Friday, November 25, 2011

Game Day: Red Hot Hockey 3

BU and Cornell return to New York City for their bi-annual tussle at Madison Square Garden. Both the Terriers and Big Red enter Red Hot Hockey 3 at the top of their games. BU has won three straight conference games following a 2-1 OT loss to Merrimack. Meanwhile, Cornell has dealt shutouts to three consecutive opponents, the most recent coming Tuesday, 1-0, against Niagara.

Both teams’ netminders—BU’s Kieran Millan and Cornell’s Andy Iles—were named goalie-of-the-week in their respective conferences.

Cornell, as always under coach Mike Schafer, plays physical, tight-checking hockey. The Big Red’s offensive leaders are junior defenseman Nick D’Agostino (6-6-12), freshman Brian Ferlin (5-6-11)—twice named ECAC rookie-of-the-week—and Greg Miller (2-8-10).

BU, which will be the home team for this neutral-site game and gets the last change, is led by Matt Nieto (8-7-15), Corey Trivino (8-4-12) and Charlie Coyle (9 assists, +10).

Red Hot Hockey will air on MSG Network and DirecTV viewers can watch it on Channel 634.

BU has played ten previous games at Madison Square Garden, including the two previous Red Hot Hockey games and has a 6-2-2 record there. The Terriers first appearance in New York was at MSG III (on 50th Street), an exhibition game vs. St. Nicholas Skating Club in 1926.

The New York’s College Sports Blog talks with senior Kevin Gilroy about pond hockey, playing at Madison Square Garden and other college hockey “special events.”

► Cornell leads the all-time series 23-17-2. The teams have met twice in NCAA championship games, Cornell winning in 1967 and BU winning in 1972. They also met twice in ECAC championship games the same years with the same results.
Check back for more updates

● detailed preview, game notes, MSG Network broadcast announcement, WWZN Radio Webcast
● Terriers’ stats
●CHN’s This Week in Hockey East, Tale of the Tape, Tweetcast
●Boston Hockey Blog game preview
●USCHO’s Hockey East picks
●WTBU Sports: Three Things to be Thankful for, Q&A with Matt Nieto
●Ithaca Journal preview
●Inside College Hockey’s Holiday Four-cast

Looking ahead
2012 recruit Matt O’Connor stopped 19 of 20 shots in Youngstown’s 3-1 victory over Fargo to earn his USHL-leading ninth win of the season

Looking back
Former Terrier center Nick Bonino's two goals and an assist led the Syracuse Crunch past the Binghamton Senators, 4-1.

Former BU captain Kevin Shattenkirk has established himself as a driving force for the St. Louis Blues’ offense.

Women’s program
The #5-ranked Terriers travel West to Ithaca, N.Y., for a pair of games against #3 Cornell in what also deserves the title Red Hot Hockey. The game is a rematch of last Spring’s NCAA Frozen Four semifinal in whch BU defeated the Big Red, 4-1.
UPDATE: Cornell took the first game on Friday, 3-1, with Jill Cardella scoring the Terriers' goal. The teams meet again on Saturday at 4 p.m.

● preview, game notes, Radio Webcast, Video Webcast

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