Friday, February 17, 2017

Game Day: BU hosts New Hampshire

#4 Terriers will look to end a two-game skid as they begin a home-and-home series with New Hampshire tonight at Agganis Arena. The contest is part of this week’s ASN/NESN doubleheader and will have an early start at 6 p.m.

The Wildcats also have been slumping with a 1-6-2 record in their last nine, but split with Vermont last weekend.  UNH is led by the high-scoring line of Tyler Kelleher (51 points), Michael McNicholas (31) and Jason Salvaggio (29). Freshman Patrick Grasso adds another 28 points. Goalie Daniel Tirone has 2.80 GAA and .911 save percentage.

The Boston Hockey Blog tweeted that Brandon Hickey, injured Monday night, will miss this weekend’s games, so either Brien Diffley or Shane Switzer should be in the line-up. BHB also reported Coach David Quinn promises some changes on offense and that Jake Oettinger will start in goal.

Tonight's starting line-up for the Terriers:

Keller - JFK - Greenway
Harper - Carpenter - Roberto
Phelps - Cloonan - Bellows
Somerby - Curry - Chabot
Krys - McAvoy
Switzer - Fabbro
Diffley - MacLeod

● Daily Free Press preview
● Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog
● ASN Broadcast outlets

Looking ahead
2020 recruit Trevor Zegras scored his ream-leading 12th goal in Avon Old Farms' 3-2 loss to Choate.

Looking back 
Former Terrier forward and longtime Lowell head coach Billy Riley has been named the 2017 Legend of College Hockey recipient by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation.  A Medford, Massachusetts native, Riley was a classmate and linemate of Jack Parker and played on BU's 1966 and 1967 Frozen Four teams. He received a doctorate in sports psychology in 1981. report
It was a three-dog night in Buffalo with Sabres Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues (photo) and the Avs Matt Nieto all on the ice.  Eichel and Rodrigues assisted on an Evander Kane goal as Buffalo blanked Colorado, 2-0. recap and video

Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on three of four St. Louis goals as the Blues edged Vancouver, 4-3.  Shattenkirk, an unrestricted free agent this summer, continues to be the subject of trade rumors. recap and video

Ahti Oksanen scored his third goal in four games and added two assists in ECHL Greenville's 4-3 OT win against Manchester. Oksanen has 13 goals and 13 assists in 31 games for the Swamp Rabbits.

Women’s Team
The Terriers’ final weekend of the regular season begins with tonight’s game against Northeastern at Walter Brown Arena. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.  BU enters the weekend in third place in Hockey East and will be looking to secure that position for the upcoming playoffs. BU will host Maine on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the regular season finale.

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