Saturday, September 30, 2017

It Starts With Union

Finally, it's time to drop the puck on a new season. Tonight, BU takes on Union in game one of the 2018 season at Agganis Arena in one of the earliest starts in program history.
From The Vault
Brandon Hickey blocks a passing lane forcing Spencer Foo
to shoot on a two on one in the October 2015 meeting
at Union.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Last year, BU topped Union 5-4 in overtime thanks in large part to a Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson hat trick. The Terriers were without six regular skaters that night as Jake Oettinger, Clayton Keller, Kieffer Bellows, Charlie McAvoy, Patrick Harper and Dante Fabbro were all playing in the World Junior gold medal game.
Recently, Union was tabbed to finish sixth in the ECAC coaches poll. Last year, the Dutchman finished tied with Harvard for the league title with 34 points. BU, on the other hand, was slatted first in Hockey East. Union opens the season as the 16th ranked team in the USCHO Poll.

Scouting the Dutchman 
Major losses to Union are Mike Vecchione and Spencer Foo, their top two leading scores and starting goalie Alex Sakellaropoulos from a season ago. A few top returners are Junior Sebastian Vidmar, who registered 41 points in 35 games as a sophomore last season. In addition, Jeff Taylor and Cole Maier both topped the 30 point mark.

In goal, Union returns Jake Kupsky and Joe Young. The two combined for just nine appearances last year. Kupsky posted a 3-4-1 record with a 3.97 goals against average and a .878 save percentage. Young never started a game.

BU opened the 2015-16 season at Union, falling 5-3. Charlie McAvoy scored his first colligate goal that night and Sean Maguire made 26 saves.

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