by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer
Head Coach: Jack Parker
2006-07 record: 20-10-9 (13-6-8 HEA)
Key Returnees: Pete MacArthur F SR., Brian McGurik F SR., Chris Higgins F JR., Brandon Yip F JR., Eric Gryba D SO.
Key Losses: Sean Sullivan, John Curry, Kenny Roche, Kevin Schaffer, Thomas Morrow, Eric Thomassian
The 2006-07 Boston University Terriers did win their 28th Beanpot, but once again came up short in trying to return to the Frozen Four for the first time since 1997.
After the historic overtime win against Boston College, the Terriers went 4-5-1 and were outscored 29-24 in those 10 games.
Coach Jack Parker summed up the offense as being "snake bitten" throughout the year. After the 2005-06 season, Parker knew that he had to replace his entire first line, who all graduated.
"Despite not having the offense, I thought we had a good season," said Parker, who was nevertheless often befuddled by his team. "We competed hard every game and it showed when we made the Garden (Hockey East Semis) and the NCAAs. So overall it was a decent year."
Going into 2007-08 the Terriers will have one huge task on their hand, replacing the legend in goal in John Curry.
Curry is the only Terrier goaltender to win every Beanpot game he started. His career mark of 59-29-15 is among the best in BU history. Curry, the Hockey East player of the year in 2006-07, had an injury late in the season. If it wasn't for that, bigger things could have happened, like a trip to the Frozen Four.
This year it will be senior Karson Gillespie and sophomore Brett Bennett, who played a total of five games last year.
"Both guys have big shoes to fill," said Parker. "They have gotten a lot of practice, both guys are very capable, we could go to a one-two, one-two combination for a bit, but we have a good situation."
As far as the offense goes, Parker said they have "a good nucleus of guys returning." That includes MacArthur, Higgins and Brandon Yip, who Parker said will have a "bounce back year" after an injury-plagued season. Jason Lawrence is also returning, making for a core of players who have the potential to be top-notch goal scorers.
Even though there are only four recruits, expect these players to get a lot of ice time: Colby Cohen and Kevin Shattenkirk are both defensemen who can play the point. The other two forwards coming in are Nick Bonino and Colin Wilson.
This year's the Terriers will be led by Brian McGurik, last year's hero in the Beanpot final.
"He means an awful lot as a leader," noted Parker about the Terrier captain for 2007-08. "He has a team-first attitude, who has a 'do what you say' attitude and is a person who can walk the walk."
If the 2006-07 Terriers was a team of defense, then the 2007-08 team will be a team that will bounce back offensively.
"This year, we should be able to strengthen the five on five and the power play, as well as improve the team unity," Parker said.