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BU’s Roberto, Fortunato benched for Terriers’ season opener against Union

Both players were also listed as healthy scratches for BU's exhibition contest against Acadia University last weekend.

Fortunato finished second amongst BU defensemen in scoring last season.
Fortunato finished second amongst BU defensemen in scoring last season.
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While captain Matt Grzelcyk is still rehabbing from offseason knee surgery, BU head coach David Quinn noted that his team is otherwise healthy for the start of its 2015-16 campaign.

However, two stalwarts from last year’s club won't lace up their skates in the Terriers’ season opener against Union College on Saturday.

Junior forward Nick Roberto and sophomore defenseman will not play on Saturday, with Quinn citing "coach’s decision" as the reason for the duo’s benching.

Both players did not play in BU’s 4-2 exhibition win over Acadia University last Saturday, as each are reportedly dealing with off-season disciplinary issues.

Fortunato provided an offensive spark from the blue line last season, finishing third amongst Hockey East freshman defensemen with 18 points (one goal, 17 assists) in 41 games. The former Harvard commit and NTDP skater had the distinction of being the first Terrier to not commit a penalty over the course of an entire season since Jack Parker accomplished the feat twice in 1966 and 1968.

Roberto, a former prep star at Kimball Union Academy, led all BU sophomores in goals last season (four) while finishing second in his class with 12 total points. The Wakefield, Mass., native has totaled 30 points in 74 career games with the Terriers.