Friday, December 09, 2016

Game Day: Terriers visit Vermont; Keller rejoins line-up

#5 BU is in Burlington for its final Hockey East games of first semester, taking on #12 Vermont. Game time for Friday’s and Saturday’s contests is 7 pm with a free live stream available (link below).

The Catamounts are on a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) and in their most recent contests won the Friendship Four tournament in Belfast with wins over Quinnipiac and UMass. Like BU, Vermont is getting strong contributions at both ends of the ice from freshmen. Goalie Stefanos Lekkas sports a .940 save percentage and a 1.72 GAA. Top scorer is fellow rookie Ross Colton with 12 points (6G, 6A). Sophomore Craig Puffer and senior Mario Puskarich each have 10 points.

BU is 4-1-1 in its last half dozen games and took three of four points from Providence last weekend, largely due to freshman Jake Oettinger, who stopped 68 of 71 shots in those two games, earning Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors. Freshman Patrick Harper leads BU with 17 points while three sophomores, Jordan Greenway, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Charlie McAvoy have 13, 13 and 12 respectively. (BU stats).

Last weekend junior Nikolas Olsson returned to the line-up following an injury and scored the game winner on Friday and tied the game Saturday. It remains to be seen whether or not freshman Clayton Keller has recovered sufficiently to rejoin the line-up. He had his first practice with contact earlier this week. 

UPDATE: Tonight's Terrier line-up.

Harper -JFK-Carpenter


● Boston Hockey Blog Live In-Game Blog
● Daily Free Press preview
● UVM game notes
● Burlington Free Press preview

►Oettinger—one of eight Terriers invited to evaluation camps for the upcoming World Junior Championships (7 U.S., 1 Canada) talks about the WJCs and the Terriers’ season in the latest entry of his 2017 Draft Diary

McAvoy, another of the Terriers headed to the WJC camp, is featured in a Sport Illustrated article on Long Island's emergence as a burgeoning hockey hotbed.

Looking ahead

2017 recruit Logan Cockerill’s 10th goal of the season was the only tally in the NTDP U18s’ 1-0 win over Cedar Rapids. Cockerill, who is tied with fellow recruit Brady Tkachuk for second in goals scored for the U18s, has found the net six times in his last seven games.
● USA Hockey recap

Women's Team
Terriers close out first semester with a two game series against #2 Minnesota at Walter Brown Arena. Game time tonight is 7 pm ET. Tomorrow’s contest begins at 3 pm.

The Gophers’ Kelly Panek leads the NCAA in both points (34) and assists (26). Senior Dani Cameranesi is D1’s top goal scorer with 18. BU grad student Mary Parker is third nationally in goals with 16. She and junior Victoria Bach led BU in points with 25.

● preview; Game Notes, Live Stats, Terrier TV (free), BU GameDay
● Daily Free Press preview

Friday's is the team's Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night, with a pre-game dinner to thank all faculty and staff for their support of the program. Faculty, staff and their guests will also receive free admission to the game. To request tickets, please visit Registration will close at noon on Friday.

The Raising Cane's "Cane's Challenge" will also make its way to Walter Brown Arena on Friday. If attendance reaches 500 or more, all fans will receive a free Cane's Combo with a purchase of one combo.

In addition, there will be an ugly sweater contest on Friday with first ($150), second ($50) and third ($25) place prizes awarded to the fans with the ugliest sweaters (fan vote).

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