Saturday, October 03, 2015

Game Day: #3 BU hosts Acadia--UPDATED

Terriers take to the ice this afternoon for the first time since the Frozen Four, meeting Acadia University in the annual pre-season exhibition game.  Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. for the contest, which will be streamed on TerrierTV at no cost. For the defending Hockey East Champions, the game will be the first-ever against the Axmen, who have already won three contests against other Canadian colleges. Last season, Acadia finished #3 in Canada with a win over ECAC power Quinnipiac and another vs. Northeastern on their resume. Its roster is made up of former OHL and QMJHL players.

BU’s top returning scorers are assistant captain Danny O’Regan (23-27-50) and fellow senior Ahti Oksanen (25-13-38, photo). With 110 career points, O’Regan is tied with Bob Brown, BU Hall of Famer and All-American defenseman in the early ‘70s, on the all-time BU scoring list. He’ll need 35 points to break into the top 20. Coach David Quinn has indicated that O’Regan and Oksanen will be joined on the top line by freshman Jordan Greenway.  It’s expected that freshman Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson will center junior Robbie Baillargeon and sophomore AJ Greer.

Captain Matt Grzelcyk is the lone Terrier not ready to go, as he continues to recover from ACL surgery performed last Spring. The rest of the defensemen return and will be joined by highly regarded newcomer Charlie McAvoy. Goalie Sean Maguire (photo) returns after sitting out last season with an injury, joining sophomore Connor LaCouvee and freshman Max Prawdzik.

● preview, GameTracker, Free LiveStream on Terrier TV; Twitter @Terrier Hockey
● Daily Free Press preview
● USCHO Hockey East blog
WTBU Radio preview  and Listen Live link
● Numerical roster

Greer-Forsbacka Karlsson-Baillargeon

Extra forwards: Kelley, Lawrence

►College Hockey News has posted its recruit class rankings with the Terriers rated #3, following BC and North Dakota and ahead of Michigan and Minnesota  CHN also issued its preseason top 10 teams, ranking BU #8.

NY Hockey Journal talked with sophomore blueliner Brandon Fortunato from North Hills, New York about his first season in Scarlet and goals for the upcoming season. The small defenseman, who didn’t draw a single penalty in 35 games last season, put on 10 pounds over the summer. 

Looking back
Following a strong showing in both rookie camp and Sabres training camp, Evan Rodrigues was sent to AHL Rochester to begin the season.

Women’s Team
Senior Rebecca Russo traded her interviewer’s mike for the hero’s role, scoring with less than a second left in regulation to give BU a 2-1 season-opener win over Connecticut.  On the night when they raised their fourth consecutive Hockey East championship banner, the Terriers trailed 1-0 going into the third period, despite outshooting the Huskies by a wide margin.

Midway through the period, freshman Sammy Davis knotted the score with an assist from senior Lillian Riberinha-Braga. BU pressed the attack in the final minute and sophomores Victoria Bach and Rebecca Leslie brought the puck to the crease, which Russo banged home.  Victoria Hanson stopped 20 shots, while her UConn counterpart turned aside 46.
●  recap and comprehensive box score


David said...

Why didn't Fortunato play?

Terrier Blogger said...

USCHO's Scott Weighart's recap said "a minor injury."

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