Boston University 3, Michigan 2
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Game Recap: Boston University Tips Past Michigan
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Jack Eichel, RC, 6-2/194, 10/28/96 - Eichel didn't have as much time and space as he had in two previous viewings against St. Thomas and UMass. The Wolverines did a fairly good job of limiting that. Despite Michigan's best attempt to bottle him up, Eichel showed off his hand-eye coordination with a nifty midair redirect on the first shift of the third period that tied the score 2-2. He made a few errant passes throughout the game including a second period pass from below the goal line that went out into the neutral zone. Being overly critical, but he is such a special talent, the best is expected. His two best attributes from this game were his incredible reach and his speed. His stride looks effortless and he can really make up ground on an opposing player. His length is just such a game changer. He can corral the puck so easily and change the play with his reach.
Zach Werenski, LD, 6-2/214, 7/19/97 - Expectations have to be tempered when watching a player who is 17 years-old go up against players three to four years older in some instances. He had a goal and an assist in the game. His strength right now is certainly his skating and his ability to push the puck up ice and join in the rush. He did some good things defensively but was twice burnt by BU's Danny O'Regan who used his speed to blow right around Werenski. All in all, it is evident why people are high on Werenski's potential, but there are some things to work on defensively.
A.J. Greer, LW, 6-3/205, 12/14/96 - In a tight game against a big nonconference opponent David Quinn certainly shortened his bench especially in the third period. Greer's line saw less action than in the two previous viewings of BU. His strength and ability to grind in the corners and along the boards is certainly his biggest strength at this point, particularly impressive for a young freshman. He skates well and has a presence with the puck. As he gets more and more used to the speed and physicality of the college game he'll become more productive.
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