BOSTON — Good Saturday evening everyone, and welcome inside Agganis Arena on the campus of Boston University where the No. 5/6 Terriers welcome Providence for the back end of a Hockey East home-and-home series.
Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. The game will be streamed live, and for free, on TerrierTV with Bernie Corbett and Mark Linehan on the call.
BU opened the set with a 2-1 win last night at Schneider Arena as freshman Jake Oettinger made a career-high 38 saves and junior Nikolas Olsson’s first goal of the season was the eventual winner at the 7:09 mark of the second period.
The Friars took a 1-0 lead just 4:46 into Friday’s game on Kasper Bjorkqvist’s first collegiate goal. Sophomore Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson equalized for the Terriers just 81 seconds before Olsson scored his first goal in 55 games (since the 2015 Hockey East title game), 32 of which he missed due to injury.
Last night’s win was the Terriers’ second straight and sixth in nine games since the start of November. BU is undefeated (1-0-2) in its last three meetings with Providence since the Frozen Four title game as the teams skated to 1-1 and 3-3 ties last year.
Although he was held without a point for just the third time this season last night, freshman Patrick Harper leads BU with 11 assists and 17 points. His six goals are tied for the team lead with sophomore Jordan Greenway.
On the Providence side, sophomore Erik Foley has a team-leading six goals and 14 points, while he and freshman defenseman Jacob Bryson have eight assists apiece. Foley scored the deciding goal in a 3-2 win over Colgate last Saturday.
Sophomore Hayden Hawkey made just 16 saves in last night’s game as the Friars held a 39-18 shot advantage. Also of note, junior Brian Pinho was held without a point for the second straight game after his career-high, eight-game point streak ended against Colgate.
Here are tonight’s lines:
FRIARS (5-6-2, 1-4-1)
Kasper Bjorkqvist - Scott Conway - Chase Zieky
Erik Foley - Brian Pinho - Josh Wilkins
Brandon Duhaime - Ryan Tait - Garrett Gamez
Conor MacPhee - Robbie Hennessey - Niko Rufo
Spenser Young - Vincent Desharnais
Jacob Bryson - Anthony Florentino
Jake Walman - Josh Monk
Kyle McKenzie (game-time decision)
TERRIERS (8-4-1, 3-1-1)
Jordan Greenway - Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson - Patrick Harper
Kieffer Bellows - Patrick Curry - Bobo Carpenter
Nikolas Olsson - Ryan Cloonan - Nick Roberto
Oskar Andren - Gabriel Chabot - Chase Phelps
Brandon Hickey - Charlie McAvoy
Chad Krys - Dante Fabbro
Doyle Somerby - John MacLeod