Jan. 8, 2013
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Inside BU Hockey - Episode 12
Boston Herald: O'Regan brothers clash for first time
BOSTON - Looking for its 12th win of the season, the No. 8 Boston University men's ice hockey team (11-6-0) will play host to crosstown rival Harvard (4-7-1) on Wednesday (Jan. 9) at Agganis Arena. The game will be broadcast live by the NBC Sports Network beginning at 7 p.m.
The Terriers are coming off an overtime win against Rensselaer on Friday and will be closing out a stretch of three straight non-conference games before returning to Hockey East play at Merrimack on Friday. BU has won five of its last seven contests and moved up one spot to eighth in both national polls this week.
This edition of the BU-Harvard rivalry marks the first time ever that BU freshman Danny O'Regan and his brother, Tommy - a sophomore at Harvard - will be on opposite benches for a game. They are the sons of Tom O'Regan, a Cambridge native who co-captained the 1982-83 BU squad.
Both Danny and Tommy were born in Germany when their father was in the middle of an 11-season European playing career after appearing in 61 NHL contests with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The two brothers played together at St. Sebastian's before Tommy went on the USHL for the 2010-11 season. Tom and Danny are the second-ever father and son to both play under Jack Parker at BU. Mike Eruzione's son, Mike Jr., was on the 2004-05 squad for part of the season and appeared in one exhibition contest.
The Terriers and Crimson have played 145 times since the 1922-23 season and BU holds a 76-63-6 (.545) advantage. The Terriers are 7-2-1 in the 10 meetings since the start of the 2005-06 season and have won their last five games against ECAC opponents.
The teams met twice last season with BU earning a 4-3 overtime win at Bright Hockey Center on Jan. 14 before coming away with a 3-1 victory in the opening round of the Beanpot on Feb. 6.
Harvard enters Wednesday on a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) and most recently dropped a 6-2 road contest to Quinnipiac on Saturday for its fourth straight loss.
Senior Alex Fallstrom has a team-high nine points this season and is tied for the team lead in assists at six with sophomore Tommy O'Regan. Freshman Jimmy Vesey, who earned a gold medal with the U.S. National Junior Team, leads the Crimson in goals this season with five.
Junior goaltender Raphael Girard has started all 12 of Harvard's games this season and boasts a .909 save percentage and a 3.05 goals-against average.
After leading BU in its win over Rensselaer, sophomore Cason Hohmann was named the Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week on Monday. He assisted on Sahir Gill's game-tying goal before providing the winner 2:56 into overtime to push the Terriers to the come-from-behind victory. Hohmann currently leads BU in points (18) and assists (13). His plus-17 rating is tied for first in the country.
Remarkably, BU's last 22 goals have been scored by 15 different players. During one stretch, the team had 14 goals scored by 13 players.