Wednesday, October 26, 2011

BU Weekend Preview: October 28 and 29 Edition

After a disappointing (and frankly somewhat embarrassing) loss to lowly Holy Cross this past Saturday, your BU Terriers look to rebound with a pair of games against UMass - Amherst.  BU travels to the always classy Mullins Center on Friday, and the Minutemen make the trek out to Boston on Saturday.  Without further adieu (as I know you minutemen only have an attention span of, well, about a minute), here's what to watch for in this weekend's home and home with UMass...

I Think You're Doing it Wrong...

The story of the season thus far for UMass has been poor goaltending.  In 4 games this season, freshman Kevin Boyle and Sophomore Jeff Teglia have allowed 16 goals - including 6 to PC alone.  While some UMass fans (cough Fear the Triangle cough) will be quick to point out that BU's own Kieran Millan has only fared slightly better than the dynamic duo out in Amherst, I'll remind them that he's only given up 12 goals - and a third of those have been on the power play. Plus he's won in conference. And has a National Title. But I digress.

Does That T Stand For Temper?

In only 4 contests this fall, Senior Co-Captain TJ Syner has racked up 6 penalties totaling 20 penalty minutes.  This includes a 10 minute misconduct penalty received against BC.  Yikes. While I can appreciate just how irritating BC can be, it stands to reason that Mr. Syner probably has a bit of a temper (and certainly knows what the inside of the sin bin looks like).  Don't be surprised if Chiasson and/or Noonan get him all riled up over the weekend.

Living in Your Older Brother's Shadow

Any BU fans who followed this team last year (or any of the three previous years before that) will remember the name Joe Pereira, or "Bulldog" as he was sometimes known.  Bulldog's younger brother, Mike Pereira, is in his sophomore season for the Minutemen after putting up some decent numbers as a freshman.  Don't let that fool you, however, as Joe will always be better than Mike.  Plus, Mike doesn't have an awesome nickname like Bulldog. Chant Idea - Joey's Better

BU Quick Hitters

-Look for Senior Grant Rollheiser to probably get a start in net over the weekend. I'm guessing at home on Saturday, but either day wouldn't really surprise me.
-Both Matt Nieto and Corey Trivino look to continue 6 game point streaks over the weekend, dating back to last season's Hockey East quarterfinal matchup with Northeastern

Stay tuned for more on Hockey East/BU as the week progresses...

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