Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Knowing The Enemy: New Hampshire

Photo from the last time the two teams
played, back on November 19th.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Tomorrow night BU will head up to Durham and play a mid-week game against the University of New Hampshire. This will be the third and final meeting of the regular season between the two teams and that to me is a little bit strange. After Thursday's game, BU will have already wrapped up the season series with both Boston College and New Hampshire before the Holiday break. That’s odd because if you take in to consideration that BU has yet to even play Northeastern, another Hockey East foe.

In the two games played earlier, BU has had the upper hand against the Wildcats, winning both tilts 5-0 and 4-1, respectively. Seventh place UNH comes into this game four points behind second place BU in the Hockey East standings with 9 points. BU has 13 points.

After BU ended their seven game unbeaten streak, UNH has won just one game in their last five tries. That lone victory came against dreadful Alabama Huntsville, 9-1 at home. The Wildcats should have beaten Harvard two days after playing BU when they were up 4-0 in the first, only to have the Crimson storm back and win 7-6 at home. Last weekend, New Hampshire was swept by Lowell in a home and home series. 

Scouting the Wildcats
Stevie Mosses still leads the team in total goals -11- and total points -19- in 16 games played. Sophomore, Nick Storkin also has 19 points with a 5-14-19 line. 

Matt Di Girolamo has an .885 save percentage, 48 goals allowed, one shutout, a 3.36 goals against average in 15 games played.

BU Injury Report
According to the Boston Hockey Blog, Matt Nieto is out Thursday night with a shoulder injury, suffered in practice earlier this week. It is still uncertain if he will play Saturday at Maine. 

Stat of The Day
The top 10 scorers in the AHL all come from college backgrounds. Number two on that list,  former Terrier Chris Bourque. In 26 games played with the Hershey Bears, Bourque has 11 goals, 21 assists for a total of 32 points, four behind AHL leading Keith Aucoin, from Norwich Academy (DIII). Aucoin also plays for the Bears. 

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