BOSTON - Playing its first home game in four weeks, the Boston University men's ice hockey team aims for a season sweep of New Hampshire on Friday (Jan. 11) when it hosts the Wildcats. Game time at Agganis Arena is set for 7:30 p.m.
BU is in the middle of three games in five days after returning from the holiday break on Tuesday with a 2-2 draw at Harvard. The Terriers are on a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) and are meeting this weekend the only two Hockey East teams that are currently on longer streaks - UNH (4-0-1) and Providence (5-0-3).
The Terriers and Wildcats have played 182 times since the 1924-25 season, and BU holds a decided advantage, 109-52-21 (.657). BU is undefeated in the past eight meetings (6-0-2) and has been victorious in 15 of the past 23 (15-6-2). The Terriers are 9-8-4 (.524) in the 21 meetings that have taken place at Agganis Arena.
The road team in the BU/UNH regular-season series has enjoyed a decent amount of success in recent years, posting a 19-14-7 (.563) 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).
UNH enters the weekend on a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) and closed a four-game homestand on Saturday with a 5-5 draw against Yale.
The Wildcats have a balanced scoring attack as freshman Austin Crookshank (6g, 9a) and junior Liam Blackburn (4g, 11a) have 15 points apiece while sophomores Max Gildon (3g, 11a) and Charlie Kelleher (1g, 13a) have each added 14. Senior Ara Nazarian has 12 points on the strength of a team-best eight goals.
Sophomore Mike Robinson has emerged as the Wildcats' primary goaltender and has a .926 save percentage to go along with 2.10 goals-against average.
UNH ranks third in the nation in combined special teams at 56.8 percent (83-of-146).
Mike Souza is in his first season as head coach of the Wildcats after spending three seasons as an associate head coach in Durham.
Sophomore Shane Bowers scored a shorthanded goal 3:06 into overtime to lift BU to a 3-2 road victory over UNH on Nov. 10 at Whittemore Center. Bowers also added BU's second goal – a power-play tally – junior Chad Krys opened the scoring with a man-up goal.
Co-captains Bobo Carpenter (4g, 2a) and Dante Fabbro (2g, 4a) each have tallied six points against UNH in their careers. Junior Patrick Harper (2g, 2a) has averaged a point per game in four contests versus the Wildcats and Bowers has three goals in three games.
Junior Jake Oettinger, who is undefeated in four starts (3-0-1) against UNH, boasts a 1.75 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage over the past five games this season.
Freshman Joel Farabee scored the game-tying goal and classmate Matthew Quercia opened the scoring in Tuesday's draw at Harvard.
BU has had a different player record the game-winning goal in all six of its wins this season.