Oct. 29, 2010
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Former Terrier and Olympic Gold Medalist Jim Craig will be in attendance at Friday's game at Tsongas Arena in support of his nephew, Craig Charron, who recently passed away after a brave battle with stomach cancer. Craig will sign photos for fans that make a donation to Sharky's Fight, Charron's charitable foundation, during the first intermission. For more information, click here.
Looking to continue its undefeated start to the season, the No. 5/6 Boston University men's ice hockey team (4-0-1, 2-0-1 Hockey East) kicks off a home-and-home weekend against UMass Lowell (1-2-2, 1-2-0) with a visit to Tsongas Arena on Friday (Oct. 29). Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The Terriers have equaled their best start through five games over the past 19 seasons, as the 2001-02 Terriers went 4-0-1 as part of a 6-0-1 start. The 1991-92 team won its first five games.
BU is a full month ahead of last year's pace in regards to wins, as the Terriers did not earn their fourth win last season until Nov. 24 and then did not pick up their fifth win until Jan. 2.
BU went 2-1-0 in its series against Lowell last season, splitting an October home-and-home weekend before earning a road win in between the Beanpot. All three games were decided by one goal.
The Terriers and River Hawks head into Friday's contest having met 90 times, beginning with the 1983-84 season. Over that period, BU holds a 64-18-8 (.756) advantage.
The Terriers have won seven of the last eight meetings and have an 11-7-2 (.600) edge in the 20 contests played at Tsongas Arena.
The teams have met 79 times in Hockey East play, with the Terriers holding a 55-17-7 (.741) lead.
In the 11 overtime competitions in the series, BU is 3-0-8 against the River Hawks.
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS
UMass Lowell is closing out a three-game homestand that began with a 5-4 overtime win against Providence last Friday before a 3-1 lost to Northeastern the following day.
The River Hawks began the season with an 8-2 loss at Maine before heading to New York, where it tied both RIT and Niagara.
Freshman defenseman Chad Ruhwedel has made a strong early impression and leads the team in both points (6) and assists (5). Four players have scored two goals thus far, including sophomore Riley Wetmore, who ranks second in points with four (2g, 2a). Senior Scott Campbell is the team's leading returning scorer after tallying 34 points (16g, 18a) last season.
Freshman goaltenders Marc Boulanger and Doug Carr have split time in goal with three starts each. Boulanger holds the early edge in goals-against average (3.67-4.12) while Carr's .888 save percentage is just ahead of Boulanger's .882.
Former BU associate head coach Blaise MacDonald is his 10th season as the head coach of the River Hawks and has compiled a record of 146-155-40 at the school.
BEST VS. THE RIVER HAWKS
Junior David Warsofsky
has averaged a point per game versus UMass Lowell over seven career contests with four goals and three assists.
Senior Joe Pereira
has added six points (2g, 4a) in 11 career games against the River Hawks.
Junior Kieran Millan
is 6-1-0 in seven career starts against UMass Lowell with a .901 save percentage and a 2.56 goals-against average.
PENALTY KILL ON A ROLL
The Terriers have been successful on 23 of their last 24 penalty-kill situations and two of their opponents (Notre Dame, Providence) went 0-for-7 on power plays.
BU's penalty-kill unit currently ranks eighth in the nation, operating at an 88.9-percent success rate (24-of-27).
A DIFFERENT TEAM
Last year, BU went 2-9-2 in games in which it trailed after one period. The Terriers are already 2-0-0 in that situation this year.
PEREIRA OFF TO HOT START
After scoring five goals all of last season, senior co-captain Joe Pereira has already tallied four this year, including three at the Ice Breaker.
The Terriers are one of the youngest teams in the country, as their average age is 20.3 years and underclassmen take up 17 of the 26 spots on the roster.
Eight players made their collegiate debut at the season-opening Ice Breaker tournament and the opening-night roster against Wisconsin featured six freshmen and seven sophomores.
DOWN TO THE WIRE
Twenty-six of the Terriers' last 46 games have been decided by a single goal and BU is 18-8 in those contests. Four other games during the stretch have been ties.
LAST TIME OUT
Kieran Millan made 39 saves and Alex Chiasson and Ryan Ruikka each tallied a goal and an assist to lead Boston University to a 2-1 victory over Providence on Oct. 23 at Agganis Arena.
Ruikka scored his first collegiate goal 13:59 into the contest and Chiasson added his first of the season just over four minutes later, as the Terriers held on to a 2-0 lead until Providence ended Millan's shutout bid with an extra-attacker goal in the closing seconds.
Providence, which got its lone goal from Aaron Jamnick, doubled up BU in shots, 40-20 - including a 33-12 margin over the final two periods - and goaltender Alex Beaudry made 18 saves.
The Terriers came up empty on three power-play chances, but also did not allow the Friars to convert on any of their seven man-advantage opportunities.