Friday, February 24, 2012

Weekend With Vermont

From The Vault
Chris Connolly digs the puck out
of the corner vs Vermont In a
game played back in November.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)

Tonight, BU gets a chance to right the ship, at least on the ice anyway. The Terriers have will head up to Vermont and take on the struggling Catamounts at Gutterson Field House for a pair of games. Tonight's game (Friday) will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network for those who can't make the trip to Burlington. 

There is some good news for the Terriers, as they enter this weekend's games: Freshman defenseman, Alexx  Privitera is expected to play in Friday night's games. Privitera suffered a broken wrist in the last weekend in January vs Maine and has not played since. Depending on the pain level in his wrist, he could play in both games. His return will help fill the void that Max Nicastro left after he was charged with two counts of rape, early Tuesday morning. He is since, no longer enrolled at Boston University.

Vermont has had a bad year to say the least. They come into this weekend's games with a sad 6-23-1 record. The Catamounts have lost a lot of games this year, that’s obvious, but what’s strange is that they have beaten some very good teams. Vermont was the first team to hand Minnesota a loss this year and they did it in Mariucci Arena, home of the Gophers. Minnesota was ranked number one in the nation at that time. Later in the year, UVM took down current number one, Ferris State at home in the consolation game of the Catamount Cup by a score of 4-2. Vermont has actually taken three points from New Hampshire in Hockey East play. The Catamounts have only seven points in league play all season and have already been eliminated from the post season.

Scouting Vermont 
Sebastian Stalberg is running away with the points race for UVM. In 30 games played, he has 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points. It does not take math wiz to point out that he is averaging a point a game. Kyle Reynolds is a distant second with 23 points in 30 games (10g, 13a). Other players that have a big impact for Vermont are Nick Bruneteau, H.T Lenz (yes, that's his name) and Anthony DeCenzo.

In Goal
Rob Madore used to be one of the top goals in Hockey East, and you could have made a good case that in 2009, his freshman year, he was one of the better goalies in the Nation. That same year, Kieran Millan –also his freshman year- and the Terriers toped Vermont 5-4 in the National Semi Finals in Washington DC. In 2009, Madore had a career high .912 save percentage and a 2.35 goals against average. This year, the goaltender from Pittsburg has a .874 save percentage and a 3.79 GAA. 

The last Time They Met... 
was back in November when BU had Corey Trivino, Charlie Coyle, and Max Nicastro were sill on the roster. BU snuck by with a 4-3 in front of 4,717 at Agganis Arena. Coyle and Trivino both potted goals in the win. Grant Rollheiser made 31 saves. Rollie is expected to start one of the games this weekend, as well. 

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