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Hockey East Team Previews: Boston University Terriers

September 22nd, 2011

A closer look at rivals Boston University in the Thursday edition of our Hockey East previews.

Last Season: 19-12-8 (15-6-6), 3rd in Hockey East. Lost in 1st round to Northeastern.

What Happened:

2010-2011 was a down year for the Terriers, as they did not advance to the Hockey East Semifinals for the first time since 2000-01 and they finished fourth in the Beanpot. That being said, the team did still finish 3rd in Hockey East during the regular season and have a record of 19-12-8. The Terriers had 9 skaters with over 20 points, including 34 from Alex Chiasson. They were also particularly strong on the Penalty Kill, where they were 4th in the nation (86.6%). Boston University faced off against Northeastern at home in the first round, but were eliminated in an intense three game series.

Key Losses:

  • David Warsofsky (D): The veteran defenseman, and Boston Bruins property, decided to forgo his senior year of eligibility with the Terriers to sign with the Providence Bruins of the AHL. Warsofsky scored 22 points last season, good for second on the team and fifth in Hockey East among defensemen. He was also named to the All-Hockey East second team. Warsofsky finishes his college hockey career with 68 points in 113 games.
  • Joe Periera (F): One of only two seniors for the Terriers last season, BU co-captain Joe Periera had arguably his best season in 2010-11. Periera led the Terriers with 15 goals and surpassed the 20-point plateau for the second straight year by registering 21 points. The Terriers will greatly miss his leadership this season.

Key Returners:

  • Alex Chiasson (F): Two years ago, Alex Chiasson had an outstanding freshman season, scoring 19 points. Last season, Chiasson nearly doubled that production by tallying 34 points and 5 game-winning goals to lead the Terriers and being an All-Hockey East honorable mention. In his junior season, expect Chiasson to be one of Hockey East’s top forwards.
  • Keiran Millan (G): Keiran Millan recovered from a shaky-by-his-standards 2009-10 and reclaimed his place among the top goalies in Hockey East. Millan had a 2.68 GAA and .919 save percentage in 36 games for the Terriers last season. Millan is expected to be the BU starting goalie for the fourth consecutive season and is one of three seniors on the team that appeared in over 20 games last season. The Terriers will rely on their experienced goaltender to lead them back to the Hockey East Semifinals and possibly the NCAA tournament.

2011-2012 Outlook:

Expect Boston University to once again return to being one of Hockey East’s, and the nation’s, top teams. The Terriers were a very young team last season that gained a lot of experience over the course of the season. They only lose two players that saw significant time in 2010-2011 (Warsofsky and Periera), and they were the 8th and 9th scorers on the BU roster last season, which included four freshmen with over 20 points. All of these returning scorers, as well as the return of Keiran Millan, should spell a good amount of success for BU.

-Mike Sobel

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