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Inside BU Hockey - Episode 7
The Boston University men's ice hockey team (5-6-0) welcomes perennial power North Dakota (4-5-1) to Agganis Arena for a two-game series beginning with a contest on Friday (Nov. 22) that will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
The teams will wrap up the weekend on Saturday (Nov. 23) at 7 p.m. and that game will be televised by NESN.
The Terriers are looking to build off a 4-1 home victory against UConn on Sunday while No. 14/15 UND is coming off a weekend split against Minnesota Duluth in Grand Forks. This is North Dakota's lone trip to the east coast this season and the team just wrapped up a stretch of eight straight conference games.
The Last Meeting
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November 3, 2012
Grand Forks, N.D.
After winning three of its first four games, BU has dropped five of its last seven, but is 5-2-0 at home this season.
BU and North Dakota head into the weekend with similar numbers thus far this season. Both are one game under .500 and each squad is 9-for-43 (.209) on the power play. In addition, both teams have allowed 33 goals and given their opponents 49 power-play chances.
The Terriers have faced North Dakota 21 times and hold an 8-12-1 record in the all-time series.
This weekend marks UND's first visit to Agganis Arena since the 2008 season opener at the Ice Breaker Invitational. BU won that contest, 5-1, for the first of what would be a school-record 35 victories en route to the program's fifth national championship.
The Terriers visited Ralph Engelstad Arena last season for a weekend series with North Dakota winning by a score of 4-2 Friday night before BU evened the score with a 4-2 victory the following night for its first win in Grand Forks in eight tries.
In the latter game, the Terriers trailed, 2-1, before rallying to score three goals in a span of 3:42. Matt Nieto tied the game then Matt Lane notched his first collegiate goal for the game-winning tally. Matt O'Connor turned in a 26-save performance in the victory and Danny O'Regan recorded a goal in both games.
After its split with Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota is ranked No. 14 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and No. 15 in the USCHO.com poll. Their only previous non-conference action was a two-game series at home against Vermont to open the season. UND beat the Catamounts, 5-3, in the opener before settling for a 2-2 draw the next night.
UND has the seventh-best penalty kill in nation at 87.8 percent and sophomore forward Rocco Grimaldi leads the team in points (10), assists (7) and power play goals (3). Classmate Drake Caggiula has added eight points, including a team-best four goals.
Sophomore Zane Gothberg has started six of the 10 games in goals and sports a .906 save percentage and a 2.86 goals-against average.
Dave Hakstol is in his 10th season as head coach at his alma mater and is the only active Div. 1 coach with a winning record every season of his career.
North Dakota will be BU's first opponent from the newly formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). The Terriers have played a combined 100 games against the eight schools that make up the NCHC and hold a 49-43-8 record against them. UND is the only NCHC school that BU has a losing record against.
Freshman Robbie Baillargeon is tied for the BU lead in points this season with nine (3g, 6a) and all of his points have come in the past eight contests. Junior Cason Hohmann shares the scoring lead with nine points on two goals and a team-best seven assists.
BU is outscoring its opponents in the second period by a 17-7 margin but have scored just nine goals this season in the second and third periods combined. Eight of the Terriers' last 10 goals have come in the middle period.