Friday, November 4, 2016

Weekend With The Huskies

After a scheduling quirk that saw BU have a vacant weekend to close out October, the Terriers open Hockey East play in a home and home series with the defending league champion Northeastern Huskies, tonight.
From The Vault
Former Terrier Matt Nieto rips off a shot at Matthews in March
of 2013. BU won this game 4-2.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Last season, the two teams squared off in two of the more entertaining games of the year. BU slugged out a back and forth come-from-behind 5-4 win at Agganis in Matt Grzelcyk’s first game back from offseason knee surgery. The next night, BU completed the sweep with a 4-1 win at Matthews.

NU is 3-2-2 on the year and was picked to finish second in the league standings by the Hockey East coaches, prior to the year.  The Huskies opened their season rather sluggish. They picked up just one point on opening weekend at Quinnipiac and skated to a 1-1 tie at Bentley the following weekend. Finally, NU found the win column against those same Falcons the next night with a resounding 7-3 win. From there, NU rolled over Arizona State in a two-game set and then fell to Vermont last weekend 3-2.

Scouting the Huskies
Dylan Sikura is once again off to a hot start, leading the team in scoring with 11 points (2g, 9 a). Sophomore Adam Gaudette, who played a major role in NU’s run to the Hockey East title last year, currently leads the Huskies in goals scored with five in just seven games. Gaudette has also has added five assists for ten points on the year. Zach Aston-Reese, who also has ten points, and Lincoln Griffin are other players to watch.

In goal, Ryan Ruck is the lone Husky goalie to see time in net. In seven games, he has a .904 save percentage and a 2.25 goals against. A year ago, Ruck allowed nine goals in three games against the Terriers and never found the win column.

BU Notes
- The Daily Free Press reported earlier this week that Nik Olsson will be out for tonight’s game with an upper body injury.

- Oettinger likely in net.

- I will be down at the glass taking pictures for tonight’s game. I hope to have some of the good ones up by the end of the night.

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