Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Jack Parker named 2014 Hobey Baker Legend of Hockey

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

The accolades keep coming for Jack Parker after his retirement, as he was named 2014 Hobey Baker Legend of Hockey Tuesday.

This award comes less than a month after he was the first coach to receive the Hockey East Founders Medal and less than two months after BU retired his number. Those awards just add to his long list of accomplishments, including three Spencer Penrose Awards (NCAA Div. 1 Coach of the Year), five Hockey East Coach of the Year awards and the NHL’s Lester Patrick Award for outstanding contributions to hockey

Parker will be honored along with this year’s Hobey Baker Award winner at the Hobey Baker Banquet on May 29 in St. Paul, Minn.

Terriers get commitment from '98-born forward Hank Crone

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

The future just keeps getting brighter for the Boston University hockey team, as 1998-born forward Hank Crone announced his commitment to BU Tuesday. He will likely be arriving for the 2016-17 season.
Crone, who is currently 5-foot-8, 141 pounds, was invited to the United States National Team Development Program tryout and tendered by the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League. He led the Dallas Stars U16 program in goals (17), assists (23) and points (40) this past season.

Crone is the third BU recruit expected to arrive in 2016, joining highly-touted forwards Clayton Keller and Johnny McDermott.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Former Catholic Memorial star Liam Coughlin will join Terriers this fall

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

Former Catholic Memorial star forward Liam Coughlin has committed to Boston University for this fall, sources told The Daily Free Press. It had been reported that Coughlin was committed to the University of Massachusetts.

The 6-foot-3 South Boston native, who was born in 1994, will add some a scoring touch to an already large group of incoming freshmen this fall. He totaled 51 points (27 goals, 24 assists) in 21 games played as a senior at Catholic Memorial in 2012-13 before tallying 45 points in 53 games with the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League this season.

Playing in Vernon has been a common path for Catholic Memorial players looking to play in Hockey East. Former BU captain Garrett Noonan and former Merrimack College captain Mike Collins both spent at least one season in Vernon before coming to play in Hockey East.

Former Terrier forward Sahir Gill also spent two seasons with the Vipers before coming to BU.

The Terriers now have 10 recruits slated to join the squad in the fall, five of which are forwards. With that group added to a team that is expected to return 20 players from the 2013-14 roster, there will certainly be more healthy scratches watching games from the press box than there were this past season.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cason Hohmann undergoes shoulder surgery, should be ready for 2014-15 season

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

Boston University junior forward Cason Hohmann underwent shoulder surgery on Wednesday, March 19 and will be sidelined for the next three to four months, per BU coach David Quinn. Hohmann should be ready by the start of next season.

The surgery was the result of a shoulder injury suffered in a game against the University of North Dakota on Nov. 22, 2013. The center missed five games before returning to action on Jan. 4 against Harvard University.

Hohmann was fifth on the team this season with 19 points, and will be the top returning career point scorer with 61 through his first 104 games.

Correction: In an earlier version of this story, it said that Hohmann's surgery was on Feb. 19. This was incorrect, as it should have read March 19. It has been corrected and we apologize for the error.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Terriers end rebuilding year, look forward to what has been built

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

BU celebrates after one of its goals during Saturday's
game against the University of Notre Dame.
Photo by Michelle Jay.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The meaning of the phrase “rebuilding year” can change depending on one’s outlook.

For the negative Boston University men’s hockey fan, a rebuilding year is one that featured a lot of losses. The Terriers came in fourth place in the Beanpot, went on an 18-game stretch in which it only won a single game and, thanks to Saturday night’s 3-2 loss at No. 11/12 University of Notre Dame, did not make it out of the first round of the Hockey East tournament.

There is a positive way to look at a rebuilding year for BU fans, however. The Terriers (10-21-4, 5-12-3 Hockey East) are only graduating two players who received significant playing time this season in defensemen Garrett Noonan and Patrick MacGregor, and have a whole bunch of underclassmen who used the season to get experience playing against some of the top competition college hockey has to offer.

“I think one of the bright spots about having a tough year is that our young players had to play a ton,” said BU associate head coach Steve Greeley. “And because of that they’re going to be better sophomores and they’re going to help this team going forward.

“Guys were put in situations – important situations in the last minute of the game or on the power play or penalty kill had a little extra time. They’ll all benefit from that, as will the team.”

Garrett Noonan 'crushed,' reflective following end of Terrier career

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Garrett Noonan stood by the door to the Boston University bench, waiting as his teammates filed by one-by-one down the tunnel and into the offseason. It was a slow walk off the ice after a 3-2 loss to the University of Notre Dame with the Terriers in no particular hurry to get to the locker room. Only goodbyes and hindsight awaited.

Garrett Noonan skates down the ice after the Terriers fell
to the University of Notre Dame Saturday evening.
Photo by Michelle Jay.
Some gave Noonan a fist bump, others a hug, most a few simple words of thanks. Associate head coach Steve Greeley offered a pat on the back. All of it served the same purpose: delaying, however slightly, Noonan’s exit from the ice, his last as a Terrier.

Saturday's loss to the No. 11/12 Fighting Irish in the first round of the Hockey East tournament brought an end to not only a disappointing season for the BU men’s hockey team, but also Noonan’s collegiate career.

“It just really hit me in the locker room that I will never put a BU jersey on again,” said a sullen Noonan in the bowels of Compton Family Ice Arena. “It’s not a good feeling. It’s probably one of the worst feelings I’ve ever had. I’m crushed. This place gave me so much and I wish I could have gave back more.”

He almost did. Noonan, the captain, assisted freshman center Robbie Baillargeon’s power-play goal at 14:22 in the third to bring BU within one. Despite a desperate spurt of energy from the Terriers — including Noonan, who played most of the remaining 5:36 — the effort ultimately fell short.

Noonan’s assist came minutes after he was hit hard into the boards and went down in the corner. He remained motionless on his stomach for several minutes before getting back to his feet and taking the next shift, a two-man advantage for BU. That sequence was, along with the post-game parade, one of the few occasions Noonan stayed in one place for an extended period of time all night.

BU coach David Quinn half-joked that Noonan, who was shaken up but felt fine after the hit, stayed down to catch his breathe. Playing about 30 minutes per night wears on a guy, after all.

“It’s almost inhumane what we’ve asked him to do,” Quinn said.

UPDATED: BU’s season comes to end in South Bend

By Meredith Perri/DFP Staff

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Garrett Noonan lay on the ice nearly motionless. After taking a hit from University of Notre Dame defenseman Stephen Johns, the senior captain of the Boston University men’s hockey team needed a minute to gather himself and catch a breath. The Terriers (10-21-4, 5-12-3 Hockey East) were down 3-1 with fewer than seven minutes left in the game.

Boston University defenseman Garrett Noonan and
Notre Dame forward T.J. Tynan battle for the puck.
Photo by Michelle Jay.
Noonan, despite being rattled from the previous play, returned to the ice, epitomizing the resilience of the entire team. In the end, though, ninth-seeded BU’s effort fell just short as the eighth-seeded Fighting Irish (21-12-2, 9-9-2) defeated the Terriers 3-2 at Compton Family Ice Arena in the opening round of the Hockey East tournament Saturday evening.

“None of us accepted it — accepted losing,” Noonan said. “It seems like whenever we were down we got back up. It’s an honor to say I got to play with those guys.”

For the first half of the game, the Fighting Irish started exactly where they left off two weeks ago, scoring two goals and shutting down BU’s offense.

Notre Dame initially got on the board after center T.J. Tynan pickpocketed sophomore defenseman Ahti Oksanen in BU’s zone. Tynan, who brought the puck over to the left circle, then sent a pass to his linemate, Bryan Rust, on the right side of the goal. After deking around sprawled-out BU goaltender Matt O’Connor, Rust flipped his shot into the left side of the net.

After the goal, the Terriers had two power-play opportunities — including one that carried over into the opening seconds of the middle frame — but the team failed to even record a shot with the man-advantage.

“You can feel it deflate the bench,” said BU coach David Quinn. “I think that’s happened to us over the last month because our power play has not been good. Not only has it not produced from a numbers standpoint, we haven’t looked good on it.

“You can just feel it on the bench, it kind of demoralized us.”

Slideshow: Terriers, Notre Dame face off in first round of Hockey East tournament

By Michelle Jay/DFP Staff

Live Blog: Terriers face Notre Dame in first round of Hockey East Tournament

Time/location: 7 p.m., Compton Family Ice Arena

BU lines:
Evan Rodrigues - Robbie Baillargeon - Danny O'Regan
Matt Lane - Cason Hohmann - Kevin Duane
Brendan Collier - Mike Moran - Nick Roberto
Tommy Kelley - Dillon Lawrence - Jake Moscatel

Garrett Noonan - Matt Ronan
Ahti Oksanen - Patrick MacGregor
Doyle Somerby - Dalton MacAfee

Matt O'Connor
Anthony Moccia

Notre Dame lines:
Sam Herr - T.J. Tynan - Bryan Rust
Jeff Costello - Steven Fogarty - Peter Schneider
Mario Lucia - Vince Hinostroza - Austin Wuthrich
Ali Thomas - Thomas DiPauli - Mike Voran

Kevin Lind - Stephen Johns
Shayne Taker - Andy Ryan
Eric Johnson - Jared Beers

Steven Summerhays
Joe Rogers
Chad Katunar

Referees: Mark Wilkins, Jeff Bunyon
Assistant Referees: Marc Sullivan, Jeremy Lewis

Live blog: