadia University at 4:00 p.m.

Hockey Beat Articles – Month of September 2015

Four Takeaways from Hockey East Media Day

BOSTON — Twelve days and counting from the first exhibition games, the Hockey East season unofficially began today with Media Day at TD Garden.

Players and coaches from around the league were in attendance for the event, and Commissioner Joe Bertagna ended the day with an overview of some important news items and additions to the league for the 2015-16 season.

Here is what stood out during today’s Hockey East Media Day:

1. American Sports Network Partnership

The Hockey East announced the signing of a two-year television deal with ASN that includes 14 games, nine league contests, the Women’s Hockey East Championship Game, and a Men’s playoff game. Boston University will feature in four ASN games (at Providence Nov. 13, vs. Michigan Nov. 20, at Boston College Jan. 15, at New Hampshire Feb. 19). These games will be a part of a national double-header, where an eastern contest will be shown before a western one. In other words, college hockey is getting a lot more televised air-time.

2. Northern Ireland Series

Hockey East is sending two teams, UMass-Lowell and Northeastern, to Belfast, Northern Ireland on Thanksgiving weekend to participate in the Friendship Four Tournament. The other two participants will be ECAC sides Brown and Colgate. UMass-Lowell and Northeastern will face-off on Friday, November 27 at 2:30 p.m. along with an ECAC clash afterwards at 4 p.m., with the winners playing for the trophy and the losers for the consolation game on Saturday.

3. Coaches Poll

The Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll was released. Boston College, receiving seven first place votes, was ranked first followed closely by Boston University in second and Providence in third. Rounding out the top five are UMass-Lowell and Northeastern.

4. 2015 Joe Concannon Hockey East Media Award

This year’s recipient of the award was Nancy Marrapese-Burrell, who became the first woman to receive the award. Marrapese-Burrell covered the NHL’s Boston Bruins from 1990-2006 for the Boston Globe, and has been a college hockey beat writer for the paper since 1987. She will be leaving the Globe after 28 years. The last BU recipient of the award was radio analyst Bernie Corbett in 2003.

Hockey Beat Articles – Month of September 2015

BU MEN’S HOCKEY UNVEILS CLASS OF 2019

By: Dan Shulman

BOSTON — On Friday September 11th, the BU Men’s Ice Hockey Team introduced their class of 2019. Highlighted by two 2015 NHL draft picks, as well as highly touted 2016 draft prospects, this recruiting class of seven is set to fill the void left by the members of last year’s Frozen Four finalist team.

1            Max Prawdzik                                  Goaltender                      Andover, MA

Prawdzik

  • Last Program: The Brooks School
  • 2015 Massachusetts ISL Hockey League MVP
  • 25 GAA and 0.944 SV% last season
  • New England Prep School Large Champion

2            Shane Switzer                               Defenseman                      Bloomfield Hill, MI

Switzer

  • Last Program: Lloydminster Bobcats
  • One of the top players in the AJHL last season
  • Registered 41 points (11G, 30A) in 60 games
  • Helped Victory Hondar reach Tier I Midget National Championship Game

7            Charlie McAvoy                      Defenseman                      Long Beach, NY

McAvoy

  • Last Program: U.S. Under-18 Team
  • One of the Top Defensive Prospects in the World for the 2016 NHL Draft
  • Tallied 40 points (7G, 33A) in 60 games last season
  • Former New Jersey Rockets member

8            Ryan Cloonan                                Forward                      East Longmeadow, MA

Cloonan

  • Last Program: Boston Junior Bruins
  • One of the top players in the USPHL for 2014-15
  • Tied for 5th in the USPHL with 65 points (20G, 45A) last season
  • Registered a league-leading 21 power play points last season

14            Bobo Carpenter                      Forward                      North Reading, MA

BoBo

  • Last Program: Sioux City Musketeers
  • Son of former NHL Player Robert Carpenter
  • Tied for USHL lead in goals last season with 35
  • Posted 63 points last season, tied for 7th in USHL

18            Jordan Greenway                      Forward                      Canton, NY

Greenway

  • Last Program: U.S. Under-18 Team
  • 2015 Second Round Draft Pick of the Minnesota Wild
  • Had 43 points last season (9G, 34A)
  • Played with Jack Eichel in the 2014 All-American Prospects Game

23            Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson          Forward                      Stockholm, Sweden

JFK

  • Last Program: Omaha Lancers
  • 2015 Second Round Draft Pick of the Boston Bruins
  • Top scorer for Omaha in 2014-15
  • Registered 53 points (15G, 38A) in just 50 games last season

Stay tuned for a prediction of what the Terrier lines may look like come October.

Working at WTBU

2015-16 marks my first year as a member of WTBU Radio. I am currently serving as an associate sports editor and a beat writer for the Men’s Ice Hockey team. My responsibilities include editing articles and publishing them, writing game previews for the hockey beat, and doing Friday or Saturday radio broadcasts.

You can find any article I’ve written here.

Being a Columnist at the FreeP

2015-16 marks my second year as a sports columnist at the Daily Free Press. The original title of my column was “A Fan’s Perspective,” but I have changed it to reflect my favorite sport – soccer. My column “Indirect Kick” is a weekly article in which I share my thought about a pressing issue or concern in the world of sports.

My past columns can be found here.