Friday, February 23, 2018

Game Day: BU hosts Vermont; Bach a Kazmaier finalist

Terriers begin the final weekend of the regular season with a pair of home games against Vermont and an opportunity to clinch fourth place in Hockey East. Tonight’s contest at Agganis Arena starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.

UConn’s loss to UMass last night guarantees BU either fourth or fifth seed and a bye in the first playoff round. Terriers would secure fourth place by taking three points from the Catamounts. Any points Maine fails to get in its series with BC would reduce that number.

Vermont dropped a pair of games to Northeastern last weekend, but in recent weeks has produced wins against Lowell and Providence, along with a tie against the Friars—
all on their home ice. The Catamount attack is led by Colton Ross with 15 goals and 21 points and Alex Esposito with 19 points. One-time BU commit Liam Coughlin has 14 points. Sophomore goalie Stefnos Lekkas brings a 2.88 GAA and  .912 save percentage to the game.

It is expected that Jordan Greenway, who returned to Boston yesterday, will be in the Terrier line-up. Patrick Harper, who has not played since January 6, remains sidelined by illness.


Melanson -Bowers- Carpenter
Hickey Fabbro
● Boston Hockey Blog Live In-Game Blog
● Daily Free Press preview
●WTBU Sports preview
● Hockey East Online Weekend preview
● Burlington Free Press preview
● College Hockey News Tale of the Tape

This week’s episode of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Terrier Head Coach David Quinn and Vermont Head Coach Kevin Sneddon.

Looking back
Nick Bonino scored his ninth goal in the Predators' 7-1 rout of San Jose.

Colin Wilson scored his sixth goal in the Avalanche's 3-2 overtime loss to Edmonton.
Women’s Team
Terriers begin a best-of-three quarterfinal playoff series against Maine at Alfond Arena. It marks the first time BU is playing a Hockey East playoff series on the road. BU finished sixth in the conference while the Black Bears were third. Maine swept the season series, taking all three games.

● preview, Game Notes, Live Stats
● Maine All-Access Live stream
Daily Free Press preview, Steady second line

Senior Victoria Bach has been named a Top -10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given annually to the top player in Women’s Division 1 hockey. Bach is second in the nation in goals (36), first in goals per game (1.20) and third in points per game (2.03).

She joins Marie-Philip Poulin and Sarah Lefort as Terriers nominated for the Kazmaier.
● report  

Poulin and Jenn Wakefield of Team Canada earned silver medals at the PyeongChang Olympics after Team USA won the gold-medal game, 3-2, in a shootout. Poulin had given Canada a 2-1 lead before the U.S. tied the score in the third period.  In the 2010 and 2014 gold-medal games (both against Team USA), Poulin scored the game-winning goals.
● report

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