The pre-game lowdown from Agganis Arena in Boston where the No. 19 BU Terriers welcome the Vermont Catamounts for the first of a weekend series on Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
BOSTON – Good evening from Agganis Arena on the campus of Boston University where the No. 19 Terriers (15-14-2, 12-9-2 Hockey East) welcome the Vermont Catamounts (10-15-5, 7-11-5 HE) for the first of a two-game weekend series to open the month of March and the final two weeks of the season.
The Terriers were 6-2 winners over the Catamounts in their first head-to-head meeting of the season on Nov. 16, 2012 at Gutterson Fieldhouse. In that contest, rookie Sean Maguire made 29 saves en route to the first victory of his career, while sophomore Cason Hohmann and junior Garrett Noonan each posted two points.
BU picked up just its second home win of the calendar year, defeating No. 17 Merrimack by a 5-2 score on Tuesday night. Junior Matt Nieto tallied two goals in the second period and added an assist to end the squad’s worst home drought (0-4-1) since moving to campus in 1971.
The Cats earned one point in a set with No. 5 New Hampshire last weekend in Burlington as sophomore Jacob Fallon scored their lone goal in a 1-1 Saturday tie. UVM has outscored its opponents 10-1 at 5-on-5 even strength over the last five games, including just one surrendered in that situation last weekend, to UNH’s Austin Block.
Here are the line-ups:
Kyle Reynolds – Jake Fallon – Chris McCarthy
Connor Brickley – Anthony DeCenzo – Colin Markison
Robert Polesello – Matt White – H.T. Lenz
Ben Albertson – Brett Bruneteau – Jonathan Turk
Brody Hoffman (10-15-5, 2.72, .908)
Wade Megan – Cason Hohmann – Sahir Gill
Matt Nieto – Danny O’Regan – Evan Rodrigues
Matt Lane – Ben Rosen – Sam Kurker
Mike Moran – Ryan Santana – Jake Moscatel
Sean Escobedo – Ryan Ruikka
Garrett Noonan – Matt Grezelcyk
Ahti Oksanen – Patrick MacGregor
Sean Maguire (7-6-0, 3.02, .907)
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