Monday, February 13, 2017

Game Day: BU vs. Harvard for all the Beans--UPDATED

#4 Terriers will face off with #3 Harvard tonight—weather permitting—for the 65th Beanpot Championship at TD Garden. Puck drop is set for 7:30 and the game will air on NESN and TSN2.

The contest with be the 154th in series history with BU holding a 79-68-6 (.536) edge. However, the last BU-Harvard match-up in the Beanpot Final came in 1998 with the Terriers winning, 2-1, on Nick Gillis’ redirection of a Tom Poti shot. (video)

BU won the first meeting of the teams, 5-3, in November at Agganis Arena. Harvard comes into the game with a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) and the best winning percentage in Division 1. The Crimson’s offense is led by seniors Alexander Kerfoot and Sean Malone with 30 points apiece. Another senior, Tyler Moy, has 26. Junior goalie Merrick Madsen sports a 2.22 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
The Daily Free Press's Jonathan Sigal spoke with Coach David Quinn about what is ailing BU's power play:

● Daily Free Press preview
● Boston Globe: Beanpot Final preview
Boston Herald: Beanpot Final preview, Notebook
● Harvard Game Notes

► The BU Alumni Association is sponsoring Beanpot Watch Parties in 17 cities. Click here for details.

BU dropped to #4 in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, switching places with Harvard, now #3.

USCHO Hockey East blog

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Brady Tkachuk scored his 15th goal in the NTDP U18s’ 5-4 shootout win against Sweden at the Five Nations Tournament in Sundsvall, Sweden. Team USA won all four games and clinched the tournament title.
●USA Hockey recap and video, box score

2017 recruit Jack DeBoer (photo) scored a power play goal while Tyler Weiss assisted on a pair of goals and Jake Wise recorded one helper as the NTDP U17s doubled up the host Czech Republic, 4-2, at the Five Nations Tournament. Team USA won three of its four games. 
● USA Hockey recap, box score

Looking back
Jack Eichel assisted on all three Buffalo goals in the Sabres’ 3-1 win against Toronto.
● recap and video

Sahir Gill scored twice and David Warsofsky also had a goal in Wilkes Barre/Scranton’s 4-2 win against Binghamton. The Baby Penguins, coached by Clark Donatelli, are in first place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division and lead all teams with 75 points.
● Times-Leader recap

John McCarthy scored his 11th goal in the San Jose Barracuda’s 4-2 win against Stockton.

Women’s Team
Terriers completed a sweep of their home-and-home series with New Hampshire, defeating UNH, 5-2 at Walter Brown Arena. BU was led by Rebecca Leslie’s goal and two assists and Victoria Bach’s pair of goals.

With score knotted at 1-1 after the first period, BU took the lead for good on second period goals by Leslie and Alexis Crossley. They added to the lead in the third on Bach’s second goal and one from Maddie Elia. Victoria Hanson turned aside 35 Wildcat shots.
● recap and comprehensive box score
Video highlights and comments from Coach Brian Durocher, Leslie
● Daily Free Press recap and analysis

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