Weekend Roundup: Maine Series

The No. 18 Boston University men’s hockey team picked up another two points this weekend in its road series against the University of Maine. The Terriers are currently tied for fourth place in Hockey East alongside No. 10 Providence College.

Sophomore forward Patrick Harper picks up three assists this weekend. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF
Sophomore forward Patrick Harper picks up three assists this weekend. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

On Friday night at the Alfond Arena, redshirt sophomore goaltender Max Prawdzik made his second collegiate start in net. Despite putting up 42 shots, with 18 in the final period, BU was only able to get two past Maine’s sophomore goaltender Jeremy Swayman for a final score of 5-2 in favor of the Black Bears. 

The following evening at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, the Terriers were able to convert their opportunities for a season-high seven goals. Sophomore goaltender Jake Oettinger made 30 saves to shutdown any goals for Maine and recorded his sixth career shutout. 

For freshman Terriers – Kasper Kotkansalo, Logan Cockerill, Hank Crone and Brady Tkachuk – also scored their first goals as Terriers. Kotkansalo finished the series with one goal and one assist, Cockerill had two goals and two assists and Crone picked up an assist in addition to his goal.

Freshman forward Shane Bowers registered two goals and one assist over the series. Freshman forward Jake Witkowski and freshman defenseman Cam Crotty each tallied their first collegiate points. 

BU will play in the 6th biannual Red Hot Hockey game at Madison Square Garden this upcoming Saturday. Be sure to follow along on the live blog and Twitter as Boston Hockey Blog travels to New York City.

Read our articles from the weekend below:

Friday night’s recap – “Men’s hockey falls in first game of series to Maine at Alfond Arena

Saturday night’s recap – “Men’s hockey capitalizes on its opportunities for 7-0 win against Maine” 

Here are some Twitter posts and the post-game press conference on Saturday with Nikki on the side:

Meet Boston Hockey Blog’s new writers

Dear Boston Hockey Blog readers,

A few weeks ago this past year’s reporters Jonathan Sigal and Shelby Reardon graduated, and Nick Frazier returned from his semester abroad in London.

Unfortunately Nick will not be returning to cover the 2017-18 hockey season, but two new writers, Liam O’Brien and Nikki Havens, are excited to bring you the best coverage of BU men’s hockey. Through updates on the games (whether it’s Twitter, the live blog, or articles), the annual hockey preview edition, and much more, we hope to bring you another year of great content about Coach Quinn and the Terriers.

We hope you all have good summers, possibly catch a bit of the Stanley Cup playoffs for some BU hockey alum action, and are ready for another great season of hockey.

Below is a little bit about each of us before we begin posting content this summer. Get ready for lots of updates about the 55th NHL entry draft, which takes place on Friday, June 23!

Liam: Liam is a rising sophomore in B6634147-792F-4022-B2F2-4F418EA42610.JPGBoston University’s College of Communication with the goal of majoring in journalism. Despite being born in Philadelphia, he spent the majority of his childhood growing up just outside of Boston in Newton, Massachusetts. 

A close proximity to the city fostered a considerable passion for Boston sports, making Liam an avid fan of the Celtics, Patriots, and Red Sox. Due to the fact that he has never hit the ice for a session of skating, the only hockey that took place in Liam’s early days was the occasional Stanley Cup Final game on television. However, the Bruins’ sensational run to a Stanley Cup Final championship in 2011 fostered an appreciation for the game. This was only heightened by Boston’s run to another Stanley Cup Final two seasons later and a bucketload of evenings spent supporting the Terriers at Agganis Arena in his freshman year at BU.

Now, Liam considers himself a fan of the game and is looking forward to covering the Terriers as they seek out a trip to the Frozen Four.

unnamedNikki: Nikki is also a rising sophomore in the College of Communication and intends on majoring in journalism. She is from a small town in the East Bay of San Francisco, but moved to Hong Kong during high school because of her mom’s job. Ever since moving to a large city, she knew she wanted to go to a school with the same atmosphere and she loves Boston so BU was the perfect fit.

Growing up Nikki did not have a large passion for hockey; however as soon as she stepped foot in Agganis Arena, her love of hockey grew like a wild fire. Last semester, she covered the BU’s women’s hockey and men’s lacrosse teams, and this coming semester, she will serve as an Associate Sports Editor alongside Liam.

The Boston Hockey Blog can also be found on Facebook and Twitter so please like/send us a follow if you don’t already! Feel free to send Liam and Nikki a follow, and look at some of the articles Nikki and Liam have written in the past for The Daily Free Press.

Meet your new Boston Hockey Blog writers

Boston Hockey Blog folk,

As you may or may not know, this past year’s reporting trio of Andrew Battifarano, Judy Cohen and Sarah Kirkpatrick will be graduating in the coming days.

However, have no fear, as The Daily Free Press’ coverage of the BU men’s hockey team lives on. That’s where us two, Nick Frazier and Jonathan Sigal, step in. You can learn all about us below, but still expect to get your daily dose of life at Agganis Arena. Whether it’s the annual hockey preview edition (fair warning: some big plans are in the works), coverage of games, or whatever other content we can think of, your BU hockey fix will be met.

Without further ado, it’s time to learn more about next year’s Boston Hockey Blog writers/editors.

Nick (left) and Jonathan (right). PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF
Nick (left) and Jonathan (right). PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Jonathan: Sports are sorta, kinda Jonathan’s thing. He spent his freshman year playing Division III soccer at Clark University before transferring to BU for his sophomore year, and it was undoubtedly the right choice. Now a rising senior in BU’s College of Communication, Jonathan is majoring in journalism and is a native of Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

He spent the Spring 2016 semester serving as Sports Editor of The Daily Free Press, and has previously covered BU’s men’s soccer, women’s hockey and men’s lacrosse teams. He also writes monthly feature articles for New England Hockey Journal, New England Lacrosse Journal and New England Soccer Journal. During the summer (and school year when feasible), he covers the New England Revolution for SB Nation.

Nick: Nick is a rising junior in the communications program at BU, where he also majors in journalism. He grew up in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, always knowing that he wanted to go to school in the greatest city ever. Last year, he served as an Associate Sports Editor for The Daily Free Press, and will be interning at WEEI this summer. Nick is excited to work with Jon to provide the best BU hockey coverage possible in the fall semester, and looks forward to interacting with the blog’s followers along the way.

Social media: If you don’t already, like the Boston Hockey Blog on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! Also, feel free to give Jonathan a follow, and please do the same with Nick! We’re both friendly guys, and we can’t wait to interact with everyone through our content and coverage.

Lastly, check out some of what Jonathan and Nick have written in the past!