Dec. 12, 2014
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Inside BU Hockey - Episode 10
The No. 2 Boston University men's ice hockey team (10-3-2, 7-1-2 Hockey East) will wrap up the first half of its schedule by traveling to Troy, N.Y, to face off against Rensselaer (6-11-1, 4-4-0 ECAC) on Saturday (Dec. 13). Puck drop from Houston Field House is slated for 7 p.m.
The Terriers are looking to head into the holiday break with more than 10 wins for just the sixth time in program history. The 1995-96 team has the record with 13 first-semester wins. Four other teams posted 11 (1997-98, 1999-00, 2001-02, 2008-09).
The Terriers and Engineers have played 67 times dating back to the first match-up in the 1952-53 season. BU holds a 34-30-3 (.530) advantage in those games. The teams are an even 13-13-2 in the 28 meetings at Houston Field House. Last season, RPI defeated BU at Agganis Arena by a score of 3-1. Then-freshman Kevin Duane scored his first career goal in the loss.
Rensselaer has dropped four straight contests since posting a 2-1 win at New Hampshire on Nov. 25. The Engineers' offense ranks next-to-last in the country, averaging just 1.61 goals per game.
Sophomore forward Riley Bourbonnais leads the Engineers in scoring with nine (4g, 5a) points thus far. Freshman Drew Melanson is first on the team with seven assists and leads all their rookies in scoring with eight points. Freshman Lou Nanne (4g, 3a) and junior Mark Miller (3g, 4a) have each added seven points.
Junior goaltender Jason Kasdorf - a Winnipeg draft pick - leads all RPI goalies in wins (6), save percentage (.922), and goals-against average (2.34).
BU is coming off a weekend in which it accumulated three points in two Hockey East match-ups against No. 18 Merrimack. On Friday, the two teams skated to a 1-1 draw with Matt Lane tallying the lone goal for BU. The following night, the Terriers defeated the Warriors, 4-2, at home behind four-point nights from Jack Eichel and Danny O'Regan. Defenseman Brandon Hickey scored his first collegiate in the victory.
As part of his four-point night, O'Regan recorded his first collegiate hat trick and he was honored as Hockey East Player of the Week for his efforts.
Eichel leads all of college hockey in points (25), points per game (1.67) assists (17), and plus/minus (+2). O'Regan ranks sixth in points per game (1.40) and tied for second in goals (11). Junior netminder Matt O'Connor comes in at No. 6 in the country in goals-against average (1.73) and is fifth in save percentage (.938).
As a team, BU is fifth in the country in scoring margin with a margin of 1.40. The Terriers are scoring 3.27 goals per game and conceding just 1.87, which is good for seventh nationally.