Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The BU Terriers beat the Acadia Axemen 4-2 in an exhibition game this past Saturday. There was definitely some rust as practices could only formerly begin on Saturday morning. I thought most of the freshmen specifically JFK and MacAvoy looked slow in the first period. JFK obviously picked up the pace as the game went on with two nice goals(see below) and I wouldn't rush to make any judgement until we have seen a few regular season games. The third line of Olsson-Lane-Carpenter may be the most physical line in all of college hockey this year but every one of them could score 10+ goals as well. The fourth line consisted of Ryan Cloonan, Mike Moran and Chase Phelps. Dillon Lawrence and Tommy Kelley also saw time up front and I expect Nick Roberto will be back to battle for the time in the bottom 6 forwards after being held out this weekend.

The six defensemen consisted of Hickey, Somerby, Diffley, MacAvoy, Switzer, and Macleod. Out of those six, Macleod probably played the best but again it is still very early. I thought  Shane Switzer also looked very good and is going to make it a tough decision which six to dress going forward assuming Brandon Fortunato isn't injured. It will be interesting to see what lineup Coach Quinn dresses this Saturday as the Terriers travel to take on the Union Dutchmen. The only definitive guy who won't play is captain Matt Grzelcyk who is skating but doesn't appear to be ready to come back at this point.

In other HE news, both BC and UVM lost their exhibition games which doesn't mean much unless you believe the hype about how great BC is this year.

The full hour long episode of the Season II will be played on NESN the following times(10/8-4pm, 10/15-9pm, 10/20-7pm, 10/29-3pm) and is also available to be watched on Youtube as well(Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3). It is definitely worth a watch for any BU fan who enjoyed the ride from last year. If you don't love last year's team and the coaching staff even more after watching it, then I don't want to. It is worth the watch on it's own just for this visual below after BU clinched it's place in the Frozen Four up in Manchester last March.

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