By Scott McLaughlin/DFP Staff
Junior forward Corey Trivino and sophomore forward Alex Chiasson will both be suspended for the Boston University men's hockey team's exhibition game against the University of Toronto this Saturday as well as the first two games of the regular season, according to Terrier coach Jack Parker.
The Daily Free Press reported Trivino's suspension on May 3 and Parker confirmed it the next day, but no length was given at the time. On May 6, the Free Press reported that Trivino and Vinny Saponari, who was dismissed from the team, showed up late to a mandatory bike ride that was punishment for a March 17 drinking incident that involved 13-15 players, including Trivino and Saponari. Parker said on Wednesday that there was a chance Trivino's suspension could be reduced.
Also on May 6, the Free Press reported that another player who had not been named to that point would be suspended for a separate incident that occurred earlier in the season. Parker confirmed on Wednesday that that player was Chiasson and that he had broken team rules. Parker said he hadn't named Chiasson or announced the suspension earlier because the punishment had not been decided yet.
Parker to miss exhibition game
Parker said he will miss Saturday's game against Toronto because he has yet to receive medical clearance from doctors following heart bypass surgery over the summer, but that he hopes to be in back in time for the season-opening Warrior Ice Breaker Tournament in St. Louis on Oct. 8. He said he was "almost positive" that if he wasn't back in time for the Ice Breaker, he'd be back in time for the Oct. 16 game against the University of Massachusetts.
"I feel pretty well," Parker said. "Every day is getting better and better. ... I feel 100 percent, but I haven't gotten the OK from the doctor yet to go back to work."
BU picked fourth in Hockey East coaches poll
For the second day in a row, the Terriers were picked to finish fourth in a preseason Hockey East poll -- this time by the coaches. As was the case with yesterday's media poll, they finished behind Boston College, the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire, respectively.
Here's the complete coaches poll (first-place votes in parentheses).
1. Boston College (9) 90
2. Maine (1) 80
3. New Hampshire 76
4. Boston University 59
5. Northeastern 54
6. Vermont 53
7. Merrimack 48
8. UMass-Lowell 33
9. Massachusetts 26
10. Providence 21