Friday, November 06, 2009

Gameday—Terriers take on Huskies at Matthews

BU heads across town to its original home rink, Boston Arena, now renamed Matthews Arena—which was renovated again this past summer—to take on Northeastern. The two teams battled last year for the regular season Hockey East title with the Terriers overtaking the Huskies on the final weekend for a one-point margin.

Like BU, Northeastern had substantial personnel losses to graduation and early departure, including HE POTY Brad Thiessen, top forwards Joe Vitale and Ryan Ginand, defensemen Louis Liotti, Dennis McCauley and Dan Nycholat. The Huskies, with a 2-3 record like BU, are previewed by USCHO’s Dave Hendrickson.

The teams played four times last season with BU winning twice, including the Beanpot championship game, followed by a pair of back-to-back ties in late February. Tonight's game is the 203rd meeting in the series, with BU holding a 144-50-8 edge. The first game between the teams was played, appropriately enough, on the first Monday of February in 1931 as part of the tryouts for the 1932 U.S. Olympic team. BU won, 4-3.

From, links to game notes, the online radio broadcast on WWZN, and a pay-per-view Webcast ($8.95) on GoNU.TV. The Daily Free Press previews tonight’s game, noting the sophomore defenseman David Warsofsky remains doubtful due to an injury. The DFP will be live blogging during the game at its Boston Hockey Blog site. USCHO’s weekly Hockey East column.

Looking back—Two Terriers and a River Hawk.
The AHL Web site has a feature on former rivals Brandon Yip and Justin Mercier, now teammates and roommates on the Lake Erie Monsters, coached by former BU Associate Head Coach David Quinn.

With the Winter Olympics in Vancouver just a few months away, Mike Eruzione and Jim Craig, two of the four Terriers who led the Miracle on Ice in 1980, shared their expertise with The Today Show’s Meredith Vierra. (Video)

USCHO has posted an excerpt from "Burn The Boats." Scott Weighart's chronicle of the 2008-09 BU season.

Looking ahead --UPDATED
Team USA beat Sweden, 4-2, in the first round of the Four Nations Tournament today, taking on Sweden. USA Hockey link. 2010 recruit Matt Nieto scored the first and last goals for the U18s, while fellow recruit Adam Clendening added an assist.

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