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Boston University’s David Quinn: ‘Got a little hairy there… I thought we responded’

02.02.16 at 12:58 am ET
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Boston University coach David Quinn and senior forward Danny O’Regan talk about what it means to be headed back to the Beanpot final to defend their championship after a 3-1 win over Northeastern Monday night in the semifinals at TD Garden. They will be facing the Boston College Eagles, a 3-2 winner over Harvard in the first game.

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Northeastern’s Jim Madigan: ‘We had good effort but we didn’t have that second gear to our game’

02.02.16 at 12:55 am ET
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Northeastern coach Jim Madigan watched as his team’s season-best six-game winning streak came to an end Monday night with a 3-1 loss to Boston University in the 2016 Beanpot semifinals at TD Garden. Northeastern seniors fell just short of becoming the first class in school history to reach four straight Beanpot finals. The school still hasn’t won a Beanpot title since 1988.

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David Quinn on exorcising TD Garden demons: ‘Didn’t really talk about [Frozen Four loss] too much’

02.02.16 at 12:50 am ET
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John Stevens pounces on loose puck before scoring late for Northeastern. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

John Stevens pounces on loose puck before scoring late for Northeastern. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

No one could blame David Quinn for cringing when he heard the question.

But still the Boston University coach had to be asked what it felt like to be coaching his first game in TD Garden since the dramatic meltdown nine months earlier that cost his team the national title.

Last April 11, BU led Providence College, 3-2, with under nine minutes left in the third period of the Frozen Four championship game at TD Garden. Jack Eichel was going to head to the NHL with a national championship under his belt. Then, the Friars exploded for two goals in a span of two minutes, 19 seconds to skate away with the trophy.

In Monday’s 3-1 win, there was an eerie sense of deja vu when Northeastern made it a one-goal game with 3:12 left in the third. But there would be no next goal for Northeastern as the Terriers advanced to their 51st Beanpot title appearance. Was there a sense of exorcising some demons?

“No, we didn’t really talk about that too much,” Quinn said. “Really not a lot of connection between what happened last year and what’s going on right now. We’ve got such great seniors. And they’ve really done a great job and leading them on and off the ice. Your success is always tied to your upperclassmen, and you need seniors. We didn’t have a lot of them last year but we had great ones. And we’ve got more of them this year than we did last year and they have done a phenomenal job in so many ways to allow us to have some success so far.”

“I thought we had a great response from the guys,” said senior forward Danny O’Regan, who endured last April’s heartbreak. “Definitely a dagger, three minutes left, guys are starting to get a little worried.”

Quinn wasn’t thinking so much about last April as he was last month, when he felt he was outcoached by the legendary Jerry York and the Eagles beat the Terriers, 5-3, on Jan. 15 at Kelley Rink. The next night at Agganis, the Terriers gave up a late goal to allow the Eagles to salvage a 1-1 tie.

“It was funny. When that series ended, as a staff, we were not happy at all,” Quinn said after Monday’s win. “We looked like a very poorly coached team. We felt, I in particular, felt we had let a lot go in the time we had been back [from break]. I know the scores may look like the games were close even though BC scored in both games with two minutes to go. But I thought they were clearly the better team both nights. We’re going to have to play a lot better than we did against them three weeks ago if we’re going to have a chance.”

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Beanpot: BU holds off Northeastern, will face BC in championship game

02.01.16 at 10:42 pm ET
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BU advanced to the Beanpot final with a 2-0 win over Northeastern on Monday. (WEEI.com)

BU advanced to the Beanpot final with a 2-0 win over Northeastern on Monday. (WEEI.com)

There was reason to believe this year might be different. Harvard entered the Beanpot as a top-10 team in the country. Northeastern entered on an eight-game unbeaten streak. But in the end, Monday night was the same old story. After Boston College beat Harvard 3-2 in the night’€™s first matchup, Boston University knocked off Northeastern with a 3-1 victory in the night cap.

For the 23rd straight year, one of BU or BC will win the Beanpot title. They’€™ll meet next Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the championship game. The Terriers will be looking to defend their title and repeat for the first time since 2006-07. The Eagles will be trying to re-establish their dominance, as they had won five in a row prior to last year.

Northeastern made things interesting late, as John Stevens’ rebound goal with 3:12 remaining cut BU’s lead in half, but the Huskies couldn’t finish the comeback. The Terriers responded to Stevens’ goal with a long offensive-zone possession, taking more than a minute off the clock in the process. The Huskies were finally able to get goalie Ryan Ruck off with about 1:30 to go and then get into the offensive zone, but Doyle Somerby picked off a pass in the slot and fired into the empty net from his own end to seal the win.

BU and Northeastern both struggled to get shots on goal through the first 12 minutes of Monday’€™s night cap, but there was a good pace and plenty of back-and-forth play. Each team had a quality scoring chance in the middle part of the period, but couldn’€™t capitalize. BU’€™s Matt Lane used his great speed to blow by the Northeastern defense, leading to a rebound chance for Jordan Greenway, but Ruck came up with a big save. A minute later, Northeastern’€™s Mike McMurtry forced a turnover in the BU zone and went in alone on Sean Maguire, but Maguire came up with a big pad save to keep the game scoreless.

The Terriers broke through to take a 1-0 lead with 6:46 left in the period. Ryan Cloonan made a great play to keep the puck in at the blue line, leading to a chance for Bobo Carpenter (son of Bobby Carpenter). Carpenter’€™s first shot was blocked, but he got the puck back and flipped a shot toward the post that Robbie Baillargeon tapped in out of mid-air.

BU struck again a little more than three minutes later. Oskar Andren made a nice cross-ice pass to Danny O’€™Regan through the neutral zone, allowing O’€™Regan to lead a rush into the offensive zone. O’€™Regan then dished to freshman defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who fired a shot blocker-side for his second goal of the season.

McAvoy’€™s skillset was on full display Monday night, as he showed why he’€™s projected to be a first-round pick in this summer’€™s NHL draft. In addition to the goal, he also made a great one-on-one defensive play to fend off Nolan Stevens and then immediately turn the puck up ice to start a rush. Shortly after his goal, he sprang O’€™Regan on a breakaway with a long tape-to-tape outlet pass. In the second period, he had a great keep-in on the power play that eventually led to a golden chance for Greenway, who was robbed by Ruck.

The Terriers controlled play for much of the second period, outshooting Northeastern 15-8 in the frame. The Huskies did have a couple good looks, though. John Stevens led a shorthanded two-on-one, but his aerial centering pass skipped over Sam Kurker’€™s stick. Later in the period, Eric Williams and McMurtry both had shots that popped off Maguire’€™s glove and into the slot, but BU beat Northeastern to the rebound on both occasions. Through two period, the Huskies had just three shots on goal from the grade-A area.

With the loss, Northeastern’€™s Beanpot drought extends to 28 years since it last won way back in 1988.

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Special teams lift BC to 3-2 win over Harvard in Beanpot opener

02.01.16 at 7:32 pm ET
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Harvard entered Monday’€™s Beanpot opener with the second-best power play in the country, but it was Boston College‘€™s special teams that wound up deciding the game. The Eagles scored a pair of goals on the man advantage in the second period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead and wound up holding on for the 3-2 win. They also killed both of Harvard’€™s power plays, including one late in the third period as the Crimson were pushing for a tying goal.

The Eagles will take on the winner of Monday night’€™s Boston University-Northeastern matchup in next Monday’€™s Beanpot championship game. They will be looking to win their sixth Beanpot in the last seven years.

BC took a 1-0 just 1:35 into the game when Bruins prospect Ryan Fitzgerald made a great backhand pass from the corner to find his brother, Casey, in the high slot. Casey Fitzgerald then teed up a slapper and beat Merrick Madsen blocker-side.

The Eagles held Harvard without a shot on goal through the first nine minutes of the game, but all it took was one for the Crimson to tie the game. Tyler Moy made a big shot block in the defensive zone and Bruins prospect Ryan Donato won a foot race the other way before beating Thatcher Demko five-hole on a partial breakaway with 10:13 left in the first.

Harvard also scored on its second shot of the game five minutes later. After Demko lost his stick in a collision in the crease, Alex Kerfoot got the puck out to Adam Baughman at the point, and Baughman took a shot that beat Demko — still without a stick — between the legs. The play was reviewed because of the collision in the crease, but replay showed that Demko clearly had time to reset himself, even if he wasn’€™t able to get his stick back. The goal was the first career point for the freshman Baughman, who was playing in just his second career game.

After killing off a Harvard power play late in the first period, BC tied the game on its first power play 6:05 into the second. Ian McCoshen took a shot from the point that was tipped by Alex Tuch, and while Madsen made that save, Zach Sanford was right there to bury the rebound.

The Eagles’€™ power play struck again four minutes later. Teddy Doherty worked the puck to Colin White in the left circle. White, the second-highest-scoring freshman in the country, then showed great patience in getting Baughman to bite on a shot fake before walking around him and firing past Madsen.

The Crimson got a golden opportunity to tie the game when Desmond Bergin drew a penalty with 6:59 to go, but they couldn’€™t capitalize on the ensuing power play. BC’€™s penalty kill was outstanding, as the Eagles repeatedly disrupted Harvard’€™s entries and never really let the man advantage get set up.

This marks the eighth straight year that Harvard has failed to reach the Beanpot championship game.

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Beanpot Preview: No. 5 Harvard looks to end drought, but must get by No. 6 BC in opening round

02.01.16 at 11:58 am ET
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College Puckcast: 2016 Beanpot Preview

While Northeastern tends to be the butt of most Beanpot jokes (the Huskies haven’t won the tournament since 1988), Harvard continues to experience quite the drought itself. The Crimson haven’t won since 1993, and they haven’t even made the final since 2008.

This year’s team is as good as any Harvard has had over the last 20 years, as the Crimson are currently 12-4-3 and fifth in the national Pairwise rankings. They’re well on their way to a second straight NCAA tournament appearance, and it would be fair to call them a national title contender.

Before they get to that, though, Harvard would like to end its Beanpot drought. On WEEI’s College Puckcast, Ted Donato — now in his 12th season as the Crimson’s head coach — admitted he’s feeling some Beanpot pressure.

“The truth of it is, yeah, we do put pressure on ourselves. I know I do,” Donato said. “I want to win the Beanpot at Harvard here. I want our guys to enjoy that experience. Our guys have certainly circled it on their calendars and schedules and know the importance of the game. I don’t think they put pressure on themselves in relation to the overall record over the years. Each team is a new team and each year is a new year, but there’s no denying that we would like to play really well and win the Beanpot.”

The Crimson open the tournament in Monday’s 5 p.m. game against No. 6 Boston College in what could very well be the game of the tournament. The Eagles rank in the top five nationally in both team offense and team defense, and they lead the country with a plus-2.36 goal margin per game. Simply put, BC is a team without any weaknesses.

“They have a very well-balanced team,” Donato said. “It starts in the net with Thatcher Demko being one of the best goalies in college hockey. Their D corps is a very talented group. Lot of experience there. They have a good mix of size and skill and speed. And then up front, they have their usual arsenal of dangerous forwards. Guys like [Ryan] Fitzgerald and Colin White and [Adam] Gilmour and [Chris] Calnan, [Austin] Cangelosi. The list goes on and on. They’re a very talented team with great balance. I expect the game to be very competitive, very fast, very skilled. They’re a tough challenge for anybody and we’re excited to have that opportunity.”

BC may have the deeper team, but Harvard probably has the best player and best line in the tournament, if not the country. Jimmy Vesey was already a Hobey Baker finalist last season, and he’s well on his way to being one again. The North Reading native and Predators draft pick is second nationally in points per game with 16 goals and 16 assists in 19 games. He and linemates Alex Kerfoot and Kyle Criscuolo have combined for 1.8 goals per game this season.

“I think Jimmy continues to improve and develop,” Donato said. “He’s become a really gifted 200-foot player. He’s gone from a guy that we relied on offensively to a guy that we rely on in all situations. He kills penalties. He’s out there not only if we’re down a goal at the end of the game, but also if we’re up a goal and trying to protect a lead. He’s really done a lot of things to improve as a player. He deserves a lot of credit.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Jerry York picks up career win No. 999 as BC beats BU, 5-3

01.15.16 at 9:43 pm ET
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Jerry York will have a chance to get his 1,000th career win against his biggest rival. College hockey’€™s all-time winningest coach picked up win No. 999 Friday night at Conte Forum as No. 4 Boston College beat No. 10 Boston University 5-3 and will now go for No. 1,000 when the two teams meet again Saturday night at Agganis Arena.

Of course, York isn’€™t thinking about the milestone, and he doesn’€™t want his team to either.

“People think it’s hard to believe, but I’m not involved in that,” York said. “We’ve always talked about Eagles and playing as a team. That’s why I coach a team sport. I think it’s important to be ‘we’ not ‘me.’ It’s just a number to me. The early part of my career I didn’t think I’d get to 37. They’re just numbers.”

Friday’€™s game appeared to be headed for overtime after BU’€™s Matt Lane scored a power-play goal (BU’€™s third of the night on the man advantage) with 4:12 to go to tie the game at 3-3. But then the Eagles got a power play of their own and took advantage.

With 2:10 remaining, Bruins prospect Ryan Fitzgerald left a pass for junior defenseman Ian McCoshen, who ripped a one-timer blocker-side to give BC a 4-3 lead. McCoshen then added an empty-netter on a shot from behind his own goal line to finish the game with a career-high four points on two goals and two assists.

“I haven’t been around for all 286 games with BU, contrary to what some people might think, but there is something special about the rivalry,” York said. “I thought tonight there were some good players, boy, in red-and-white and maroon-and-gold. Some really talented, high-end guys. The momentum swings back and forth kind of highlight college hockey at its best here.”

The first period was relatively uneventful until the Terriers took advantage of a late power play. With 1:59 left in the period, Ahti Oksanen carried into the zone before sending a pass to Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson in the high slot, and the Bruins second-round pick fired a shot past Thatcher Demko for his sixth goal of the season.

The second period was much more eventful. Austin Cangelosi tied the game at 1-1 2:01 into the period when he scored on a penalty shot after getting hauled down on a shorthanded breakaway. BU regained the lead just 17 seconds later when Forsbacka Karlsson made a great centering pass to Oksanen while getting tripped.

The Eagles tied it again three minutes later when a McCoshen blast from the point led to a juicy rebound that Zach Sanford buried. They took their first lead with 4:25 left in the second when Casey Fitzgerald made a great cross-ice pass to set up Colin White for a power-play goal. White, a Senators first-round pick, now has 12 goals and 16 assists in 19 games, putting him second nationally in freshman scoring behind only Michigan’s Kyle Connor.

With the win BC remained one point behind UMass-Lowell for first in Hockey East, although the Eagles have two games in hand on the River Hawks. BU remains in fifth and is now six points back.

BU coach David Quinn expressed his displeasure with his team’€™s effort after the game.

“Frustrating loss. I thought we took a little bit of a step back tonight,” Quinn said. “Certainly not the way we want to play or need to play if we want to have success moving forward. I thought we were slow. I thought we were soft.”

Note: Conte honored the late, great David Bowie by playing ‘€œSpace Oddity’€ leading up to the opening faceoff and then five other Bowie songs throughout the game. Ron Poster also played ‘€œModern Love’€ on organ. This reporter appreciated all of it very much.

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Colin White nets hat trick, BC ends 3-game losing streak with big win over Providence

01.08.16 at 10:30 pm ET
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As it turns out, Boston College‘€™s offense is still really good when the Eagles have all their top forwards in the lineup.

Because the seventh-ranked Eagles didn’€™t have their full complement of forwards for the last three games, no one should’€™ve been too concerned about their three-game losing streak, which included just three goals over their last two games.

But just in case anyone was worried, BC went out and dropped seven goals on No. 3 Providence Friday night in a 7-3 win that ended their mini-skid.

Colin White was the biggest missing piece for BC the last two games, as he was over in Finland helping Team USA win bronze at the World Junior Championship as one of the team’€™s top forwards. The star freshman has been the Eagles’€™ best forward all season, and he resumed that role in a big way Friday, registering his first collegiate hat trick and adding an assist as well.

“I thought he was excellent tonight,” Providence coach Nate Leaman said of White. “He was the best player on the ice by far. I thought he was making a play every time he got the puck.”

While the Eagles finally had their complete forward corps back together, they weren’€™t completely healthy. Star goaltender Thatcher Demko missed the game with an upper-body injury, and coach Jerry York gave the start to Ian Milosz, who just joined the team this week after previously playing for the Boston Junior Bruins. Milosz stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced in a debut that was made much less stressful by the fact that BC led by multiple goals for most of the night.

“The story of the game has to be Ian Milosz, coming off the Junior Bruins and playing arguably one of the best teams in the country,” York said. “I thought he gave us a phenomenal performance tonight. I was trying to just think, what are his thoughts going into the game? Just meeting new teammates, stepping into this situation. He responded very, very well.”

York said after the game that there’€™s no timetable for Demko’€™s return, but that he’€™s hopeful that it’€™s more of a day-to-day situation.

The Eagles opened the scoring 6:38 into the game when White carried into the offensive zone before dishing to Bruins prospect Ryan Fitzgerald and then going to the net for a tip-in goal. BC made it 2-0 six minutes later when Alex Tuch went crossbar and in straight off a faceoff win by Zach Sanford. The Friars cut the lead to 2-1 with 1:48 left in the first off a faceoff win of their own, as Mark Jankowski got the puck back to John Gilmour for a shot through traffic.

The Eagles built their lead up to 4-1 by the eight-minute mark of the second. White scored his second of the game 32 seconds into the second period when he capitalized on a bobble by Providence goalie Nick Ellis and batted a loose puck out of the air. Then White set up Tuch for his second goal of the game on a great drive to the net that saw him fend off a Friar before sending a pass over to Tuch while falling to the ice.

Nick Saracino cut the lead to 4-2 a few minutes later, but BC re-upped the lead to three a little more than two minutes after that when Austin Cangelosi took advantage of a Providence turnover and beat Ellis on a 2-on-1.

The Friars again cut the lead to two early in the third on a power-play goal by Jake Walman, who was making his return after missing the last month due to injury, but then White completed his hat trick and Fitzgerald added a power-play goal to give the Eagles plenty of insurance. With the win, BC moved up to 13th in the Pairwise rankings used to determine the 16-team NCAA tournament field, while Providence remained at six with the loss.

BU overcomes dreadful start, beats Harvard 6-5 in thriller

01.07.16 at 10:34 pm ET
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OK, college hockey. The bar has been set for craziest game of the season.

No. 11 Boston University overcame a dreadful first 30 minutes and two two-goal third-period deficits to beat No. 5 Harvard, 6-5, at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center Thursday night.

The Terriers trailed 5-3 as the third period wound down, but a Colin Blackwell unsportsmanlike conduct penalty with 4:11 to go opened the door for a comeback. They took advantage just 13 seconds into the man advantage when Bruins prospect Matt Grzelcyk fired a shot through a perfect Danny O’€™Regan screen.

BU tied it 1:04 later on a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play. Bruins second-round pick Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson started the play with a great cross-ice pass to Charlie McAvoy in the left circle, then McAvoy sent a quick pass to O’€™Regan in front for a redirect goal, his second tally of the night.

The Terriers took their first lead of the game, one they wouldn’€™t relinquish, with 1:49 to go when Ahti Oksanen took a pass from Matt Lane and fired a shot over Harvard goalie Merrick Madsen’€™s blocker.

“I give BU a lot of credit because they hung in there and did a lot of good things as the game wore on,” said Harvard coach Ted Donato. “But quite frankly, it’s frustrating on our end because we feel like we beat ourselves. We take a very unnecessary penalty that really kind of changed the game.”

The game was BU’€™s first in 26 days, and coach David Quinn admitted he didn’€™t really know what to expect going in — and not just because of the layoff. It was also the first game back from injury for Grzelcyk, Oksanen and Nikolas Olsson, all of whom were considered questionable earlier in the week. And on top of that, it was the first game back from the World Junior Championship (which was in Finland) for Forsbacka Karlsson, McAvoy, Brandon Fortunato and Brandon Hickey. Most of those guys didn’€™t get back to Boston until late Wednesday night or earlier Thursday.

The rust and/or jet lag showed early in the game. Harvard had 13 shots on goal before BU had one, and the Crimson were up 18-2 in the shots department at the end of the first period. The dominance continued to start the second, with the shot differential growing to 26-3 by the midway point of the game. But for all their dominance, the Crimson could only build up a 2-1 lead in that time, thanks in large part to some big saves from BU goalie Sean Maguire.

Lane tied the game at 2-2 with his second goal of the game, but then goals from Sean Malone (his second of the game) and Jake Horton made it 4-2 Harvard. O’€™Regan cut the lead to 4-3 with a power-play goal before Kyle Criscuolo made it a two-goal game again with 10:00 left in the third. The Crimson couldn’€™t hold the lead, though.

The game was huge for BU in the Pairwise rankings used to determine the 16-team NCAA tournament field, as the Terriers moved up to ninth with the win. The Crimson are still in a perfectly comfortable position at five despite the loss.

“When the game started out, we were terrible,” Quinn said. “As the period went on, we went from terrible to awful. Then we closed the first period out with being less awful. Then when the second period started, we were bad. Then we got to not so bad. Then it got to OK and then it got to pretty good. Then in the third period, I just thought we played a lot better hockey. … We’ve been a resilient group all year. Just a great win.”

Sources: BU hockey player Nick Roberto suspended for gambling

12.21.15 at 2:01 pm ET
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Boston University junior forward Nick Roberto has not played all season and will not play for the remainder of the season due to gambling-related issues, sources have confirmed to WEEI.com.

College Hockey News was the first to report Roberto’s suspension.

According to sources, Roberto bet on other sports, but not BU hockey. The NCAA forbids college athletes from gambling on any sports — college, professional, fantasy or otherwise. The penalty for doing so is, at minimum, a one-year suspension.

BU self-reported Roberto’s indiscretion and turned its findings over to the NCAA, according to sources.

“Beyond confirming that Mr. Roberto will not play for the Boston University hockey team this season, federal privacy laws prevent us from discussing his status,” BU said in a statement.

“However, we can say that several months ago, we heard rumors that a BU hockey player had engaged in gambling. Although the rumors did not involve gambling on either college or professional hockey games, we nonetheless immediately conducted a thorough investigation and turned the results over to the appropriate authorities at the NCAA. Based on that investigation, the NCAA made its own findings and took remedial action, and we would refer you to that organization for further information.”

Sources have confirmed CHN’s report that at least two former BU players were also involved. The identities of the former players have not been confirmed. CHN’s report also indicates that players from other teams could be involved.

The Buffalo News, apparently curious about whether Jack Eichel was one of the former players involved, reported that a BU representative told them, “The only investigation that took place was focused on Roberto. Any involvement of Eichel or other former players is speculation at this point.”

As CHN reported, sources tell WEEI.com that the issue came to light due to a large debt that had been accrued.

Sources tell WEEI.com that Roberto is not currently being investigated by any law enforcement agencies. He is still enrolled at BU and still a member of the hockey team, and that is not expected to change.

An NCAA spokesperson told WEEI.com that it would not have any comment regarding a potential investigation.

Roberto, a Wakefield native, played at Malden Catholic High School and then Kimball Union Academy before BU. He had four goals and eight assists last season after posting seven goals and 11 assists as a freshman.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to remove a paragraph about a Massachusetts gambling ring that was busted in November. CHN mentioned the ring in its story but did not report a connection between the ring and BU’s situation.

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