BOSTON – Sophomore goaltender Max Prawdzik of the Boston University men's ice hockey team will take the second semester of the 2016-17 season off to play junior hockey and freshman Nico Lynch will take his spot on the roster, head coach David Quinn announced on Friday.
Prawdzik has not appeared in a regular-season game during his time with the Terriers. He was in goal for the third period of a 10-2 exhibition win over Prince Edward Island on Oct. 1 of this season and stopped all 10 shots he faced.
"In an effort to play some games, Max has decided to explore options at the junior level for the upcoming semester," said Quinn. "He is planning to rejoin our team next fall with sophomore eligibility."
Lynch spent three seasons with Boston Advantage of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League before finishing out his senior year by playing for his team at Barnstable High School. He posted a 1.80 goals-against average for Barnstable in 2015-16 en route to team MVP honors and a spot on the Boston Globe All-Scholastics Old Colony All-Star Team.
"Fortunately for us, there was a quality goaltender already planning on enrolling at BU for the second semester," said Quinn. "We've welcomed Nico to our team and he has looked sharp and capable in practice thus far."
The No. 5/6 Terriers will open the second half of their season on Thursday, Jan. 5, when they welcome No. 10/9 Union to Agganis Arena for a 7 p.m. contest.