Clash On Commonwealth Avenue
Dec. 5, 2008
Courtesy of Boston University
BOSTON - The No. 7/5 Boston University men's ice hockey team (9-4-0, 4-4-0 Hockey East) will close out a six-game homestand on Friday (Dec. 5) with a contest against archrival Boston College (9-4-1, 5-3-1). The game, which starts at 7:30 p.m., is the opener of a home-and-home weekend series with the No. 2/3 Eagles and will be broadcast live by CN8.
The Comm. Ave. rivals have met 242 times and the Terriers lead the series, 120-106-16 (.528). BU is winless in the last five meetings (0-4-1) and is 2-7-1 since winning four straight match-ups during the 2005-06 season. BC is 4-1-0 in the five meetings at Agganis Arena.
BC has won four of its last five games after opening November with a three-game winless streak (0-2-1). Most recently, the Eagles posted a 2-1 overtime victory at Dartmouth on Sunday after recording a convincing 5-1 home win over Harvard on Friday. BC's other non-conference wins this season have come against Wisconsin and Bowling Green.
After being limited to just five games last season due to injury, BC senior Brock Bradford leads the country in points with 22 and is tied for the national lead in goals with 13. Sophomore Brian Gibbons has 18 points, including a team-best 12 assists. Sophomore goaltender John Muse has played every minute in goal for the Eagles and has a 2.74 goals against average and a .900 save percentage.
In the cross-town rivals' last meeting, BU dropped a 4-3 overtime contest to Boston College in the first round of the 2008 Beanpot on Feb. 4, ending the Terriers' streak of three straight Beanpot titles and 13 straight appearances in the tournament's championship game.
Friday's contest features the nation's top two performers in terms of points per game, as Bradford leads the way at 1.57 (13-9--22, 14 games) and BU sophomore Colin Wilson is right behind at 1.54 (7-13--20, 13 games).
BU is coming off a two-win week, having topped Holy Cross, 3-2, and St. Lawrence, 4-1, to kept its perfect non-conference record intact at 5-0. Eleven different Terriers earned at least one point on Saturday against the Saints to help the team improve to 7-2-0 at home and senior Brandon Yip, junior Zach Cohen and Wilson all scored a goal in both wins.
Wilson has 18 points (6g, 12a) in the last 10 contests and has eight points (2g, 6a) during his current five-game point streak. Senior forward Chris Higgins, who scored his 100th carere point on Saturday, has scored a goal in five of the last eight contests and also owns a five-game point streak (3g, 2a).
To add even more to the BU/BC rivalry, the opposing bench bosses are the top two active coaches in career victories, as Jack Parker has 790 victories, second only to Jerry York's 812. Both coach at their respective alma mater and the two faced off on the ice from 1965-67.