Saturday, October 22, 2016

QU Comes To Town

Former Terrier Kevin Duane, who
transferred to Quinnipiac last season
will make his first appearance back at
Agganis since 2014, tonight.
(Photo by Matt Dresens) 
After blanking Sacred Heart 7-0 last night in their home opener, BU has a quick turnaround as they host Quinnipiac in just the second meeting all-time between the two schools.

Last year, BU handed Qpac their first and only loss of the first semester with a 4-1 win in Hamden. Quinnipiac made it all the way to the National Title Game a year ago, but lost 5-1 to North Dakota in the championship game. While this year’s squad doesn’t return everyone from their playoff run last year, It will still be a solid test for the Terriers tonight.

So far this year, QU is 3-1-1. They opened the season with a three point weekend against Northeastern, before splitting with Maine in Orono in two overtime games. This past Wednesday they dropped UConn 5-2 at home. In a weird scheduling quirk for the Bobcats, their first seven games of the 2017 season are all against Hockey East teams.

Scouting the Bobcats
Travis St. Denis and Sam Anas, along with goaltender Michael Garteig are QU’s main departures from last year. Anas, despite playing through a devastating shoulder injury for most of the season, racked up 50 points, including a goal against BU. Garteig was a wall in net posting a .924 save percentage and picking up 32 wins.

This year, Tim Clifton will be looked upon to try and pick up some of the slack. Last year, he finished with 43 points and so far has found the back of the net three times this year. Andrew Taverner has also potted three goals and has added two assists. The two have five points each in five games played.

Replacing Garteig between the pipes is Senior Chris Truehl. In four games played, he has a .920 save percentage to go along with a 2.43 goals against.

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