Hockey Terriers Hoist the Flag, Finish Preseason Saturday
Can lightning strike twice on ice?
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Revisit last year’s spectacular men’s ice hockey season in the video above. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky.
Still basking in last year’s miracle on ice, BU hockey fans could be forgiven for wishing that the postseason glory could last a bit longer. But the men’s hockey team is back at it and hoping for a replay.
The Terriers make their second and final preseason appearance at Agganis this Saturday, capping the event with a ceremony possible only at BU: hoisting the official 2009 NCAA Championship banner.
Saturday’s opposition is intriguing — the U.S.A. National Under-18 team. While the game counts for nothing in conference standings, it should provide coach Jack Parker (SMG’68, Hon.’97) with a valuable opportunity to assess his team’s strengths and weaknesses.
In their first preseason outing, on October 3, the Terriers skated to a 2-2 tie with St. Francis Xavier, helped by goals from Nick Bonino (CAS’11) and Corey Trivino (CAS’12).
Despite losing Hobey Baker Award winner Matt Gilroy (MET’09), who signed with the NHL’s New York Rangers, and NHL first-round pick Colin Wilson (CAS’11), a Hobey Baker Award finalist, most sports news sites cast the Terriers as Hockey East favorites once again. The return of center Bonino, who turned down an opportunity to play professionally for the Anaheim Ducks, is a welcome boost. He joins Kevin Shattenkirk (CAS’11) and Eric Gryba (CAS’10) as team captains. Last year’s NCAA Rookie of the Year, goalie Kieran Millan (CAS’12), is back.
BU Men’s Ice Hockey vs. USA Under 18 team starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, at Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave. Tickets range from $15 to $26, available at the Agganis Arena ticket office or online at www.ticketmaster.com. The 2009 NCAA Championship banner will be raised in a pregame ceremony. All attending will receive a 2009 National Championship commemorative poster. For more information, call 617-353-4628.
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