Nov. 29, 2012
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Inside BU Hockey - Episode 8
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The B-Line Rivalry takes center stage this weekend, as the NBC Sports Network will broadcast both ends of the home-and-home series, beginning on Friday (Nov. 30) at Agganis Arena. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
Ninth-ranked Boston University (7-4-0, 5-3-0 Hockey East) ends a three-game homestand on Friday and looks to avenge a 4-2 loss earlier this month against top-ranked Boston College (10-1-0, 8-1-0 HE).
The Last Meeting
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November 11, 2012
No. 11/12 Terriers Fall to Top-Ranked Eagles, 4-2
In the first tilt of the year between the crosstown rivals, the No. 11/12 Boston University men's ice hockey team dropped a 4-2 contest to top-ranked Boston College on Sunday evening at Agganis Arena.
The Terriers have won four of their last six games with the two losses coming against the teams currently ranked first (BC) and second (New Hampshire) in the country.
This will be the 260th meeting between the crosstown rivals and BU leads the all-time series, 127-115-17. In the 79 meetings that have taken place since Jerry York took over the Eagles' program in 1994, the archrivals are an even 36-36-7. The road team in this series is 8-1-0 since the start of the 2009-10 season and 13-3-2 dating back to 2006-07.
To add even more to this rivalry, the opposing bench bosses are the top two active coaches in career victories, as BU's Jack Parker has 883 victories, second only to BC's Jerry York at 923, which is one win away from the all-time record held by Ron Mason. Parker ranks fourth among active coaches in winning percentage at .646 while York, who has coached 119 more games than Parker, ranks ninth at .616.
BC is on a nation-best 10-game win streak, which started after a loss to Northeastern in its season opener. The Eagles have won 29 of their last 30 contests dating back to January.
Sophomore Johnny Gaudreau leads the Eagles in goals (9) and assists (10) while seniors Pat Mullane (6g, 9a) and Steven Whitney (7g, 6a) have added 15 and 13 points, respectively.
Senior goaltender Parker Milner has started all 11 games this season and boasts a .926 save percentage and a 2.08 goals-against average.
The Terriers have benefited from an extremely balanced offense as of late, as their last eight goals have been scored by eight different players and the team's last 18 points have been tallied by 17 different players.
Linemates Wade Megan and Cason Hohmann continue to be the team's top two point-scorers, having totaled 23 points (10g, 13a) and a combined plus-20 rating through the first 11 games. Freshman Matt Grzelcyk has added 10 points (1g, 9a) and ranks second in the nation amongst rookie defensemen in points per game.
Freshman netminders Matt O'Connor and Sean Maguire have combined to post a 2.36 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage thus far.
Maguire is the reigning Hockey East Rookie of the Week after stopping all 21 shots he faced in a 4-0 victory over St. Lawrence on Saturday at Agganis. He became the first BU goaltender to record a shutout in his first-ever home start since Sean Fields in 2000.
No Terrier has more than 12 penalty minutes so far this season, as the team is averaging 10.5 penalty minutes per game (49th in nation) after averaging 19.1 last year (2nd in nation). On the other end, BU will be looking to shake an 0-for-17 skid on its power play.
During Friday night's game, the BU Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hosting its eight annual Teddy Bear Toss, to benefit the Special Olympics.
Teddy Bears will be sold at the game for $10 each. All the money raised from the sale will go directly to the Special Olympics. Fans may also bring new stuffed animals to throw onto the ice during the second intermission. All the stuffed animals are then collected and donated to Boston's Children's' Hospital.