Frozen Fenway is returning to Fenway Park with a pair of Hockey East doubleheaders on Jan. 7 and Jan. 14. The first Saturday will feature Boston University vs. UMass and Boston College vs. Providence, while the second weekend pits Maine vs. UConn and Northeastern vs. New Hampshire.

College hockey has previously visited Fenway in 2010, 2012 and 2014. This will be the fourth Frozen Fenway game for BC; third for BU, Northeastern and Maine; second for UMass, Providence and UNH; and first for UConn.

“Hockey East and our schools could not be more excited to take the ice once again at Fenway Park,” said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna in a statement. “Once Frozen Fenway 2017 is complete all 12 Hockey East schools will have played an outdoor game at Fenway Park, creating once-in-a-lifetime memories for the players, students, alumni and fans.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh also announced a free public skate for Boston residents on the Fenway rink on Monday, Jan. 16. Game times, ticket information and additional Frozen Fenway games and events will be announced in the coming months.

Blog Author: 
Scott McLaughlin
Charlie McAvoy went 14th overall to the Bruins. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Charlie McAvoy went 14th overall to the Bruins. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Boston University had a pretty good Friday night. The Terriers had a rising sophomore and three incoming freshmen selected in the first round of the NHL draft, tying a record for the most first-round picks from a college or Canadian junior team in a single draft.

Incoming freshman center Clayton Keller was the first Terrier off the board, as he went seventh overall to the Arizona Coyotes. Then the Boston Bruins took defenseman Charlie McAvoy, a rising sophomore, with the 14th pick.

Incoming freshman defenseman Dante Fabbro went three picks later to the Nashville Predators and incoming freshman winger Kieffer Bellows (son of former NHLer Brian Bellows) went two picks after that to the New York Islanders at 19.

Keller and Bellows played on the same line for the U.S. Under-18 Team last season, with Keller putting up 37 goals and 70 assists in 62 games and Bellows notching 50 goals and 31 assists in the same number of games.

McAvoy had three goals and 22 assists in 37 games for BU as a freshman, but 19 of those points came over his final 22 contests as both his offense and defense improved as the season went on. Fabbro tallied 14 goals and 53 assists in 45 games with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League.

Four other college or major junior teams had previously had four players selected in the first round. The 2006 University of Minnesota team was the only other college team to do it, but those four never actually played together — Phil Kessel had already played his freshman year and turned pro after the draft, while Erik Johnson, Kyle Okposo and David Fischer all came in after the draft.

This of course all comes with the caveat that the three incoming freshmen actually play for BU and don’t go pro or jump to major juniors. However, none of them appear to be much of a risk to do either of those, although there will certainly be rumors generated from major juniors because that’s what people in those circles do.

College/major junior teams who have had four first-round picks in one draft:

1969 Montreal Jr. Canadiens
Rejean Houle, Marc Tardif, Andre Dupont, J.P. Bordeleau

1972 Toronto Marlboros
Billy Harris, Steve Shutt, Dave Gardner, George Ferguson

1979 Brandon Wheat Kings
Laurie Boschman, Brian Propp, Brad McCrimmon, Ray Allison

2006 University of Minnesota
Erik Johnson, Phil Kessel, Kyle Okposo, David Fischer

2016 Boston University
Clayton Keller, Charlie McAvoy, Dante Fabbro, Kieffer Bellows

Blog Author: 
Scott McLaughlin

Boston College was eliminated from the NCAA baseball Super Regional on Sunday by Miami in a winner-take-all game that included a near-brawl after the Hurricanes gloated over the game-clinching grand slam.

Boston College was eliminated from the NCAA baseball Super Regional on Sunday by Miami in a winner-take-all game that included a near-brawl after the Hurricanes gloated over the game-clinching grand slam.

Needing a victory to secure their first spot in the College World Series since 1967, the Eagles dropped a 9-4 decision that wasn’t decided until Edgar Michelangeli’s grand slam in the seventh inning put the game away.

That’s also when things got heated, because Michelangeli flipped his bat halfway up the first base line and then appeared to yell in the face of Boston College catcher Nick Sciortino as he crossed home plate, according to the Boston Herald. That led Eagles first baseman Mitch Begras to jaw with Miami’s Willie Abreu before the two started pushing and shoving, leading to both benches emptying. No players were ejected.

The finish couldn’t put a damper on the best BC baseball season in nearly 50 years. The Eagles finished 34-22 and took Miami to the limit in their three-game series, forcing Sunday’s decisive game with a victory on Saturday afternoon.

Michelangeli was too much in this one, however, as his three-run homer off of starter Jacob Stevens in the second gave the Hurricanes a 4-0 lead.

The Eagles halved their deficit in the fourth on Donovan Casey’s two-run single, but never get closer thereafter.

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WEEI

The Boston College baseball team beat the Miami Hurricanes, 5-3, Saturday in Coral Gables, Fla. for its first-ever Super Regional win.

For that, they can thank in large part to a player who was drafted during the game.

BC pitcher Mike King was earning the win over the Hurricanes at the same time he was being taken by the Miami Marlins in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft.

The junior right-hander allowed three runs on nine hits, helping the Eagles sit on the doorstep of their first College World Series berth in 49 years.

The Eagles and Hurricanes will play a winner-take-all game Sunday, with the winner heading to Omaha, Nebraska. Miami, who last won the national title in 2001, would be headed to the World Series for a second straight season.

Boston College, which is now 2-14 all-time at the home of the Hurricanes, is scheduled to send out freshman right-hander Jacob Stevens (4-3, 2.14 ERA) for Sunday’s game. Miami is slated to start sophomore right Jesse Lepore (9-0, 2.20)

For a complete box score, click here.

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WEEI

The 2016-17 Providence Friars won’t have Kris Dunn or Ben Bentil, but they will have a challenging non-conference slate before heading into Big East play for the New Year.

The school on Tuesday announced the team’s non-Big East schedule, which will be highlighted by games against ACC, Big Ten and Atlantic-10 rivals, plus an early-season tournament appearance at the Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Florida.

The Friars will open their 2016-17 non-conference season on Nov. 14 at home against Vermont from America East. Providence then will play at Ohio State in the Gavitt Tipoff Games on Nov. 17.  The Friars will return home for two games with Grambling (Nov. 19) and Brooklyn’s St. Francis (Nov. 21), which are part of the Emerald Coast Classic. Providence then will play its final two games of the Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Florida, against traditional power Memphis of the American Athletic Conference (Nov. 25) and then either Iowa or Virginia on Nov. 26.

The hectic start to the season will give the Friars six games to play in a span of 13 days.

Providence’s next game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center will come Nov. 30 when the Friars host New Hampshire. The game against UNH will be the first of six consecutive home games for the Friars at the Dunk.

After hosting arch-rival Rhode Island on Dec. 3, Providence will play Brown on Dec. 6, UMass on Dec. 10, Wagner on Dec. 17 and Maine on Dec. 20, all at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The Friars will close out their non-conference season with a road game at ACC rival Boston College on Dec. 23. The Big East conference schedule, which has tipped off the past three seasons on or around New Year’s Eve, will be released at a later date.

PROVIDENCE 2016-17 NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Nov. 14, home vs. Vermont
Nov. 17, at Ohio State (Gavitt Tipoff Games)
Nov. 19, home vs. Grambling (Emerald Coast Classic)
Nov. 21, home vs. St. Francis (Brooklyn) (Emerald Coast Classic)
Nov. 25, vs. Memphis (Emerald Coast Classic at Destin, Fla.) 9:30 p.m.
Nov. 26, vs. Iowa/Virginia (Emerald Coast Classic at Destin, Fla.) 4 or 7 p.m.
Nov. 30, home vs. New Hampshire
Dec. 3, home vs. Rhode Island
Dec. 6, home vs. Brown
Dec. 10, home vs. UMass
Dec. 17, home vs. Wagner
Dec. 20, home vs. Maine
Dec. 23, at Boston College

Blog Author: 
John Rooke

Boston College announced Monday that redshirt sophomore quarterback/wide receiver Troy Flutie has been suspended from the team after his weekend arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol.

Troy Flutie appeared on court Monday after being arrested over the weekend for OUI. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Troy Flutie appeared in court Monday after being arrested over the weekend for OUI. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Boston College announced Monday that redshirt sophomore quarterback/wide receiver Troy Flutie has been suspended from the team after his weekend arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol.

Flutie, the nephew of BC legend Doug Flutie, was arrested around 1 a.m. Saturday after hitting a curb in his hometown of Natick, police told The MetroWest Daily News. The 20-year-old was arrested for OUI, possession of an open container of liquor while driving, being a person under 21 in possession of liquor, and marked lanes violations, the Daily News reported.

“Troy has been suspended from the football team by Coach Steve Addazio pending further investigation and faces the possibility of additional University sanctions pending the outcome of the court proceedings,” BC said in a statement.

Flutie was released without bail at his arraignment Monday. He is due back in court June 20 for a pretrial conference.

Flutie appeared in eight games as a quarterback last season and completed 24-of-49 passes for 382 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He is transitioning to wide receiver for the 2016 season.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

On Saturday, Boston College retired the No. 3 in honor of Pete Frates.

On Saturday, Boston College retired the No. 3 in honor of Pete Frates.

Frates played baseball at Boston College from 2003-07, including being the team’s captain in 2007. He was diagnosed with ALS on March 13, 2012 and now has set out on a mission to raise awareness and find a cure for the disease, most notably the Ice Bucket Challenge. He is now BC’s director of baseball operations.

“My brother, some of his best years were here,” Frates’ brother Andrew said to WCVB. “In fact, my parents and my best years were here and following my brother throughout the country and watching him play baseball for Boston College. Really special time for our family.”

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WEEI