Friday, February 20, 2009

Game Day--Terriers & Huskies

Just shy of two weeks after their clash in the Beanpot championship game, BU and Northeastern get together for a home-and-home series that could go a long way to determining the Hockey East regular season champion and top seed in the conference tournament. The first-place Huskies have a one-point lead on the top ranked Terriers.

We have a number of preview articles: The Daily Free Press, USCHO and HockeyEastOnline. Also the game day article with links to gamenotes and gametracker, as well as Northeastern game notes. There is no broadcast television, but you can watch online if subscribed to BU All-Access.

►BU is off to its best start through 30 games since the 1997-98 squad had an identical 23-5-2 mark as part of a 25-5-2 regular season.

►The Terriers are 16-1-2 since Nov. 25, marking their best stretch of play with just one loss sincegoing 19-1-2 at the end of the 2005-06 season before falling in the NCAA Regional final.

► Thus far this season, BU has performed well against top competition. The Terriers are 10-1-1 against teams ranked 12th in the nation or higher at the time they faced them.

► Terrier 1998-99 captain Albie O'Connell is a Northeastern assistant coach.

► As part of Hockey East's 25th anniversary, you can participate in a poll to determine the top individual performance by a Terrier.Candidates are Tony Amonte, Shawn McEachern, Chris Drury, Joe Sacco and Rick DiPietro. For details on these five performances, click here.

Kevin Shattenkirk is featured in the print edition of The Hockey News, which quotes the sophomore defenseman as saying, " I'm playing much better this year by far. I've been taking care of my responsibilities in the defensive zone, which has led to quicker breakouts and more effective chances on the rush."

Providence coach Tim Army says "He has a great foundation of skill. He patrols the blueline very well with the puck. His passes are hard and his hits are hard."

A NESN Web site article discusses the Hobey Baker Award chances for five Hockey East skaters, including Matt Gilroy and Colin Wilson.

Wilson has scored 75 points (25-50) in his two seasons at BU, tying him with legendary BU coach Jack Kelley, also a standout defenseman in the late 40s and early 50s. Click here for a list showing scoring totals for previous Terrier standouts in their first two varsity seasons. In some cases, it was their sophomore and junior years because when they played, there was no freshman eligibility.

Updating an earlier post on the bus accident involving the Albany River Rats, we have a link to a video interview with ex-Terrier Ryan Weston, who suffered minor injuries. The WTEN-Albany interviewer is Nicol Lally (BU '01) who is married to former Terrier netminder Jason Tapp, currently playing for the Kalamazoo Wings.

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