Jan. 3, 2013
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Inside BU Hockey - Episode 11
The No. 9 Boston University men's ice hockey team opens the 2013 portion of its schedule on Friday (Jan. 4) with a home game against Rensselaer. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Terriers have won four of their last six games but are coming off a 6-0 setback at Denver in what was their first shutout loss in over three years. Friday's contest is the middle of three straight non-conference games for the Terriers.
The Last Meeting
December 11, 2010
No. 7 Men's Ice Hockey Falls at No. 15 Rensselaer, 4-1
The No. 7 Boston University men's ice hockey team closed out the first half of its schedule with a 4-1 loss at No. 15 Rensselaer on Saturday afternoon at Houston Field House. The Terriers will enter the semester break with a record of 8-4-5.
The Terriers and Engineers head into Friday's contest having played each other 65 times since first meeting on March 14, 1953, in the consolation game of the NCAA tournament, and BU holds a 33-29-3 (.531) advantage, although the Engineers have gone 3-1-1 in the last five meetings.
RPI became a longtime non-conference rival for the Terriers after the two teams shared time together in the ECAC (1961-84). After separating from the ECAC following the 1983-84 season, BU did not see action against RPI for six seasons. Since the re-birth of the rivalry during the 1990-91 season, the teams have played at least once a year, with only three exceptions (1995-96, 2007-08, 2011-12).
This is the third meeting at Agganis and RPI has won the previous two, with a 3-2 victory on Nov. 21, 2005, and most recently a 5-3 come-from-behind triumph on Dec. 11, 2009.
Rensselaer won just one of its first eight contests (1-5-2) but has gone 5-2-2 since, including wins over two ranked squads (Yale, St. Cloud State).
The Engineers are in the midst of a stretch that has them playing five games in 10 days. They most recently posted a 6-2 home victory over Sacred Heart on Monday.
Sophomore Jacob Laliberte has a team-best 15 points on seven goals and eight assists while senior Nick Bailen has 13 points on four goals and nine assists. Freshman Milos Bubela has seven goals to tie Laliberte for the team lead.
Three goalies have made at least five starts this year for RPI. Freshman Jason Kasdorf leads the trio in both goal-against average (1.63) and save percentage (.937).
Seth Appert is in his seventh season at the helm of the Rensselaer program and has a record of 87-129-30.
Buddy Powers, who is in his fourth year as an assistant coach on Jack Parker's staff at BU, was head coach at RPI from 1989-94. He led the Engineers to two appearances in the ECAC title game and an at-large berth to the 1994 NCAA tournament.
BU has scored just one goal in its last 151:57. On the other end, freshman Sean Maguire brings a 131:19 shutout skein into his expected start on Friday, including back-to-back shutouts. Over his last three starts, he has recorded a 0.67 goals- against average and a .975 save percentage and he became the first Terrier in program history to record shutouts in each of his first two home starts.