Mass. College Hockey: Four BU Terriers Named to Canadian Olympic Hockey Team

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s today’s release about four women’s ice hockey players that’ll be suiting up for Team Canada in the upcoming Winter Olympics:

CALGARY, Alta. – Marie-Philip Poulin and former Boston University women’s ice hockey standouts Jenn Wakefield, Catherine Ward and Tara Watchorn were all named to the Canadian national women’s hockey team that will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Hockey Canada announced Monday.

Poulin, who finished her junior season with the Terriers in March, will skate in the Olympics for the second time. She scored both goals in Canada’s 2-0 win over the United States in the 2010 gold-medal game and was named Most Outstanding Player at the 2013 World Championship. As a co-captain in 2012-13, she set a BU single-season record for assists with 36 and finished the year with 55 points (19g, 36a). In three seasons and 79 games played at BU, Poulin has tallied 54 goals and 73 assists for 127 career points.

Ward will also be an Olympian for the second time, having been teammates with Poulin in 2010. She was the program’s first All-American after the 2010-11 season, her only one with the Terriers. That year, all four BU Olympians helped the Terriers reach their first-ever NCAA title game. Ward’s 27 assists was a program record until it was broken the next year.

Wakefield and Watchorn will both be making their first Olympic appearances when they take the ice in Sochi. Despite only playing two seasons with the Terriers, Wakefield is second in program history with 61 goals and became the first skater in Hockey East history to tally 100 career goals. She finished her four-year NCAA career with 206 points (120g, 86a).

Watchorn scored the overtime-winning goal to give BU its first Hockey East title in 2010 and her 21 goals, 63 assists and 84 points are the most by a Terrier defenseman in program history. She finished her collegiate career as a plus-40 and was a three-time Hockey East All-Star.

Canada will begin its quest for a fourth straight gold medal on Feb. 8 when it faces off against Switzerland. The gold-medal game is scheduled for Feb. 20. Fans can follow the progress of all four BU Olympians on GoTerriers.com.

Mass. College Hockey: BU Women’s Hockey Announces Class of 2017

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s today’s release about the women’s hockey team, which will welcome six new skaters from the Class of 2017 to their unit: 

Six newcomers will join the Boston University women’s ice hockey team for the 2013-14 season, head coach Brian Durocher announced on Monday.

The Class of 2017 features three forwards, two goaltenders and one defenseman. It is the first group of newcomers comprised entirely of incoming freshmen since 2009. BU had welcomed transfers in each of the last three seasons.

Maddie Elia, Natalie Flynn and Samantha Sutherland will each skate at forward for the Terriers while Sarah Steele joins a veteran corps of blue liners. Mia Becker and Victoria Hanson are the first two goaltenders to join the Terriers since the 2010-11 season.

“Boston University and our staff would like to welcome these six new student-athletes to our women’s hockey program,” Durocher said. “Thanks to the thorough and diligent work of assistant coaches Katie Lachapelle and Allison Coomey we will add quality student-athletes who will help move us forward as a topflight college hockey program. We look forward to their contributions on the ice, in the classroom and throughout the Boston University community.”

The six freshmen will join 18 returning letter winners from last year’s squad that captured the Hockey East regular-season and tournament titles en route to the Terriers’ second national title game appearance in three years. BU earned a program record 28 victories in 2012-13 and has won the Hockey East championship three times in the last four seasons.

Mia Becker (5-4 • G • Woodbridge, Va. • Shattuck St. Mary’s)

Played three seasons at Shattuck St. Mary’s and while there was a teammate of Terrier forward Rebecca Russo … Finished third at nationals in both her junior and senior seasons … Won state title in each of her final two years … Was part of IIHF Development Camp in Finland during her sophomore season.

Maddie Elia (5-10 • F • Lewiston, N.Y. • Nichols School)

Captained Nichols School to North American Prep Hockey Association and CISAA Championship during her senior season … Was captain of Buffalo Bisons team that advanced to quarterfinals of 2013 USA Hockey Championships … Led all scorers with seven goals and nine assists in six games as Bisons advanced to title game at 2012 USA Hockey Championships … Named to USA Hockey National Camp each of the last four years … Also played four years of varsity soccer at Nichols and helped lead team to state championship during her sophomore season.

Natalie Flynn (5-7 • F • Medford, Mass. • Cushing Academy)

Played four years at Arlington Catholic before a post-graduate year at Cushing Academy … Was named Boston Globe Athlete of the Year in 2012 after her senior season at Arlington Catholic … Captained Arlington Catholic to Division I state title, was named league MVP and also received the Hockey Night in Boston top forward award in 2012 … Four-time Catholic Central League All-Star … Compiled 127 career points over four seasons … Also captained lacrosse and soccer teams during her senior year and was member of cross country team at Cushing.

Victoria Hanson (5-9 • G • Stoughton, Mass. • Lawrence Academy)

Was a teammate of Terrier netminder Kerrin Sperry at Lawrence Academy… Served as captain during senior season … Earned All-League honors in each of her final two seasons … Was named MVP in her junior year as she backstopped team to state title game … Also played softball and captained the field hockey team in her senior season.

Sarah Steele (5-6 • D • Stratford, P.E.I. • Appleby College)

Won gold medal with Team Canada at 2013 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship … Named Sport P.E.I.’s 2012 Junior Female Athlete of the Year … Played three seasons at Appleby College and was assistant captain during her junior and senior seasons … Skated for Mississauga Jr. Chiefs from 2011-2013, scoring six goals and seven assists in 50 career games … Also played soccer at Appleby.

Samantha Sutherland (5-4 • F • Cochrane, Alta. • Warner School)

Was named to Team Canada Under-18 selection camp in each of the last two years … Was named Top Forward of the Warner Warriors in each of her final two seasons with the team and was named MVP of the squad in her sophomore season … Scored 31 goals and added 23 assists for 54 points in her final year at Warner … Led the team in scoring with 82 points (41g, 41a) during the 2011-12 season … Won a gold medal with Team Alberta at the 2011 Canada Games … Also played box lacrosse, badminton, basketball and competed in the discus and the triple jump. 

Mass. College Hockey: BU’s Durocher Signs Contract Extension

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about women’s ice hockey head coach Brian Durocher, who signed a contract extension:

BOSTON – After guiding the Boston University women’s ice hockey team to its second trip to the national title game in the last three seasons, head coach Brian Durocher has signed a contract extension to remain at BU through the 2018-19 season, Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch announced Monday.

“I’m excited that Coach Durocher has agreed to lead our women’s ice hockey program for many more years to come,” Lynch said. “We knew we hired a terrific coach when he took over the program at its inception nine years ago, but he has exceeded every expectation and continues to elevate the program to new heights each year. It’s incredible how far this team has come in just eight seasons as a varsity program, and that is thanks to Brian’s exceptional leadership.”

Durocher has been at the helm of the women’s ice hockey program since its inaugural season in 2005-06. In eight seasons, Durocher has guided the Terriers to three Hockey East championships, four straight NCAA tournament appearances and two trips to the NCAA title game. He holds a record of 159-93-37 and has won 20 games in each of the last three seasons, including a program-record 28 victories this past season.

“I’d just like to thank Boston University, director of athletics Mike Lynch, his staff, Drew Marrochello and Nancy Lyons for the tremendous support they’ve given to our program and the opportunity for me to remain at a place I love and have a great appreciation for,” Durocher said.

Under Durocher, BU has become the premier program in Hockey East and is consistently among the top five teams in the nation. The Terriers, Hockey East regular-season champions for the second time in 2013, are the only team in Hockey East history to have played for a national championship, doing so in two of the last three seasons. BU has also finished in the top five of both national polls in each of the last three years.

The 2012-13 season was the best in program history, with Durocher guiding the team to a 28-6-3 record. The six losses were a program low and the team’s winning percentage was its highest ever (.797). Durocher garnered national attention, as he was named a finalist for the AHCA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Coach of the Year award. BU bested six of the other nine teams in the final USCHO.com poll, winning eight games against top-10 opponents. The Terriers boasted four Hockey East All-Stars and two New England Division I All-Stars along with six different 15-goal scorers.

BU will return 18 letter winners from last season’s squad, including four skaters who scored at least 20 points in 2012-13. Starting goaltender Kerrin Sperry, the reigning Hockey East Tournament MVP, will be back between the pipes for her senior season after setting a new program record for career wins with 64. Louise Warren was named captain and classmate Kaleigh Fratkin will be an assistant captain while First-Team All-Star Shannon Doyle and All-Rookie honoree Sarah Lefort will each return.

Mass. College Hockey: BU 5, Clarkson 3 (NCAA Quarterfinals)

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – Sarah Lefort secured Boston University a spot in next weekend’s Frozen Four when she deposited her second strike of the afternoon into an open net during the third period as the Terriers defeated Clarkson University, 5-3 in the NCAA quarterfinals.

BU, which will appear in its second Frozen Four in program history, will face-off against Mercyhurst, who edged Cornell University earlier today by one tally.

“I thought it was a great hockey game with an unbelievable amount of intensity,” BU coach Brian Durocher said. “Clarkson’s a big-body team, they play a somewhat of a conservative style, but you wouldn’t have known it today with almost 40 shots on net.”

The Terriers led the Golden Knights by one entering the final stanza, but padded their lead with two goals in a span of 26 seconds. Lefort pushed the hosts ahead by two before Louise Warren extended the lead to three after she deposited a rebound chance by Isabel Menard.

Clarkson, though, didn’t fold, but responded with two tallies from Christine Lambert and Shannon MacAulay, which brought the Golden Knights within one with 4:40 remaining in regulation.

BU called a timeout, regrouped and watched Lefort force a turnover that led to the game-clinching strike, which sealed the Terriers third NCAA tournament victory.

“I think we all wanted to win,” said BU’s Marie-Philip Poulin, who finished the contest with one goal and one assist.

“We just wanted to go out there the first five minutes and put pressure on them and we got a couple of goals and they came back in the third, (we) got a bit nervous, but (we managed to get) the win and we’re happy with that.”

Poulin netted the game’s first goal late in the first before Clarkson answered early in the second with an Erin Ambrose strike. The Terriers responded with Jenelle Kohanchuck, who lit the lamp late in the middle frame to provide BU with the lead for good.

A Strong Defensive Performance: For the second week in a row, the Terriers defense managed to fend off their opponent’s power play.

Last weekend, they denied Northeastern University six chances with an extra skater during the Hockey East conference championship game, and today they prevented Clarkson from finding the back of the net five times.

“I think we were focusing on every little battle, trying to win the puck (and) trying to win it out of the corner,” said Lefort. “(We were) definitely picking up sticks on the (penalty kill), but just keeping some things simple and communicating with each other really helped us out today.”

“It’s the third game in a row where we’ve had to do a good job killing penalties and so far we have in those three games,” said Durocher. “It’s great to know that the kids could get the job done and it’s not just the five skaters or four skaters that are killing, but Kerrin Sperry, (who assisted) with one of the kills in the second period.”

Sperry was certainly a factor in the second period when she deflected multiple shots in the slot before the Terriers whipped the puck out of the zone.

BU’s power was a major factor in their conference’s tournament as they also denied 13 combined chances by Connecticut and Providence, too.

The Streak Continues: BU’s victory marked their ninth consecutive win since falling to Harvard University in the Boston Beanpot consolation game on Feb. 12, 2013. Since that loss, the Terriers have been on a roll, winning nine games, which includes three conference tournament victories and a first round match.

Will their streak continue next weekend? Who knows, but all Durocher hopes is that the momentum remains with the Red and White.

“It’s a real positive situation for us, but I like to think that anybody who gets to this point, whether they’re on a one-game streak or whatever it is, they’ve got momentum,” said the BU coach.

“I just think that next week it starts from scratch and the two games are going to be real good hockey games and whoever comes up on top is probably going to be somebody that plays well that day and maybe the hockey Gods are with them as well.”

Mass. College Hockey: BU-Clarkson Face-Off In NCAA Quarterfinals

BU's Marie-Philip Poulin leads the Terriers into the NCAA quarterfinals with 49 points (16 goals, 33 assists). (Photo Credit: BU Today/Steve McLaughlin)

BU’s Marie-Philip Poulin will lead the Terriers into the NCAA quarterfinals against Clarkson University with a team-best 49 points (16 goals, 33 assists). (Photo Credit: BU Today/Steve McLaughlin)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Noontime Sports will be covering this afternoon’s NCAA quarterfinal women’s ice hockey match between Boston University and Clarkson University, which commences are 3 p.m. at the Walter Brown Arena.

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Terriers path to the tourney: BU (26-5-3), who is ranked third in the country, earned an automatic bid by defeating Northeastern University last weekend in the Hockey East conference championship, 5-2. The Terriers victory marked their third consecutive conference crown, too.

Golden Knights path to the tourney: Clarkson (28-9) received a bid for the tournament despite falling to Harvard University in last weekend’s ECAC semifinals. The Golden Knights are making their second appearance in the tournament, their last visit occurred in 2010.

Series History: The Golden Knights are 1-2-1 all-time against the Terriers. And in their last meeting, both squads skated to a 2-2 tie on Oct. 21, 2011 in Potsdam, New York.

Winner advances to Frozen Four: The winner of this afternoon’s contest will face-off against the winner of Cornell University-Mercyhurst next Friday in Minneapolis in the Frozen Four.

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