Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Terrier First Half in Review

The Terriers enter the semester break with a disappointing 8-10-1 record but finished the first semester with a 9-3 trouncing over UMass Lowell. The win is most definitely a sign of things to come as BU's remaining opponents consist of the Beanpot and, Arizona State(x2) the bottom five teams in Hockey East. The softer schedule along with a young team getting better should be a recipe for success in the second half for the Terriers who have little room for error the rest of the way if they want to make the NCAA tournament come March.

The Terriers have begun to play the way they they are capable of late with increased contributions from Cam Crotty, Kasper Kotkansalo(Finland World Junior team), Drew Melanson, Brady Tkahcuk and Logan Cockerill among others. They will need continued improvement from them along with Jake Oettinger(save percentage down 25 points from last season) in net in order to make the second half surge for some hardware.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Terriers take 3 of 4 points from Uconn

The BU Terriers bounced back this weekend after getting swept last by Minnesota State last weekend at Agganis Arena. Friday night UConn battled to a 2-2 tie while the Terriers flew to a 6-3 victory yesterday.

The story of the weekend was Bobo Carpenter as he scored 5 of the Terriers 8 goals on the weekend with two being shorthanded on Friday and then three yesterday being on the powerplay. Carpenter stepped up this weekend taking over the goal scoring role that Patrick Harper and Shane Bowers had been carrying through the first four games. He now leads the Terriers with Harper with 8 points in their first 6 games. Jordan Greenway(2 assists) and Pat Curry(2 goals) also a big day yesterday for the Terriers. Curry showed off some of his scoring ability to reward Coach Quinn for his promotion into a top 6 forward role.

UConn definitely does not have as much skill as years past but this is the most points BU has gotten from them in a series since they joined HE. The Terriers also took three points in 2014-2015 from UConn. It would have been nice to take all four points from UConn who is most likely heading for another finish in the bottom half of Hockey East  but if you take 3 points from each opponent in the league. You would also be undefeated in the league which is not bad I guess.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Terriers open the season with 2 EZAC victories

The 2017-2018 BU Terriers started off the season on the right start as they defeated the Union Dutchmen and Quinnipiac Bobcats by 5-2 and 3-2 scores respectively. The highlights for both games are posted below but the story of the season so far has been the strong play from sophomore Patrick Harper who has four goals in two games while freshman Shane Bowers has a goal per game including the OT game winner this past Sunday versus Quinnipiac.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Terriers begin season with the Dutchmen

BU hockey gets back to action tonight in an oddly scheduled September regular season game against the #16 ranked Union Dutchmen. This will be a great way for the Terriers to see how they stack up early in the season as they play two quality ECAC teams with an exhibition game in between the next two weekends.

*Courtesy of Go Terriers

The Terriers bring in 9 freshmen to this year's team highlighted by future first round pick Brady Tkachuk and this year's first round pick Shane Bowers as well as NHL draft picks Kasper Kotkansalo, David Farrance and Cam Crotty on defense. Ultimately, this team will go as far as the returning players take it. Captain Brandon Hickey should have a great senior year on defense with Bobo Carpenter, Patrick Harper and Jordan Greenway pacing the top 6 forwards with Jake Oettinger being a stud in net. Union returns a 41 point scorer in Sebastian Vidmar but the Dutchmen have some of their own holes to fill left by Mike Vecchione and Spencer Foo. Official prediction is a 3-2 BU victory.

Friday, August 25, 2017

2016-2017 Hockey East Officiating Recap #RefCorsi

The 2016-2017 season was another one for the record books in Hockey East. Sure the conference had plenty of great players but the real stars on the ice once again were the people everyone pays to come see, the officials.  Now I don't mean to be too rude to the refs since I scream at them enough during the season from my seat but pointing out trends of incompetence is one of my favorite summer activities hence why you have the 4th annual ref corsi post(last year's post).

Hockey East had an average of 24.69 penalty minutes called in games which were called by Hockey East officials last year(excluding the NCAA tournament). This is up 2.09 minutes/game from 2015-2016 numbers and up 4.5 minutes per game from the 2014-2015 season. The disparity between penalties called on BU and their opponents has also increased in each of the last three years as BU was called for 23 more penalty minutes than their opponents in 2014-2015, 39 in 2015-2016 and 54 in 2016-2017. I don't want to say this is all on the officials(only like 97% Koharski's fault). Some of it does fall on Kieffer Bellows trying to take every possible stick penalty there is in the rule book for the first half of last season. Maybe this disparity is because the refs don't like this post in which case I guess this is all my fault. Without further ado here are the rankings:

*Only referees who called 10 or more games were counted in these rankings