Saturday, November 06, 2010

Gameday--#3 Terriers vs. #7 Black Bears

Terriers have just one game this weekend, but it will be a major test for Jack Parker's undefeated and third-ranked club. The Maine Black Bears, ranked #7, are on a three-game winning streak, having swept North Dakota and then eaked out an overtime win at Vermont.

Maine is led by Spencer Abbott, Hockey East's Player of the Month for October and Swedish standout Gustav Nyquist. Last season, the teams split four games. BU won twice at Agganis and Maine won the game at Alfond Arena, but the Black Bears eliminated BU in the Hockey East semis, 5-2. Recent BU-Maine game results.

Junior Kieran Millan, who gets the start in goal tonight for BU, has a 6-3 record in nine career starts vs. Maine. Here's the rest of the Terrier lineup.

Escobedo-Ruikka has links to game notes, game tracker, the radio Webcast on WWZN
• Maine preview from the Press Herald
Live blog from The Boston Hockey Blog
• WTBU Sports game preview

• College Hockey News' Tale of the Tape.

Looking back
• Now, we really havc to start calling Colorado's NHL franchise the "Av-BU-lanche." Just a day after Kevin Shattenkirk played his first NHL game, Colby Cohen was recalled from Lake Erie and will be in tonight's lineup against the Dallas Stars. Coach Joe Sacco, also a former Terrier, discussed his defense pairings for the game. With Brandon Yip a fixture in the Colorado lineup and Dave Van der Gulik having scoring his first NHL goal Thursday night, the club likely will have four ex-Terriers in the lineup and one behind the bench. Cohen spoke about his call-up:

Looking ahead
The Cedar Rapids Roughriders will have to do without top scorer Cason Hohmann this week as he'll be with the U.S. Junior Select team playing in the World Junior. A Challenge in Penticton, B.C.

2011 recruit Alexx Privitera contributed two assists in Muskegon's 5-3 win over the NTDP U17s on Friday night. With 10 points, Privitera is second on the Lumberjacks in scoring and tops among all USHL defensemen. 2013 recruit defenseman Matt Grzelcyk was scoreless with a +1 for the U17s.

Women's team
The fifth-ranked Terrier women's team, which takes on Providence tonight and New Hampshire tomorrow, will be without three key players. Freshman Marie-Philip Poulin and juniors Jenn Wakefield and Tara Watchorn will be skating with the Canadian National Team in the Four Nations' Cup. Coach Brian Durocher talked with WTBU Sports about how he'll adjust for the two contests.

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