BU & Weekend Recap; Polls; Alumni Updates

Well what a homecoming weekend that was.  Two extremely entertaining upsets over top 5 teams in both hockey and football.  That plus some good times hanging out with friends, new and old, add in some quality tailgating and you can’t ask for a better time spent out on campus.

A few more links to share from Friday’s upset of BU.  First is an interview with Will Ortiz by UMass alum Mike Reiss for the ESPNBoston website.  That’ll be great if ESPNBoston decides to cover local college hockey, especially coverage that goes beyond just the schools in Boston (and Newton).

Here’s the game recap from the Collegian.  The article confirms that Dan Meyers suspension will be through this week’s game against Maine.

Here’s a take on the game from BU’s Daily Free Press with a lot of deserved praise for the play of Alex Chiasson.

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Hockey East fared better on Saturday than the night before.  Maine was able to beat Michigan State up in Orono to get the series split while UNH tied #1 Miami in Durham.  Merrimack freshman Stephane DeCosta decided to make up for the games he missed while waiting to be cleared by the NCAA and scored five goals in a 6-3 win over Army.  Yesterday Boston College played their season opener and lost to UVM at home 4-1.  Despite rumors that he was going to miss weeks if not months of the regular season recovering from surgery, John Muse got the start in net for the Eagles.

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INCH has UMass at #18 in their latest power rankings.  It’ll be interesting to see if the Minutemen will be able to sneak in to the USCHO and USA Today polls that are released later today.  UVM made a huge jump to #3 in the power rankings with their win over BC yesterday.

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I received some good and bad news for our alumni playing in the minors over the weekend.  First, David Leaderer is doing well with the Trenton Devils where he has been named an assistant captain for the season and even spent some time in the AHL Lowell Devils training camp.

Unfortunately things aren’t going that well for Chris Capraro and John Wessbecker.  Wessbecker was released by the Florida Everblades last week (note to the Naples News, learn how to spell Hobey).  Capraro meanwhile was surprisingly released by the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers.  I found this item talking about his release where it’s also mentioned the South Carolina Stingrays could be interested in Stephen Werner if he decides not to go overseas.