BC, Maine in Hockey East finals; Brown ousted

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BC, Maine in Hockey East finals; Brown ousted

HOCKEY EAST SEMIFINALS

Maine 5, Boston University 2: Senior Dave Wilson made 21 saves in his third straight postseasonvictory, leading Maine to a 5-2 victory over defending nationalchampion Boston University in the semfinal round of the Hockey Easttournament Friday night at TD Garden.

Joey Diamond. Brian Flynn, Robby Dee, Dave deKastrozza and Tanner House scored for the Black Bears (19-16-3).

Wilson, Maine's third-string goalie during the regular season,celebrated his 25th birthday by winning his third game in a week. He isstarting because No. 1 goalie Scott Darlin was suspended indefinitelyfor violating team rules, and backup Shawn Sirman is a freshman.

Kevin Shattenkirk and Vinny Saponari scored for Boston University (18-17-3).

Boston College 3, Vermont 0: Junior John Muse earned his second shutout of the season and JimmyHayes had a goal and two assists, leading Boston College to a 3-0victory over Vermont in the Hockey East semifinals Friday night.

Muse made 30 saves, including stopping Colin Vock on a short-handedbreakaway with just under a minute left in the second period.

Ben Smith and Chris Kreider also scored for Boston College.

Vermont (17-14-7) reached the semifinals by beating New Hampshire in a best-of-three series.

The second-seeded Eagles (24-10-3) advanced to their 14th Hockey Easttitle game. Boston College will try for its fourth title in six yearswhen it faces Maine in Saturday's championship game.

ECAC SEMIFINALS

Cornell 3, Brown 0: John Esposito had a goal and an assist asCornell beat Brown, 3-0, Friday in an ECAC Hockey League semifinalgame at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.RileyNash and Locke Jillson also scored, and Ben Scrivens stopped all 23shots he faced in his sixth shutout of the season for the Big Red(20-8-4), who advance to Saturday nights ECAC championship game against Union.Itis the second straight trip to the finals and seventh since 2000-01 forCornell, which last won the postseason tournament title in 2004-05.MichaelClemente finished with 24 saves for Brown (12-20-4), which upsetRensselaer Polytechnic Institute and regular-season champion Yale toadvance to the semifinals.-- Associated Press

Charlie McAvoy tweeted he hates the Bruins 'so much' in 2013

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Charlie McAvoy tweeted he hates the Bruins 'so much' in 2013

Tweet hunters dug up an old message from a Charlie McAvoy proclaiming his hatred for the Boston Bruins. McAvoy, of course, was drafted 14th by the Bruins in the 2016 NHL Draft.

The tweet read, "I hate the bruins so much" before it was quickly deleted.

I'm sure this will go over well for Bruins fans, even though you really can't blame McAvoy. He was just 15 at the time and a fan of the Rangers, who went down 3-0 in the playoffs against the Bruins.

As fans, we can all relate to that feeling.

Bruins take BU defenseman Charlie McAvoy with the 14th pick in 2016 NHL Draft

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Bruins take BU defenseman Charlie McAvoy with the 14th pick in 2016 NHL Draft

BUFFALO – The Bruins took their highest-rated defenseman when the pick came to them at the No. 14 spot, and they selected Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who tore up Hockey East as the young player in college hockey last season.

The 18-year-old Charlie McAvoy had three goals and 25 points in37 games for the Terriers while skating in a pairing with Bruins prospect Matt Grzelcyk, and showed off the kind of elite skating and offensive skills that will play well at the NHL level. It was thought the Bruins would take McAvoy or fellow BU-recruit Dante Fabbro at the 14th spot when they held onto the pick, but that was perhaps shaken a little bit when Jakub Chychrun fell all the way down to their spot.

The Bruins stuck with their scouting instincts and took the offensively gifted McAvoy, who profiles as a next generation NHL player with his sturdy six foot, 208-pound frame and ability to skate like the wind. He was understandably excited, and even said that he’s come around from hating some of the Boston teams as a native New Yorker after spending the year at Boston University.

“I’m at a loss for words. It’s an unbelievable feeling, and I’m just so happy to be a part of the Bruins. I’ve gotten close to [the Bruins] in the past year. I’m sure some of my friends back home aren’t happy I’m cutting the ties with New York sports, but Boston is an unbelievable city with great sports and great people. I’m glad to be staying there,” said McAvoy. “You grow up and taught not to like [Boston teams] because of the rivalry. But I've got a Red Sox hat and that’s the first step. Now I'm got that Bruins jersey and it’s pretty cool. I’ll just keep going, but I don’t know if I could ever be a Pats fan, but we’ll see."

Give McAvoy a little time and perhaps he’ll come around to the right side of the New England Patriots argument after some years spent with the Black and Gold.  

Joe Haggerty can be followed on Twitter: @HacksWithHaggs

OFFSEASON

Northeastern's Walker, Ford sign with NBA teams after going undrafted

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Northeastern's Walker, Ford sign with NBA teams after going undrafted

The NBA will have more of a Northeastern flavor this season.

The Huskies' star guard David Walker is joining the Miami Heat for the NBA's summer league in Orlando and Las Vegas, according to Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer.

Walker averaged 17.9 points and 4.0 assists per game as a senior at Northeastern.

Quincy Ford is heading to the Utah Jazz with a partially guaranteed three-year contract after averaging 16.4 points, 7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game as a senior. That deal was first reported by The Vertical's Shams Charania.