Friday, February 04, 2011

Game Day— BU vs Lowell

After spending most of January on the road, the Terriers are home tonight for their final regular-season meeting with Lowell. BU beat the RiverHawks 5-1 at Tsongas Arena and 2-1 at Agganis during its hot start in October.

It’s been a difficult season for Lowell which is in last place in Hockey East and brings a 4-20-2 overall record into the game, but has won two of its past four starts. Sophomore Riley Wetmore leads the RiverHawks , who are coached by former BU associate head coach Blaise MacDonald, in both points (23) and goals (11). A pair of freshman goaltenders, Marc Boulanger and Doug Carr, have split time in goal

BU, which has a 4-2-1 record since the Shillelagh Tournament, will be reinforced tonight by the return of defenseman Ryan Ruikka (photo), enabling the blue line to return to its regular pairings.

Warsofsky Ruikka
Noonan Clendening
Escobedo Nicastro

Up front the lines remain unchanged.

Red-hot Kieran Millan will be in goal. has links to game notes, WWZN Radio Webcast (delayed)
Webcast on All Access
• Boston Hockey Blog game preview and in-game live blog
• Hockey East Online weekend preview
• USCHO’s Jim Connelly calls the Terriers “consistently inconsistent” in his weekly This Week in Hockey East column.
• New England Hockey Journal weekly Hockey East column focuses on freshmen including five BU starters.

Looking back
Former Terrier co-captain John McCarthy is back with the San Jose Sharks after a brief stay in Worcester.

Looking ahead

2013 recruit Adam Erne hasn't put up huge numbers for the Indiana Ice (9-4-13 in 29 games) but the winger who won't turn 16 until mid-April has more than held his own against much older competition. And he's caught the eye of scouts planning for future drafts. An Amateur Hockey Report scout watched him a few weeks back against the Chicago Steel and offered this analysis:

Adam Ernie, RW, '95--Adam revealed the warrior throughout this viewing. He finished his checks and did not take any crap from anyone. He has ‘It, whatever ‘It’ means but he has an instinct for the game that cannot be taught: A vibe and vision for the game and an understanding of the ebb and flow of the sport. He did not show much offensive punch but he was always in position for the puck. Is a fluid, seamless skater with balance and strength. His defensive assignments still prove to be a work in progress. AHR Rating: AAA

Women’s Program
The Terriers 13-game winning streak came to an end last night as New Hampshire handed BU a 4-2 loss at Walter Brown Arena. BU which trailed 3-0 early in the final period outshot the Wildcats 54-16 but couldn’t solve UNH goalie Kayley Herman. Jillian Kirschner and Jenelle Kohanchuk had the Terrier goals. The teams meet again Saturday afternoon in Durham.

• recap, video highlights and comprehensive box score.
• WTBU Sports recap

BU Today offers a text and video feature on freshmen goalie Kerrin Sperry and her sister Megan, a junior on BU’s competitive figure skating club.

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