By Mark Fraenkel
Even though the Boston University men’s hockey team hasn’t announced their schedule for the 2022-2023 series, Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald reported that BU and the University of North Dakota have agreed to a home and home series in the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 seasons.
Brad Elliott Schlossman wrote on Friday that “UND has signed a contract to play Boston University in a pair of nonconference series featuring two traditional college hockey powerhouses.”
The Terriers will host the Fighting Hawks in the 2023-2024 season. The next year, BU will travel to Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.
According to Schlossman, the series was set up between North Dakota coach Brad Berry and former BU coach Albie O’Connell.
The Terriers are 10-11-2 in games against the Fighting Hawks.
Notably, the two teams have some history in the NCAA tournament. Namely, North Dakota defeated BU 6-4 in the 1997 national championship and then eliminated the Terriers in the first round of the national tournament in 2005.
In more recent history, BU beat North Dakota in the national semifinal game in 2015 and the first rround of the tournament in 2017.
North Dakota is a powerhouse program in the NCHC. Brad Berry has led his team to a winning season in all of his seven seasons at the helm. His teams have had a single digit number of losses in three of those seasons.
This home and home series between the Fighting Hawks and the Terriers will be tough tests for head coach Jay Pandolfo’s second and third teams in his pursuit to put BU back in the national hockey conversation.