Thursday, March 10, 2011

Game Day—BU vs. Northeastern in HE Quarterfinals

Playoff hockey begins tonight as the Terriers host Northeastern in a best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series. The teams play again tomorrow night and, if necessary, on Sunday.

BU’s lineup will be bolstered by the return of assistant captain David Warsofsky (photo) who has been sidelined with a concussion. However, freshman blueliner Garrett Noonan will sit out the game with a suspension due to drawing his third game misconduct of the season in last weekend’s loss to the Huskies. Warsofsky will rejoin Ryan Ruikka on the top defensive unit, while Max Nicastro and Adam Clendening will be paired on the second unit. Sean Escobedo and Patrick MacGregor will continue as the third pairing.

Terrier lineup





Northeastern will have its head coach, Greg Cronin, and assistant coach—and former BU captain—Albie O’Connell, back behind the bench following six-game suspensions.

Tonight's game and all Hockey East quarterfinal games are being Web cast on the conference's pay-per-view outlet. Individual games are $7.95 each and a full package of all games is $39.95. Details.

• links to game notes, WWZN Radio Web cast and game tracker
• Daily Free Press preview
• Boston Hockey Blog preview, Hockey East quarterfinal predictions
• WTBU Sports preview
• Hockey East Online press kit and quarterfinals preview
• Boston Globe preview
• USCHO Hockey East weekly column
• College Hockey News Tale of the Tape, recent series history and Hockey East playoff preview
• ESPN feature on college goalie coaches

Looking back
Former Terrier Rob Davies, now in his 12th year coach Curry College, led the Colonels to the Div.3 ECAC Northeast title last weekend with a 2-1 overtime win over Wentworth. Last night, Curry lost to Norwich in the opening round of the Div. 3 NCAAs. Ryan Warsofsky, brother of the Terriers’ David, is an assistant captain for Curry.

Since his recent trade from Colorado to St. Louis, Kevin Shattenkirk has made an easy transition to his new surroundings, contributing two goals and eight assists and strengthening the Blues’ power play.


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