The countdown to the Frozen Four is underway in NCAA hockey. Here is a look at where Flyers' prospects and their respective teams stand in their conference tournaments.
Joel Farabee (Boston University, LW): BU got off to a terrible start this season (0-4-1) and also hit a six-game winless skid in late January to mid-February. As a result, the team finished with a 15-16-4 overall record but was 12-9-3 within the conference. On Friday, the Terriers blanked UMass Lowell, 3-0. A win for BU on Saturday would enable the team to advance to the Hockey East semifinals.
Individually, Farabee was one of the best freshmen nationwide after his return from the World Junior Championships. On Friday, he had a goal, an assist and seven shots on goal against UMass Lowell. Overall, he has 33 points (14g-19a) in 35 games.
Jay O'Brien (Providence, RW/C): The Friars posted a 22-9-6 overall record, including a 14-7-3 mark in conference games. On Friday, Providence prevailed in overtime, 5-4, over Boston College. A win by Providence on Saturday would clinch a spot in the Hockey East semis.
O'Brien has had a rough, injury-plagued freshman season. An upper-body injury kept him out against BC on Friday. Overall, the Flyers second of two first-round picks in the 2018 NHL Draft has posted just five points (2g-3a) in 25 games. He has missed a combined 12 games due to injury and Team USA obligations for the World Juniors team.