Friday, December 27, 2013

BU forwards Sam Kurker and Brendan Collier added by USHL teams

Despite the team being off until next weekend, there have been some news regarding BU hockey recently. Two weeks ago, sophomore Terrier forward Sam Kurker was added to the roster by the Indiana Ice of the USHL and yesterday, teammate Brendan Collier was added by the Youngstown Phantoms also of the USHL. This does not mean either player is leaving BU. These moves are typically made by USHL teams if they hear rumors that players are thinking of leaving their schools to transfer. They could hear these rumors from family members or advisors of the family. These moves could also mean nothing. Without inside information, it is difficult to guess exactly what prompted these USHL teams to add these players. It should be noted that Indiana dropped its 4th goalie to add Kurker to their roster so it wasn't exactly a high value roster spot.

                                           Photo Credit to Michelle Jay/Daily Free Press Staff

I personally don't believe that either player will transfer during the middle of the season if at all. Both players were regarded as solid recruits(both are drafted) and are talented enough to succeed at this level as well as on this team. I hope both players return as there is a serious lack of depth up front for the Terriers and they need every body possible available for the second half of the season for the big time winning streak they are about to go on.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

BSRS First Half Awards

Matt O'Connor, Soph, G - Pretty much a no brainer here. OC has been one of the  bright spots in the first half, putting the team on his back more nights than not. Playing in 13 of 17 games (12 starts), Matt posted a 6-4-2 record with a 2.61 goals against average and .929 save percentage. He faced 467 shots and made 434 saves, good for 3rd and T-2nd in Hockey East, although he played over 100 fewer minutes than the two players ahead of/tied with him (Gillies and Mastalerz). The sophomore made over 35 saves 7 times, including 37 and 55 against North Dakota (win/tie) and 37 in an epic 3-2 win over Cornell at Red Hot Hockey.

Best Freshman
Robbie Baillargeon, Fr, F - While Nick Roberto and Doyle Somerby put up a good fight, Robbie takes this one by the length of a carrot. Bugs Bunny Baillargeon leads the team with a 5-8-13 line in 17 gp, and also has a team best plus/minus of +6. He's had 3 multi-point games, and in each of those games he registered an assist on the game winning goal. Robbie has the 2nd most face off wins (81) and the 2nd best face off percentage on the team (.482), trailing Danny O'Regan in both categories.

-Live footage of Baillargeon when he runs across some carrots in the dining hall

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

BSRS Weekly Awards 12/17

We aren't sure how much blogging we will be doing until the Terriers next game 1/4 @ Harvard. We will do our best to cover Terriers Danny O'Regan and Matt Grzelcyk's time with the USA WJC team as they head over to Sweden for the annual World Junior Championships

Greg Jennings Awardgiven to the Terrier who best exemplifies the qualities of Greg Jennings through doin' shit and putting the team on his back. (YOU CAN'T STOP HIM)

Winner- Matt O'Connor- OC made some huge saves in the third to keep the Terriers in the game as his defenseman took some chances to make up the deficit in the third.

Joe Pereira Trophy- Given to the Terrier who, through grit, hard work, and determination helps the team to victory on and off the scoresheet. Just like Joey did. (Interview can be read here)

Winner- Evan Rodrigues, F- ERod was one of the few guys who I thought had a good night on Saturday. At times, he was dominant out on the ice skating through 2 or 3 guys from Bentley. Brendan Collier also had a good night for the Terriers and started some good rushes with some solid battles that he won along the boards.

Friday, December 13, 2013

HE Pick Em

GW 61-43(.587)
FM  46-36(.544)
QQ 61-64 (.488)
MWW 48-64 (.429)
HS 21-31 (.404)

Friday 12/13

AIC @ Maine

QQ- Maine 5-1- Maine at Alfond is a great team right now. AIC is not in any rink.
FM - Maine 6-1

Saturday 12/14

UMass @ Colgate
QQ- Colgate 3-2- Toothpaste prevails

Bentley @ BU
QQ- BU 4-2- Terriers finish the first half on a high note and above .500 for the semester

AIC @ Maine
QQ- Maine 4-2

St. Lawrence @ UVM
QQ- UVM 4-2

Bentley Preview

The BU Terriers take on the Bentley Falcons this Saturday in a non-conference game to conclude the first half of the season. This will be the first matchup ever between the two teams. The teams enter the game with almost identical records which has the "media" drooling over Bentley's chances to win the game this weekend. BU enters with a 7-7-2 record and hoping to build off their 3-1-2 run in their last 6 games to improve above .500 for the first half. Bentley is 5-0-1 in their last 6 which has media members thinking Bentley could win this game. Bentley's last 6 games were against Robert Morris,Air Force, Holy Cross, and UConn while BU's last 6 were against UConn, North Dakota, Cornell and Merrimack.

Bentley is lead in points by junior Alex Grieve and Steve Weinstein who each have contributed 20 points while  sophomore Andrew Gladiuk who has 16 points in 15 games thus far this year. BU will certainly need to keep these three in check which they can do by playing their game and taking control of the game as they against UConn(their last Atlantic Hockey Opponent). BU has the advantage defensively and in net along with the better special teams of the two teams. I have no doubt that the Terriers know how important this game is to their season and will not take every media member's new favorite team lightly.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

BSRS Weekly Awards 12/10

Greg Jennings Award-given to the Terrier who best exemplifies the qualities of Greg Jennings through doin' shit and putting the team on his back. (YOU CAN'T STOP HIM)

Winner- Matt Grzelcyk- Grzelcyk had the best weekend of the season for the Terriers as he contributed a goal Friday night and produced numerous other quality chances with his superior skating ability. Grzelcyk knew when to jump into the rush and his teammates did a great job of covering his back when he did. If Grizz continues this type of play, good things are going to happen for both BU and the USA WJC team.

Joe Pereira Trophy- Given to the Terrier who, through grit, hard work, and determination helps the team to victory on and off the scoresheet. Just like Joey did. (Interview can be read here)

Winner- Matt Ronan,F- Ronan started off Friday night on defense with captain Garrett Noonan out and made a nice pinch and recorded his first point of the season on Tommy Kelley's goal in the second period. Ronan continued his hard skating game and continues to prove his versatility and value to the Terriers. The BOD(Best Offensive Defenseman) has been in the lineup as of late and skating hard every shift which lands him the Joey P this week.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Weekend Recap- Terriers lose,tie to Merrimack

It was a disappointing weekend for the BU Terriers are they only took one point from Merrimack. The Terriers failed to hold onto a 2-1 lead entering the third period Friday night at Lawler Arena before settling for a tie Saturday night back at Agganis Arena against the same Warriors. The Terriers had plenty of highs and lows throughout both nights which has been on par with how the season has gone thus far.

Friday night started off bad from the very beginning as Merrimack scored a goal less than four minutes into the game off a deflection off of freshman dman Dalton MacAfee's stick. Certainly not a play that you can fault him for as he was trying to block a shot from the point and he just got a bad bounce. He came back well from it as senior Pat MacGregor pointed out in his post game press conference. MacAfee, in general, has made huge strides since arriving on campus and I think he will only play better as he gets more comfortable.

BU got back in the game late in the first on a great rush from Matt Grzelcyk(get used to reading that ) to tie the game up on a pass from freshman Nick Roberto. The Terriers would take the lead in the second on freshman Tommy Kelley's second goal of the year off a great look from classmate Robbie Baillargeon. The Terriers would then to play one of their worst periods of the season in the third as gave up quality chances to Merrimack and allowed them to escape with a 3-2 win. People will point to the 13-3 shot total but it was the quality of shots that was the problem not the quantity. If you want to shoot from the blue line all day at O'Connor or Maguire, I'll take my chances(see Saturday night). They simply couldn't maintain possession in the third period and generate any quality offensive chances for themselves. BU still almost tied the game with less than 10 second left after a shaky save from Merrimack goalie Rasmus Tirronen. That is the thing that "writers" and fans are overlooking with this team. They may be young and have their struggles but they aren't going to give up. They are going to do whatever they can to find a way to win games.

Friday, December 6, 2013

HE Pick Em


GW 61-43(.587)
FM  46-36(.544)
QQ  59-58 (.504)
MWW 46-58(.442)
HS  21-31(.403)

Friday 12/6

QQ- UNH 4-2- I refused to pick a team that gets embarrassed by Holy Cross at home. No heart out there in the Heights apparently.
MWW- UNH 5-4- Take the unhers. Bc lost to holy cross. Cmon now

BU @ Merrimack
QQ- BU 4-2- I have said it plenty already. I'm not picking Merrimack until they beat someone in conference. They haven't yet. More importantly, I think shots will be 31-25 BU so the victory will count(in certain college hockey writers' eyes). All can rest easy tonight knowing BU won the shot battle.
MWW- BU 5-4- Catholic guilt and Jesus was a jew

UMass @ Notre Dame
QQ- Notre Dame 3-1- UMass is just not very good this year(and every other year) but especially on the road.
MWW-Notre Dame 5-4 jesus has risen and God bless us. All of us.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

BSRS Weekly Awards 12/3

Greg Jennings Award- given to the Terrier who best exemplifies the qualities of Greg Jennings through doin' shit and putting the team on his back. (YOU CAN'T STOP HIM)

Winner- Matt O'Connor- OC has been hot lately and Coach Quinn has rewarded him with 4 straight starts where he has given up 7 goals total in this span. He made 37 saves on 39 shots this weekend vs Cornell and was visibly pumped when BU held on for the victory. OC wins his second straight GJ

Joe Pereira TrophyGiven to the Terrier who, through grit, hard work, and determination helps the team to victory on and off the scoresheet. Just like Joey did. (Interview can be read here)

Winner- Mike Moran,F- Moran was flying all over the ice once again Saturday night for the Terriers. He not only tallied the first goal on a sweet pass from Danny O'Regan. His line continued to play well while also staying out of the box. It is no coincidence that the team has gone on a 4 game unbeaten streak with his line intact.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Weekend Recap: Terriers take home piece of hardware with RHH win over Cornell

The BU Terriers fought through adversity and found a way to remain undefeated at the biannual Red Hot Hockey event at Madison Square Garden vs the Cornell Big Red with a 3-2 victory Saturday night. Despite being outshot 39-11 and being on the wrong end of some bad officiating, the Terriers gutted out the victory behind goals from Mike Moran, Robbie Baillargeon and Nick Roberto. Matt O'Connor stopped 35 of 37 shots he faced.

Despite the shot totals, I thought the Terriers played well defensively and were great on the penalty kill as Cornell was 0 for 7 while BU was 1 for 2. You would like to seem more sustained zone time offensively and obviously more shots on net but they made the most of their opportunities. Danny O'Regan made a sweet pass for Mike Moran's tap in goal with 2:10 left in the first. The Terriers would extend that lead with goals from Robbie Baillargeon off a great centering pass from Evan Rodrigues and a Nick Roberto powerplay goal off a nice pass from Kevin Duane. The freshmen are starting to score regularly and produce which is no coincidence as BU is now 3-0-1 in their last 4 and 7-6-1 overall.