Men’s Hockey: Badgers head to Boston for Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge Preview

The Matchups: No. 2 Wisconsin at No. 6/7 Boston College

No. 2 Wisconsin at No. 15 Boston University

When: Friday, Oct. 18 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 19 6 p.m.

Where: Friday: Chestnut Hill, Mass. -Kelley Rink (7,884)

Saturday: Boston -Agganis Arena (6,300)

TV: None

Radio: Friday: WIBA-AM 1310; Saturday: WTSO-AM 1070

All-Time Series: Boston College leads 12-9-0

Boston University leads 9-6-0

Last Meetings: BC 5, UW 0 (4/10/10)

BU 4, UW 3 (10/8/10)

 

About the Eagles:

Record: 1-1-0

Head Coach: Jerry York, 42nd season, 20th at BC, 936-570-98

Notable: Two of the last five meetings between UW and BC have come in the NCAA championship game (2006, 2010), with the teams splitting those contests. The Badgers have dropped the past four games in the series, since their 2-1 victory in the 2006 NCAA Championship Game.

Statistics:

Points: Johnny Godreau - 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) 

Goals: 8 players tied - 1 goal 

Assists: Johnny Godreau - 3 assists 

Save Percentage: Thatcher Demko - .926%

Goals Against Average: Thatcher Demko - 2.00GAA 

 

About the Terriers: 

Record: 2-0-0

Head Coach: David Quinn, 1st year at BU and Overall (2-0-0)

Notable: These two teams haven't met since the days of the old Badger Hockey Showdown in Milwaukee. In fact, these two teams have never met on each other's home ice, with all 15 meetings coming on neutral ice. That ends on Saturday as the Badgers take on the Terriers at their home ice arena. 

Statistics: 

Points: Ahti Oksanen - 4 points (0 goals, 4 assists) 

Goals: 6 players - 1 goal

Assists: Ahti Oksanen - 4 assists 

Save Percentage: Sean McGuire - .975%

Goals Against Average: Sean McGuire - 1.00 GAA

 

Badgers Statistics:

Points: Nic Kerdiles & Michael Mersch - 3 points (both w/ 1 goal, 2 assists)

Goals: Grant Besse - 2 goals

Assists: Kerdiles, Mersch, Mark Zengerle - 2 assists

Save Percentage: Joel Rumpel - .952%

Goals Against Average: Joel Rumpel - 1.00 GAA 

 

Predictions from Andy:

This series is a real test for two young standout performers from last week in Nic Kerdiles and Grant Besse. If both are on the scoreboard with assists or goals or both, this Badger team will have likely come out victorious. Boston College took one on the chin at Michigan, from the Big Ten, last weekend and UW has to know they can skate with them. 

However, BC and BU's arenas are tough places to play and the memory of what happened in that 2010 game isn't with a lot of the players on this Badger roster. It is with head coach Mike Eaves, so expect his team to come out ready for this weekend series. 

Friday: Boston College 3, Wisconsin 2

Saturday: Wisconsin 5, Boston University 2

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