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Syracuse Tops Rochester In OT To Even Series

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BY WARREN KOZIRESKI —

Syracuse scored three of their four goals on faceoff plays, including the last at 10:56 of overtime, to defeat Rochester 4-3 and even their best-of-five series at one game each with game three in Syracuse Thursday.

The Amerks led 2-0 as Michael Mersch netted a first period power play goal and Linus Weissbach scored in the second period, but Syracuse used a final-minute tally in the second by Jordy Bellerive to build momentum heading into the third period.

Gage Goncalves redirected a point shot at 4:59 and defenseman Sean Day gave the Crunch a 3-2 lead at 9:03 before Rochester forward Mason Jobst was able to tie contest 3-3 at 16:06 after a long head-man pass off the boards by defenseman Ethan Prow—one of just four shots on goal the Amerks managed over the final 20 minutes of regulation.

After a controversial icing call on the Amerks in overtime, Gabriel Fortier won the face-off and redirected defenseman Declan Carlile’s shot past Rochester goaltender Devon Levi for the game-winner.

“Terrible call…clear as day,” Rochester head coach Seth Appert said about the icing call in overtime. “You can hear it (Tyson Kozak tipping the puck at center ice) from the bench. It’s not why we lost…we gave up three face-off goals tonight and our centers need to do a better job.”

“Tough one to swallow for myself, especially because I took the draw,” Jobst said. “I take a lot of pride in trying to win those especially at critical times.

“There are a lot of swings when we play these guys, we’re so evenly matched. I think that’s the way the series is going to continue to go and we just gotta manage the puck and try to limit as many of the swings in their direction as we possibly can.”

20 of Syracuse’s 34 shots on goal came after the second period.

After Thursday’s game three, the Crunch will host game four Saturday night and game five, if needed, will be in Rochester on Fri. May 10th.

Team Perreault Wins 2024 Rick Martin Memorial Cup Championship

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Team Perreault Champs

By Randy Schultz; Photos by Janet Schultz©/NYHOL

The third game of the Bowman Cup triple header featured players from Buffalo and Rochester who play prep school or junior hockey, either locally or elsewhere. The players were divided into two teams, Team Hasek Junior/Prep and Team Perreault Junior/Prep and played a game divided into two halves.

In that game Team Perreault defeated Team Hasek, 5-1. Team Perreault led after the first half, 2-1.

Team Hasek opened the scoring on a goal by London Goodwin (Nichols Prep), taking a 1-0 lead. It was the only lead that team would have in the game.

Team Perreault came back with a goal by Cole Peters (Buffalo Jr. Sabres 16U) to tie the game, 1-1. Tanner Wisniewski (Nichols Prep) scored the go-ahead goal for Team Perreault to take a 2-1 lead, a lead they would never relinquish.

Kilger-Lorenzen, Caffrey

In the second half it was all Team Perreault, scoring the only three goals of the half. Those goals were scored by Cole Bailey (Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U), Joe Conte (Nichols Prep) and Cal Kogut (Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18 U).

Team Perreault also had an outstanding goaltending duo performance from Alex Glofka (Nichols Prep) and Aiden McKenna (Buffalo Jr. Sabres OJHL/Vermont).

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Buffalo Wins 2024 Scotty Bowman Cup

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Lynch with Bowman

By Randy Schultz; Photos by Janet Schultz©

Eddie Lynch (Lewiston-Porter HS) scored his team’s first and last two goals of their game as he led Buffalo Senior All-Star Hockey Team past the Rochester Senior All-Star Hockey Team, 9-2 to win the Scotty Bowman Cup. It was the 2nd game of a three game 18th Annual Scotty Bowman Cup series played at Buffalo’s KeyBank Center.

The game was played in two halves instead of the traditional three periods by teams made up of high school seniors from the Buffalo and Rochester areas.

Buffalo led after the first half, 2-1. Buffalo’s goals were scored by Lynch and Jacob Cyrek (Starpoint HS). Rochester’s lone goal was scored by Nick Sellitto (Webster-Schroeder HS).

Net Action

Buffalo opened the scoring at :13 mark of the 2nd half on a goal by Easton Larrabee (Niagara Wheatfield HS). Rochester cut Buffalo’s lead to one, 3-2, on a goal by Josh Barnes (Canandaigua HS). But it was as close as Rochester would get.

Buffalo scored the next six goals to wrap up the game. In order, they were scored by CJ Hurley (Amherst HS), John Baird-Gajdos (Clarence HS), Matt Holst (Bishop-Timon HS), Frank Palladino (Williamsville South HS) and Lynch with the final two.

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Rochester Juniors Win 2024 Tim Horton Memorial Cup

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Rochester Juniors 2024 Champs

By Randy Schultz; Photos by Janet Schultz©

Ivan Milovidov scored two goals while Anderson Cornwell tallied a hat trick in a losing cause as the Rochester Junior All-Star Team  defeated the Buffalo Junior All-Star Team, 8-6, and win the Tim Horton Memorial Cup in the first of three games as part of the 18th Annual Scotty Bowman Cup series. The game was played at Buffalo’s KeyBank Center.

This first game featured boys who are junior high school players from the Buffalo and Rochester regions.  Instead of playing the traditional three periods, each game was played in 22-minute halves.

Rochester jumped out to first-half 5-2 lead. Scoring for the Section V team was Milovidov (Batavia-Notre Dame United High School), his first goal and single goals by Keegan Ahern (Pittsford HS), Jack Callery (McQuaid HS), TJ Swinson (Webster-Schroeder HS) and Maddox Smith (Canandaigua HS).

Puck Drop

Buffalo’s two first-half goals came from Davin Krakowiak ((Williamsville South HS) and Jacob Simpson (Kenmore East HS).

Seven more goals were scored in the second half between the two teams. Rochester’s three tallies came from Milovidov (his 2nd of the game), Parker Monette (Spartan HS Hockey) and Angelo Latore (Penfield HS).

Buffalo goals were scored by Cornwall with three goals (St Joseph’s Collegiate Institute) and Eric Cunningham (Williamsville North HS).

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Future Sabres: Anton Wahlberg

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By Warren Kozireski —

The Buffalo Savres tried to trade up for a second pick in the first round of the 2023 draft to take 6’2”, 194 lb. Swedish forward Anton Wahlberg, but it turned out that they did not need too as he fell to them in the second round 39th overall.

Other teams may kick themselves later, but now he tries to prove them wrong as he begins his North American professional career with the Rochester Americans down the home stretch of the season.

“He’s been excellent…18 years old (19 in July) and he’s barely played on NHL ice surfaces—most of his career has been on Olympic-size ice surfaces,” Rochester head coach Seth Appert said about the rookie.

“His international tournaments; both the 18’s and World Juniors were both in Europe so both Olympic-size ice…so he’s making hard plays, he’s helping us get out of our d-zone by being strong on the wall and then he’s executed well offensively.

After going without a point in his first game with the Amerks (3/30), he had points in three straight including his first goal at Providence April 6th.

“It was great; I didn’t even realize I got a point,” Wahlberg said after his first home game. “I’m a big guy; I want to be strong…in front of the goal and along the boards.

(Captain Michael) Mersch has been really good with me; he talks a lot with me. The game (here) is a little bit faster, in Sweden we have much more system (where) here we chip it in every time, play quick, so that’s been the biggest adjustment, I think. But every game I learn a lot, so it’s been very good for me.”

Wahlberg’s father, Mikael had a long hockey career in Europe and Anton represented Sweden at the recent U-20 World Juniors where he registered three points in nine games against his age group. With Malmo in the Swedish men’s league this season, he had five goals and ten points in 43 games.

At the 2023 draft in Nashville, Wahlberg was forecast as a winger at the professional level but has played and has the reach to play center. Which does he prefer?

“I don’t know. I can play both center and winger, so I’ll play wherever coach puts me and try to do my best there. I like center more; I feel a little more comfortable there, but at the same time I feel I can play wing pretty good so not the biggest deal if they put me at wing.”

The Rochester coaching staff is not waiting to throw Wahlberg into the fire to see what he can handle playing on the second power play unit in just his second game.

“Today I got a lot of playing time. They’re testing me on the power play, and it feels great. I feel like they’re giving me a good chances…so it’s been really great.

“I would say I’m a power forward…strong on the puck, little finesse here and there, but overall, just a power forward.”

Next test is the final weeks of the regular season and playoff hockey.

Early returns show the Sabres may have been very lucky Wahlberg fell to them in the second round.

(Photos provided by Rochester Americans Hockey Team)

2024 Howell Motors Ford Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Coming In May

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Tables are going fast, don’t miss out!  Click here to purchase tickets. Set your calendars, make your travel arrangements, tell your family and friends! Saturday, May 4th at 7PM will be our ceremony. 

We will honor the Induction Class of 2024. 

The doors open at 7PM with a one hour meet, greet, and reacquaint.

The keynote speaker is Marty Biron.

The ceremony itself starts at eight sharp. 

We ask everyone to stay after the ceremony to enjoy more food, drinks, and fellowship, as well as pictures.  

Tickets are $35 each presale or table of 10 for $300. Tickets can be purchased at Howell Motors Ford, or Cornerstone Arena

Players:
Todd R. Richards
Michael Gagliardi Jr.
Rick Rosetti
Brian Smith “Smitty”
Adam Page
Brian Bremer
Chris Gagliardi
Jonathan Reid

Coaches:
Harold E. McNitt
Frank J. Vecchio

Contributors:
Edward F. Wright Sr.
Norm Page
Sherry McNitt Silcox
Dr. Vincent A. Rosselli
John Taylor Whitmore
Lockport Amateur Hockey Association
John Bernardi
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Former Amerks/Sabres Brown Named Coach of the Year

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By Warren Kozireski —

Boston College head men’s hockey coach and 1990’s era Rochester/Buffalo defenseman Greg Brown was selected as the winner of the 2024 Spencer Penrose Award as Division I Men’s Ice Hockey CCM/AHCA Coach of the Year.

Brown is the only coach to be named conference coach of the year and lead his team to the Frozen Four this year. His 33 wins are more than double the win total from last season, his first year, and more than the previous two seasons combined.

“If you get an award like that, that means you have a lot of really good players on your team,” Brown said before the semi-final of the Frozen Four in St. Paul. “Again, these guys have worked hard.

“I think the one thing I appreciate is when we strung several wins together, they were never satisfied and didn’t take nights off. They just kept pushing to keep winning. And as a result, we’ve got ourselves to a good spot, and, whatever, they gave me something for that. I still had zero goals, zero assists, zero blocked shots. These guys have done all the work.”

 In his two seasons as the Eagles’ head coach, he has led Boston College to a 47-21-7 record, including setting a program record with 34 wins to date in 2023-24. This year, he guided Boston College to its 18th Hockey East regular season crown in program history, posting a 20-3-1 record in league play and becoming the first team in Hockey East to win 20 games since the Eagles did so in 2010-11.

The Eagles have four of the nation’s top six scorers in Will Smith (69 points), Cutter Gauthier (64), Ryan Leonard (59) and New York Rangers draft pick Gabe Perreault (57).

The Southborough, Massachusetts-born Brown was selected 26th overall in the second round of the 1986 NHL Draft by Buffalo. He split the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons between Rochester and Buffalo before spending 1992-93 in the AHL before two more seasons in the NHL and IHL with Pittsburgh and Winnipeg. He finished his playing career with nine seasons in Europe.

Brown spent 14 seasons behind the bench for the Eagles from 2004-18 as an assistant on former head coach Jerry York’s staff, helping to bring three national championships to the Heights in 2008, 2010, and 2012. After eight seasons as an assistant coach, he was elevated to associate head coach following the 2012 NCAA title, BC’s third championship in a five-year span.

During his 14 years as an assistant at Boston College, Brown helped lead BC to six Hockey East Tournament Championships, seven Hockey East Regular Season Championships, 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, and seven NCAA Frozen Four berths. Brown was also selected as an assistant coach for Team USA at three different IIHF World Junior Championships.

A former Boston College All-American defenseman, Brown was named The Schiller Family Head Hockey Coach on May 6, 2022, becoming just the fifth head coach of BC men’s hockey since 1932.

(Photo provided by Boston College Athletic Department/Men’s Ice Hockey Team)

Pomona’s Posma A Quiet Leader For BC Eagles

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By Warren Kozireski —

It is an all-to-familiar story among hockey families. Grandfather loves hockey, has two sons who play and then the grandsons follow.

Mike Posma is a 22-year-old junior forward is now on one of college hockey’s biggest stages with the Boston College Eagles.

But the road started a few generations back.

“My uncle (Mike) was a really good hockey player (Western Michigan University, one year in the AHL and eight more in Switzerland) and I wish I was able to see a little bit of him play maybe some tape or something. And obviously my dad (Bob) played in Plattsburgh (and SUNY Canton) upstate, so from a young age my parents had me skating on the Rideau Canal when I was really young.

“My grandpa (Mike; a baseball player at Niagara University) had a huge influence on my career and my uncle and dad playing…and I’ve loved it ever since. My grandpa loved hockey and then ended up involved in a coaching role with my dad and uncle at a young age and his nickname is always just ‘Coach.’ I don’t think he ever played but just loved the game and loved the atmosphere of being in a hockey rink.”

Posma’s youth hockey started with the Westchester Express, then the New Jersey Avalanche and the Kent School for heading west to the USHL, where his time at Cedar Rapids was interrupted by the pandemic and then a storm that wiped out the rink resulting in a dispersal draft that had him go to Tri-City and then be traded to Omaha.

Boston College was destined to be the next stop.

“My Express teams…would travel up to Boston every weekend and play in the Federation Hockey League, which was all Boston schools. Every weekend we would drive three-to-four hours, play all the Boston teams; they would spank us every weekend and then just drive back home.

“When we were up there, my dad and a bunch of my friends would go to BC or BU games and, once I was getting recruited, I remember walking around the campus. I feel like it was a no-brainer for me.”

This season, Posma contributed his usual collegiate numbers with two goals and six assists as a bottom-six forward.

“I would say I’m an older experienced player on the team. I feel like we’re pretty young this year and this is my third year, so just providing that older leadership role and, on ice, playing those harder minutes PK, taking some big  faceoffs and being reliable. I don’t know when my names going to be called, but be ready for when it does whatever the team needs me to do.

“Coach (Associate Head Mike) Ayers has a lot of confidence in me, taps me on the shoulder and say, ‘Pos I need a draw’ and I go out there and feel confident that the coach has that confidence in me to goi out there and win it.”

(Photos provided by Boston College Athletic Department/Men’s Ice Hockey Program)

Marcellus’ Powell Led Boston College To Frozen Four

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By Warren Kozireski —

Boston College senior defenseman and captain Eamon Powell was tied as the fifth highest scoring blueliner in Division I this season with five goals and 33 assists—his best season statistically in college. His assist total slotted him 11th in the nation among all skaters.

His top-ranked Eagles made it to the Frozen Four against Michigan.

“Obviously, they have a lot of talented players up front,” Powell said in the pre-game press conference. “I think it goes to show you for all the teams that are here, a lot of really good players up front. A lot of offense.

“And…as of recent, their defense has been great. Obviously, I’ve played with Marshall Warren and know a couple of the other defensemen as well.”

Powell was a fourth-round draft pick of Tampa Bay in 2020 and since Jan. 26th has shown why registering at least one point in all but one game since.

Developmentally Powell spent 2016-17 with the Syracuse Nationals before moving to the Rochester Coalition the following season and then the U.S. National Team Development Program for two seasons.

He is the youngest of three hockey-playing brothers. Emmet played collegiately at Wesleyan University and now plays in Finland while Seamus spent one year at BC and will join Merrimack this fall.

The day prior to the Frozen Four semi-final, Powell won the breakaway competition scoring at both ends of the ice before spending the final minutes feeding cross-ice passes from his left defense spot to teammates practicing one-timers.

Loose, but serious—just what you want from a team captain before college hockey’s biggest showcase.

“The biggest thing, obviously you can get caught up, it’s a big stage, big pressure, but I think the big thing for our group is just to enjoy it.”

(Photos provided by Boston College Athletic Dept. and Men’s Ice Hockey Program)

Nichols School Grad Receives 2024 Hockey Humanitarian Award

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By Warren Kozireski —

Buffalo’s Dylan Lugris was named the 2024 Hockey Humanitarian Award recipient at ceremonies held at the Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minnesota.

A product of the Amherst Knights, Buffalo Jr. Sabres and Nichols School, Lugris just finished his junior season at forward for Penn State and was recognized for his efforts in growing the State College Coyotes sled hockey team.

According to a release on the HHA website: Over the past few years, a local sled hockey team in State College, Pennsylvania, has developed a fan following among Penn State’s men’s hockey program. Nittany Lions coach Guy Gadowsky approached the State College Coyotes, who practice out of PSU’s Pegula Ice Arena, to ask if he could hit a sled with them. He then encouraged his own players to do the same.

Among them was Lugris, who has now organized two editions of the Penn State Sled Hockey Classic, pitting his team against the Coyotes.

“I had started going to those practices with a couple of the guys on our team, and over time, I started to develop some good relationships with the Coyotes and was asking them questions and wanted to see if they played any games or how their season looked and how they ran their program,” Lugris said.

“When they told me they don’t get to play games because it’s expensive to travel and get people place to place, I thought, ‘We’ll play you here. We’ve got enough guys that we’ll play here and try to raise some money for next year so that you can travel and build the program.’”

Lugris got the green light from Gadowsky to spearhead the project, and in February of last year, the first Penn State Sled Hockey Classic was held. The game was held in front of a crowded Roar Zone, Penn State’s hockey student section, with Nittany Lions players putting on the whole show between playing, coaching the teams, officiating the game, ushering for fans, and even running the scoreboard and public address system. A second edition of the event was held last month, and in terms of what happened on the ice, there was more to keep track of.

“The first year we did it, they only had nine or 10 people in their program, and it was easy to do us versus them, but this year, since we raised money and grew the sport a little bit, they actually grew their program to 22 players,” Lugris said. “We had line changes this year, and one of their players played for us because it was always a dream of his to play for Penn State, so Gads played for the Coyotes in a little trade.

“All our guys got involved, and when I brought it up to them the first time, they were all for it. The way we had to schedule it, we could only do it on a bye week and had to do it in a morning, so to get the response that we did of, ‘How can we help, what can we do,’ at 9 a.m. on a Saturday when we’re supposed to be off says a lot about who they are and our culture.”

The annual event has helped the Coyotes in other ways, too. They are now proud members of the Northeast Sled Hockey League and play in multiple games per month thanks in part to the nearly $50,000 that Penn State’s players have raised for the club over the past year.

“I’m a lot better than when I started, but I don’t think that says very much” Lugris said after the ceremony about his sled-hockey skills. “The way to tell if you’re decent or not is, there are two blades on all the sleds and, as you get better, (the space between them) increasing gets narrower and narrower. Mine has maybe gone in half an inch, maybe.

“When I moved to Buffalo, our whole class every year (at Nichols) did a philanthropy event whether that was planting trees or doing a soup kitchen, so that kind of where it started for me.

“One of more special parts of that whole day (the sled hockey fundraising game) was when we announced their names for the starting lineup and they got to skate out to the blueline and look at the Roar Zone and feels what it feels like for us, something we take for granted sometimes…and to give them that experience was really special.”

Lugris credits Penn State staff members for helping behind the scenes, but all game day preparation and in-arena work was done by PSU players. And both times, the event exceeded Gadowsky’s expectations, because of the scale of the project.

(Photos by Lugris and Koz/NY Hockey OnLine)

Team USA Women Take On Team Canada Women at Jeff Sauer International Deaf Hockey Series

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By Janet Schultz, NYHOL

A very unusual Team USA Women versus Team Canada Women. First it’s the Jeff Sauer International Deaf Hockey Series at Northtowns this past week. The final score is 20-6 for Team USA. But the story is in the goaltending.

Canada’s only Goalie Jamie Routledge was injured in a game prior to Saturdays. She persisted and played through her injury. Watching her you could see she was in pain but lasted through two periods and into the third. Then score was piling up and Team Canada could have run the clock but chose not too. Finally with under 10 minutes left the Team USA Goalie took over for her. Caring and compassion went above the country rivalry that appears in hockey at every level.

With that said.

Team USA came out and scored four goals right away in the first period. Canada answered back with two and then the USA put one more in to seal the first period 5-2. Scoring for Team USA Liz Helling (2), Madison Gagliano, Jessica Goldberg (2). For Canada Abi Fyte scored both.

Once again Team USA came out in the second and scored a goal just 16 seconds in off the stock of Emilie Lingren, assisted by McKinley Karpa and Michele Gintoli. Another goal at 1:59 by Kailey Niccum, assisted by Kendra Robinson and the US is off to a great second. Canada’s Dallas Boyd-Zagrozdzon scored, assisted by Kyte and Amanda Richer. The USA scores 8 more and Canada drops in one more and second period ends 14-4 USA.

Canada starts the scoring in the third period when Brittany Mallach drops one in but the USA answers back with 5 more and Canada’s Richer adds one more and the period and game ends at 20-6. (Unofficial scoring and names, we had no printed roster or wrap-up sheet. We also apologize for any errors in spelling of names)

For WNY Readers Buffalo’s own Katelyn Koester #12 plays for Team USA and had a great presence on the ice.

Photos by Janet Schultz, NYHOL© Photos can be obtained by contacting [email protected]

Jeff Sauer International Deaf Hockey Series Featuring Team USA vs Team Canada Men

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Photos by Janet Schultz© NYHOL

The Amherst Northtowns Center was the scene this week for the Jeff Sauer Internatinoal Deaf Hockey Series. Four international teams took to the ice for the Stan Mikita Hockey School for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired and then played each other in the Inaugural Jeff Sauer International Deaf Hockey Series. Teams USA, Canada, Finland and Czech Republic took to the ice. Canada and the USA each had a mens and womens team in the series.

Saturday’s games, first up was Team USA men vs Team Canada men. Team Canada wook the game 6-2. Canada opened the scoring on a goal by Tyson Gillas, assisted by Owen Hunter and Jathen Flodril. Massimo Lucimni scored the second in the first, assisted by Patrick Kyte, a shorthanded goal that ended the first period 2-0 Canada.

In the second period Team USA opened the scoring on a goal by Troy Benson just 55 seconds into the period. Peter Gintoli had the second goal but Canada came back with three in a row, two on the powerplay. Canada’s goals came from Andrew Hughes (2), Tyson Gillas. Second ends 5-2 Canada.

Canada’s Jathen Flodril adds one more in the third, assisted by Patricke Kyta and Ryan Ghamtcheako and the game ends 6-2 in favor of Team Canada.

(NYHOL apologizes for any spelling errors, there was no printed roster).

Photo Gallery by Janet Schultz. All Photos property of NY Hockey OnLine and Janet Schultz. Copies can be purchased by emailing [email protected]

McCarthy Brothers Reach Frozen Four In Season Together

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By Warren Kozireski —

Born four-and-one-half years apart, Clarence Center brothers Case and Gavin McCarthy never imagined they would play on the same hockey team. But the stars aligned, along with an extra year of eligibility due to the pandemic, and 2023-24 was the season with Boston University.

Case McCarthy returned as a fifth-year graduate student and team captain while Gavin McCarthy arrived from the USHL for his freshman campaign.

“Obviously, I’m super grateful the age gap between me and Gavin is a little bit bigger and it’s an opportunity that I never thought I’d have,” Case said before the semi-finals of the Frozen Four in St. Paul. “But to be able to have him be part of this team, be part of this group and experience this opportunity with him is something I’m going to hold for me the rest of my life. I know my family is as well.”

The Terriers entered the national semi-final with a 28-9-2 record and ranked second in the nation behind archrival Boston College but lost to Denver in overtime 2-1 to end their season and Case’s collegiate career.

“Really disappointing. I really feel for our seniors,” Boston University head coach Jay Pandolfo said. “They’ve done a tremendous job the last two years of, I feel like, re-establishing the culture at BU and what it means to play and be a Terrier. I want to thank those guys.

“Case coming back for his fifth year. We were certainly happy he did. For him to get another chance to actually play in the Frozen Four was great to see.”

Case McCarthy missed the Terriers run to the Frozen Four last season as a player when he broke his collarbone in the Hockey East playoffs but was happy to help his team earn a return engagement.

“It’s special,” Case McCarthy said. “You want to be on the ice with your teammates. Unfortunately, last year I didn’t have that opportunity, but it was cool seeing it from a different perspective.

“The opportunity to come back and play in one is something I’m super grateful for. Super proud of our team the way we competed the last couple of weeks, and just excited to get going.

Case registered nine points this season, was second on the team in blocked shots (76) and third in plus/minus (+19) while Gavin scored his first collegiate goal and added four assists in over 37 games and was a +12 plus/minus.

He also gave up the jersey number #2 he wore and took #7 so his younger brother could wear it.

Though he fell just short of his goal of bringing a title back to Agganis Arena, he reflects positively on the team’s accomplishments bringing back the Terrier culture.

“I mean, for me, obviously bringing this team back to the Frozen Four,” Case McCarthy said. “But, like, away from the rink, the group we had in that locker room was a special group, special group of people. Young guys to us old guys sitting up here.

“It’s special when you have a group like that. It makes coming to the rink every day a lot of fun. Building those relationships with guys is something that you’re going to hold onto for the rest of my life.”

(Photos provided by the Boston University Athletic Department/Men’s Ice Hockey Team)

Rangers Prospects Perreault & Fortescue Play In National Championship

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By Warren Kozireski —

They were selected 67 picks apart in the first and third round respectively by the New York Rangers in the June 2023 NHL Entry Draft and now they are teammates and tried to bring Boston College their first national championship since 2012.

Perreault, taken 23rd overall in the first round, was named to the All-American Second Team East, a Hockey East Second Team All-Star and Hockey East All-Rookie Team as the almost 19-year-old forward joined the 60-point club as a freshman. With 41 assists on the season, Leonard sits third in program history for assists by a freshman. He currently sits second in Division 1 in points per game with 1.71.

Fortescue (Pearl River), a third round selection 90th overall, is also almost 19 years old. The 6’2”, 176 lb. left shot registered four goals and four assists in 39 games this season and was a +14 for the top-ranked Eagles. He also was a key cog in helping Team USA to a gold medal at the World Juniors in December/January with four points in seven games against his peers.

“It’s been pretty crazy, it’s been pretty lucky and an unreal opportunity coming up,” Fortescue said the day prior to the national championship. “All the success our team has had…is all the guys who have been doing this together for a while. It’s been pretty special and looking to close this off and continue a hot streak.”

“U-18 Worlds, the draft, World Juniors it’s been a crazy ride, but also fun,” Perreault said.

Developmentally on the ice, both feel they are far ahead of where they were a year ago.

“In college, the opportunity to play against bigger, stronger, older guys and adjusting to that and I think as the year has gone along getting more used to it and being reliable defensively and closing plays,” Fortescue said. “Take away time and space and play hard against them is what I try to do.”

“Definitely I think I’ve gotten a lot faster and stronger as well, so I try to add details into my game, backchecking and d-zone and those little things that are something that I’ve tried to add, but I’ll keep working on those things.”

One thing in favor of both is the transition to college was made easier by the number of games the U.S. National Development Team plays in a season compared to other junior programs.

“It wasn’t as hard; playing 22 college games or something like that last year kind of makes the transition easier.” Perreault said. “The first couple of games are still a bit of an adjustment, but after that it was pretty easy.”

And, after the title game, both are looking forward to Development Camp with the Rangers again this summer.

“The staff, going to the city and obviously they’re a pretty special organization and all the facilities they have there, so it’s a good spot and excited that’s where I ended up.”

(Photos provided by Boston College Athletic Department/Men’s Ice Hockey Program)