Preview: Huskies vs BU

January 13, 2012

Preview

Photo Courtesy of Dave Luca

The Huskies return to Hockey East play tonight when the host Boston University.   The Huskies are on an 8 game unbeaten streak (2nd longest in the nation), but they need to make up serious ground in the Hockey East Standings.

BU comes in tied for first Hockey East after beating Merrimack last weekend.  But the real story is the depatures.  Over break BU lost leading scorer Corey Trivino and another talented forward in Charlie Coyle.    They have played just two games since that; losing to Notre Dame and beating Merrimack.  It remains to be seen how they will deal with these losses, but if last game is any indication, they are still a good hockey team.

Matt Nieto and Wade Megan are the go to guys for the Terriers now.  They also have Alex Chiasson, but if this matchup is anything like last year, Anthony Bitetto will be out against him on every shift.  It was very effective when done last year.  On defense, Adam Clendening and Garrett Noonan are the ones to watch.   Clendening, who just returned from the World Juniors, was the one who got into it with Greg Cronin after the playoff series last year.  Noonan, a local product out of Norfolk, is a fan favorite on Comm Ave, but he could have been a Husky.  His brother played here and he was interested in coming here, but BU came in with an offer that had him arrive early.    Noonan was a teammate of Braden Pimm in Juniors.

The Huskies last saw BU in the playoffs when NU eliminated them on their ice.  That moment will not soon be forgotten in either locker room.    And to add more fuel to the fire, Vinny Saponari faces BU for the first time since getting kicked off the team two years ago.   It will certainly be an emotional night for him.

Garrett Vermeersch leads all Huskies with a 1-5-6 line against BU.  Pimm and Cody Ferriero both have 2 goals and 2 assists in just 6 games against the Terriers.   Steve Quailer (1-4-5 vs BU) will look to extend his 9 game point streak.

BU has some good numbers, but without Corey Trivino and Charlie Coyle, its hard to say what they will be.   We should find out tonight.   Its a huge game for the Huskies.  Despite the unbeaten streak, their Hockey East record is still poor.   What better time to fix that than at a sold out Matthews in front of the NESN cameras.   It should be a great game.

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