Friday, October 14, 2016

Game Day: Terriers begin series in Denver--UPDATED

#2 Terriers will be looking for a strong, consistent effort as well as a bit of payback this weekend when they visit Denver for a two-game series against the #10 Pioneers, who ousted BU from last season’s NCAA tournament. Friday's contest (9:30 p.m. ET) will be televised on Altitude (DirecTV 681, Dish 413) while Altitude 2 (DirecTV 681-1, Dish 453) will show Saturday's game (9 p.m. ET).

BU won the first game between the teams last fall, 5-4 at Agganis on Ahti Oksanen’s overtime goal, while Denver won decisively, 7-2, in the NCAA West Regional.

The Pioneers are led by second-team All-American defenseman Will Butcher (9G, 23A last season) and Troy Terry (9G, 13A). They’ll be without top returning scorer Dylan Gambrell, out with an injury. Both goalies, Evan Cowley and Tanner Jaillet, are back after strong efforts in 2015-16.

Terriers are 1-0-0 after their opening game 6-1 win against Colgate (video highlights), with goals from Patrick Harper (2), Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Tommy Kelley, Clayton Keller and Nick Roberto (photo). Jake Oettinger, in his first college start, made 29 saves.

BU sophomore Ryan Cloonan, who sat out the Colgate game with injuries, is available to play this weekend, while junior Chase Phelps and sophomore Oscar AndrĂ©n remain sidelined.  

Tonight's Line-up
Harper-Forsbacka Karlsson-Carpenter
● Game Notes
● Boston Hockey Blog Twitter updates
● Daily Free Press game preview
● HockeyEastOnline weekend preview
● USCHO Hockey East Picks & Predictions
Denver Post preview

Episode 2 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Head Coach David Quinn, senior captain Doyle Somerby and new strength & conditioning coach Kyle Czech

The New York Times’ Neal Boudette talked with Quinn about the challenge of dealing with both internal and external expectations for a highly-talented, but very young squad that boasts four first-round picks in last June’s draft and the top recruiting class in the nation.
Neal, who also covers the auto industry for the Times, had previously written two guest features (links below) for THFB. You can follow him on Twitter (@dzonedraw)
New York Times feature on BU Hockey

While Quinn coaches in Hockey East and not the NHL, the fourth-year Terrier head coach found his name at #49 on USA Today’s list of “The NHL’s 50 Most Important People.”

Looking back
There are 69 Hockey East alumni on NHL opening night rosters, including nine former Terriers:Nick Bonino (PIT), Alex Chiasson (CGY), Adam Clendening (NYR), Charlie Coyle (MIN), Jack Eichel (BUF), Sean Maguire (PIT-injured), Matt Nieto (photo, SJ), Kevin Shattenkirk (STL) and Colin Wilson (NSH).
● HockeyEastOnline report

Coyle became the third Terrier this season to score in his team’s opener—joining Chiasson and Shattenkirk—as Minnesota dropped a 3-2 decision to St. Louis.

Evan Rodrigues and Matt Lane, teammates on BU’s 2015 national finalist squad, are reunited on the AHL Rochester Americans.
● Democrat & Chronicle report

Women’s Team
Terriers (2-1-0) head to Western Pennsylvania for a two-game series with Penn State. Friday’s game begins at 6 p.m. and is available for viewing on GoPSUnowTV. The teams met for the first time last season and split a pair of contests at Walter Brown Arena.

BU’s offense is led by Samantha Sutherland, the nation’s top goal-scorer with seven, and sophomore Sammy Davis, who leads the country in assists per game with 2.67.
The Nittany Lions come into the game with a 1-3-0 record.
● preview; Game Notes, Live Stats, WTBU Sports Radio, GoPSUnowTV, BU GameDay

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