Merrimack is the perfect team to scrimmage this weekend if Notre Dame is BU's opponent next Friday night at the Garden. Merrimack's 1-3-1 style trap and stingy defensive zone play along with a great goalie make them tough to score on similar to Notre Dame who frustrated BU at Agganis three weeks ago. Notre Dame easily poises the toughest matchup for the Terriers as Cal Petersen has been playing out of his mind in goal and stealing games for a mediocre team. BU would need to eliminate Notre Dame's chances offensively as they are very opportunistic(Credit to David Quinn ,2015). They are lead up front by talented sophomore Vince Hinostroza and on defense by offensive defenseman and
UVM and Lowell would give BU a different type of challenge as both teams played BU tough in one game this season and got their doors run off in another. UVM has struggled to score all season and are 8th in the conference in doing so. They will struggle even more without leading scorer Mario Puskarich who has been out with an upper body injury. Lowell has been better than expected offensively ranking second in the league but their poor penalty kill(79.1%) has done them in a number of times this season. That probably has a lot to do with the very average goaltending that they are getting from UMass transfer Kevin Boyle.
UNH is unlikely to beat Providence this weekend but would be an ideal semifinal opponent for the Terriers. Even though they have already beaten the Terriers, it was in a game where BU spotted them a 4-0 lead and still almost won/ would have won with some good bounces going their way. The UNH goaltending situation has been stabilized by Danny Tirone but not enough to slow down BU's top line of three potential Hobey Baker Finalists. So go UNH and enjoy the two scrimmage games with Merrimack at Agganis everyone. BU is so fun to watch that NESN is actually broadcasting both scrimmages for all of New England to watch!