No. 6 Terriers Visit No. 14/15 Denver for Hall of Fame Game on NESN

GO TERRIERS Junior Matt Nieto tallied his first career shorthanded goal in last season's triumph over Denver.
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Junior Matt Nieto tallied his first career shorthanded goal in last season's triumph over Denver.
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Dec. 28, 2012

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Inside BU Hockey - Episode 10

Looking to build off its 10-win first half, the No. 6 Boston University men's ice hockey team (10-5-0) returns to action after a three-week break with a visit to No. 14/15 Denver (9-6-3) on Saturday (Dec. 29) for this year's U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game at Magness Arena. NESN will broadcast the game, which starts at 9 p.m. ET.

This will be BU's second appearance in the Hall of Fame Game, as it posted a 4-3 win over Minnesota at the Target Center in 1996 when the contest was a preseason exhibition.

The Last Meeting
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October 15, 2011
Agganis Arena
No. 7/8 Terriers Hold Off No. 3 Denver, 4-3
The No. 7/8 Boston University men's ice hockey team held off a third-period Denver rally to post a 4-3 victory over the third-ranked Pioneers on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena.

The Terriers have posted wins in four of their last five games, including two victories over top-ranked teams. BU is 2-1 in non-conference play this season, splitting a pair at North Dakota before topping St. Lawrence at home.

The Terriers and Pioneers have played 28 times since first meeting in the 1923-24 season, and BU holds a 14-12-2 edge (.536). BU has won the last three meetings, including a 4-3 win at Agganis Arena last season. In the previous match-up, the Terriers posted a 4-1 victory in the championship game of the 2009 Denver Cup for their first win at Magness Arena in three tries. BU is 71-68-10 (.510) all-time against current WCHA teams.

BU held off a third-period Denver rally to post a 4-3 victory over the then-No. 3 Pioneers on Oct. 15 of last year's campaign. Four different Terriers found the back of the net to help the home team build a 4-0 lead through two periods before the Pioneers scored a trio of goals and threatened to tie in the closing minutes.

Denver started the season 9-1-0 but is currently on an eight-game winless streak (0-5-3), its longest in over 12 years. The Pioneers closed out the first half at Bemidi State on Dec. 14-15, earning a 1-1 draw in the opener before falling, 5-1, in the second game.

Junior Nick Shore leads the team in points (20) and assists (13) while senior Chris Knowlton is right behind with 18 points, including a team-best 10 goals. Sophomore Joey LaLeggia leads the nation in points by a defenseman with 16 (7g, 9a).

 

 

Three goalies have made at least three starts this year for Denver. Sophomore Juho Olkinuora leads the trio in goal-against average (1.92) and save percentage (.936).

George Gwozdecky is in his 19th season at the helm of the Denver program and has a record of 432-259-62 at the school.

BU closed out the first semester with a 1-0 victory over Maine on Dec. 8 at Agganis. Freshman Sean Maguire earned his second consecutive shutout with a 28-save performance and junior Garrett Noonan, who was named an assistant captain for the remainder of the season on Dec. 14, provided the game's lone goal on a power play just 7:13 into the contest.

Maguire became the first goaltender in school history to post shutouts in each of his first two home starts. Classmate Matt O'Connor is expected to earn the start in goal on Friday. He paired up with Maguire to give the Terriers a fantastic first half between the pipes and his .931 save percentage ranks second in Hockey East.

Remarkably, BU's last 21 goals have been scored by 14 different players. Sixteen of the 20 skaters that have dressed this season have scored at least one goal and 19 of them have at least one point.

Sophomore Cason Hohmann has been arguably the most improved player in Hockey East and currently leads the Terriers with 16 points on four goals and 12 assists. Linemate and senior captain Wade Megan is right behind with 15 points on the strength of a team-best nine goals.

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