~ NU entertains UMass Friday; BU squares off with UNH Saturday ~
Boston College will represent Hockey East at the annual Ice Breaker Tournament
No. 5 Boston College (at the Ice Breaker Tournament, Grand Forks, N.D.)
- Boston College is 12-5 in season-opening games under the direction of head coach Jerry York.
- The Eagles are making their fourth appearance in the Ice Breaker Tournament's 15-year history. BC has
won two of the three Ice Breaker Tournaments that they have competed in. BC won the 1998 tournament in
Minneapolis, Minn., and the 2003 tournament in East Lansing, Mich. BC made its last Ice Breaker appearance in
2007 in St. Paul, Minn.
- Boston College will begin its 89th season of hockey on Friday night. The Eagles have compiled 71winning
seasons and a 1361-739-111 all-time record.
Massachusetts at Northeastern (Fri. at Matthews Arena)
- Northeastern has enjoyed success in its first games of the regular season since the inception of the program,
putting together a mark of 45-28-6 in 79 opening games.
- The Minutemen return their top four scorers from last season, which includes: Danny Hobbs (Shawville, Que.;
28 points), T.J. Syner (Springfield, Mass.; 27 pts.), Michael Pereira (West Haven, Conn.; 25 pts.) and Joel Hanley
(18 pts.; Keswick, Ont.).
- The Huskies won the season series last year, 2-0-1 vs. the Minutemen.
Merrimack (Fri.), Northeastern (Sun.) at No. 15 Maine (at Alfond Arena)
- Maine owns a 61-14--8 lifetime against Merrimack, but the Warriors went 3-2 last year, winning all three at
Lawler Arena, including a sweep in their quarterfinal playoff series.
- Merrimack is 6-2-2 in its last ten openers. Last year, Merrimack tied Niagara 4-4.
- Maine returns 19 letterwinners from the 2010-2011 season, which includes Spencer Abbott (Hamilton, Ont.),
who finished with 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points a year ago and Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) , who led
the team in goals scored with 20 and added 16 assists for 36 points.
No. 12 UNH at No. 6 Boston University (Sat. at Agganis Arena)
- Boston University leads the all-time series with UNH, 97-45-19 in 161 all-time meetings between the two
schools dating back to Feb. 5, 1925.
- The Wildcats have enjoyed success at Agganis Arena with a 5-2-3 mark all time at Jack Parker Rink.
- UNH head coach Dick Umile is just one win shy of 300 wins in Hockey East play. Umile is looking to become
just the second coach in league history to capture 300 league wins. BU's Jack Parker was the first. Umile's career
record in Hockey East is 299-144-73.
New Brunswick at UMass-Lowell (Sat. at Chelmsford Forum)
- The River Hawks officially open their season with a two-game series at Minnesota State next weekend.