Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Visit From Vermont **Updated**

Vermont's Dean Strong and BU's
Nick Bonino take the opening
face off of 2009 the Frozen Four.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Tomorrow, BU will welcome the University of Vermont Catamounts to Agganis Arena. This season, Vermont has struggled in all phases of the game. They rank dead last in Hockey East in total offense (2 goals a game), penalty kill (62.5%), and are in last place in the league standings with one point in six games.

The Catamount's have just one win all year, handing number one ranked Minnesota their first lost of the year in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Last weekend, Vermont tied New Hampshire (BU's opponent on Saturday night) 4-4 at home. So far this year, the Terriers have a history of playing down to their competition's level. If I was Parker, I would have been drilling it in to my team's head that "hey they beat the best team in the Nation in their building".

Vermont plays BU very tough at home. In 2009, BU was swept in a weekend series with the Catamounts at Agganis. It was the only time all season the the Terriers lost two games in a row. BU ultimately got their revenge in the Frozen Four as they ended Vermont's season in the National Semi Final in Washington D.C.

Updated: Millan will be benched Rollie to start.
Senior goalie Kieran Millan will be benched for the Vermont game for skipping class. In his place, fellow senior, Grant Rollhieser will make his second start of the year.

Scouting the Catamounts 
Vermont is lead by junior forward Sebastian Stalber, brother of Victor Stalbeg who is currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks. Victor was a Hoby Baker finalist in 2009. Anyway, Sebastian has three goals and three assists in seven games, he leads the team in points. Connor Brickley is the team's leading goal scorer with four in seven games, but has yet to register an assist.

Vermont is very solid in goal. Four year starter Rob Madore is 33 saves away from moving into third all time at Vermont for saves in a career. If your wondering, Tim Thomas leads the school in total career saves. This season, Madore has a .854 save percentage, 22 goals against and a 1-3-1 record in five games played.

The Last Time They Met...
was last year in a weekend series at BU. The two teams tied on Friday night 3-3, after BU jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Saturday, BU won 3-1 behind a solid goaltending showing from Keiran Millan.

Back To Back?
BU has not won consecutive games since March 4th. That 3-1 win over Vermont was the first leg and the next weekend, BU defeated Northeastern 3-2 making it back to back wins. Since then, BU has not won two games in a row, but the Terriers have a chance to end that streak tomorrow night.

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