BOSTON - The No. 15 Boston University men's ice hockey team will aim for a home-and-home split with a crosstown rival when it visits No. 13 Northeastern on Friday at Matthews Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The teams met on Saturday at Agganis Arena with the Huskies posting a 4-1 victory. The Terriers haven't lost consecutive games against Northeastern since the 2012-13 season.
This will be the 233rd meeting between the Terriers and Huskies since they first met during the 1930-31 season. The only team BU has played more games against is Boston College (274). BU holds a 164-59-9 (.726) advantage, including wins in 12 of the past 15 meetings (12-2-1). Saturday's loss snapped BU's eight-game unbeaten streak (7-0-1) in the series.
Northeastern boasts the top offense in Hockey East, averaging 4.38 goals per game, which ranks second nationally behind only St. Cloud State (4.71). The Huskies have just one regulation loss thus far this season and enter the weekend on a three-game win streak, all in conference play. NU hasn't won four straight league games in the fall semester since the 2008-09 season.
Senior Dylan Sikura ranks fourth nationally in points per game at 1.74 and has 14 points on six goals and eight assists. Junior Adam Gaudette is right behind with 13 points (6g, 7a) while sophomore defenseman Jeremy Davies has a team-best nine assists.
Junior Ryan Ruck and freshman Cayden Primeau have split time in goal with Primeau holding the edge in both goals-against average (2.55 - 2.60) and Ruck leading in save percentage (.910 - .886).
In last Saturday's tilt, junior Jordan Greenway scored the lone goal for the Terriers while the Huskies got a hat trick from senior Nolan Stevens.
Northeastern opened the scoring 11:44 into the game when Grant Jozefek found Bobby Hampton streaking down the slot. Stevens beat the buzzer in the first, scoring right as time expired to give the visitors a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Greenway scored a power-play goal at the left doorstep 2:09 into the second period following a perfectly placed pass by sophomore Patrick Harper from the right corner.
Stevens secured his first collegiate hat trick later in the second period and put away the game for the Huskies in the process.
After scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over Providence on Nov. 3, sophomore Chad Krys was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. The second-year defenseman scored twice within a two-minute span in the third period to lift BU to the victory over the then-No. 6 Friars.
Harper leads the Terriers in points (10) and assists (6) this season while junior Bobo Carpenter has a team-high six goals. Carpenter has 142 faceoff wins this season, which ranks second in the nation, and his four power-play goals rank tied for second. Sophomore Dante Fabbro leads the nation in blocked shots with 30.