Sunday, March 12, 2017

BU sweeps lil bro, ends their season

The BU Terriers overcame 2-0 deficits to beat their crosstown rival opponent in the Hockey East Quarterfinal round. In both nights BU dug themselves early 2-0 deficits in the first period where they would climb within one in the second period and then tie and win the game in the third/OT with both game winners coming on powerplay goals. Northeastern boats one of the strongest offensive groups in the nation so it was a real good sign as the postseason kicks off that BU's defense and goaltending held them to four goals over two games. That defense may take a hit if defenseman John Macleod, out was injured Friday night, is out long term. Macleod has been the most improved defenseman and maybe player on the roster for the Terriers is a key penalty killer for the team. Bobo Carpenter was also banged up over the weekend but according to Coach Quinn's postgame comments may be back in the lineup next weekend.

The highlight below is funny because it's the last game Northeastern will play this year

Friday, February 24, 2017

Terriers face off with Notre Dame

The BU Terriers finish their regular season schedule this weekend with a pair of home games against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with both teams having a shot at the league title. For Notre Dame, it is an opportunity to ensure their place in the NCAA tournament as well as leave Hockey East for the Big Ten as regular season conference champions. The Terriers have struggled with Notre Dame in past years posting a 1-5-1 record against the Irish since David Quinn has taken over as head coach at BU. In the games against the Irish the last few seasons the Terrier have had difficulty getting victories despite outshooting the Irish. In the last four meetings, the team with the fewer amount of shots has not lost with BU going 1-2-1 in those games despite outshooting Jeff Jackson's crew by 41 shots total in those four games combined. The one game BU won they only posted 24 shots.

Part of the struggles for BU has been that ND goalies Cal Peterson is very good and part of is that he has always been on when facing the Terriers. Coach Quinn referred to the 1-0 loss at Notre Dame being the end of the season last year as the Terriers never seemed to play well after that difficult defeat in which they dominated play and outshot the Irish 39-28. Notre Dame has been an extremely frustrating opponent to play against for BU and it's just as bad for any fan who has to listen to the fake ND hockey fans from Southie after the game like I did last time BU hosted Notre Dame. This is an important weekend for the Terriers and me to wipe those memories from their minds by hopefully putting up another 8 goal performance like they did to UNH in their last game last Saturday.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Beanpot Preview: BU takes on Harvard looking for 31st Beanpot

The BU Terriers look for their 31st Beanpot Championship tomorrow against the Harvard Crimson from across the river. The Terriers and Crimson haven't faced off in a Beanpot final since 1998 which the Terriers won in overtime. These two programs did meet earlier this season at Agganis Arena which resulted in a 5-3 BU victory. The Terriers come off a 3-2 loss to UMass Lowell this past Friday where they clearly let Lowell win since they wanted Hockey East to have more teams in the running for a NCAA at large berth while Harvard easily beat Union because they hate America and probably sided with the confederacy during the Civil War. BU at least tried to lose to Union in January by scheduling them during World Juniors but still beat them with 2/3 of a lineup.

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.