BOSTON — Good evening and welcome inside Agganis Arena on the campus of Boston University where “The Battle of Commonwealth Avenue” rivalry between the No. 5 Terriers and No. 8 Boston College makes its triumphant return tonight.
Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will be streamed live, and for free, on TerrierTV with Bernie Corbett and Mark Linehan on the call.
This marks the 271st meeting between the squads and the first of three in an upcoming 25-day span as they will face off Monday night in Chestnut Hill and in the second Beanpot semifinal on Feb. 6. The Terriers hold a 130-122-8 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to 1918.
BU has exactly five goals in each of its last three games, the last of which was a 5-3 victory over UMass in Sunday’s first Frozen Fenway contest. The Terriers are 6-1-1 in their last eight games.
If sophomore Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson can even come close to replicating his success five-goal performance in two games last week, the Terriers will be in good shape for extending their season-long, four-game winning streak.
One of three Bruins prospects in this series, Forsbacka Karlsson recorded his first collegiate hat trick ― including the tying and winning goals ― in last Thursday’s 5-4 win over Union and then scored the first two goals of Sunday’s game. JFK’s eight goals lead BU, but his 20 points are two shy of freshman Patrick Harper’s team-leading mark.
BU has allowed just one goal in its last two meetings with BC, but earned just one point in that span. The teams skated to a 1-1 last Jan. 16, while the Eagles won a 1-0 overtime game to clinch the Beanpot title Feb. 8. Additionally, BC has an 11-3-2 record all-time in this building.
The Eagles are 4-5-1 since putting together a ten-game unbeaten streak in October and November, but improved to 9-1-1 in Hockey East play with Sunday’s 3-1 win over Providence at Fenway. Still, BC leads the nation with 219 points as a team, including 22 from senior Matthew Gaudreau.
Freshman David Cotton lifted BC to its third-ever Fenway victory, scoring the game-winning goal with 3:11 remaining in regulation for his seventh of the season.
Sophomore Colin White, who leads the Eagles with ten goals, returns to the lineup after flu-like symptoms kept him sidelined from his first game after World Juniors on Sunday. He scored goals in four of his last five games before departing for Team USA.
Here are tonight’s lines:
EAGLES (14-7-2, 9-1-1)
Ryan Fitzgerald - Colin White - J.D. Dudek
David Cotton - Austin Cangelosi - Christopher Brown
Matthew Gaudreau - Julius Mattila - Chris Calnan
Ron Greco - Mike Booth - Zach Walker
Michael Kim - Connor Moore
Jesper Mattila - Casey Fitzgerald
Luke McInnis - Scott Savage
TERRIERS (12-5-2, 5-2-2)
Kieffer Bellows - Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson - Patrick Harper
Jordan Greenway - Clayton Keller - Bobo Carpenter
Nikolas Olsson - Ryan Cloonan - Patrick Curry
Chase Phelps - Gabriel Chabot - Nick Roberto
Chad Krys - Charlie McAvoy
Brandon Hickey - Dante Fabbro
Doyle Somerby - John MacLeod