Opponent Previews: Boston University (2/9) & UMass Lowell (2/10)

Opponent: Boston University Terriers (Friday) & UMass Lowell Riverhawks (Saturday)

League: Hockey East

Record: BU: 15-11-2 (10-7-2), UML: 16-12 (10-8)

BU Notable Wins: Union (15-12-1), Harvard (10-9-4)
BU Other Wins: Arizona State, Merrimack, UNH, UConn

BU Notable Losses:
BU Other Losses: Cornell, Northeastern, Denver

UML Notable Wins: Clarkson (19-6-3)
UML Other Wins: UConn, AIC

UML Notable Losses: St. Lawrence (6-20-2), Bentley (10-13-6)
UML Other Losses: 


Team Stats (2/5):                UMass                                        BU                              UML
Goals                                      72                                             90                                87
Save Percentage                   .892                                         .908                             .885
Goals Against Average        3.20                                         2.62                              3.09
Shots Per Game                    27.8                                         34.6                              27                     


Team Leaders (BU):

Goals (16): Bobo Carpenter #14 Forward, 5’11, 190 lbs

Assists (16): Jordan Greenway #18 Forward, 6’5, 240 lbs

Points (27): Bobo Carpenter #14 Forward, 5’11, 190 lbs

Shots (104): Jordan Greenway #18 Forward, 6’5, 240 lbs

Goals Against Average (2.4): Max Prawdzik #31 Goalie, 6’3 180 lbs

Save Percentage (.914): Max Prawdzik #31 Goalie, 6’3 180 lbs



Team Leaders (UML):

Goals (10): Kenny Hausinger #10 Forward, 5’9, 200 lbs

Assists (15): Ryan Lohin #18 Forward, 6’0, 195 lbs

Points (23): Ryan Lohin #18 Forward, 6’0, 195 lbs

Shots (82): Ryan Dmowski #15 Forward, 6’1, 220 lbs

Goals Against Average (2.06): Cristoffer Hernebrg #31 Goalie, 6’0 190 lbs

Save Percentage (.921): Cristoffer Hernebrg #31 Goalie, 6’0 190 lbs



Friday’s Prediction: Boston University 3, UMass 2

Last Friday night, Boston University came into the Mullins Center and defeated the Minutemen by this same score, and I believe it will be a similar outcome at Agganis arena this time around. Once again, UMass just doesn’t quite have the depth to match up with Bobo Carpenter and Jordan Greenway. I hope that I’m proven wrong if Matt Murray has another exceptional game, but the situation is not looking favorable for UMass in their first game of their final back-to-back of the year.

Saturday’s Prediction: UMass Lowell 2, UMass 1

The biggest story of Saturday’s game is the junior goalie Christoffer Hernberg. He has been red-hot all season, as he currently ranks second in goals against average (2.06) and third in save percentage (.921) in the Hockey East, making the Riverhawks a team that will be difficult to beat on any night. The best chance the Minutemen have at upsetting in this game will be to give Hernberg a busy night and be relentless the whole game. Unlike the Terriers, the Minutemen don’t have as much scoring prowess and match up fairly evenly against the Riverhawks, but I still think putting pucks behind Hernberg will be a struggle. If they can get on the power play early and often and the student section with the Militia can get into it, the Minutemen could come out with a win. For now, however, I’ll have to stick to my guns with a low scoring game on Saturday night.

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