Friday, November 07, 2014

Game Day: BU & BC renew The Battle of Comm Ave.

#5 Terriers travel up the Green Line to Conte Forum to take on #3 Boston College in the 266th meeting of college hockey’s most storied rivalry. BU holds the edge in the series with a 129-119-17 (.519) record. Last season, the Eagles won both regular season games and edged BU in the first round of the Beanpot. Puckdrop is at 8 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network.

Terriers go into the game at second best in goals against average nationally (1.20). BU also leads the nation in combined special teams at 63.9 (23 of 36). Junior Matt O’Connor brings a.958 save percentage—3rd best in D1—into the game, while freshman Jack Eichel, named HCA National Rookie of the Month, tops Terrier scorers with nine points and five assists. Senior Cason Hohmann (photo) has nine points in seven career games vs. BC.

The Eagles are led by sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald with five goals. Freshman Alex Tuch (2-3-5) was Eichel’s linemate last season on the NTDP U18s, whose roster also included BC defenseman Noah Hanifan and BU blueliner Brandon Fortunato.

● preview, Game Notes, GameTracker, Terrier Sports Radio Webcast
● Daily Free Press preview
● HockeyEastOnline Weekly preview
● Agganis Arena interview (video) with Captain Matt Grzelcyk
● TSN interview with Head Coach David Quinn
● Boston Herald: BU’s Freshmen Blueliners
● College Hockey News preview
● BC Heights preview

Inside Hockey East features Bernie Corbett’s interview with Coach Quinn and Kat Hansenauer Cornetta’s interview with Player of the Month Rebecca Russo.

Looking ahead 
2015 recruit Charlie McAvoy scored a power-play goal—his second of the season—in Team USA’s 8-1 win against Finland at the 2014 U18 Four Nations Tournament in Sundsvall, Sweden. Team USA plays Switzerland on Saturday. 
● Team USA takes on Sweden in the semifinals of the World U17 Challenge (free live-stream Webcast) at 3 p.m. ET today.

Looking back

Former Terrier Nick Bonino scored his second game-winning goal in three nights to lift Vancouver past San Jose, 3-2.  A 117-point scorer in three season at BU, and a member of the 2009 national championship team, Bonino leads the Canucks in goals with seven and is sixth overall in the category.
Recap and video

Four former Terriers, Brian McGuirk, Dan McGoff, Dan Ronan and Kevin Schaeffer, are coaching U19 squads in the New England Fall Prep Hockey League.

Women’s Team
● Hockey East Player of the Week Rebecca Russo interview (audio) on Inside Hockey East

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