Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Guest Post: My Thoughts on the 2012 Men's Hockey Season

Our second guest post comes from "Nick Adams".  Sorry it's a little late. We'll have at least one every day for the rest of the week!

October 1st, 2011 was perhaps the most pivotal day of my first year at BU, and I remember it well. Walking back from the GSU, I ran across some of my friends decked out in their jerseys, looking like what I considered to be idiots at the time. I reluctantly followed them into Agganis Arena, got one of what would become several pictures with Rhett, and entered section 118 for the first time. That day I saw people being loud, having a good time, and cheering on guys playing a sport that I could never understand. More importantly, I saw the Terriers lose 6-4. This shoddy performance would become the norm over the next few weeks, with some success mixed in here and there. However, on November 13th the theme for this season was revealed: resilience. This day would mark a 5-0 victory over the Eagles nesting atop Chestnut Hill. The Terriers would experience success over the next few months, including a thrilling victory in New York City that featured the longest and most stressful review of a potential goal I have ever seen and a game-winning overtime goal by Ross Gaudet.

The thrills would ultimately be squashed by one of the worst things that could happen to our team at the time. Corey Trivino would be arrested, and Sir Charles Coyle would decide to eliminate the “distraction” of academics. The new NBC Sports Network would air its first college hockey game, and the nation would watch to see how the team would perform without its two leading scorers. Ultimately, the Terriers would fall to Notre Dame 5-3 in an embarrassing match. Just when people were ready to give up on what seemed to be a doomed team, the Terriers would rebound miraculously. The success would continue week after week as the Terriers won game after game, and, more specifically, away game after away game.
Unfortunately, the boat would be rocked once more with the arrest of defenseman Max Nicastro. Luckily, the team would not allow this to hurt them in what would become a tireless quest for the hockey east and NCAA titles. While the Terriers would not succeed in their quest, they would prove how strong they were as a team. Without the distraction of undedicated players, the players who deserved the chance to play on the ice would step up to impress us all. The team would travel farther than anybody had expected after such brutal blows, proving that they were one thing: resilient.

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