Looking to continue its success against its archrival this season, No. 7 Boston University takes on No. 14/15 Boston College in the semifinals of the Hockey East tournament on St. Patrick's Day at TD Garden.
The second-seeded Terriers (23-10-3) are in search of their ninth Hockey East tournament title. The winner of the BU/BC semifinal will take on the winner of the first semifinal between top-seeded UMass Lowell and fourth-seeded Notre Dame for the league championship on Saturday (March 18) at 7 p.m. All three games will be televised on NESN and streamed on ESPN3.
TERRIERS, EAGLES TO TANGLE IN HOCKEY EAST SEMIFINALS
• The Terriers posted their first regular-season sweep of the Eagles since the 1994-95 campaign, taking both ends of a home-and-home series in January before downing BC in the Beanpot semifinals.
• Thanks to the unprecedented three-way share of the Hockey East regular-season title, this is the first time that co-champions are meeting in the league semifinals.
• This is the first time in 10 seasons (2006-07) that BU and BC are meeting in both the Beanpot and the Hockey East tournament.
• Both teams are making their 23rd Hockey East semifinal appearance - a league record. BU has now qualified for the semifinals in 13 of the past 16 seasons.
• The Comm. Ave. rivals have met 273 times and the Terriers lead the series, 133-122-18 (.520).
• The Terriers are looking to secure their first four-game win streak over the Eagles since the 2005-06 season.
• The Terriers have enjoyed a great amount of success against their archrival in the Hockey East playoffs, winning nine of 12 meetings.
• BU and BC have met in the Hockey East semifinals four times with BU winning three, including a 6-3 triumph in the most recent meeting in 2013. That result was the 897th and final victory for legendary coach Jack Parker.
• No other opponent has appeared on BU's schedule more often. Northeastern is the next closest, having faced the Terriers 231 times since the 1930-31 season.
• BU's first season of hockey was 1917-18 and played its lone game that year against BC.
• The two teams have played 41 overtime games and BC holds a 15-9-17 edge.
• The Terriers have 10 of the 19 shutouts in the series history.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
• After enduring a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2) to close the regular season, third-seeded Boston College dominated Vermont in the quarterfinals with 7-0 and 7-4 wins over the Catamounts.
• The Eagles, who strung together a 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1) in the first semester, are 10-12-3 since then.
• The Eagles have a plus-91 shot differential in the first period but are minus-2 in the third.
• Seniors Matt Gaudreau (8g, 26a) and Austin Cangelosi (20g, 14) share the team lead in points at 34 while sophomore Colin White is right behind with 33 (16g, 17a).
• Seven others have tallied at least 20 points to help bolster the Eagles' balanced offense..
• Freshman Joseph Woll, who earned a gold medal with Team USA at World Juniors along with White and sophomore Casey Fitzgerald, has made 32 starts in goal and boasts a .913 save percentage and a 2.61 goals-against average.
COMM AVE MISC.
• Sophomore Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson leads all current Terriers in scoring against the Eagles with five points, including four goals, in six games.
• Freshman goaltender Jake Oettinger has won his first three starts against BC with a 0.67 goals-against average and .978 save percentage in those meetings, which all came against his former USNTDP goaltending partner, Joseph Woll.
• 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 series history.
IN THE QUARTERFINALS
• After rallying for a 3-2 overtime victory in Friday's series opener, Boston University followed the same script on Saturday, posting another 3-2 win to sweep eighth-seeded Northeastern in the Hockey East quarterfinals at Agganis Arena.
• In both games, the Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period before the Terriers chipped away with a goal in the middle stanza. • BU got a game-tying goal in the third each night and used an overtime goal from sophomore Jordan Greenway on Friday before freshman Chad Krys provided the winner on Saturday with 24.9 seconds left in regulation.
• Junior Chase Phelps scored the game-tying goal in the opener and senior Nick Roberto created the 2-2 deadlock the following night.
• BU went 4-for-7 on the power play during the Northeastern series, getting two man-up goals each night, including both game-winners.
• In the 12 BU-NU games that have taken place since David Quinn became BU's head coach, the Terriers are now 10-1-1.
• BU has now won a school-record 10 straight home games in the Hockey East playoffs, the longest current streak of its kind in the league.
• Friday's win prevented the Terriers from their first three-game losing streak in the Hockey East playoffs since dropping five straight from 1987-90.
• This is the first time since 2008 - and eighth time overall - that the Terriers are the No. 2 seed in the league tournament.
• BU is now 20-7-1 in their 28 games as the No. 2 seed in past tournaments.
• The Terriers has qualified for all 33 of the Hockey East tournaments since the league's inception in 1984 and finished lower than the fifth seed just three times (6th - 2001, 8th - 2004, 9th - 2014).
• BU is in search of their ninth Hockey East title, having captured the tournament crown in 1986, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2009 and 2015.
• BU captured at least a share of the Hockey East regular-season title for the 10th time in program history with all 10 coming in the past 24 seasons.
• It marked the fourth time in BU's 12 full seasons at Agganis Arena that it claimed a regular-season title.
• After winning a record five straight regular-season titles from 1994-98, they also won the crown in 2000, 2006, 2009 and 2015.
IN THE TOURNAMENT
• BU has an overall Hockey East tournament record of 70-38-1 (.648). BU is 2-1 in the opening round, 47-23-1 (.669) in the quarterfinals, 11-11 (.500) in the semifinals, 2-0 in the consolation and 8-3 (.727) in the championship.
• Providence has been the Terriers' most common opponent in the tournament with 21 meetings. The Terriers have played 15 games against Maine and 14 against UMass Lowell.
IN THE SEMIFINALS
• The Terriers have now advanced to the semifinal round 23 times in Hockey East's 33-year history.
• BU is an even 11-11 in the semifinals.
• The Terriers set the league record for consecutive trips to the semifinals at nine (2002-10) and Boston College later tied the mark (2005-13).
IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP
• The Terriers have reached the title game on 11 occasions and have come out the champion eight times (1986, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2009, 2015).
AT TD GARDEN
• BU is 43-25 (.632) all-time at TD Garden, which opened as the FleetCenter in 1995.
• The Terriers are an even 11-11 in the building for the Hockey East tournament.
CURRENT TERRIERS IN THE TOURNAMENT
• Twenty-one current skaters and two goaltender have played at least one contest in the Hockey East tournament.
• Sophomore Charlie McAvoy had put up nine assists in six tournament games while classmate Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson has averaged a point per game over those same six contests (4-2--6).
• The Terriers posted 21 wins in the regular season, matching the program's most in the past eight years (also had 21 entering 2011-12 & 2014-15 postseasons).
• The Terriers are 15-5-1 in their past 21 games, including an eight-game win streak that was their longest since one of the same length at the end of the 2014-15 season.
• BU won its first six January contests for the first time since 1977-78 season, when the team captured the program's third national title.
• The Terriers have reached the 20-win mark for the third straight season and the fifth time in the past six years.
• The Terriers have allowed the first goal in each of their past eight games.
• This streak was preceded by one in which BU scored first in 11 of 14 contests, including a stretch of seven straight.
KELLER STAYS HOT
• Freshman Clayton Keller, who had a 15-game point streak come to an end on Feb. 10, has only been held without a point once in his past 23 contests and brings a seven-game point streak into the Hockey East semifinals.
• Keller leads the nation's freshmen in points per game at 1.43, which is fourth amongst all Hockey East players.
• He tallied 25 points (11g, 14a) during the 15-game streak and currently leads the Terriers in points (40), goals (19) and plus-minus (+15).
• 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).
• Freshman Kieffer Bellows has five points (2g, 3a) over the past five games and classmate Patrick Harper has seven points (3g, 4a) over the past six.
• Sophomore Bobo Carpenter has had a hand in the game-winning goal in half of BU's past 14 wins (2g, 5a) and had a career-best nine-game point streak (6g, 6a) come to an end on March 10.
• Sophomore Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson has 10 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.
• Forty-nine of BU's 115 goals thus far have come in the third period.
• 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.
• Clayton Keller and Patrick Harper are atop the Terriers' scoring list and are the seventh freshman duo at BU to each tally 30 or more points.
• The last pair of Terrier freshman to achieve the feat were Mike Pomichter and Mike Prendergast in 1991-92.
• With one more point by Harper, they will be just the fourth freshman duo at BU to each score 35 points.
• Keller and Harper rank 1-2 amongst Hockey East freshmen in points both overall and in league play.
SPECIAL TEAMS SCENARIO
• The Terriers are one of three teams (Canisius, UMass Lowell) in the nation with a power play over 20 percent and a penatly kill over 85 percent.
• BU's penalty kill ranks fourth in the nation with an 86.7-percent success rate (157-of-181).
• Earlier this season, BU killed off 22 straight opponent power plays, its longest such streak since 25 straight in March 2011.
• The Terriers have scored nine shorthanded goals after totaling just two all of last season. That total ranks tied for second in the nation with Nebraska Omaha.
• BU's power play struggled down the stretch, coming up empty on 33 of its final 38 chances in the regular season but is 4-of-7 thus far in the postseason.
• BU is second in the nation in combined special teams at 55.6 percent (190-of-342).
• Freshman Clayton Keller has four shorthanded goals, tying him with Union's Mike Vecchione, Northeastern's Zach Aston-Reese and Robert Morris's Brady Ferguson for first in the nation.