Thursday, November 15, 2012

BU-Vermont Preview

Tomorrow night, BU will travel to the Green Mountain State for their lone visit to Gutterson Filed House and the University of Vermont. Unfortunately, I will not be making the trip to UVM, but I will try and watch the game on the webcast on the Catamount's webpage.

---> Sean Maguire will start in net for the Terriers and Ryan Ruikka will be a healthy scratch in tomorrow's game.

From the Vault
This is the aftermath of a hit between BU's Max Nicastro and
Vermont's Tabias Nilsson-Roos in a game played last
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Scouting Vermont
So far this year, UVM has exceeded expectations. I picked them to finish dead last in the league, but currently they sit in a tie for seventh with UMass. The Catamounts have one win on the year, a 2-0 blanking of Providence at home. Their other two points came way of the tie, drawing with Lowell (1-1) and Merrimack (2-2), both on the road. Last weekend, UVM was shutout by New Hampshire 4-0 at the Whitt and did not look good doing it. Then again, BU looked equally as unimpressive against UNH earlier this year. So what gives?

UVM is led by Senior Captain, Chris McCarthy, who has a goal and three assists in six games played. Behind him, Nick Bruneteau and Jacob Fallon both have a goal and two assists, for three points in six games played. Collectively, UVM has scored just 10 goals in six games and does not have a multi-goal scorer on the roster at this point in the year.

In goal, the Catamounts will have Freshman Brody Hoffman, who boasts a .918 save percentage and a 2.44 goals against average in six games. Over those six game, Hoffman has a record on 1-3-2 (.333%)

Vermont does have a solid penalty kill, allowing one power play goal in their last 16 opportunities to kill a penalty.

The Last Time The Met... 
was in a series in mid February. BU swept the Catamounts with wins of 5-0 and 3-2 (ot) in Gutterson Field House. Game two included Wade Megan scoring with the extra attacker and the goalie pulled in the final minute. Alexx Privitera won the game in overtime on a tipped slapper from the point. That was my first game at Gutterson.

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