The Boston University Terriers and the Northeastern Huskies are two of the top college hockey teams in the country. These two teams have met 34 times since their first game in November of 1927, with BU winning 21 of those match-ups. Despite their long-standing rivalry, these two teams have a lot in common. In this blog post, we’ll compare the two teams based on their history, their rosters, and their recent successes.
A brief history of both teams
The Boston University Terriers ice Hockey Team is the college Ice Hockey team that represents Boston University They compete in the NCAA’s Division I as a member of Hockey East The team has won five National Championships the most recent coming in 2009. The Terriers play their home games at Agganis Arena, and have been coached by Albie O’Connell since 2019.
The Northeastern Huskies men’s ice Hockey Team is a collegiate Ice hockey program that competes in the NCAA’s Division I and is a member of Hockey East which Northeastern helped found in 1984. The Huskies have appeared in six Frozen Fours, winning titles in 1980 and 2019. They play their home games at Matthews Arena, and have been coached by Jim Madigan since 2011.
A comparison of their records
The BU Hockey team is 21-12-2 this season, good for fourth in Hockey East They are ranked 13th in the nation. Their opponent, Northeastern, is 20-9-4 and sixth in Hockey East They are ranked 18th in the nation. These two teams have met four times this season, with BU winning three of those matchups.
In terms of offense, BU averages 2.93 goals per game while Northeastern scores 2.67 goals per game. On defense, BU allows 2.53 goals per game while Northeastern allows 2.41 goals per game. In terms of special teams BU has a Power play percentage of 17.9% and a penalty kill percentage of 83%. Northeastern has a power play percentage of 15% and a penalty kill percentage of 82%.
The records show that these teams are very evenly matched and that their games should be close contests.
A comparison of their home arenas
In college hockey there are two types of arenas: those that sell out every single game, no matter the opponent, and those that don’t. It’s hard to overstate how important a good home arena can be to a college hockey team A rowdy, full arena can give a team a huge boost, whereas an empty arena can deflate even the most spirited team.
The answer is…it depends. BU’s Agganis Arena seats 7,200 fans, while Northeastern’s Matthews Arena seats 4,666. So, if you’re looking at sheer capacity, BU has the advantage. But Northeastern’s arena is more than 100 years old (it was built in 1910), so it has a lot more history and character than BU’s arena, which was built in 2005.
It really comes down to personal preference. If you like big arenas with modern amenities, you’ll probably prefer BU’s Agganis Arena. But if you prefer smaller arenas with more atmosphere and history, then Northeastern’s Matthews Arena is probably more your style.
A comparison of their fan bases
The two most dedicated fan groups for college hockey in the country are located up in Boston, with one supporting the BU Terriers and the other backing the Northeastern Huskies. But, who really has the better fans? In order to properly compare, we must look at a few key categories.
A comparison of their coaching staffs
The Boston University men’s hockey team is coached by Albie O’Connell, who is in his first year as Head Coach O’Connell was hired in April 2018, after leading the Terriers to a 21-12-3 record and a berth in the Hockey East semifinals in his first season as head coach
Northeastern’s men’s Hockey Team is coached byJim Madigan, who is in his ninth season as Head Coach Madigan has led the Huskies to two NCAA tournament appearances, in 2016 and 2017, and has a career record of 173-176-42.
O’Connell has two assistant coaches Steve Greeley and Joe Sacco. Greeley is in his first season as an Assistant Coach at BU; he previously served as an assistant coach at Hamilton College, Yale University, and Boston College Sacco is in his second season as an assistant coach at BU; he previously served as Head coach of the U.S. national team Development Program from 2009 to 2011.
Madigan has three Assistant coaches Jerry Keefe, Darren Yopyk, and Kevin Roy. Keefe is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at Northeastern; he previously served as an assistant coach at UMass-Boston and Brown University. Yopyk is in his sixth season as an assistant coach at Northeastern; he previously served as head coach of the Kimball Union Academy prep school team. Roy is in his second season as an assistant coach at Northeastern; he previously played professional hockey for four seasons, including two seasons with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks
A comparison of their rosters
The Boston University Terriers ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Boston University The Terriers have competed in Hockey East since 1984, when the conference formed. They play at the Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts and are coached by Albie O’Connell.
Northeastern University’s men’s Ice Hockey team is an NCAA Division I college ice hockey program that represents Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The Huskies are a member of the Hockey East Conference and are currently coached by Jim Madigan. They play their home games at Matthews Arena, the oldest multipurpose athletic building still in active use in the world that also serves as the home of women’s ice hockey and several other sports teams from Northeastern.
A comparison of their recent results
The Northeastern Huskies men’s ice Hockey Team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college Ice hockey program that competes in the Hockey East conference. The team has won seven conference championships and made ten appearances in the NCAA Tournament most recently in 2016. The Huskies are based in Boston, Massachusetts, and play their Home Games at the Northeastern University Matthews Arena.
The Boston University Terriers men’s ice Hockey Team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college Ice Hockey program that competes in the Hockey East conference. The team has won six conference championships and made twenty-eight appearances in the NCAA tournament most recently in 2021. The Terriers are based in Boston, Massachusetts, and play their home games at Agganis Arena.
In their most recent meeting, on February 26th, 2021, Northeastern defeated Boston University by a score of 3-2.
A preview of their next meeting
The two best college Hockey teams in the nation will square off this weekend when the top-ranked Boston University Terriers travel to face the second-ranked Northeastern Huskies. Both teams are undefeated in conference play and are looking to solidify their position in the NCAA tournament
This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season, and it is sure to be a heated battle. The Terriers are led by forward Bobby Orr who is widely considered to be the best player in college hockey Orr is a prolific scorer and an excellent playmaker, and he will be a tough matchup for the Huskies’ defense.
The Huskies counter with forward Tyler Seguin, who is also one of the best players in college hockey Seguin is a pure goal scorer with an explosive shot, and he has been carrying the Huskies offense all season.
This should be a great game between two evenly matched teams. It will be interesting to see how the Terriers’ defense handles Seguin, and whether or not they can contain him. The keys to the game for both teams will be discipline and avoiding penalties, as both team’s powerplays are among the best in the nation.
A prediction for the outcome of their next meeting
Northeastern Hockey is currently ranked seventh in the nation, while BU is unranked. The two teams have differing strengths and weaknesses, but Northeastern’s recent success against other top-ranked teams suggests that they may have an advantage in their next meeting.
In conclusion, the two teams are very different. The Bu team is built around speed and skilled forwards, while the Northeastern team is more physical and defensive. The Bu team has more experience and firepower, but the Northeastern team has been playing better as of late. Either way, it should be a great game!