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Clayton Keller (CGS’18), part of a nine-man Terrier rookie class, has turned in three points in three games to start the 2023–17 campaign. Photos by Rich Gagnon/BU Athletics
“You know who people are sick of? You. And I know that because I’m sick and tired of hearing how good we’re going to be.”
That’s how BU men’s hockey head coach David Quinn (CAS’89) greeted his Terriers in early September at the first team meeting of the 2023-17 campaign. Quinn’s tongue-in-cheek message set the tone for how he wants a team loaded with young talent to approach a season surrounded by an unprecedented amount of hype.
The nine-man freshman class gathered by Quinn and his staff has been touted as one of the best ever assembled, and preseason polls reveal the extent of this national recognition. BU snagged 10 of 12 first place votes to top the annual Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll and was tabbed as the fourth-best team in the nation in the 2023 Preseason chúng tôi Division I Men’s Poll.
For Quinn, all this attention has made his job that much more important. “It’s the job of the coaching staff, really,” he says. “You’ve got to block out all the noise and focus on what’s going on inside the walls of your arena and locker room. That’s what coaching’s all about. It’s not about the fancy plays and the systems. It’s about keeping your team straight-minded, focused, and challenged on a daily basis.”
Quinn has entrusted the delivery of this message to captain Doyle Somerby (CGS’15, COM’17) and alternate captains Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (Questrom’19) and Nikolas Olsson (CGS’16, COM’18). However, on a team with just three seniors, all of the returning Terriers will be expected to lead.
“The only difference between us and the others—because everyone who’s returning is a leader in their own way—is that we have letters on our jerseys and we can talk to refs,” Olsson says. “We have a ton of leaders, and I’m really excited to work with those guys and to lead our incoming freshmen.”
The program’s newest members sprinted out of the gate, making the Terriers look every bit the powerhouse they were predicted to be. Harper tallied eight goals in preseason tilts against Prince Edward Island and the US Under-18 team, with Keller joining him at the top of the preseason scoresheet with three of his own.
When BU opened regular-season play at Colgate on October 8, Harper picked up where he left off, scoring on his first official shot as a Terrier and following up with a second tally in the 6-1 BU victory. Goaltender Jake Oettinger (CGS’18) turned in 29 saves in the winning effort. The strong start catapulted BU to second place in the October 10 chúng tôi poll.
However, back-to-back losses last weekend to Denver, the team that ended BU’s 2023-16 season with a dominating 7-2 victory, knocked the Terriers’ USCHO ranking to eighth and handed the youthful team its first taste of what life is like when the entire country is looking to topple the giant.
When the Terriers host Sacred Heart tonight in their home opener, they’re determined to get back on track and continue their dominance inside Agganis Arena, where they went 14-2-2 last season.
“Our guys understand what consistency is and how mentally tough we need to be if we’re going to have success,” Quinn says. “The date’s circled when BU comes to town, the buildings are sold out, and we usually get everybody’s A game. We’ve got to be ready to bring it night in and night out.”
To that end, he will look for Forsbacka Karlsson to build on his 30-point effort last season. He “was on the All-Rookie Team last year and is a high-profile guy. He’s mature beyond his years. We’re really anticipating him making the next step as an all-around player,” Quinn says. “I think we’ll be a little bit deeper this year up front, which will allow him to maybe free up a little bit. We’re going to lean on him heavily.”
On the other side of the puck, the coach highlighted McAvoy as a player he hopes will embrace a leadership role. “I see a more mature player and a more mature person. He’s been the youngest player on every team he’s ever been on,” he says. “This is going to be his first real opportunity to be a leader, and he’s done a great job of it so far. Guys gravitate toward him, and it’s been a lot of fun watching him grow.”
Tonight’s game marks the first time a men’s hockey regular-season game will be broadcast online in high-definition as part of the program’s new partnership with Campus Insiders, announced September 27. A nonconference matchup with Quinnipiac on Saturday will be BU’s last chance to tune up before Hockey East play begins.
“This is one of the most competitive conferences in the NCAA, if not the most competitive,” Olsson says. “Every game is hard-fought, and there are no easy points in this league. Every day you have to show up and go to work.”
Quinn hopes that the chemistry that has already formed in the Terrier locker room will carry the team through a long season in the spotlight. “I love how they’ve all blended in,” he says. “Our upperclassmen have done a great job bringing them into the culture and into the hockey program. You walk in that locker room and you can’t tell who the freshmen or the juniors are.”
While he is excited about the makeup of his team and the most recent crop of recruits, the veteran coach’s experience has taught him to temper expectations and be wary of praise that’s not yet earned.
“I’ll let you know in four years,” he says. “I’ve been around way too long watching hyped players or hyped classes, where you scratch your head after the four years are over and say, well that’s not how I thought it was going to work out. Let’s let the dust settle. They’re still freshmen.”
Taylor Raglin can be reached at [email protected].
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Men’s Hockey Advances to NCAA Championship Terriers take North Dakota 5-3, face off against Providence Saturday
Jack Eichel (CGS’16) goes after the puck, with North Dakota’s Connor Gaarder on his heels, during the second period of the 2023 Frozen Four semifinal at TD Garden last night. Eichel scored two goals in the game. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi
The BU men’s hockey Terriers beat the University of North Dakota 5-3 in exciting Frozen Four semifinal action at the TD Garden Thursday night to win a spot in Saturday’s NCAA championship game. They will play for their sixth national championship.
Coach David Quinn’s Terriers scored two first-period power play goals and two more goals in the second, then held off a resurgent North Dakota in a frantic final frame. Freshman star Jack Eichel (CGS’16) had two goals and an assist in the win.
The BU men will shoot for the national championship title against the Providence Friars at the Garden on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., a game that will be televised on ESPN and TSN2. Providence defeated the University of Nebraska Omaha 4-1 in the other semifinal Frozen Four game earlier Thursday night.
The Terriers struck first against North Dakota, on a power play at 15:01 of the first period, after a North Dakota player was called for tripping Ahti Oksanen (COM’16). To no one’s surprise, it was Eichel who scored, backhanding the puck in off assists from Oksanen and Danny O’Regan (COM’16).
Despite BU scoring first, much of the momentum in the first frame seemed to belong to North Dakota. BU goalie Matt O’Connor (Questrom’16) was challenged repeatedly, but answered the call. North Dakota took another penalty with 2:09 left in the first as defenseman Brandon Hickey (CGS’16) was smashed into the boards in his own end by North Dakota’s Colten St. Clair, the replay drawing boos from the crowd. About 1:20 into the ensuing power play, Hickey got his revenge and made it 2-0 with a shot from the left point, with assists going to Cason Hohmann (Questrom’15) and Robbie Baillargeon (CGS’15).
The Terriers had the best offense in the country this season, scoring 32 power play goals in their last 25 games.
But with about 8:40 left in the second, Eichel made a key pass just after entering the ice, feeding an open A. J. Greer (CGS’16) for a drive from outside the right circle that made it 3-1 BU. Eichel and Brien Diffley (CAS’18) got the assists.
Less than two minutes later, Terrier defenseman Doyle Somerby (CGS’15) launched a bad-angle prayer from the left boards that skipped in under North Dakota goalie Zane McIntyre to make it 4-1. It was Somerby’s first goal of the season. Diffley was credited with a second assist.
The third period raced past with end-to-end action. BU went on the power play again at 8:26 after an interference call, and North Dakota’s situation looked desperate. But a slipup by O’Connor, who had lost track of the puck, gave North Dakota defenseman Troy Stecher an easy tap-in to make it 4-2.
The Terriers were called for too many men on the ice with 4:48 left, and North Dakota’s Connor Gaarder blasted it past O’Connor from the left circle just over a minute later to make it 4-3 and turn it into a true nail-biter for BU fans. After a round of extracurricular action led to matching penalties for Evan Rodrigues (Questrom’15) and North Dakota’s Stephane Pattyn, North Dakota pulled McIntyre. Eichel was able to score an empty-net goal with 18.5 seconds left to make it 5-3, and the game was over.
“Well, obviously an incredible game,” Quinn (CAS’89) said after the game. “Funny game in a lot of ways. You’re up 4-1, seven minutes to go, eight minutes to go, and you think you go on the power play and you think everything’s in good shape, and your goalie lets in a goal that he hasn’t let in all year. And a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty that we haven’t had all year, and then it’s 4-3 and we’re hanging on for dear life.”
“We just tried to weather the storm,” Eichel said. “They get a couple of goals. Maybe the momentum was on their side. We just wanted to battle. Like I said, weather the storm. And all season we’ve really worked hard on our D zone coverage, playing our man, bearing down in our own zone in practice…at the end of the day it really pays off. And you could tell at the end of the game when all of our D, all our forwards are really bearing down, chipping pucks out of the zone and taking their man out of the play. So a lot of credit to the coaches there.”
“There are all sorts of ways to win,” said Quinn. “We’ve been very fortunate this year, we’ve won games a lot of different ways, we won one tonight in a way we hadn’t had to win one all year. It’s a great sign. And I’d like to congratulate North Dakota on a great year. It’s a heck of a hockey team. We know how fortunate we are to live another day, but we also think we deserve to live another day. There’s only two teams standing, both from Hockey East. I congratulate Providence as well. It’s going to be heck of a game, a heck of an atmosphere. We’re looking forward to Saturday.”
BU and Providence split their two games during the season, each losing at home. The Terriers last won the national championship in 2009 in a 4-3 overtime thriller against Miami (Ohio). Down two goals with less than two minutes to play, they scored twice in the final minute of regulation to send it to the extra frame. If they win on Saturday night at the Garden, it would be the first time a Boston team has won the title in Boston.
On Friday, 18-year-old Eichel, from North Chelmsford, Mass., will learn whether he has won the 2023 Hobey Baker Award, college hockey’s top prize; the other finalists are North Dakota goalie Zane McIntyre and Harvard University forward Jimmy Vesey. The announcement of the winner will be televised live on NESN and on the NHL Network at 5 p.m. EDT.
The Boston University men’s ice hockey team takes on the Providence Friars in the NCAA championship game on Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. The game will be televised on ESPN and TSN2.
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It brings me such joy and pride to watch the amazing and inspiring athletes at the Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As an avid sports fan, I’m cheering on Canada’s para ice hockey team. And as a biomedical engineer, I also have a fascination with how para athletes perform and how I can help to make them better. Many years ago, when I played on a men’s recreational hockey team, a good friend and my linemate had an accident off the ice that left him a paraplegic. As he lay in the hospital bed, I introduced him to the local para ice hockey coach to show him there was something to look forward to—he could still play hockey. As his rehab went on through the years, my friend took his para hockey skill level from requiring a pusher to being a goal scorer. A pusher is an able-bodied skater who pushes the para hockey player, allowing them to become involved in community level games. His upper body mobility returned. It was inspiring to watch. My friend’s life-changing accident became something that would also change mine. Over the years, I have coached many hockey schools and teams. My love for hockey has inspired my research in engineering and science and allowed my research to blossom. I have focused my career on the biomedical and biomechanical analysis of skating—rehab, performance enhancement, injury prevention, and sport development.
The biomechanics of para hockey are completely different than “upright” hockey. The motion is so different that current research on hockey is basically useless to sled hockey players.Skating styles and skills
Skating in para hockey closely resembles double poling in cross-country skiing. Sitting on a sled equipped with two skate blades and chassis (para hockey was originally called sled hockey), players use two sled hockey sticks to move themselves and the sled across the ice surface. The sticks have elongated blades at one end for puck control, and a flip of the stick with the picks at the other end allows the player to produce motion—the only way to produce motion.
Players of the Italian Ice Hockey team during practice at the Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Joel Marklund/Olympic Information Service
When I found out there was little research involving para hockey and no biomechanical research—I started working with my co-prof Dean Hay, a researcher and professor at Nipissing University, to investigate key skating styles.
Using community and provincial level players, we investigated various skating styles on-ice with video analysis and surface electromyography (sEMG), a process used to collect biological signals from the muscle of intent to infer the level of muscle activation.
As my research progressed, I created an off-ice sled that replaced the double skate blades of the ice sled with roller blades. Taking the sled off the ice allowed me to conduct biomechanical-specific research involving motion capture (MOCAP), sEMG, and force plates.
MOCAP regenerates three-dimensional marker locations onto a computer screen. From these marker locations, many mathematical and physics laws can be used to gain information regarding the tracked movement. Force plates collect three-dimensional ground reaction forces and positioning during contact. From these impact forces, many physics laws can be mathematically calculated to determine information regarding the body segments and joints.
My research produced some key biomechanical information. A typical impact force from a single stick with minimal to no effort produces two times the body weight of the person producing the stroke.
To put this into perspective, jumping can be greater than four times body weight ,and running and stair climbing is more than two times body weight—meaning skating in para hockey is more similar to lower limb activities than it is to upper limb sports.Physics laws applied to hockey
Some key mechanical results involving skating were also found. Skating is harder than predicted, with balance in the sled being the major limitation in order to perform the stroke correctly.
As well, a majority of the strokes from the lower-ranking participants involved a pulling motion instead of the mathematically and mechanically correct pushing motion. Again, to put this in perspective, a person would typically push a box across the floor instead of pulling the box, because it’s easier.
This information is paramount to those beginning their athletic careers in para hockey and for those who are coaching para athletes. Ensuring players can maintain balance in the sled, and guidance to produce the pushing motion, should be seen as fundamental skating skills.
Here are some key techniques coaches and new para players should focus on:
● Skating is fundamental to the sport. The ability to balance within the sled is an important skill that can be developed both on and off the ice.
● To develop the push motion instead of the pull motion, skaters should plant the sticks in a forward direction. New players tended to keep their sticks upright rather than forward.
● When double poling, which is the most common stroke, players should aim to have their arms move as symmetrically as possible.
● Results suggest that a more open arm (less bent elbow) allows for a more forward stick plant, which should improve the stroke.
I have presented some of my research at international conferences on the biomechanics of sport.
My research continues on-ice and in the direction of READi (Research and Education in Accessibility, Design, and Innovation) with the help of Prof. Adrian Chan. We plan to conduct a longitudinal study involving the potential for injuries caused from skating, which will hopefully bring awareness and knowledge to players and coaches at the international level.
My end goal and hope is to create a long-term development plan for the sport of para hockey in order to help it continue to grow from grassroots to Paralympians, hopefully helping some young hockey player reach their gold medal dreams.
Alicia M Gal is a PhD candidate for biomedical engineering at Carleton University. This article was originally featured on The Conversation.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich Photos Leak on Nexus S
Several screenshots have been leaked to a set of Android-specific fan sites that appear to show a Samsung Nexus S device hosting the newest still unreleased version of Android, that being Ice Cream Sandwich, a version which is said to tie together the smartphone and the tablet worlds, each of them now running their own versions of Android, Gingerbread for handsets and Honeycomb for tablets. A set of factoids appears to have been delivered with these photos from a source who very well may be delivering a legitimate Beta version of this operating system to the public.
The images in these photos we would give an educated guess at saying are certainly the Samsung Nexus S Android handset but whether or not this is actually an Ice Cream Sandwich Beta build or not is up for debate. What we’re seeing here is a suspiciously cyan-looking layout where apps are crowned by a set of tabs that show Apps and Widgets separate with an Android Marketplace link in the upper right. Icons appear to be, on the whole, the same as we’ve seen in the basic vanilla build of Gingerbread on the Nexus S and the dock for app shortcuts at the bottom of the main homescreen set is semitransparent, having a circle depressed around the fourth app in the set, this possibly showing a drawer of apps working for multi-tasking much in the same way Honeycomb does now.
The following set of specs and features are written up by RootzWiki based on their sources:
Some features of ICS that we know (from our source and speculation):
• Blue Themed – Like our site (Change theme on bottom)
• Camera has built in panorama mode
• Will launch with Google Shopper and NFC Enabled devices will be able to utilize those features
• Gmail is all rethemed
• Will be available for the Nexus S
• Nexus Prime gets it first (expected) then other devices will follow after
• Not too many changes, just UI things, don’t think requirements are set too high for year old devices to run it
• The little icon in the bottom right, looks like a tray with multiple apps in it
• Google search bar embedded on very top like Honeycomb
• Apps/Widgets launcher a lot like Honeycomb
• This release is still very early, notice the theming of the power tray
The next set of details comes from Android Police who had the other set of leaked photos:
Our source has revealed the following:
• Brand-new launcher and app drawer, with screenshots of both featured exclusively on RootzWiki
• Camera now has a panorama mode (not pictured)
• Gmail has been totally re-themed to go with the new OS (not pictured)
• Nexus S will be receiving ICS via update, but the “Nexus Prime” will be getting it first
• Mostly UI changes – many older devices (< 1 year old) should be able to run it
What do you think? Seem like a realistic set of specifications from all different directions? Have a look at our Sandwich archive or head to the last rumor: Samsung roadmap leak tips 720p I9250 Android ICS phone, more or head back to the original official announcement for the REAL release from Google at the spring developer event: Android Ice Cream Sandwich Officially Announced at Google I/O.
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The planet’s coral reefs are in trouble. Thanks to warming and acidifying oceans, the animals that make up coral reefs are dying, turning the reefs themselves into algae-covered ghost towns. This represents a loss of habitat for numerous nearby creatures, many of which evolved to only live in the reefs. So the deaths of the corals can lead to the deaths of many other species. From monitoring the reefs by listening to them to local action and working to understand the dynamics of coral illness, scientists and conservationists are taking a lot of approaches to stem the tide. Still, without drastic action on our part, the oceans are going to get warmer—and more coral will die—a predicted three-quarters of the world’s reefs by 2100.
This grim story was illuminated by a ray of hope this week, in the form of a new paper published in the journal Scientific Reports. After years of attempts, Smithsonian Institution researchers in Hawaii have figured out how to cryogenically preserve coral larvae. That means it’s possible to save the genetic diversity of existing coral, perhaps for centuries. The preserved coral larvae can help reseed dead or injured reefs and, as coral research continues to work on the problem of reef death, may someday launch a reef renaissance.
“As reef degradation accelerates, the need for restoration tools has become innovative,” the paper authors write. Although scientists have been able to freeze coral sperm for a while, they need fresh eggs to fertilize—an issue if you’re trying to save a species from going extinct in the wild. A possible solution is freezing coral in their larval stage (they do not have what we’d call an embryonic stage), but “large, multi-celled organisms are usually difficult to freeze,” explains study author Jon Daly. Until now, nobody had successfully cryopreserved and awoken coral larvae, but Daly and his coauthers were able to find the right method to preserve Fungia scutaria larvae and defrost them successfully.
With some experimentation, the paper authors found that freezing coral larvae in the first days of their life cycle using a super-fast method called “vitrification” was successful in cryopreserving larvae who could be awoken with laser warming to swim again.
Among the technical difficulties they faced is the fact that fish embryos and coral larvae are protected from the ocean by “space capsules,” explains coauthor Mary Hagedorn. The same protections that keep them safe from the sea also make them difficult to cryopreserve without giving the tissue what we could colloquially call “freezer burn.” (The problem of freezer burn is one of the many issues faced by the field of human cryonics.)
Usually, the use of cryoprotectants—substances that work with the cells to make freezing without freezer burn possible—helps in the preservation process. But unlike mammalian embryos that are not protected from their mothers’ uteruses, marine embryos are hard to penetrate. By using the right cryoprotectants and relatively undeveloped larvae, the team was able to saturate the baby coral with the protective substance and keep ice crystals from forming during the freezing process.
The size and protection of the embryos is also an issue when it comes time to wake them. If you’ve ever tried to defrost a couple of pounds of ground meat in the microwave, you’ll have a sense of the issues: it doesn’t de-ice uniformly. And you certainly don’t want your precious coral larvae starting to cook around their edges while their centers are still frozen. The team got around this by surrounding the embryos with gold nanorods, which converted a laser’s light into heat and uniformly warmed the larvae.
Comparatively few marine animals are cryopreserved as embryos or larvae—something Hagedorn says needs to change if we want any hope of saving ocean biodiversity. “One of the things that we are really concerned about is our ability to bank this material long-term around the world,” she explains. There’s nothing like the Svalbard Global Seed Vault for marine life, she says—but there should be.
“We need to develop these tools now,” says Hagedorn. It takes a while to learn how to do things like this, she says, but without tools to preserve the living genetic diversity of threatened species, they may go extinct before we have any chance of saving them. Thawing and reintroducing coral larvae to the oceans isn’t exactly de-extinction, since the tissue never died, unlike—for example—efforts to clone the wooly mammoth.
While the thought that coral reefs are disappearing is a grim one, “this is something that we can do,” Daly says. It’s arguably an investment in the future—even if it’s one that nobody alive today will see. “There’s always a possibility that people hundreds of years from now may want coral reefs back again,” Hagedorn says.
Cyanogen takes CyanogenMod down with it, Lineage is born
It was a bittersweet Christmas for users and fans of the most popular custom Android ROM, CyanogenMod, and for the custom ROM scene in general. Cyanogen, Inc. announced that services and servers related Cyanogen’s nightly builds will cease at the end of this year. Unfortunately that move has affected the open source CyanogenMod project, who later confirmed what many feared the most. CyanogenMod was also shutting down, due to technical as well as potential legal problems that might follow. Its spirit, however, will live on in a new “grass roots” effort called “Lineage”.
It was a sorry and confusing development in what was a fairy tale turned nightmare. CyanogenMod exists as an independent entity from Cyanogen, the company. At least in theory. In practice, however, Cyanogen has become somewhat tied to CyanogenMod, providing server infrastructure, especially for nightly builds, and even hiring some of its developers. So when the company announced that it was practically shuttering its development of its CyanogenOS, it was also practically putting a bullet through CyanogenMod’s head, not Google’s.
Cyanogen’s failure wasn’t really a surprise, though few probably could have predicted how spectacular it would be. Perhaps its downhill journey started when it practically screwed its first hardware partner, OnePlus, out of a business deal in India. CEO Kirt McMaster would later announce war against Google itself for control over Android, poising itself as a David, albeit an ambitious one, fighting a big Goliath.
Cyanogen, however, bit off more than it could chew. It wasn’t able to convince enough big names in the smartphone market to adopt its Cyanogen OS. Unwilling to admit utter defeat, it said it would shift its focus on developing mods for Android instead of a complete ROM. And now it is shutting down everything related to that ROM and is taking down CyanogenMod along with it.
In theory, CyanogenMod could still carry on. It would just need to replace the servers and the people that Cyanogen Inc would be taking away. However, that would be a substantial cost that the project, mostly made up of unpaid volunteers and surviving through donations, could bear. But there’s and even uglier side to the drama. When Steve “cyanogen” Kondik formed Cyanogen Inc with others, he brought along the brand with him and made Cyanogen the owner. In short, Cyanogen owns the “cyanogen” trademark and at any point in time could sell or close it off. Given its previous treatment of OnePlus, that is a distinct possibility. Plus, it makes sense to break away from the negative image that the brand now has.
So while the name of the ROM has changed, its real spirit lives on. CyanogenMod started out as a community, not a commercial, endeavor, and that is what the new LineageOS wants to recapture. In practice, it is in the same boat as CyanogenMod, which means it will be completely reliant on donations and volunteers. Getting infrastructure for hosting and building images will be a tall order, given how its user base and supported devices have grown exponentially compared to the early days. Whether LineageOS will be able to fill in the rather huge shoes left by CyanogenMod remains to be seen in the coming weeks. We wish them the best of luck!
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