Saturday, January 11, 2014

Game Day: BU vs. Maine at Frozen Fenway

Photo credit: Michelle Jay, Daily Free Press

Terriers will take on Maine today in the final game of the 2014 Citi Frozen Fenway. Puck drop is 3 p.m. with the game being aired live on NESN. In 2010, BU played in the inaugural Frozen Fenway game, defeating BC, 3-2 (video).

BU will be seeking to end a five-game skid against the 10-7-2 Black Bears, who soundly defeated the Terriers, 7-0, in the teams’ first meeting of the season. Maine is led by sophomore Devin Shore with 23 points (9G, 14A) and goalie Martin Ouellette (1.88)

BU will look to continue its power play success, now at 23.1 percent, seventh best in Division 1. Defenseman Ahti Oksanen leads BU in scoring with 14 points, followed by Robbie Baillargeon (13), Garrett Noonan (13) and Danny O'Regan (12).

The injury bug continues to dog the Terriers who will be without Matt Grzelcyk “for a while” due to a shoulder injury suffered in practice this week.  Evan Rodrigues and Jake Moscatel, who missed Wednesday’s game with Dartmouth due to injuries, are uncertain for today’s game.

The game will be the 37th outdoor contest in program history for BU, including an outdoor game in Orono in 1924, won by Maine.

● preview, game notes, Game Tracker, NBC Sports Radio Webcast (delayed)
● Video: Friday Practice, Press Conference
● Photo gallery
● Boston Hockey Blog preview
● College Hockey News talked with David Quinn about the Terriers struggles since the Cornell game at MSG.
● College Hockey News report on Grzelcyk
● Grzelcyk’s World Junior Tournament performance critiqued by US oF Hockey.
Hockey East Online picks and predictions.

►Episode 12 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Coach David Quinn, sophomore blueliner Ahti Oksanen and former BU defense Eric Gryba, now on the Ottawa Nationals.

Looking ahead
While BU and Maine are skating in the Red Sox home, two future Terriers, 2014 recruits, centerman Jack Eichel and right-shot defenseman Johnathan MacLeod will be performing a few miles away at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass, as the NTDP U18s take on the N.J, Hitmen in a 2:20 p.m. start. Eichel earned kudos for his strong play as an underager in the recent World Junior Championships. A rugged defender, MacLeod has a goal and three assists. report

As Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep prepares for a weekend series against Culver Academy, 2016 recruit Clayton Keller (photo) is second on the high-scoring squad in points with an 18-25-43 lines in 32 games, following . His teammate, 2014 recruit Chase Phelps is two points behind Keller with 17-24-41. Both players were all over the score sheets in the recent World Sport School Challenge in Calgary, won by Shattuck. In the five games, Keller had 13 points (5g, 8a), including 2 goals and 3 assists in the championship game, while Phelps contributed five goals and two assists.

2014 recruit J.J.Piccinich scored his team-leading 17th goal for Youngtown, but the Phantoms dropped their fifth one-goal game in their last 10 games, 4-3 to Muskegon.

2015 recruit Jordan Greenway assisted on the NTDP U17s’ only goal in a 5-1 loss to Indiana.

Looking back
With off-season knee surgery and a broken foot behind him, David Van der Gulik was recalled by the Avalanche following a hat trick for AHL Lake Erie. He has 13 points (2G, 11A) in 48 NHL starts.

Justin Courtnall’s 4th goal of the season was the game-winner in AHL Hamilton’s 2-1 victory over Rochester.

Women's Team
#8 Terriers will look to rebound from Wednesday's loss to Boston College as they travel to Maine. Game time is 3 p.m. BU took two earlier games with the Black Bears by 5-1 and 4-2 scores, both a Walter Brown Arena. Sophomore Sarah Lefort and senior captain Louise Warren lead the Terriers with 27 and 24 points respectively. preview, game notes, Live Stats

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