Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekend Recap: BU torches Troy to the ground in 5-1 victory over RPI

                                                        Troy being sacked

The BU Terriers finished the 2014 portion of their 2014-2015 schedule exactly how they wanted to with a 5-1 win over EZAC foe RPI in Troy,NY.  Matt O'Connor was excellent in goal in the first as the Terriers looked to find their groove. This has been a problem for this team so far this season where they give up more chances in the first period but they had their chances as well but RPI goalie Scott Diebold was up to the task as well.

The Terriers found their scoring touch in the second as John Macleod scored on a wrister through traffic from the point before Jack Eichel found Danny O'Regan for a tap in powerplay goal later in the period. Brandon Hickey made it a 3 goal lead heading into the third on a weird play where he scored off a backhand from below the goal line. The scoring from Macleod and Hickey is certainly a welcome site for Terrier nation as you need secondary scoring to succeed in postseason play and it appears that BU is starting to get some bounces and getting that scoring.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Terriers take 3 out of 4 points from Merrimack

The BU Terriers took three out of four points from #18 Merrimack College. In a matchup between the youngest team in college hockey versus one of the oldest, the youth prevailed with a 1-1 tie Friday night in North Andover before a 4-2 BU win Saturday night back at Agganis Arena. Friday night was a tightly played contest that BU has to be happy to escape with a point. Merrimack Brett Seney put the home team up early in the second with a snipe past Matt O'Connor's glove. BU would tie it up in the third on a gritty Matt Lane goal. The game would end in a tie with a few chances for each side but the game was sloppy due a large number of penalties(everyone paid to come see Cameron Voss make penalty calls apparently). As a BU fan, you have to be happy with a tie on the road at a tough rink like Lawler where you certainly didn't play your best hockey.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Weekend Recap Terriers drop 2 of 3 in busiest week of the year

The #1 BU Terriers dropped 2 of their last 3 games in a 9 day stretch. The stretch started with a Tuesday night matchup with #9 Harvard at Agganis. Despite outshooting the crimson 42-24 and maybe playing their best hockey of the year, the Terriers were not "opportunistic" enough and were lucky to send the game to overtime on a weak goal by Harvard goalie Steve Michalek. Harvard won it in overtime on Kyle Criscuolo's second of the night on a shot that trickled through Matt O'Connor for the 3-2 Harvard win. The Terriers will get another shot at the Crimson in the first round of the Beanpot which should be a great matchup of two top 10 teams. Unfortunately it will be played at 5:00 pm so start thinking of your excuses to get out of work early right now.

Some of the positive from the game besides the massive edge in shots and possession by the Terriers was a powerplay goal by the second powerplay unit. This was a theme throughout the week as the same unit added a tally on Saturday night as well. The second unit which now consists of Matt Lane, Cason Hohmann, Chase Phelps, Brandon Hickey and Brandon Fortunato is producing a better clip which makes the powerplay that much scarier. The first unit with the OREO line Erod and Grizz has been lethal most of the season so the second unit getting going will only make BU that much more dangerous on the powerplay.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Harvard Preview: Point Inflation

The Boston University Terriers try to build momentum off their weekend sweep of Maine and UConn when they face the #18 Harvard Crimson tonight at Agganis Arena. The 5-1-2 arrogant snobs Crimson are off to their best start in recent memory. Their only loss came to the hands of Yale in a 2-1 effort last weekend. BU will be looking to collect a crucial out of conference win against a ranked opponent as their next two games come at home to ranked teams from the EZAC(the fact that the last two national champs came from the conference is a fluke). These are games that good teams have to win. They face three ECAC opponents this week and they will need to bring their A game for each game but especially tonight against a Harvard team that has given them fits the past 5 seasons. Harvard won both games last year by a combined score of 13-6. Obviously, this is a much different BU team this season but they should have redemption on their mind as they hit the ice.

Looking beyond the record from the last few seasons(which are meaningless to tonight's game), the similarities statistically between these two teams is pretty ridiculous.  The strengths of schedule vary in BU's favor as their strength of schedule is ranked 12th to Harvard's 26th #EZACproblems but the similarities still are pretty interesting.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Terriers improve to 8-1-1 with wins over Maine and UConn

BU came back from a 2-0 deficit entering the third period to win 3-2 in OT to complete a home and home sweep of the Maine Black Bears. Goals from Ahti Oksanen and Matt Lane tied the game in the third before freshman sensation Jack Eichel won it on a wrister in OT. The first ten minutes were rough for the Terriers as Maine had them pinned down in their own zone and scored on a sweet Ben Hutton shot that beat O'Connor high glove side. Connor Leen later added a second goal for the Black Bears before BU flipped the scripts in the third. The Terriers outshout Maine 11-6 in the third. The win for the Terriers was their fifth conference win which matched their total from all of last season. 

This was a game BU should be happy to win after the early deficit and poor officiating both teams had to fight through. The elbowing call on Roberto was questionable at best and the interference call on Somerby was just flat out terrible. You can't commit interference when the guy you are hitting has the puck. I also thought the major call on Leen was borderline at best to be a major. If you combine this with the inability to get the right guys on the ice after a Maine icing in the second, this was easily the worst managed game of the year by the officials.