Monday, April 24, 2017

Senior Series Post #3- Doyle Somerby

This is the third part series of a three part senior series on BU hockey senior class  (Part 1- Tommy Kelley and Part 2- Nick Roberto)

Doyle Somerby played the most games out of any Terrier in this year's senior class with 151 games as staple of BU's defensive corps including a brief appearance at forward this season due to injuries to the roster. Somerby was a regular in the lineup ever since he arrived on campus and was easily noticeable with large size and physical play. Somerby was a regular on the penalty kill all four years on campus and was a lot of times used as BU's go to defensive d pairing especially this season with defensive partner John Macleod.

Somerby's senior leadership this year was vital to the team's success as BU was the youngest team in the nation and only had three seniors and Somerby being the most battle tested out of those three. Somerby was the leader of a team this year that was one bounce away from a Frozen Four appearance for the second time in three seasons.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

McAvoy thrives in NHL debut, Greenway staying at BU

Charlie McAvoy played very well in his NHL debut tonight for the Boston Bruins in a 2-1 victory where he logged over 24 minutes of ice time and had a +1 rating(+/- rating is still a stupid stat). McAvoy made his NHL debut after signing with the Bruins and playing in the AHL concluding the BU season ending two and a half weeks ago. McAvoy joins fellow underclassmen JFK and Clayton Keller in playing in an NHL and BU game this season. These three will join the seniors in not returning to Comm Ave and it is difficult to find flaws in any of their decisions since they are all seeing NHL time right away. It is obviously not ideal for BU's success for players to leave Comm Ave before graduation but it is a fact of life when you recruit top end players who drafted to play in the NHL. These three coming out of BU ready to contribute at the NHL level does nothing but build the brand that BU hockey is the place for top end talent to go and develop into NHL caliber players and ideally win while they are doing that.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Senior Series: Nick Roberto

This is the second part series of a three part senior series on BU hockey senior class. (Post on captain Doyle Somerby to come) Part 1- Tommy Kelley

Nick Roberto was the first recruit of the David Quinn era at BU and much like his classmates, he will leave Comm Ave with quite the story to explain his college career. Roberto amassed 44 points over 113 career games for the Terriers including 6 NCAA tournament games. The points were not always the prettiest thing in the world but Roberto always played hard and found ways to produce for his team(see below). That presence will certainly be missed next year.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Senior Series: Tommy Kelley

This is the first post in the 2016-2017 Senior Series: Posts on Nick Roberto and Doyle Somerby to follow.

Tommy Kelley arrived at Boston University as a true freshman right out of St.. Sebastian's high school. At St. Seb's,  Kelley put up 66 points including 34 goals over his last two seasons. That production was good enough to earn a spot on a roster at BU as he was recruited by former BU coaches , the legend Jack Parker and former associate head coach Mike Bavis. Kelley arrived on campus for the 2013-2014 despite a change in the coaching staff as former head coach Jack Parker retired and new coach David Quinn took over. I would imagine that this was a tough situation for a freshman who reportedly was not set to arrive on campus for sure until there were departures from Matt Nieto and Sahir Gill after the previous season. Kelley made the most of his opportunities and played in 32 games his freshman season under the new bench boss.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Terriers drop Regional Final to Duluth after ending racists' season in Fargo

The BU Terriers' season came to a close this past Saturday night in the NCAA regional final against Minnesota Duluth. The loss comes following a double OT win in the first round against North Dakota in Fargo on Friday afternoon with the eventual game winner coming off the stick of Charlie McAvoy. Friday's game against North Dakota was a game that BU was pinned in their own zone throughout but with the help of freshman stud goalie Jake Oettinger,  some opportunistic scoring and a timely overturned goal in OT gave BU the chance to win the game in double OT and send home the defending champion Fighting Sioux Hawks of North Dakota.

The next round matchup was with another NCHC opponent in Minnesota Duluth who BU had beaten in the same round of the 2015 NCAA tournament on their way to the national championship game. While the final score was the same(3-2), the opposite team came out on top on this one. The similarities between this game and the regional final from 2015 are pretty crazy. In both games, SOG were almost equal(27-27 in 2015, 22-20 UMD in 2017). The eventual winning team in both games took a 2-1 lead in the third only to give up a game tying goal to make it 2-2. Both game winning goals were powerplay goals with the only difference is this year's version came in OT. The loss ends BU's season while Duluth moves on to face Harvard in the Frozen Four in Chicago. Hockey is a game where you need to get some luck and bounces to win games especially in one and done tournaments such as the NCAA's. BU got bounces in 2015 and on Friday against North Dakota and didn't Saturday night in OT. It's not anyone's fault, it's just how the game goes sometimes. The only way to avoid it is to play so well that the game doesn't get to OT but against the #2 team in the country you can't expect that out of any team.