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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Guest Post from Burnt Boats: SHOOT IT

BurntBoats with a guest post on stats, because I’m a #nerd. Note, unlike most of my #math, in this case shots means just shots on goal (meaning they either were saved or went in), I excluded only shots and goals on an empty net. Now no more words, let’s get to the numbers.

Shots per line by game this season, remember each line gets more (sometimes substantially) ice time than the next:

1: 12.6

2: 7.4

3. 4.4

4. 2.4

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Weekend Recap: Maine votes down regulations on bear hunting, OREO line celebrates by sniping 3 in BU win

                                                  Photo Credit  to some hick from Maine

The #3 ranked BU Terriers improved to 6-1-1 on the season with a 3-1 win at Maine on Friday night.  The game certainly did not start off the way Coach Quinn and Co. wanted as Connor Leen put Maine up 1-0 less than 2 minutes on a short angle backhand that somehow got past O'Connor. The Black Bears wouldn't be able to beat O'Connor again though thanks to some solid play from both him and the defense in front of him. The Terriers tied the game up midway through the second on the powerplay on a great look from Evan Rodrigues to Ahti Oksanen who was wide open right at the faceoff dot and the Finn buried the chance. BU would take the lead that that they would not give up on a great shorthanded bid by Jack Eichel and Danny O'Regan. Eichel got the puck in the neutral zone and went on to absolutely toast the Maine defense before dishing a great backhand pass across to O'Regan who buried the chance. Eichel would later bury an empty net goal that each member of the OREO line would tally a point on the night.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Weekly Awards 11/11

Greg Jennings Award- given to the Terrier who best exemplifies the qualities of Greg Jennings through doin' shit and putting the team on his back. (YOU CAN'T STOP HIM).

Winner- Evan Rodrigues- The senior assistant captain put the boys on his back this weekend picking up 2 goals and 2 assists for the Terriers including the GWG at BC on Friday night. Erod added two more assists on Saturday for good measure and seems destined to have a huge year for the Terriers.

Joe Pereira Trophy- Given to the Terrier who, through grit, hard work, and determination helps the team to victory on and off the scoresheet. Just like Joey did. (Interview can be read here)

Winner- Mike Moran- Moran put in his first two goals of the year this weekend. Friday night's goal was a veteran play as he banked the puck off BC goalie Thatcher Demko while he was down tying up the game at 2 early in the third. Moran piled it on Saturday night by batting a puck out of mid air and into the UConn net. Moran is a great third or fourth line player for this team as he limits his mistakes and always seems to make the right play while making life difficult for his opponent