Thursday, January 07, 2016

Game Day: BU vs. Harvard--UPDATED

Nearly a month following its 4-1 win over Quinnipiac, the #11 Terriers are back on the ice, taking the short ride to Harvard’s Bright-Landry Hockey Center for a 7 p.m. match-up with #4/5 Harvard. The game airs live on NESNplus and also is available on the Ivy Digital Network (subscription).

Last season, the teams played a pair of overtime games, with Harvard winning, 3-2, at Agganis Arena and BU taking a 4-3 win in the Beanpot semifinal on assistant captain Danny O’Regan’s goal.

The Crimson have an 8-1-3 record and are coming off wins against Ferris State and Minnesota in the Marriucci Classic last weekend. Senior Jimmy Vesey, a Hobey Baker Award finalist last season, leads Harvard with 20 points, while his linemates, senior Kyle Criscuolo and junior Alex Kerfoot, each have 15. Sophomore goalie Merrick Madsen owns the nation’s second best  GAA (1.32) and save percentage (.956).

Three Terriers who suffered first-semester injuries—captain Matt Grzelcyk (photo), senior Ahti Oksanen and sophomore Nikolas Olsson—have skated in practice but their availability will be decided later today. The four players returning from the World Junior Championships—sophomores Brandon Hickey and Brandon Fortunato, and freshmen Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Charlie McAvoy—are expected to be in the BU line-up. Sean Maguire, who earned Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors for his 36-save effort against Quinnipiac, will start in goal for BU.

● Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog 
● Daily Free Press preview
● Harvard Game Notes
Havard Crimson preview
Hockey East weekend preview 

► BU is ranked #11 in the current USCHO weekly poll. Harvard is #5.
Throwback Thursday—This date in Terrier Hockey

                                         Co-captains Brian Durocher and Jack O'Callahan after 1978 Beanpot win

On  January 7, 1978 Boston University defeated Princeton, 4-3, at Baker Rink in Princeton. It was the Terriers 10th straight win to start the season, tying the team record, which had been set during the 1964-65 season. John Melanson scored two goals for BU, while Mark Fidler and Tony Meagher each scored one. In net Brian Durocher (current Women's Team head coach) made 31 saves against the Tigers for the win.

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Jake Wise scored his eighth goal of the season for Central Catholic in its 3-2 win against Arlington Catholic.  The North Andover native leads the #6-ranked Raiders with 15 points in eight games.

● ESPN Boston profile

Shattuck St. Marys Bantams, with 2019 Terrier recruits Robert Mastrosimone and Braden Doyle, is the top-ranked Tier 1 '01 squad as the undefeated Sabres begin the Silversticks Tournament.  Mastrosimone, a center, has 74 points while defenseman Doyle has 30.

Looking back
USCHO’s Tim Costello sat down with retiring Bowdoin coach—and former Terrier co-captain (1975-76) Terry Meagher—about his 33 seasons behind the Polar Bears’ bench and the program’s future.  Earlier this season, Meagher’s Bowdoin team played rival Colby in a game marked by the endowment of the White Mules' coaching position for former Terrier head coach Jack Kelley.  Meagher, whose brothers Rick and Tony, also starred for BU, remarked:

“To be a part of the Kelley/Parker coaching tree is something I treasure as part of a very special fraternity involved with a great game and great traditions.”


John McCarthy, a co-captain of BU’s 2009 national champions, scored his fourth goal of the season in the San Jose Barracudas’ 4-3 win over Stockton. McCarthy, who has had several stints with the San Jose Sharks, has 14 points in 29 games for the AHL affiliate.

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