Friday, January 12, 2018

Providence Pastes BC, 4-1

Eight seconds in all spelled doom for Boston College on Friday night.

The Eagles led 11th-ranked Providence on a Logan Hutsko power-play goal after one period of play in a Hockey East men's game at Conte Forum, before the visiting Friars connected for two goals to take the lead for good. Providence also won the regular-season series between the two schools, two games to one.

Kasper Björkqvist roofed home a rebound on a Providence power play to tie the game 12:29 into the second stanza. On the ensuing rush, BC goaltender Joe Woll was pick-pocketed of the puck behind the Eagle net, and Brandon Duhaime subsequently put home a shot from along the goal line to give the Friars the lead for good. Providence also outshot BC, 22-6, in the middle 20 minutes

Brian Pinho and Josh Wilkins both scored empty-net goals for Providence in the final minute of regulation for the final margin. Woll finished with 29 saves for BC, while Hayden Hawkey made 19 stops for the Friars, who finished 1-for-5 on the power play compared to BC’s 1-for-3 success rate with the man advantage.

Providence (15-7-1 overall, 8-4-1 HEA) will visit Boston University on Saturday, while BC (10-9-3, 10-4-0) hosts New Hampshire on Sunday. The Eagles, who are 1-3-1 in their last five contests overall, still remain in first place in Hockey East, one point ahead of Northeastern and two ahead of Providence, both of whom have one conference game in hand on BC.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 NHL All-Star Game Rosters Released

A handful of former NCAA players will skate in this year's NHL All-Star Game in Tampa Bay on Jan. 28, as announced this week at

Atlantic Division
Jack Eichel, F, Buffalo (Boston U.)

Central Division
Blake Wheeler, F, Winnipeg (Minnesota)
Connor Hellebuyck, G, Winnipeg (UMass Lowell)

Metropolitan Division
Noah Hanifin, D, Carolina (Boston College)

Pacific Division
Brock Boeser, F, Vancouver (North Dakota)
Johnny Gaudreau, F, Calgary (Boston College)
Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles (Massachusetts)

Friday, January 5, 2018

U.S. Wins 2018 World Juniors Bronze Medal

The United States earned its third medal in three years at the IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship on Friday, as the Americans routed the Czech Republic, 9-3, in Buffalo to win the bronze medal. It is the seventh WJC bronze medal ever for Team USA, and its second in three years.

Trent Frederic (Wisconsin) tallied four goals for the U.S, which also got two goals from Kiefer Bellows (Boston University/Portland-WHL). Bellows’ two scores gave him a tournament-leading nine goals, which also set a new record for an American player. Jake Oettinger (Boston University) finished with 28 stops for the U.S., before giving way in the final few minutes to WJC newcomer Jeremy Swayman (Maine). The U.S. led, 1-0, after one period on a Frederic goal, and then added five more scores in the second period to lead, 6-0, after 40 minutes of play. Team USA also outshot the Czechs, 39-32, overall.

Bellows was named a tournament all-star, as was U.S. forward Casey Mittelstadt (Minnesota), who led all scorers with four goals and seven assists for a tournament-high 11 points. Mittelstadt was also named this year’s WJC Top Forward, and its Most Valuable Player.

Canada defeated Sweden, 3-1, in the gold medal game on Friday night to win its second goal in four years. Dante Fabbro (Boston University), Cale Makar (Massachusetts) and Colton Point (Colgate) were the lone NCAA players on this year’s Canadian squad. The U.S. defeated Canada in a shootout in Montreal last year to win the gold, while next year’s WJC will be held in the Vancouver area.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

U.S. Falls to Sweden in WJC Semifinal

The United States will again not win gold medals in back-to-back years at the IIHF World Junior Championship. The U.S. fell to Sweden, 4-2, on Thursday in the first WJC semifinal in Buffalo.

The U.S trailed, 1-0, after two periods of play, and then surrendered three more goals in the third period before Kiefer Bellows (Boston University) and Brady Tkachuk (Boston University) scored for the Americans. Joe Woll (Boston College) took the loss in net, surrendering all four Swedish goals, before being replaced by Jake Oettinger (Boston University) with 11:35 remaining in regulation. The U.S. outshot Sweden, 31-20, on the afternoon.

The U.S. will attempt to salvage its 2018 WJC tournament run with a bronze medal on Friday at 4 p.m. ET (NHL Network) in the third-place game against the Czech Republic, which dropped the late semifinal game Thursday to Canada by a 7-2 count. Cale Makar (Massachusetts) set up two goals for the Canadians.

A win on Friday would garner the sixth WJC bronze medal ever for the U.S., which defeated host Canada in a shootout last year to win gold.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

U.S. Ousts Russia in WJC Quarterfinal

The U.S. National Junior Team will move on at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. Team USA eliminated Russia, 4-2, on Tuesday in a quarterfinal match at Key Bank Center

Kieffer Bellows (Boston University) scored two goals, including the game-winner in the third period, to break a 2-2 tie. Dylan Samberg (Minnesota-Duluth) had two assists, including the lone one on Bellows' deciding score.

Joey Anderson (Minnesota-Duluth) sealed the contest with an empty-net goal in the final minute of regulation, while Kailer Yamamato tallied the other U.S. goal. Joe Woll (Boston College) finished with 27 saves for the Americans, who will now take on Sweden in a WJC semifinal game on Thursday.

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 U.S. Olympic Rosters Announced

The preliminary rosters for this year's U.S. men's and women's ice hockey teams that will compete next month in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have been announced.

The men's side, which will not feature current NHL players for the first time since 1994, still boasts 15 players with NHL experience, according to USA Hockey. The lineup includes four current collegians in forwards Ryan Donato (Harvard), Jordan Greenway (Boston University) and Troy Terry (Denver), and defenseman Will Borgen (St. Cloud State), along with 16 players who previously played NCAA hockey.

Captaining the American men’s squad in February will be Brian Gionta (Boston College), who has not skated so far this season, but has over 1,000 games of NHL regular-season experience, and has also won both NCAA national and Stanley Cup championship rings. The U.S. head coach will be former NHL/NCAA player and U.S. Olympian Tony Granato (Wisconsin).

The full men’s roster is available here.

The U.S. women’s team features eight current collegians, including three from Boston College. The squad boasts 10 returning Olympians and six two-time Olympians, per USA Hockey, led by team captain Meghan Duggan (Wisconsin). All 23 players on the roster have played or are playing NCAA hockey.

The U.S., which has won the last four women’s hockey World Championships, will be guided in South Korea by head coach Robb Stauber (Minnesota), who was the first-ever goaltender to win the NCAA’s Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

The full women’s roster is available here.

The American women, who claimed the silver medal in three of the last four Olympics, last won gold in 1988 in Japan, in the inaugural year of Olympic women’s hockey. The U.S. men last medaled in 2010, earning silver in Vancouver, and last claimed a gold medal at Lake Placid in 1980.