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Women’s Hockey Preview: Boston University

In the first installment of our previews for the 2021-22 season we tackle the BU Terriers.

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The Terriers are in something of a rebuilding period, but as recent history has shown they are always a risky team to play.

What Happened Last Year

Last year was a bit disappointing for the Terriers. After being projected to finish second BU got off to a slow start and ended up barely finishing in sixth place before an unceremonious loss to Providence in their quarterfinal game.

The season was marred by COVID related game cancellations and limited roster throughout the season. The inability to have a consistent lineup and constant games, led to roller coaster results

Key Loss

Jesse Compher

Honestly you could take your pick of all the seniors from last year that won’t be back but Compher who is rostered by Team USA likely will be the most missed. Despite missing plenty of time due to injury and then the shortened pandemic season she scored over 100 points. Compher was a thorn in every opponents side and BU’s opponents will clearly be having a sigh of relief not to see her on the ice going forward.

Key Addition

Kylie Roberts

It is always difficult to select impact freshman as the step up to college can often be a little overwhelming, though BU has had many great rookie runs in the recent past. Roberts has the pedigree to big things in her first campaign on lower Comm Ave. Three Minnesota state titles, USA hockey camp invites and plenty of goals, Terrier fans are pretty excited to see her don the Scarlett and White.

What to expect this year

Boston University was one of the schools that decided not to extend the scholarships of players with the NCAA waiver. Coach Durocher always manages to make his team competitive. A full season of play should see the Terriers compete for home ice in the Hockey East playoffs and be in the conversation for the Beanpot title, or at least a top-4 finish.