Jan. 17, 2013
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Inside BU Hockey - Episode 13
In the first of four scheduled meetings this season against its crosstown rival, the No. 9 Boston University men's ice hockey team (12-7-0, 9-4-0 Hockey East) will host Northeastern (6-10-2, 3-8-2 HEA)on Friday (Jan. 18) in a contest that will be televised live on NESN. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The first 3,500 fans at Agganis Arena on Friday will receive BU throwback jerseys. The Terriers will continue their home weekend on Saturday (Jan. 19) when they will play host to a hot UMass Lowell.
The Last Meeting
March 3, 2012
No. 4 Terriers End Regular Season with 5-4 Overtime Loss to Huskies
Despite a career-high four points from senior Chris Connolly, the No. 4 Boston University men's ice hockey team dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Northeastern on Saturday evening at Matthews Arena. The Terriers finished tied for second in the Hockey East standings and will host New Hampshire in the league quarterfinals.
Northeastern and BU will next meet in the opening round of the Beanpot on Feb. 4 before closing out the regular season with a home-and-home series. Exactly a quarter of the Terriers' final 16 regular-season games will be against the Huskies and nearly half (7) of BU's remaining contests will be against this weekend's opponents.
BU has won six of its last nine contests and currently sports a three-game win streak in Hockey East play, most recently a 4-1 victory at Merrimack on Jan. 11.
This will be the 216th meeting between the Terriers and Huskies since they first took to the ice together during the 1930-31 season. BU holds a 152-55-8 (.726) advantage and is 17-4-4 against Northeastern in regular-season meetings since the start of the 2005-06 campaign.
The Boston rivals are meeting for the first time since closing out the 2011-12 regular season with a home-and-home series on March 2-3. The first night was a 5-2 victory for BU at Agganis. The result eliminated the Huskies from contention for the eighth and final Hockey East playoff spot. Northeastern rebounded the following night with a 5-4 overtime victory at Matthews. BU earned the season series thanks to a 4-3 road win on Jan. 13.
Northeastern is coming off a 1-1 home draw against Maine last Friday and is 1-8-2 in its last 11 Hockey East games after opening the year with a pair of league wins. The Huskies' offense is averaging just 2.17 goals per contest, which ranks 52nd in the nation.
Freshman Kevin Roy is the league's top rookie scorer and he leads the Huskies in goals (9) and assists (11). His 20 points put him in a tie for sixth place among all Hockey East players. Junior Cody Ferriero (7g, 6a) and senior Vinny Saponari (3g, 9a) have added 13 and 12 points, respectively.
In goal, senior goaltender Chris Rawlings has earned the start in 14 of Northeastern's 18 games this season and boasts a 6-6-1 record to go along with a .927 save percentage and a 2.34 goals-against average.
Friday's game features Hockey East's top two rookie scorers as BU's Danny O'Regan is second behind Roy with 15 points (7g, 8a). Junior Matt Nieto has 10 points (4g, 6a) in nine career contests against the Huskies.
Freshman Sean Maguire has won his last five starts in goal for the Terriers and has a 0.99 goals-against average and a .966 save percentage during the span. He ranks seventh nationally in save percentage (.938) and ninth in goals-against average (1.83). Both marks are tops amongst Hockey East goalies. He stopped 37 of 38 shots in BU's 4-1 win at Merrimack last Friday and was named Hockey East Co-Rookie of the Week for his efforts.