Saturday, December 13, 2014

Game Day: BU vs. Rensselaer

#2 Terriers head down the Turnpike to Troy, N.Y., to meet another ECAC opponent, Rensselaer, in a 7 p.m. contest at Houston Field House.  The RPI TV Webcast is free of charge.

The series, which began during the 1953 NCAA tournament, stands at 34-30-2 with BU holding the edge. Rensselaer won last year’s matchup, 3-1; the previous season, BU came out on top, 3-2, on Cason Hohmann’s overtime goal.

The Engineers' top scorers are sophomore Riley Bourbonnais (9 points) and freshman Drew Melanson (8), although the latter is questionable due to an injury. Junior Jason Kasdorf has been in goal for all six Rensselaer wins, but he is suffering from an undisclosed injury.

BU enters the game with a 10-3-2 record, including a 5-1-1 mark on the road. With a win tonight, this year’s edition of the Terriers would be only the sixth in program history to win at least 11 games during the first semester. Four previous teams— 2008-09, 2001-02, 1999-2000 and 1997-98— each had 11 wins. The 1995-96 squad recorded 13 first-semester wins.

● preview, Game Notes, Live Stats, RPI-TV free Webcast, Terrier Sports Radio Network Webcast
● Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog
● Daily Free Press preview
● College Hockey News Tale of the Tape
● Hockey East Online weekend preview
● RPI Athletics preview
● Daily Saratogian preview

BU's line-up for tonight's game:

Greer- Lane-Roberto

Grzelcyk-Ryan Hickey-Diffley Fortunato-MacLeod 


► USCHO: Hockey East Coaches’ Letters to Santa

► Ever in demand, freshman standout Jack Eichel talked with Yahoo! Sports Puck Daddy about college life, the upcoming World Juniors and other topics.

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Jordan Greenway returned to action after missing six games and assisted on two goals in the NTDP U18s’ 4-1 win at Wisconsin. Fellow 2015 recruit Charlie McAvoy had the primary assist on the power-play game-winner.

2015 recruit Maxim Letunov scored his 12th goal of the season and added an assist in Youngstown’s 5-3 loss to Tri-City. With 28 points in 23 games, Letunov leads the Phantoms in scoring.

2015 recruit Robert Carpenter (photo) assisted on two Sioux City goals in the Musketeers’ 4-1 win at Waterloo. Carpenter has 31 points (14G, 17A) in 31 career USHL games.

2016 recruit Kieffer Bellows scored his sixth goal in Sioux Falls’ 5-2 loss to Muskegon.

Looking back

Add “mad rap skills” (so says ESPN) to the list of talents that former Terrier Matt Nieto brings to the table. Nieto and his San Jose Shark teammates get festive with their “Holiday Sweater” rap. That’s Matt with the block of cheese early in the video. 

Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on a pair of goals in St. Louis’s 6-3 win against the Islanders. The former Terrier All-American and captain now has 21 assists, sixth best in the NHL.

Former BU MVP Alex Chiasson has six goals thus far in his first season with Ottawa, but former UMass star Jonathan Quick stoned him on this attempt for #7.

Members of BU’s 1971 and 1972 NCAA championship teams gathered this week in Norwell to celebrate the holiday season. Terriers remain the only Eastern school to achieve back-to-back national championships.

Front row: Bob Gryp, Tim Regan, Steve Dolloff. Back row: John Danby, John Grady, Don Cahoon, Larry Abbott, Joe Robillard, Assistant Coach Bob Crocker, Team Manager Chris Henes.

Women’s Team
Former Terriers Jenelle Kohanchuk and Tara Watchorn were selected to play in the first Canadian Women’s Hockey League all-star game. Puck drop is set for 12:30 p.m. today at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and the game will air live on NHL Network and Canada’s Sportsnet.

Kohanchuk is a forward for the Toronto Furies, while Watchorn, a gold-medal winner at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, along with Catherine Ward and current BU captain Marie-Philip Poulin, is a defenseman for the Boston Blades.

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