Drew Commesso, Ryan Greene Lead Boston U. to Hockey East Championship Game
I know most of us are glued to college basketball this weekend for drama, but there was some blood pressure-affecting hockey played in Boston on Friday afternoon. And two Blackhawks prospects stood out.
Boston University advanced to the Hockey East championship game in an incredible 2-1 overtime victory. Blackhawks goaltending prospect Drew Commesso was ridiculous, stopping 37 of 38 in the victory.
Blackhawks forward prospect Ryan Greene had assists on both of BU’s goals and won seven of ten faceoffs.
Let’s take a step back for a moment and just consider that Greene, who doesn’t turn 20 until the end of October, was one of the more impactful skaters for Boston University in a Hockey East semifinal game at TD Garden in Boston. The Blackhawks selected Greene with the 57th overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, the second-round pick Kyle Davidson acquired from Minnesota for Marc-André Fleury.
For Commesso, who was undoubtedly aware that Northeastern goalie Devon Levi signed his entry-level contract with Buffalo earlier in the day (because his season is over), this was another highlight performance in what has been a strong junior season for BU. And every expectation is that the Blackhawks have a conversation with him about turning pro whenever his season comes to and end.
That time won’t be on Friday, however. BU will face the winner of Merrimack and UMass-Lowell on Saturday night and will undoubtedly have a berth in the NCAA tournament field with strong chances of making the Frozen Four.
The loss ends the seasons of fellow Blackhawks prospects and Providence defensemen Connor Kelley and Taige Harding.