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February 5, 2013

Kurker feeling confident, ready for second half of season

BOSTON — Sam Kurker is a physically imposing, bull moose of an ice hockey player.

He also isn’t shy about what it means to wear the Scarlet-and-White sweater for Boston University.

Kurker, who played the last four seasons at St. John’s Prep, is in the midst of his freshman year skating for the Terriers. He experienced his first Beanpot game as a player here at TD Garden last night, where Northeastern stunned 13th ranked BU, 3-2.

“It was amazing,” Kurker said afterwards. “But it obviously would’ve been better if we’d played better.”

The Terriers (13-11-1) lost to the Huskies in a Beanpot game for the first time since 1988. That’s also the last time Northeastern won college hockey’s most fabled trophy.

At just 18 years old, Kurker is a second round draft choice of the St. Louis Blues (56th overall) and arrived on Commonwealth Ave. straight from St. John’s Prep. He’s been on the ice for 21 of BU’s 25 games, earning a steady spot among the top-9 forwards with confident, relentless play.

“Sometimes, after a game, I sit down and I can’t believe I just played for BU,” Kurker said. “I love this school and I’m having a ton of fun.”

Last night, Kurker skated with senior Ben Rosen at center and fellow freshman Matt Lane on the left wing. The trio were on the ice for NU freshman Kevin Roy’s second goal, which took a wacky bounce that wound up in the Terrier net and gave the Huskies their last lead of the night.

“It was just a strange bounce. Those things happen,” said Kurker. “I was forechecking, concentrating and next thing you know (Northeastern) got a bounce.”

BU couldn’t score on an extended 5-on-3 chance later in the second and had heavy pressure on the Huskies before Roy finished his hat trick with 4:38 to play. The Terriers did score with the goalie pulled and 71 seconds left, but couldn’t get the equalizer.

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