Purple Scorching Hockey: Renewing Their Rivalry, BU and Cornell Set to Face Off

With the historic males’s hockey rivalry between Boston College and Cornell College as sturdy as ever, the ninth installment of Purple Scorching Hockey returns to New York Metropolis’s Madison Sq. Backyard Saturday at 8 pm.

There is no such thing as a love misplaced between the Terriers and Massive Purple. They performed twice final season and BU gained each video games, every determined by one purpose and every tense as much as the ultimate horn. At Purple Scorching Hockey, the biennial showdown between the 2 historic packages, the groups will bang it out as soon as extra.

“It’ll be loads of enjoyable for our guys,” says Jay Pandolfo (CAS’96), BU head coach. “Particularly guys that haven’t performed in that atmosphere. It’s an excellent atmosphere, so it must be loads of enjoyable.”

Madison Sq. Backyard is residence to the NHL’s New York Rangers, and Purple Scorching Hockey can also be a possibility for BU’s newcomers to expertise enjoying on NHL ice. That can turn out to be useful in early February, when the Terriers play within the Beanpot at TD Backyard, residence of the Boston Bruins. And down the highway, BU may discover itself enjoying for a nationwide title on the Minnesota Wild’s Xcel Power Middle in St. Paul, Minn.

BU and Cornell have performed 17 occasions, with the primary matchup—a 7-2 BU win—in 1925 in Ithaca, N.Y. This yr’s contest would be the ninth version of Purple Scorching Hockey, a convention that debuted in 2007. The Terriers have gained the occasion 3 times (2007, 2011, 2013), however the Massive Purple have emerged victorious within the three most up-to-date matchups—the final a 6-4 win in 2021 in entrance of greater than 13,000 followers.

Solely six gamers at the moment on the BU roster took the ice for Purple Scorching Hockey in 2021, so the sport will current a brand new alternative to a lot of the workforce—together with the 9 Terriers freshmen.

Photo: Two hockey players chase each other, one has the puck in a red uniform and the other is wearing white. They are near center ice at Madison Square Garden.
Defenseman Ty Gallagher (SHA’25) skating via the impartial zone at 2021’s Purple Scorching Hockey,, the place Cornell defeated the Terriers, 6-4.

“It’s been a date circled on all of our calendars,” says a type of freshmen, ahead Macklin Celebrini (CAS’27). The projected No. 1 general decide within the 2024 NHL Draft, Celebrini leads the workforce in objectives (9) and all of school hockey in factors (22).

Beginning with Celebrini’s manufacturing, the items have begun to fall into place for the Terriers after a gradual begin. BU is skating with confidence, and the workforce—now ranked fifth within the nation—is 7-1-1 in its final 9 video games and 8-3-1 on the season. Cornell is 4-3-1, with a formidable sweep of College of Minnesota Duluth in late October.

The Terriers confronted the Massive Purple final January in a back-and-forth thriller at Agganis Enviornment. BU gained, 4-3, after Lane Hutson (CAS’26) scored the winner with 3.8 seconds remaining. Then, on March 25, the Terriers earned a spot within the Frozen 4 with a 2-1 win over the Massive Purple within the NCAA Regional Last in Manchester, N.H.

“Cornell is at all times actually tough to play in opposition to,” Pandolfo says. “We had a few actually nice video games in opposition to them final yr.”

After going through defending NCAA champion Quinnipiac on Wednesday night at Agganis Enviornment, Saturday’s take a look at within the Massive Apple will likely be one more measuring stick for BU, which has excessive aspirations for the remainder of the season.

“It doesn’t take a lot to rise up for these video games,” Pandolfo says. “That’s for certain.”

The ninth version of Purple Scorching Hockey will likely be at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis on Saturday, November 25. Puck drop is at 8 pm. Followers can observe the motion on X (previously Twitter) @BUGameDay, and the sport will likely be streamed dwell on ESPN+. The BU Alumni Affiliation is internet hosting a pregame social gathering at Stout NYC, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Tickets for the pregame social gathering are $20 and are offered individually from recreation tickets.

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