Friday, January 13, 2017

Milestones Abound as Cornell Tops Princeton


Jeff Malott scored three goals on three shots, Mitch Gillam made 31 saves, and coach Mike Schafer won his 400th career game as No. 19 Cornell upended Princeton, 5-1, in ECAC play on Friday night at Hobey Baker Rink.

The Big Red has also won eight of its last nine outings. Colton Phinney made 21 saves for Princeton, which lost its fourth straight game, and is now the school’s all-time leader with 2,968 career stops/

The full story can be found here.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

BC's Santini Scores First NHL Goal


New Jersey Devils defenseman Steve Santini (Boston College) scored his first NHL goal on Thursday night at Edmonton, deflecting a shot by Taylor Hall past Cam Talbot (Alabama-Huntsville) with 51 seconds remaining in the second period at Rogers Place. The goal gave the Devils a 2-1 lead in an eventual 3-2 overtime loss to the Oilers. Blake Coleman (Miami) also made his NHL debut on Thursday for the Devils.

A native of Mahopac, N.Y., Santini made his NHL debut with the Devils in their 2015-16 regular season finale against Toronto in April, days after BC had been eliminated from the NCAA Frozen Four by Quinnipiac. He had played 15 games with Albany (AHL) this season before being called up to New Jersey, where he recorded two assists in his first five games for his first NHL points. He was originally drafted by New Jersey in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

The 6-foot-2 Santini, who skated two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program prior to enrolling at BC, ultimately played in 98 career NCAA games with the Eagles, scoring five goals and adding 30 assists for 35 points while amassing 122 penalty minutes, according to USCHO.com. He also helped BC to three NCAA Tournament berths, two Frozen Four appearances, and two Hockey East regular-season titles.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

U.S. Wins 2017 World Junior Gold


For the first time in four years and second since 2010, the U.S. National Junior Hockey Team is golden.

The Americans rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits on Wednesday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal to defeat host Canada, 5-4, in a shootout in the gold-medal game of the 2017 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship.

Troy Terry (Denver) was again the hero in the extra session for the Americans. Following a scoreless 20-minute overtime period, Terry tallied the only goal of the shootout to lift Team USA to its first WJC gold medal since 2013 in Russia. He had three shootout goals the day before in 4-3 semifinal win over Russia. Tyler Parsons made 46 saves for the U.S. on Wednesday, while also stopping all five Canadian shootout attempts.

Trailing 2-0 after the opening 20 minutes, Team USA knotted things up on goals by Boston University teammates Charlie McAvoy and Kiefer Bellows (power-play goal). After Canada connected twice early in the third period to again pull ahead, 4-2, Bellows scored his second goal of the game to bring the U.S. back within one.

Colin White (Boston College) then tied the game with just under 13 minutes remaining in regulation. White finished with a team-high seven goals in seven games for the Americans (7-0-0), and along with McAvoy also played on last year's American WJC squad that won bronze in Finland. Canada outshot the U.S., 50-36, on the night, including 17-7 in overtime

The U.S. has now won four gold medals (2004, 2010, 2013, 2017) in WJC competition, with three of those wins in the championship game coming against Canada.

Russia defeated Sweden earlier on Wednesday, 2-1 in overtime, to claim this year's bronze medal. Next year's WJC competition will be held in Buffalo for the first time since 2011, when the U.S. won bronze.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

U.S. to Play for Gold After Edging Russia


Troy Terry (Denver) scored three times in the shootout to lift the U.S. National Junior Team to a 4-3 victory over Russia in a 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship semifinal game at the Bell Centre in Montreal. It was the first time ever that the U.S. had defeated Russia in the medal round in WJC play.

Colin White (Boston College) scored twice in regulation for Team USA, giving him six goals in six games this tournament, with his second goal lifting the U.S. to a 3-2 lead late in the second period. Russia forced overtime with a third-period tally, after holding leads of 1-0 and 2-1 over the first 40 minutes. Luke Kunin (Wisconsin) scored a second period power-play goal for the U.S., which also got two assists on the day from Clayton Keller (Boston University).

Tyler Parsons made 33 saves for the Americans (6-0-0), which outshot Russia, 40-36, over regulation and a scoreless 10-minute overtime period that initiated the shootout. The U.S. then outscored Russia, 4-3, over the extra session, with former Boston College forward Jeremy Bracco getting the other American shootout goal to keep the U.S. effort alive at the time. Terry scored on all three of his shootout attempts, including two in a row, as international rules dictate that shooters can repeat after the first five shootout attempts have been conducted if there is no winner to that point.

Parsons was named the American MVP for the game, while Keller, White and Jordan Greenway (Boston University) were tabbed as Team USA's top players of the tournament. The Americans will now play the winner of Sweden-Canada on Thursday in Montreal for the gold medal (8 p.m. ET, NHL Network). The U.S., which will medal for the fifth time in eight WJC tournaments, last finished first in WJC competition in 2013 in Ufa, Russia.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Greenway Powers U.S. to Win Over Switzerland


A third-period power-play goal by Jordan Greenway (Boston University) broke a tie and allowed the U.S. National Junior Team to survive.

Greenway's goal, which was assisted by BU teammates Charlie McAvoy and Clayon Keller, lifted the Americans to a 3-2 win over upstart Switzerland in the quarterfinal round of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto. The U.S. improved to 5-0-0 overall in the tournament, and will now face Russia on Wednesday in a semifinal contest.

Greenway scored just 18 seconds after the Swiss had forged a 2-2 tie to complete a comeback from an early two-goal deficit. He also assisted on a first-period goal by Luke Kunin (Wisconsin), which followed one by former Boston College forward Jeremy Bracco.

Tyler Parsons made 19 saves for Team USA, which was outshot, 21-19, by the Swiss.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

U.S. Beats Canada to End WJC Round-Robin Play


Boston College helped power the U.S. National Junior Team to a victory on New Year's Eve.

BC forward Colin White scored a goal for the fourth straight game, while BC netminder Joe Woll made 25 saves as Team USA topped host Canada, 3-1, in a round-robin game at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto.

White lifted the U.S. to a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal in the opening stanza, while Jordan Greenway (Boston University) followed up with another power-play goal that stood up as the game-winner. Greenway also assisted on White's goal and an insurance marker late in the second period by former BC forward Jeremy Bracco. Clayton Keller (Boston University) finished with two assists.

U.S. finished first in Group "B" round-robin play with a 4-0-0 record, outscoring Latvia, Russia, Slovakia and Canada by a 17-6 margin. The Americans will now take on an as-yet-unnamed opponent in the WJC quarterfinal round on Monday.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Holiday Tournaments Wrapping Up


Three of the various NCAA Division I men's ice hockey holiday tournaments are already in the books, with the title game results listed below:

Colorado College 2, Cornell 1 (OT) (Florida College Classic)
Robert Morris 5, Quinnipiac 2 (Three Rivers Classic)
Western Michigan 1, Michigan Tech 0 (OT) (Great Lakes Invitational)

Championship games for three other holiday tourneys will be held on Saturday:

Massachusetts vs. Minnesota (Mariucci Classic)
Brown vs. Connecticut (Desert Hockey Classic)
Massachusetts-Lowell vs. Dartmouth (Ledyard Bank Classic)

Happy New Year!