BOSTON - Looking to rebound from a pair of losses to fellow top-10 teams, the No. 4 Boston University men's ice hockey team hosts New Hampshire on Friday (Feb. 17) in the opener of a weekend home-and-home series. The game, which starts at 6 p.m., will be broadcast on ASN and NESN.
The Terriers (19-9-2, 11-5-2 Hockey East) enter the weekend with 19 wins, one shy of the nation high of 20 held by Denver and Union. In the Hockey East standings, BU is currently in second place, three points behind first-place Boston College and four points ahead of sixth-place Vermont. The Terriers will start off the Hockey East playoffs with home ice, as they can finish anywhere between first and eighth.
• The Terriers and Wildcats have played 177 times since the 1924-25 season, and BU holds a decided advantage, 105-52-20 (.650).
• BU has won 11 of the past 18 meetings but UNH has come out on top in five of the past 10.
• The road team in the BU/UNH regular-season series has enjoyed a decent amount of success in recent years, posting a 16-13-6 (.543) mark in league play since the start of the 2003-04 season (excluding UNH's 4-3 victory at Verizon Wireless Arena on 11/5/04).
• The teams are an even 8-8-3 in games at Agganis Arena.
• Thirty-three meetings have gone into overtime, and the Terriers hold a slight 9-7-17 edge.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
• New Hampshire has just one win in its past nine contests (1-6-2) but is coming off a weekend split at Vermont in which it won the opener, 4-2.
• The Wildcats are tied for seventh in the Hockey East standings and could finish anywhere between third and 10th.
• UNH's power play ranks eighth in the nation at 22.7 percent while its shooting percentage of 10.9 percent is good for fifth. The Wildcats rank last in the country in faceoff percentage at 43.8 percent.
• UNH boasts one of the top forward lines in the country with senior Tyler Kelleher (18-33--51) and juniors Michael McNicholas (10-21--31) and Jason Salvaggio (18-11--29) combining for 111 points.
• Kelleher's 33 assists lead all Division I players and he is tied for second in the nation in points (51).
• Freshman Patrick Grasso has impressed as a rookie with 28 points on the strength of 17 goals.
• Senior defenseman Matias Cleland leads all Hockey East defensemen in points (30) and assists (28) and is one of three blue-liners nationally to average a point per game.
• In goal, junior Daniel Tirone has made 28 starts and has a 2.80 goals-against average to go along with a .911 save percentage.
LAST SEASON'S SERIES
• The Terriers took three out of four points in a weekend home-and-home series with New Hampshire on Feb. 19-20 of last season, skating to a 3-3 draw on the road before earning a 3-2 win on Senior Night at Agganis Arena.
• Danny O'Regan was named Hockey East Player of the Week after scoring four goals over the weekend, including his second career hat trick on Friday.
• Matt Grzelcyk had three points (1g, 2a) over the two games and Bobo Carpenter scored the eventual game winner on Saturday.
MONDAY AT THE BEANPOT
• Boston University came up short in its bid for a 31st Beanpot title on Monday as No. 3 Harvard ended a 24-year drought in the tournament with a 6-3 victory.
• Despite a career-high 40 saves from freshman goaltender Jake Oettinger, BU was unable to contain a strong Harvard offense that held a commanding 46-17 advantage in shots.
• After Harvard scored the lone goal of the first, the Terriers responded with two goals in the first first five minutes of the middle stanza to take a 2-1 lead.
• The Crimson, however, responded with four consecutive goals to jump out to a 5-2 lead with 7:13 left in regulation.
• Freshman Clayton Keller scored BU's final two goals and classmate Kieffer Bellows provided the Terriers' first tally.
• Oettinger claimed the Eberly Trophy for having the top save percentage in the tournament, posting a .913 mark on a combined 63 saves.
KELLER STREAK ENDS AT 15
• Freshman Clayton Keller had a 15-game point streak come to an end in last Friday's loss at UMass Lowell. He tallied 25 points (11g, 14a) during the stretch and now leads the Terriers in both points (32) and goals (16).
• He matched Robert Morris's Brady Ferguson for the longest point streak in the nation this year and it was the longest by a Terrier since Jay Pandolfo had at least a point in 15 straight contests during the 1995-96 season.
• Keller came up one game short of BU's freshman record of 16 held by Tony Amonte (1989-90) and Mark Fidler (1977-78).
• Keller leads the nation's freshmen in points per game at 1.45.
• The Terriers' current roster has a combined 500 career points (174g, 326a).
• BU has now held BC to one or zero goals in each of their past five meetings, the longest such stretch in the 273-game history between the rivals.
• Sophomore Bobo Carpenter has had a hand in the game-winning goal in seven of BU's past 10 wins (2g, 5a) and is currently on a team-best five-game point streak (4g, 3a).
• Sophomore Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson has eight goals since the semester break after scoring just three goals in the first half of the season.
• Eleven of BU's top 12 point-scorers this season have at least one power-play goal.
• The Terriers have scored first in 11 of their past 16 games.
• Thirty-eight of BU's 92 goals thus far have come in the third period.
• Senior captain Doyle Somerby has a team-best plus-13 rating.
• Five of BU's wins this season have been shutouts, and for the first time in the Terriers' 95-season history, they blanked their first three home opponents.
• All 23 skaters on BU's roster have scored at least one point this season.
ROOKIE NETMINDER IMPRESSES
• Freshman Jake Oettinger has won four Hockey East weekly awards and was named the league's Goaltender of the Month for October.
• The Minnesota native leads all Hockey East netminders and in goals-against average (1.93) and is second in save percentage (.932). Those numbers both rank seventh in the nation.
• His four shutouts are tied for sixth in the nation and he also put together 56 scoreless minutes in a start against Northeastern, missing the rest of the time to fix a skate midgame.
• Oettinger did his part to excite the Agganis faithful as he put together a home shutout skein of 204:41 to start his career.
• He closed October with back-to-back shutouts as part of a 134:14 shutout streak that was the sixth-best in program history.
SPECIAL TEAMS SCENARIO
• The Terriers' penalty kill ranks eighth in the nation with an 86.2-percent success rate (138-of-160).
• Earlier this season, BU killed off 22 straight opponent power plays, its longest such streak since 25 straight in March 2011.
• The Terriers have already scored nine shorthanded goals after totaling just two all of last season. That total ranks tied for first in the nation with Harvard and Nebraska Omaha.
• BU's power play has struggled recently, coming up empty on 25 of its past 27 chances.
• BU is second in the nation in combined special teams at 54.3 percent (164-of-302).
• Freshman Clayton Keller now has four shorthanded goals on the season, tying him with Union's Mike Vecchione for first in the nation.
SCORING BY CLASS
• The freshmen hold a 104-98 edge over the sophomores in the race for scoring by class and hold a 44-35 lead in goals.