Thursday, November 15, 2018

Game Day: Terriers host Black Bears

Terriers return to Agganis Arena for a two-game series with Maine. Friday night’s contest starts at 7:30 p.m. BU is looking to extend its two game winning streak.

The Black Bears split a pair of games with UMass Lowell last weekend, winning, 4-3, and then losing, 1-0. Sophomore goalie Jeremy Swayman stopped 44 shots in the loss and 71 shots in the series. Maine’s offense is led by junior Chase Pearson with seven points, freshman Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup with six and juniors Tim Doherty and Mitchell Fossier with five each. The Black Bears own the conference’s second best penalty kill at 88.9% but also are Hockey East’s most penalized team at 22 minutes/game.

BU’s offense has been led by co-captains Dante Fabbro and Bobo Carpenter with eight and seven points respectively. They’re followed by Chad Krys, Joel Farabee and David Farrance with five apiece.

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Episode six of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interview with Head Coach Albie O’Connell, junior forward Patrick Curry and Belfast Giants head of hockey operations and former Terrier standout Steve Thornton

Curry, who scored the overtime game-winner in last year’s Hockey East semifinal win against BC, is off to a strong start with three goals and an assist in seven games. Thornton scored 144 points as a Terrier, skating for back-to-back Hockey East champions (’94, ’95) and the 1995 NCAA champions, earning Team MVP honors as a senior. He went on to a long professional career in Europe, primarily with the Cardiff Devils and the Belfast Giants. In 2008 he became a player-coach for the Giants. 

Looking ahead

2019 recruit Ethan Phillips had spent two weekends with Sioux Falls in recent weeks, producing six points in four games. The Nova Scotia native had a 9-10-19 scoring line in 20 games with Select Academy 18U. Last year he had 68 points  with the 16Us.

All four BU 2019 recruits on the USNTDP U18s—Alex Vlasic,  Case McCarthy, Domenick Fensore and Trevor Zegras—have signed their national letters of intent.

2019 recruit Vinnie Purpura has been traded from USHL Omaha to Youngstown. Last season, the 6’3” netminder had a 13-4-1-2 record with a 2.40 GAA and a .916 save percentage for the Lancers. This season he is 2-4-0-1 with a 3.71 GAA. 

Phantoms’ GM Jason Koehler noted: “With Vincent Purpura – we acquire a goaltender who has a few years of junior experience and success and had a breakout season last year in Omaha after joining their club from Johnstown and the NAHL…Purpura was stellar with the Lancers last season and earned himself a college commitment from a top college hockey program and generated a ton of NHL interest last year as well.”
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Terriers begin a two-game home series with Vermont with Friday’s contest at Walter Brown Arena beginning at 7 p.m. BU stands at 2-3-3 and is coming off a 4-1 win against UConn.

BU’s offense is led by Jesse Compher with 11 points and Sammy Davis with eight. Corinne Schroeder has started seven of the eight games. Vermont lost to Providence, 2-0 last Sunday and is 2-6-3 on the season. Eve-Audrey Picard leads the Catamounts in goals (3) and points (6).
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