Friday, January 18, 2013

Dog Fight

Tonight, BU hosts Northeastern in the first of four game the two teams will play this season. This will be a preview of the early game in the first round of the Beanpot, which is (don't look now) less than a month away.
From The Vault
Vinny Saponari and
Chris Connolly after BU's 4-3
win at Matthew's Arena
last year.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)

BU will send red hot Sean Maguire back between the pipes this evening. The freshman netminder has won his last five starts and is playing with confidence right now, something that really lacked at the beginning of the year.

Scouting Northeastern
NU started the year with two wins. One of those was a surprising 3-1 win over Boston College at home. Since beating BC, NU has won just four more games, two against lowly Alabama Huntsville. Following the holiday break, the Huskies are 1-1-1 topping Harvard 5-1, tying Maine 1-1 and losing to Bentley 6-2 at home.

Freshman and former USHL Player of the year Kevin Roy leads the team in all three major statistical categories. In 18 games played, Roy has 9 goals 11 assists, good for 20 points. Some six points behind him is Junior Cody Ferriero who has posted a 7-6-13 line in 18 games played. Then there is former Terrier and current Northeastern Captain Vinny Saponari, who has just three goals on the year. He also has 9 assists for 12 points and third on the team in scoring. Ludwig Karlsson stands out to me as one of the better players on the Huskies. In the lone game I have been able to see NU play this year, he had a very solid game. Granted it was against Alabama Huntsville, but the kid can play. He scored a handful of goals against the Terriers last year.

In goal, NU will more than likely send out Senior Chris Rawlings, who has been up and down his entire career as a Husky. This season, he holds a 6-6-1 record in 14 appearances as well as a .927 save percentage and 2.34 goals against average. 

The Last Time They Met...
was a home and home series in March. BU won convincingly on Friday night, before NU won a thrilling game in overtime 5-4 the following night. Vinny Saponari scored the game winner. 

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