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Five things to ponder

Things to ponder on this rainy Monday:

1. The NHL’s newest playoff preview video. We’ve already been treated to “What if Bobby didn’t fly?” and now this:

If this doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, then I don’t know why you’re reading this blog right now.

2. How’s your NCAA bracket looking? If you’re me, it’s looking drastic and unfortunate. I’d picked Denver (who was ousted in round one) and Michigan (defeated by Miami-Ohio last night) to go to the championship. Guess I’m done. The Michigan/Miami game was the story of the night, last night, going to 2OT before Alden Hirschfeld beat Shawn Hunwick to win the game. Hunwick, to his credit, stopped over 30 shots; the 5’7 junior walk-on is the reason his team was even in the NCAA tourney in the first place. Major props, and here’s hoping he gets the starter spot next season. Go little Hunwick go!

3. Tonight’s Bruins game is ridiculously huge. Tim Thomas vs. Ryan Miller. A chance to make the Leaf’s microscopic playoff chances officially nil. The potential to move into a tie for 6th place with the Flyers, with a game in hand on that team. And, possibly most ridiculous of all, there’s a magic number of goals allowed that could move us into the #1 spot for Jennings contention. Remember the Jennings trophy? Remember who won it last year?

Tuukka may not have a wife for Timmy to thank this year, but how epic would this be? As far as I can tell, a rookie has never won the Jennings. Keep sieve-ing it up, Marty Brodeur, the B’s want a trophy to take home. We may have the worst offense, but we make up for it with the BEST DEFENSE IN THE LEAGUE.

4. Eric Gryba signed with the Senators today. Although he will probably play in Binghamton, this is incredibly good news for the holder of BU’s single-season penalty minutes record.

We'll miss you, Grybs.

It also means the dismantling of the 2008-2009 championship team is continuing on it’s merry way. Colin Wilson in Nashville, Matt Gilroy in New York, and Brandon Yip in Colorado have already seen significant ice time this year; Kevin Shattenkirk, Zach Cohen, and Colby Cohen are Colorado-bound (or at least Lake Erie, Colorado’s affiliate, where Zach has already seen ice time since BU was ousted from the Hockey East semifinals). John McCarthy, Brian Strait, and Jason Lawrence are tearing it up in the minors, and Nick Bonino leapfrogged over the AHL straight to the pros, where he’s already logged a game for the Ducks since leaving BU this year.

Life moves on, though; names like Warsofsky and Saponari and Chiasson will replace the Cohen, Gilroy, and Wilson of late. Goalie Kieran Millan will remain for at least another year before shipping west to Colorado. And the new incoming class of freshmen will bring a wealth of new talent and names we’ve never even considered. It’s not the end of the world, but there’s no denying it’s sad to see a team like the 08-09 Terriers break apart.

5. Game 6 of Rouyn-Noranda and Val d’Or’s playoff series ended in a 5-1 Huskies win. Jordan Caron leads the QMJHL in scoring (awesome) and Max Sauve’s junior career is officially over. Will we see him in Providence, now that the baby Bruins’ playoff hopes are all but quashed? Only time will tell. In other P-Bruins news, in the first game since Ned Lukacevic was released from his PTO, new signee Devin Timberlake scored in his first game out of Brown University, and ex-BU product Kenny Roche scored as well, although the Peebs lost in OT. It’s almost certain now that Providence will miss the playoffs for the first time since 1998. How depressing.

Optimism….failing…but wait!

The P-Bruins had a chance to go 3-0 tonight, but instead dropped a 2-1 decision to the Worcester Sharks. The lone goal came from Levi Nelson in the 2nd period; it was a fancy tip-in off a Ned Lukacevic one-timer. Lukacevic might be the greatest decision the P-Bruins have made this year – unfortunately, it might be too little too late at this point.  Angry Levi also got in a fight in the first, and numerous other Peebs took stupid penalties, including Mikko Lehtonen taking a hooking call eight seconds after Nelson and the Sharks’ Ferriero took matching minors. Luckily, the P-Bruins could kill the 4-on-3, but couldn’t muster up the offense in the rest of the game.

Of course, my poor little heart is torn about this loss, because the game winning goal came from one John McCarthy, formerly of – you guessed it – Boston University. Sigh.

Sigh, why do you do this to me, cap'n. Plus bonus Matty G on the right! OH, TO BE BACK IN 2009.

The magic number right now is SEVEN. Seven points. Four wins, barring the fact that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wins too many more games. The P-Bruins are going into a stretch of games where they play some of the top teams in the east, and the two teams ahead of them in the standings have two games in hand. It’s not looking pretty for the Baby Bruins right now.

In  light of this recent turn of events, the fact that the NHL Bruins are one point away from losing their playoff spot, and Boston University being eliminated from a potential NCAA spot, we’re….calling a mulligan.

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In the meantime, NCAA hockey brackets should be out soon; the Hershey Bears, my backup AHL team, are still owning the rest of the league; Michigan just eked their way into a CCHA championship, thanks to the stalwart goaltending of tiny Shawn Hunwick, Maine just lost 7-6 to Boston College in overtime, and I am officially broken up with Hockey East. Throwing all my support behind this guy, brb.

All my NCAA hopes rest on you, tiny man.

Terrier Watch: Kenny Roche

When this appeared in my twitter feed a little while ago, I maybe did a double-take and then a few fistpumps. Kenny Roche! 2006-2007 Boston University alternate captain! Contributor to the epic moment in my life that was BU taking the 2007 Beanpot! Oh, memories.

Roche, Sean Sullivan, and the-one-the-only John Curry with the Beanpot, 2/12/07

Roche was drafted in 2003 by the New York Rangers, but has not as of yet seen any NHL time. He logged three games with the Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Hartford at the end of the 2006-2007 season, signing with the Lake Erie Monsters for 2007-2008. He split time between Erie and the Johnstown Chiefs that season, then spent all of 2008-2009 in Germany’s second-tier Bundesliga, with the Lausitzer Foxes. This season, Roche has spent the majority of his time with the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers, playing 14 games for the Wolf Pack and 3 games for the Providence Bruins; he’s been called up again by Providence tonight, for their game against the Isles affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. With injury striking Mikko Lehtonen and the big club calling up Brad Marchand, the P-Bruins are lacking bodies, so here’s another good chance for Roche to show his stuff.

Interesting coincidence, discovered via Hockey Database and On Being a Sports Girl (read this post): Kenny Roche was reunited with former BU teammates Kevin Schaeffer (Class of 07, sometimes P-Bruin) and Jason Lawrence (class of 09, given a tryout contract with the Bruins, but assigned to the ECHL after not producing much for the P-Bruins) on the Charlotte Checkers this year. Lawrence, however, was traded from Charlotte to the Gwinnett Gladiators (why are so many ECHL teams in southeast states? Gwinnett is in Georgia, and is the ECHL affiliate of Columbus and Atlanta) in November. His first game happened to be against – you guessed it – his former team, and not only did the teams combine for 47 penalty minutes, but Lawrence and Roche got into a fight halfway through the second period! Scandal!

Jason Lawrence (white) vs Kenny Roche (blue). Photo courtesy of flickr user amanda_hertel.

So now Roche has beaten Jason Lawrence in a fight AND usurped his coveted spot on the Bruins’ AHL team. Oh, J-Lo, you just can’t win. The P-Bruins are tied for 8th place in the conference, and need this win, so here’s hoping Roche can contribute to the team.

Once a Terrier….

“I think there’s a Jack Parker quote, somewhere, and it goes something like ‘If you took Ohio State and moved it to within two miles of University of Michigan, then you’d get an idea of what the BU/BC rivalry is like.” -Tom Caron

“My brain can’t really comprehend that. There WOULD be blood…and I’d probably have ended up in jail every football saturday.” -Michigan fan, in response

I never wanted to go to BU.

That probably seems like an odd way to start a post about a 3-2 win over Boston College at Fenway Park, but it’s the absolute truth. I wanted a campus, a school with green space and quads and not a school that stretched for literal miles, from Kenmore Square to Babcock Street, stretching the extent of 9 stops on the MBTA Green Line (beyond, if you count the no-mans-land of off-campus housing that extends into Brighton.) But BU had the best journalism program in the east, and that’s what I wanted, so off to the land of Commonwealth Ave I trekked, in 2004.

Fenway is an integral part of life when you go to BU, especially for kids who came in when I did. 2004 World Series our freshman year, 2007 World Series our senior year. Larry Lucchino as a commencement speaker (my sister, who now also goes to BU, has that speech taped above her bed in her room at home. It was GOOD.) You can actually see into Fenway from some of the dorms; Sweet Caroline in the 7th inning was audible from each of my places, all four years of college. Tessie, too.

I went to my first hockey game sophomore year. Even if you don’t go to games, hockey is invasive in BU student culture, especially where that other school down the green line is concerned. Whether you’re a hockey fan or not, BC SUCKS, and any stop past Harvard Ave on the Green ‘B’ Line is enemy territory. It’s been like this for 90 years, and will probably be like it for at least 90 more; I won’t go into the storied history. If you’re interested, you should check out the Battle of Comm Ave.

So we come to today, January 8, 2010. Frozen Fenway. BU vs. BC. Both teams are coming off something epic; BU is still on a high from our 2009 championship. BC came into this game near the top of the Hockey East rankings. The two boys who played in the World Juniors, Chris Kreider from BC and David Warsofsky, flew back from Saskatoon sporting USA gold yesterday, ready to go. While we’re on the subject, who WOULDN’T want to be Warsofsky right now? Kid’s like 19 and he’s already won a Beanpot, a Hockey East title, a NCAA title, a WJC gold medal,  has played at Madison Square Garden, at the TD Garden, and now Fenway.

WARSOFSKYYYYY. Also a Blues prospect!

So, pregame ceremonies are fancy, the BU crowd yells “SUCKS!” after every BC player is announced (but not vice versa, oddly?), Mike Eruzione and Travis Roy and other various ex-NHLers from BU and BC are in attendance, the puck is dropped, and who gets the first men’s college hockey goal at Fenway Park?

Warsofsky. Seriously, the kid has an angel smiling on him or something. BU scores twice more unanswered and kills an epic 5-on-3, they interview Matt Gilroy between periods and I smile FOREVER, then suddenly at the end of the 2nd, BC scores with a minute or so left. Okay. 2-goal game.

They say the best games are heart-stoppers, and I have to agree; BC scores again 8 minutes into the 3rd, and BU’s looking sloppy, desperate to hang onto their now 1-goal lead. Kieran Millan stays strong, though, and BC takes a penalty with 2:14 left. Although the power play looks ugly, we manage to mostly keep it under some semblance of control at the end of the 3rd. Shattenkirk channels a little of David Krejci’s Matrix powers and slows things down, time runs out…..and BU wins it, 3-2. BU wins the inaugural Men’s College Hockey game at Fenway Park in front of a crowd of thousands, on national TV. The first half of the season may have been a little struggly, but I’m feeling like this might be a turning point. Bring on the Beanpot, kids!

So I didn’t want to go to BU, but I did. I did and I learned to love it. I got hooked on Scarlet and White, played broomball in old Walter Brown, watched Agganis Arena be built the summer before my freshman year, partied in Kenmore when the Sox won the World Series. BU students understand the connection between Boston University and Fenway; what better way to solidify that with a win at the storied park? Life is good for the Terrier Faithful tonight. And once you’re a Terrier, you’re never anything else.

Miscellanous awesome things:

  • 38, 472 was the official attendance number for tonight’s game. By comparison, the Winter Classic drew a crowd of 38,112. That’s pretty telling of how intense this college hockey rivalry is. To be fair, tickets were cheaper…but still, pretty crazy considering that it’s NHL hockey versus college hockey.
  • Kieran Millan’s pads. I hadn’t actually noticed these before. Badass.

  • BU’s Jerseys. “BOSTON” on the front in Red Sox style letters, with stylized Red Sox skates on the sleeves. HOT. Less hot? BC’s puke-colored jerseys with the random green stripe. Guys, I know you were trying to integrate something from Fenway into the jersey, but….BU gets the win here, too.

WIN!

  • In the most recent draft, the Avalanche drafted Kieran Millan, bringing the total number of Colorado prospects from Boston University to 4: Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen in 2007 and Brandon Yip (currently playing for the Avs) in 2004. Seriously, the Avs are going to become BU West. First person to slap an Avs sticker on the BU West T-Stop and take a picture gets a beer from me.