Friday, October 12, 2018

Game Day: Terriers visit Mankato State; Milestones for Tkachuk and Quinn--UPDATED

Terriers headed West on Thursday to launch the Albie O'Connell era at BU with a two-game weekend series against Minnesota State in Mankato. Puck drop for Friday’s contest is 8 p.m. ET. BU will be looking for some payback after dropping a pair of games to MSU at Agganis a year ago.  (scroll down for line-up)

Scott Weighart previews the 2018-19 Terrier squad that will look to leverage team speed and experience at forward, defense and goal. Terriers Look to Increase Pace of Play 
Like the Terriers, MSU recorded a convincing exhibition win a week ago, thumping Mount Royal, 7-3. Despite losing their two top scorers from last season, the Mavericks have a strong offense led by juniors Marc Michaelis (18G, 22A) and Parker Tuomie (9G, 28A).  Four starting defensemen return, led by junior Ian Scheid (26 pts), but goalie is a different story. Former Terrier Connor LaCouvee, a standout last year as a graduate transfer, and his back-up both are gone. Freshman Dryden McKay and graduate transfer from Northern Michigan Mathias Israelsson (2.84 GAA in 11 games last season) will battle for the starting job.

● game preview, game notes, Live Stats, Terrier Sports Radio Network 
● preview, Livestream (PPV)
● HockeyEastOnline Weekend Preview  
USCHO Div. 1 Predictions
● College Hockey News Tale of the Tape  
Boston Globe Albie O’Connell steps into the spotlight at BU 
2018-19 BU Men’s Ice Hockey Prospectus  
● Goaltending is big mystery for Mavericks  
●  Ready or not, college hockey season is here 

Tonight’s BU Line-up

Witkowsko (Extra forward)

Episode #1 of this season's Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett's conversation with O'Connell, the 12th Terrier head coach and, like predecessors David Quinn and Jack Parker, a former BU captain.

►The Daily Free Press has published its annual hockey preview issue, including: 
Albie O’Connell: the new face of BU men’s hockey   
Start of new era for men’s hockey  
Harper’s return breathes fresh power into Terrier offense  
20 Questions with Shane Bowers  
Men’s hockey utilizes leadership through team 
With nine first-round draft picks in four years, BU hockey a pipeline to NHL 
BU Alumni to keep an eye on in the NHL this season 

►ESPN’s Chris Peters previews the college hockey season, top NHL prospects, top freshmen and Frozen Four picks. Peters has BU in the Frozen Four, while John Buccigross does not. Both have Ohio State and Providence reaching Buffalo. 

Looking ahead  
2021 recruit Roman Schmidt, a 6’4” right-shot defenseman with the Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget AAA, is profiled by Prospect Pipeline. A dual US/Canadian citizen, he’s currently ranked #4 for the upcoming OHL draft by Prospect Pipeline—just ahead of fellow recruit classmate Danil Zhilkin—and is considered a lock for next season’s NTDP U17s. scouting report

Looking back

With his first two NHL goals and an assist, Brady Tkachuk had a hand in Ottawa’s first three scores, but the Senators dropped a 7-4 decision to Philadelphia. Tkachuk is the 83rd Terrier to play in the NHL. recap and video highlights  
Ottawa Senators Tkachuk post-game comments

David Quinn notched his first win as an NHL head coach as the Rangers edged the Sharks, 3-2 in overtime. recap and video highlights  

Matt Grzelcyk had a pair of power play assists in the Bruins’ 4-1 win against Edmonton. recap and video highlights Grzelcyk, Power Play Succeeding in Krug’s Absence  

Colin Wilson scored his third goal of the season as the Avalanche thumped Buffalo, 6-1. recap and video highlights 

Women’s Team  
Terriers play their first road game Friday night at Merrimack with puck drop set for 7 p.m. BU last played at Lawler Rink on January 25, 2018 and came away with a 5-1 win. Terriers have a 7-2-0 all-time mark against the Warriors.
● preview, game notes, Live Stats , @BUGameDay  
● Live stream(PPV)

More from the Daily Free Press:
Sophomore phenoms Compher and Schroeder look to continue success 
No Bach, no Leslie, no problem for women’s hockey

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