A long layoff became longer when Friday’s game against the United States National Under-18 team was cancelled due to a snow storm. The Terriers will take on the University of Maine for a third time this season, looking to take the season series. Check out Liam’s preview for The Daily Free Press.
Although the Boston University men’s hockey team will not return to action until the first weekend of the new year, some Terriers will be wearing the jersey of their respective country over the break.
Freshman forward Brady Tkachuk, sophomores goaltender Jake Oettinger and forward Patrick Harper will represent Team USA in the World Junior Championship which begins play Tuesday, Dec. 26.
Harper leads BU with 21 points, tied for first in assists with 13 and tied for second in goals with 8. Tkachuk leads Terrier freshmen in points and assists with 14 and 10 respectively Oettinger has started 17 games for BU and has a .902 save percentage.
Both Harper and Oettinger skated on the gold medal-winning 2017 U.S. National Junior Team that bested Team Canada 5-4 in a shootout.
Skating for Team Canada is sophomore defenseman Dante Fabbro. Fabbro leads the Terriers with 40 blocked shots and he has 12 points. Fabbro represented Canada in last year’s tournament–in which he took home a silver medal.
Playing for Finland is freshman defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo. Kotkansalo has two goals and three assists on the season.
These will not be the only Terriers playing in international tournaments over their break. Senior defenseman and captain Brandon Hickey was selected to represent team Canada in the Spengler Cup.
Hickey has three goals and two assists for the Terriers.
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) December 23, 2017
— College Hockey Inc. (@collegehockey) December 21, 2017
This weekend the Boston University men’s hockey team held its first ever season opener in the month of September. The Terriers beat Union College 4-1 on Saturday night after a three-point (2g, 1a) performance from sophomore forward Patrick Harper and game-winning goal notched by sophomore defenseman Dante Fabbro.
On Sunday night, BU didn’t have the same luck against the University of Prince Edward Island during its exhibition game. After five minutes of overtime, the game ended in a 5-5 draw. However, the Terriers continued to have a productive power play with four power-play goals after scoring two during opening night, and freshman forward Brady Tkachuk and sophomore defenseman Chad Krys each tallied three points.
BU’s next matchup will be against Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 8). Tune in to the live blog for updates.
Read our articles from the weekend below:
Union Recap – “Men’s hockey beats Union in season opener, 4-1”
Union Sider on the Terriers’ special teams – “Two power play goals lead men’s hockey to a win against Union”
Prince Edward Island Recap – “Men’s hockey ties University of Prince Edward Island in exhibition game”
Prince Edward Island Sider on Brady Tkachuk’s performance – “Three-point night for Tkachuk in men’s hockey exhibition”
Here are some Twitter posts from the weekend and highlights from Saturday’s game:
The Terriers tied their exhibition, but freshman forward Brady Tkachuk scored two power-play goals including one to tie the game. pic.twitter.com/q3HNN1Hzmt
— Boston Hockey Blog (@BOShockeyblog) October 1, 2017
— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) October 1, 2017
— College Hockey News (@chnews) October 2, 2017