Terriers, Parker Set to Open 2010-11 Season at Ice Breaker

GO TERRIERS Sophomore Ryan Ruikka, who has missed the past two seasons due to injury, and the Terriers take on Wisconsin Friday in St. Louis.
Sophomore Ryan Ruikka, who has missed the past two seasons due to injury, and the Terriers take on Wisconsin Friday in St. Louis.

Oct. 7, 2010

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ST. LOUIS - The 90th season of Boston University men's ice hockey will get underway on Friday (Oct. 8) when the 14th-ranked Terriers take on No. 13 Wisconsin in the opening round of the Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Game time is set for 9:30 p.m. ET. Head coach Jack Parker will be back behind the Terrier bench after recovering from offseason heart surgery. 

BU, which is making its second Ice Breaker appearance in three years - and fourth overall - will face either Notre Dame or Holy Cross on Sunday (Oct. 10). The Fighting Irish and the Crusaders kick off the tournament at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday.

The tournament will be streamed live on HockeyPrimeTime.com at a cost of $9.95 for all four games.

The Terriers are looking to get the season off on the right foot after having an up-and-down 2009-10 campaign end with a loss in the Hockey East semifinals. BU boasts one of the youngest teams in the nation, as freshmen and sophomores comprise 17 spots on the 26-man roster.

Wisconsin, which reached the national title game last season before falling to Boston College, is one of the few teams in the country that rivals the Terriers' youth, as 10 freshmen join the Badgers this season.

Both squads are looking to fill spots left by players who left early to join the professional ranks. The Terriers lost Nick Bonino, Colby Cohen and Kevin Shattenkirk after their junior years and the Badgers also lost a trio of juniors - Gody Goloubef, Brendan Smith and Ryan McDonagh - in addition to sophomore Derek Stepan.

BU has met Wisconsin on the ice 14 previous times, with the Terriers holding an 8-6 advantage in the series. In their last meeitng, the Badgers posted a 3-2 victory in the championship game of the 2000 Bank One Badger Showdown in Milwaukee. Friday's game will mark the first time that Parker and Wisconsin's Mike Eaves have coached against each other.



In 2008, BU hosted and won the Ice Breaker Tournament with victories over North Dakota and Michigan State. That title kickstarted a season that saw the Terriers claim five tournament crowns, including their fifth national title. BU also won the 2003 Ice Breaker and is 4-1-1 all-time in the tournament.

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