Saturday, November 18, 2017

Princeton Outlasts Yale, 5-4

Max Veronneau had a goal and two assists, and Ryan Ferland made 37 saves as Princeton University held on for a 5-4 ECAC Hockey victory over Ivy League rival Yale on Friday night at Hobey Baker Rink. Full recap can be found here.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Wood Hat Trick Boosts Devils Over Hawks

Miles Wood tallied his first career hat trick and added an assist last night as the New Jersey Devils rebounded from a 4-1 deficit to defeat the host Chicago Blackhawks, 7-5.

Wood tallied the Devils' first goal of the game on Sunday at the United Center, a power-play goal, to forge a 1-1 first-period tie at the time. His second score then pulled the Devils within 4-2 late in the opening stanza.

Wood assisted on a second-period goal by Brian Gibbons (Boston College) to make it 6-4 for New Jersey, while his third goal, which came on the power play in the third period, was the game's final tally. Andy Green (Miami) had a goal and an assist for New Jersey, while Keith Kinkaid (Union) made 39 saves in net for the Devils for the victory.

The 6-foot-2 Wood played one season (2015-16) at BC, tallying 10 goals and 25 assists for 35 points to go with 76 penalty minutes while helping the Eagles to the NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa. He signed with New Jersey, which drafted him 100th overall in 2013, immediately following his sole college campaign.

The son of former NHLer and Yale University graduate Randy Wood, the younger Wood now has 6-3—9 points to go with 21 PIM in 16 games this season for New Jersey. In 77 career NHL games, all with the Devils, he has now recorded 14-12—26 points and 107 PIM.

The Buffalo-born Wood, 22, is part of a BC alumni contingent with the Devils this season that also includes Brian Boyle, Gibbons, Jimmy Hayes, Steve Santini and Corey Schneider. Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy also skated one year (2002-03) for the Eagles before transferring to Dartmouth College for his final three NCAA seasons.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Boyle Scores First Goal for Devils

Brian Boyle is back.

The former Boston College forward scored his first career goal as a New Jersey Devil on Thursday night in a 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Edmonton Oilers. Boyle tallied the game's first goal off a rebound, beating Cam Talbot (Alabama-Huntsville), while Brian Gibbons (Boston College) assisted on Boyle's score. Drew Stafford (North Dakota) also connected for the Devils, who got 29 saves from Corey Schneider (Boston College). Talbot finished with 32 stops for the Oilers.

Boyle, 32, who signed with New Jersey as a free agent in the off-season, has played five games for his new team after being diagnosed earlier this year with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He now has 94 goals and 77 assists for 171 points in 629 NHL regular-season games with Los Angeles, the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay, Toronto and New Jersey.

Boyle collected 65-75—140 points in 159 appearances at BC (2003-2007), twice earning All-America honors while helping the Eagles to three NCAA Frozen Four appearances. A 6-foot-6 native of Hingham, Mass., he was selected 26th overall by Los Angeles in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Princeton, Colgate Skate to Scoreless Tie

The Princeton University men’s hockey team opened its 2017-18 ECAC Hockey slate with a 0-0 deadlock against Colgate on Friday night at Hobey Baker Memorial Rink. 

Freshman netminder Ryan Ferland made 34 saves for the Tigers (1-0-1 overall, 0-0-1 ECAC), and has been the goalie of record in both of Princeton's NCAA decisions so far this season. Colton Point had 45 stops for the Raiders (3-2-4, 0-0-1), who dropped a best-of-three 2017 ECAC first-round series at Princeton in March. Each team went 0-for-1 on the power play Friday.

The Tigers will now host Cornell on Saturday at 7 p.m., while Colgate will visit Quinnipiac. Cornell topped host Quinnipiac on Friday by a 2-1 count.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Wheeler, Winnipeg Paste Penguins

Blake Wheeler (Minnesota) scored three of his team's five first-period goals, and added an assist as the Winnipeg Jets cruised to a 7-1 win over the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday at the MTS Centre in Manitoba.

Wheeler's goals were his second, third and fourth of the 2017-18 NHL campaign. He tallied a career-high 74 points last season, on 26 goals and 48 assists. Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (UMass Lowell) stopped 31 of 32 Pittsburgh shots on Sunday as Winnipeg improved to 5-3-2 overall.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Princeton Tops Holy Cross in Home Opener

The Princeton University men's hockey team opened its 2017-18 regular season on Sunday afternoon with a 4-2 victory over Holy Cross at Hobey Baker Memorial Rink.

Derek Topatigh had three assists for the Tigers (1-0-0 overall), who were outshot, 40-38, by the visiting Crusaders. Eric Robinson and Jackson Cresey each tallied a goal and an assist for the home team, which scored three times in the middle period. Reid Yochim's power-play goal, the first goal of his college career, stood up as the game-winner and also gave Princeton a 3-1 lead at the time.

Spencer Trapp had two assists for Holy Cross (2-1-2), which finished 1-for-7 on the power play. The Crusaders came to Princeton off a 5-3 win at ECAC opponent Dartmouth on Friday.

Freshman goaltender Ryan Ferland made 38 stops for Princeton on Sunday in his NCAA debut, including 14 saves in each of the final two periods. The Tigers will begin their ECAC campaign at home on Friday against Colgate, before hosting Cornell on Saturday.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuch Lifts Vegas Over Boston with First NHL Points

Alex Tuch (Boston College) made his NHL debut a memorable one on Sunday, in the Vegas Golden Knights’ 3-1 win over the visiting Boston Bruins at T-Mobile Arena.

Tuch, 21, stripped the puck from a defender and skated in to score his first NHL goal 14:38 into the second period to break a scoreless tie. Three minutes later, he set up the first-ever NHL goal by also-debuting teammate Vadim Shipachyov for his first NHL assist, and the game-winning tally. Malcolm Subban made 20 saves to earn his first-ever NHL victory, while Vegas has now won four of its first five outings in its inaugural NHL campaign.

A Syracuse native, the 6-foot-4 Tuch skated two seasons at BC (2014-2016), totaling 32 goals and 30 assists for 62 points in 77 appearances. Originally selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, he went scoreless in six games with the Wild last season before being traded to Vegas in June. He also put up 18-1937 points in 57 pro games last year with Iowa (AHL).

A product of the U.S. National Development Team Program, Tuch scored the game-winning goal for BC in overtime of the 2016 Beanpot Tournament championship game. He also had a goal in a 3-2 loss to Quinnipiac in an NCAA Frozen Four semifinal that spring, in his final appearance with the Eagles.