#19 Terriers host Maine tonight in
the first meeting between the teams this season. Face off at Agganis Arena is
set for 7:30 p.m. BU and the Black Bears will conclude the regular season with
a pair of games in Orono on March 4 & 5.
BU, which struggle and was
inconsistent during the first two months of the season, has gone 9-1-1 since
then, outscoring their opponents by a 43-18 margin. The Terrier offense, led by
juniors Domenick Fensore and Wilmer Skoog with 19 points each and Robert
Mastrosimone with 18, including nine goal, has been revitalized by the return
to health of three other juniors: Jay O’Brien has 11 points (4G,7A) in his last
eight games; Matt Brown has seven points (3G,4A) in his last six; and Ethan
Phillips (photo) has six points (4G,2A) in his last seven.
Photo credit Kyle Prudhomme
With Drew Commesso on his way to
the Beijing Olympics, it will be either Vinny Duplessis or Ashton Abel in goal.
Duplessis, who earned Rookie of Month honors last February when he filled in
for Covid-sidelined Commesso, has appeared in four games this season, most
recently the 5-1 win against Brown where he made 11 saves. Abel played in the December exhibition game against the NTDP U18s.
The Black Bears (4-14-2, 2-10-2)
didn’t register a win until mid-November, but have been more competitive
recently, splitting a series with Alaska, giving Lowell two tough games,
despite losing and beating BC, 4-1.
Forward Lynden Breen (13) and
defenseman Jakub Sirota (12) are Maine’s top point scorers, while Donavan
Villeneuve-Houle leads the team in goals with eight. Senior Grant Hebert earned
Hockey East Player of the Week honors after scoring two goals and adding an
assist against BC. Victor Ostman, who held the Eagles to one goal
and was in net for the two previous games, has a 2.94 GAA and a .902 save
TONIGHT’S BU LINEUP
● Live Stream College Sports Live
● Coach Albie O’Connell media call
● College Hockey News Tale
of the Tape
● Boston Hockey Blog preview
● WTBU Sports preview
This Week in Hockey East
For BU Today, Brady Gardner offers
a comprehensive overview of the 100 years of the BU Hockey program with quotes
from Jack Parker and Bernie Corbett and many historic photos.
► The current edition of the Hockey on Campus podcast features Bernie and Adam Wodon analyzing at the Team of the Week Terriers and an interview with Brandon Yip, captain of the Chinese Olympic Team. Downloads: BU segment. Yip segment.
Hockey Talk podcast features a conversation with sophomore goalie Vinny
Three Terriers will take part in
tonight’s NHL All-Star Skills event in Las Vegas: Trevor Zegras in the
Breakaway Challenge, Clayton Keller in Accuracy Shooting and Brady Tkachuk in
the Las Vegas NHL 21 in 22.
● NHL.com 2022 NHL All-Star Skills
Terriers fell to #6/8 Harvard, 4-1,
in the Beanpot semifinal at Matthews Arena. BU and the Crimson were tied at 1-1
after two period, with Lacey Martin scoring for BU. But Harvard put the game
away with three scores in the final period. Senior Kate Stuart stopped a
career-high 45 shots for the Terriers.
BU returns to conference play
tonight, hosting UConn in a 7 p.m. start at Walter Brown Arena.
● Post-game comments Coach Brian Durocher
– x – BU Women’s Hockey (@TerrierWHockey) February 4, 2022