Friday, November 11, 2022

Game Day: Terriers visit UMass; Hatty for Eichel; McAvoy returns

#14 Terriers return to the ice for a home-and-home series with #10/11 UMass, beginning with tonight’s game at the Mullin Center in Amherst. Puck drop for the contest that will air on NESN and be streamed on ESPN+.

The 5-3-1 Minutemen were swept by Providence last weekend and have dropped three of their last four games. UMass had swept then-No. 1-Denver early in the season.

UMass’ top scorer is freshman Kenny Connors with 11 points. He also is tied for the team lead in goals with four. Sophomore defensemen Ryan Ufko and Scott Morrow and senior forward Reed Lebster each have nine points while Lucas Mercuri has seven. Sophomore Luke Pavicich has been in goal for four of the team’s five wins and ahs a 2.11 GAA.

UMass boasts the top power play in the country, clicking at a .435 rate (10 of 23). That portends a problem for BU, which is averaging 15 penalty a game. However, BU reversed that trend in the series with Lowell, taking six penalties in the first game and just two in the second.

Senior Matt Brown tops Terrier scorers with 10 points and four goals—including a pair of game-winners. Lane Hutson, who was named Hockey East Defender of the Month for October has a 3-5-8 scoring line, while captain Dom Fensore has a 1-5-6 line. Junior Drew Commesso returned from an injury to backstop the overtime win against Lowell.

“It’s been a long two weeks,” head coach Jay Pandolfo said in. “We’re certainly looking forward to getting back to some competition outside of playing against ourselves in practice.”  More from Pandolfo in Thursday’s post.







Fensore Gallagher

L. Hutson McCarthy

Webber Getz




● preview, Live Stats, BU All-Access (audio), BU Men’s Hockey Twitter

● Live Stream ESPN+ , International Stream

Inside BU Hockey podcast

● College Hockey News Tale of the Tape

● Boston Hockey Blog preview


►Saturday's game at Agganis is Heroes Night, and @BUPolice will be collecting donations in the main lobby prior to puck drop to benefit Toys-For-Tots.


Looking ahead

2024 recruit Kamil Bednarik scored Team USA's first goal for the second consecutive game in an 8-2 win against Canada White. The victory gave the U.S. squad a perfect preliminary round record and a spot in Saturday's gold-medal game of the World U17 Challenge. Bednarik has a 3-2-5 line in six games.

USA Hockey recap


Looking back

Jack Eichel scored a third-period hat trick—for his 7th, 8th and 9th goals— in the Golden Knights’ 7-4 win against the Sabres. Making his first visit to Buffalo following his trade last season, the 2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner completed the hat trick with a 195 foot shot into an empty net.

In his first game of the season, Charlie McAvoy fired the game-winner as the Bruins defeated Calgary, 3-1. McAvoy had been rehabbing from shoulder surgery, but returned to the line-up ahead of schedule.

Evan Rodrigues scored his fifth goal as the Avalanche thumped Nashville, 5-1. Shane Bowers made his NHL debut in the game, but left the contest with an upper body injury. Dante Fabbro had an assist for the Predators.

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