Before the Terriers head off for their holiday break, they will first have to go up to Orono and take on a scrappy Maine team. BU comes into this game winners of six of their last seven games. Maine, on the other hand, is riding a hot streak. After a five game winless skid that ended on November 26, the Black Bears have yet to lose a game.
Maine has won three straight coming into tonight's game with victories against Clarkson and a sweep at Vermont last weekend. Maine is currently four points behind BU in the Hockey East standings with 11. The Black Bears have won enough games against notable opponents and find themselves in 25th in the PairWise rankings. BU actually is in a tie with Notre Dame for 6th in the PWR.
Scouting the Black Bears
Seniors Spencer Abbott and Brian Flynn are both having monster years for the Black Bears. Abbott has 10 goals, 14 assists, and 23 points in 14 games this year. Not to be over-looked, Flynn has 21 points, but has considerably less goals than Abbott with only 6. Possibly the leagues most hated player, Joey Diamond has 9 goals and 7 assists, good for 16 points and third on the team in scoring.
In net, Maine has two goalies that have both played considerable time in the cage this year. Dan Sullivan has played ten games, with a 5-3-2 record. He has given up 28 goals, holds an .896 save percentage, and has a 3.01 goals against average. Fellow Sophomore Martin Ouellette has just one win in 7 games. Ouellette has only started four games and that's where he picked up his lone win, a 5-4 overtime victory over Providence. My guess is that Sullivan will get the start, but it would not surprise me if Ouellette were the starter, either.
The Last Time They Met...
was in a two game series at Maine towards the end of January. BU won the first game 4-3 and then hung on for dear life and salvaged a 1-1 tie in game two, despite being vastly out-played.
Blog Note: There will be no twitter updates tonight and the recap will be up late because I have a family commitment. I’ve taped the game so I will watch it, but just not live, please no one tell me what’s going on. Sorry for the inconvenience... Go Terriers!