Friday, February 15, 2013

BU heads To Maine

Alexx Privitera
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Things have gone from bad to worse at BU. Yesterday it was announced that Sophomore defenseman Alexx Privitera will be suspended for the remainder of the year for his on ice actions. He has already been suspended by Hockey East and Coach Parker once this year. Following his first suspension, Parker said that if he was kicked out of another game he would be done for the year. Privitera was thrown out of the Denver game for kicking a DU player after he was down. Monday afternoon, Alexx was tossed for a brutal leg check in the Beanpot consolation game.

BU will look to overcome their most resent departure when they take on Maine tonight. A trip to Orono my be just what the doctor order for the Terriers. If you recall following the Max Nicastro incident, BU traveled to Vermont a swept a struggling Catamounts in Burlington. It not so much the team BU is playing, its that fact that they can bond and get away from everything back in Boston and just focus on hockey and what they need to do to get back on track in Maine. Last year is seemed to right the ship a little bit, hopefully that can happen again.

Scouting the Black Bears
Maine has won just two home games all year and only eight games total, but BU is in no place to take this Maine team lightly. The Black Bears are 3-1-1 in their last five games and two of those wins came in a sweep at Boston College. Last weekend, Maine was humbled by Vermont 3-0.

Joey Diamond leads the team in goals and in points with a line of 10-5-15 in 25 games played. Freshman Devin Shore is second in the scoring race with 13 points with 2 goals and 11 assists in 28 games. Sophomore Connor Leen comes in at 12 points, posting seven goal and 5 assists in 27 games,

In goal, Martin Ouellette has taken over the number-one roll. In 20 appearances, he has a 6-8-5 record with a .924 save percentage and a 2.16 goals against.

The Last Time They Met...
was back in December with BU coming away with a hard fought 1-0 win.

---> Ryan Ruikka will be back on the blue line tonight with Privitera out. That also means Junior Defenseman Matt Ronan will see his first action of the season. He will take Ruikka's place as the fourth line right wing.

---> Forward Jake Moscatel suffered a separated shoulder in practice and will be out about three weeks

---> Matt O'Connor will get the start in goal tonight, while Sean Maguire will be between the pipes tomorrow.

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