Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Terriers extend winning streak to 6, sweep BC

The BU Terriers continued their red hot month plus of play with their second consecutive win over Boston College Eagles Newton University Pigeons. The Terriers followed up a 2-1 win Friday night at Agganis Arena with a 3-0 win last night at the dump that is Conte Forum. Jake Oettinger who was named first star of the weekend in NCAA  hockey stopped 66 of 67 shots to bested his former teammate and fellow goalie Joe Woll who played very well in net for BC as well.

Friday, December 30, 2016

First half recap: Buy a shirt and some ref corsi

The BU Terriers will head into the first half at a 10-5-2 mark. 10 wins in the first half of the schedule usually puts a team in a good position to make the NCAA tournament. Last year's team had 9 wins and the 2014-15 team had 11 wins at the half way mark. BU will open the second half shorthanded against Union next Thursday 1/5 due to 7 guys being away at World Juniors. BU will most likely only have 11 forwards ,6 defensemen and 2 goalies available with no healthy scratches while going up against a top 10 team. It isn't exactly what the doctor ordered to start the second half but it will be a great win if they can pull it off.

This CHN story on BU's first half has some good quotes from Quinn on what he thought of the team's first half and what he expects for the second half once he gets 7 players back from the WJC.

Speaking of World Juniors, while Clayton Keller, Jordan Greenway, Charlie McAvoy, Kieffer Bellows, and Patrick Harper dominate games for the US and Dante Fabbro helps make Canada somewhat likable as a country, good friend of BSRS, BurntBoats has started selling a great t shirt for all BU/USA fans. The shirt not only looks great but it cures all of your aches and pains especially back pain that a lot of BU fans have from carrying the rest of the country through World Juniors.

BU has also added a new third string goalie for the second semester as sophomore Max Prawdzik is taking the semester off to get some reps in the NAHL. It is expected that Prawdzik will return to the program next fall as a sophomore. Only at BU would a D1 goalie just be planning to enroll at the school and able fill in like this. PC only has one D1 capable goalie on their roster currently which makes this whole situation even funnier.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

BU takes 3 out of 4 points from PC

The BU Terriers continued to find ways to take points from opponents without their full lineup available. The Terriers won Friday night at Providence College without the services of Clayton Keller(injury), Jordan Greenway(team violation) and Nick Roberto after he was ejected early in the first period.  The Terriers were outshot by over a 2:1(39 to 18) margin but freshman Jake Oettinger stood on his head to lead the Terriers to a come from behind victory. The Terriers got goals from JFK and Nikolas Olsson in under two minutes to the second period. The Terriers were undisciplined when it came to penalties taking 8 penalties on the night but killed all 7 powerplays that PC was awarded.

The Terriers bounced back with a better effort on Saturday night but found themselves in a 2-0 hole to PC going into the third period. Juniors Brandon Hickey and Nikolas Olsson tied the game up for the Terriers with big goals late in the third period to secure the third point for the Terriers on the weekend. Both goals came with under 5 minutes left in regulation time.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

BU takes 2 out of 3 for the week, prepare for PC

The BU Terriers took two out of their three games this past week as they split with UConn with the away team winning each matchup before beating a top 10 Harvard team at Agganis Arena. Junior Connor LaCouvee won both games for the Terriers raising his save percentage to .938 in four games. The Terriers now sit 7-4-1 on the season and currently 8th in the way too early pairwise rankings. Now obviously despite the high  pairwise ranking, losing games to teams such as UConn was not part of what any BU fan had in mind at the beginning of the year. The team has disappointed at times as they learn how to win and respond to adversity but with that said if these games are the low points as the team gets better and healthier with the return of Clayton Keller, Nik Olsson and Co. over the next month then this can still be a hell of a team this year and still is a national championship competitor.

Some fans on certain online forums will tell you right now that anything less than perfection means the coach should be fired and all the players aren't as good as everyone thought. I can say with certainty that 30 NHL gms and numerous NCAA coaches were not wrong on the amount of talent that BU has or how good of a coach David Quinn is. This team is very talented and has consistently brought the effort of a championship team. They got a bad break on the first goal against UConn with a lack of a tripping call and never really recovered despite dominating the first 30 minutes of the game but if that is the low point of the season, I will take it in a heartbeat. Moral of the story is fans on the internet are idiots besides me, I'm a genius.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

BU take 3/4 from Lil bro, lose Keller for 'a while'

The BU Terriers took 3 out of a possible 4 points last weekend in a home and home with their little brother/Northeastern. BU played well offensively both nights but played more disciplined and defensively responsible on Saturday night which lead to a 3-0 shutout win after a 4-4 tie on Friday night at Matthews Arena. Jordan Greenway, who scored the go ahead goal before taking a misconduct penalty while celebrating was benched for the first period of Saturday's night game by Coach Quinn who appeared to want to send a message that any type of celebrating penalty will not be tolerated.

Overall, it was a good weekend for the Terriers who got their first points in league play and continued to show flashes of dominance which will hopefully turn into stretches of dominance and then eventually complete game dominance by March and April. The biggest story out of the weekend was on the injury front as Clayton Keller suffered a knee injury has been termed out 'long term' by coach Quinn. This is obviously bad news for BU as Keller is their second leading scorer and plays on its top line with Jordan Greenway and Patrick Harper. It is being rumored that it is a MCL injury that will keep Keller out weeks to months. This would put Keller out until the beginning of the second semester but I think this injury can actually help BU long term or I'm just trying to convince myself of that. So here comes the spin zone (brought to you by Evan Rodrigues Inc)