Saturday, October 1, 2016

Finally A Chance To See The Hype

Current NHLer Jole Ward amassed
 54 goals and 81 assists for 135 points
 in four years at PEI.
BU will finally roll out what some people have called one of the best recruiting classes in college hockey history. Tonight is the first game action, albeit an exhibition game, since their NCAA tournament departure back in late March.

The Terriers welcome the University of Prince Edward Island to Agganis for the first of two exhibition games, before the real season starts a week from tonight at Colgate.

PEI offers a bit of a different look from the usual matchup with either U-Toronto or St. Francis Xavier. It’s been three years since UT or the Xmen have come down from the north and the competition has been all over the map.

In 2014, St. Thomas offered little resistance as BU strolled to a 12-1 win. Last year, Acadia was a solid game.

So far this season, PEI 1-1 in pre-season action. They were run-over by perennial CIS powerhouse New Brunswick 7-0 in mid-September, but bounced back with a 3-2 a week later vs Moncton. Tomorrow, the Panthers will travel to Lowell and continue their NCAA road trip.

Scouting the Panthers
Cody Payne, Nick Parker, and Gabe Guerttler were the three starters up front for PEI in their game against New Brunswick. A year ago, Parker posted 10 points (4g 6a) in 27 games played. No stats were listed for the other two starters.

In goal, BU will most likely see Matt Mahalak. Mahalak is one of two American-born players on the team and last year put up a 2.77 goals against to go along with a .914 save percentage in 16 games played.

BU Notes
Coach Quinn said earlier this week that he will “dress as many players as possible.” I would suspect all three goalies will see time.

I will unfortunately not be at the game tonight, as my first game of the season is also tonight.

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