Monday, February 01, 2010

Game day-- Beanpot opener vs. Northeastern

Terrier seek to continue their improved play since second semester began as they take on Northeastern in the opening round of the 58th annual Beanpot Tournament at TD Garden. BU and Northeastern have met just once previously this season. The Huskies took a 1-0 winback in November when their freshman goalie Chris Rawlings stopped 43 shots, but both Coach Jack Parker and Captain Kevin Shattenkirk felt that was one of the Terriers' best-played games of the year.

Tonight's game also is a rematch of the 2009 championship game, won by BU, 5-2 (video ). It airs on NESN at 8 p.m. (or after the end of the early game, matching BC and Harvard).

BU has won 29 of the previous 57 tournaments and has reached the championship game 25 times in the past 27 years (and 47 times overall). The Terriers' all-time Beanpot record vs. Northeastern is 30-7 and 16-2 in first-round meetings.

Last time BU played a Feb. 1 BP game was in 1999 when the Terriers edged BC, 3-2 in overtime. preview with game notes and links to game track and the WWZN Radio Web cast.
• All-time Beanpot results
The Boston Herald provides a game preview and talks with two members of the BU team that played in the tournament 50 years ago.
The Boston Globe talked with local area players about the Beanpot and offers a game preview and a timeline of past Beanpots with links to previous game coverage.
The Daily Free Press examines the Terriers' big-game experience and how team meetings have spurred their turnaround.
• ESPN Boston offers a video preview of the tournament and team capsules, and discusses the "bragging rights" the tournament winner earns.
• NESN game preview
• INCH game preview
• College Hockey News' Tale of the Tape
• game preview
• Live in-game blogs: The Boston Hockey Blog WTBU USCHO

Looking back
Five former Terriers were involved in last night's Rangers-Avalanche game in Denver: Head Coach Joe Sacco and rookie Brandon Yip for the home team; Assistant Coach Mike Sullivan, Captain Chris Drury and Matt Gilroy for the visting Blueshirts. Sullivan and Sacco were teammates on the Terriers' 89-90 team that caught fire in the post-season and reached the NCAA semifinals Eight members of that team eventually reached the NHL as players: Sacco, Sullivan, Tony Amonte, Shawn McEachern, Dave Tomlinson, Ed Ronan, Phil von Stefenelli and David Sacco. None of the ex-Terrier skaters hit the scoresheet in New York’s 3-1 win, but both Drury and Yip hit iron with shots.

Looking ahead
2010 recruit Adam Clendening, a right-shot defenseman, scored a goal and two assists in the NTDP U18s 10-2 thumping of Waterloo.

2011 recruit Cason Hohmann tallied an assist and added a shootout goal in Cedar Rapids 3-2 over Omaha. Hohmann, the youngest player on the Roughriders, now has 8 points in the past four games and ranks fifth on the team in scoring.

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