That way, I don't have to spend as much time thinking about how unpleasant last night was.
Defense was poor as well. It was as if everyone forgot their roles after entering the defensive zone, whether with or without puck possession. In the middle of the first period, UNH gained the zone during a line change with one player carrying the puck over the blue line. Four Terriers are back on D, and no one pressures him in the slightest. The Wildcat had plenty of time for a clean pass to a crashing teammate for a one time slapshot. Maguire made the save to bail out the defense there. Unacceptable lack of aggression in our own zone. Similarly, UNH's Dalton Speelman carried the puck into the high slot and threw a wrister on net that Maguire either didn't see or thought was going wide. He may have been screened by a UNH player crashing for a backdoor rebound chance. The shot his the post and Maguire fell on it in the crease. Scary. Seconds later, another post as the puck bounces off the boards into the slot for an uncontested shot on goal. Possibly passed back blind by a forechecking UNH player, there were no red sweaters to challenge the shot.
UNH killing the BU powerplay with lots of stick checking to prevent clean shots on net. Also putting a lot of pressure on BU puck carriers. It's a PK strategy that reminds me of BC in 2010 and later, but with this much ice Terriers should be able to let the puck do the work and tire the UNH penalty killers out with crisp passing. They aren't and the BU powerplay is now 0 for 4. Meanwhile, an absolutely fabulous dive leads to a UNH PP with a Wildcat sprawling dramatically through the open ice. Fans at Whittemore initially laughed instead of booing or "ohh"-ing because it looked like he tripped over the blue line. On the PK, O'Connor stops a nice backdoor attempt and blocks an attempted cross-crease pass. He robs a rebound chance with the right pad as well.
With 8:30 to go, OC robs Jeff Silengo all alone on a point blank opportunity off the 2on1 rush. At the other end of the ice, Wade Megan got tripped up going to the net for a rebound opportunity. UNH thinks he charged someone and mugs him. A ref applies the reverse chokehold on the UNH player to get him off Megan. That's the last time I cheer for and/or envy a zebra. No penalties on the play.
Side note: UNH's broadcasters are fucking intolerable. They sound like the UNH players' moms they way they describe plays by those dirty meanies from BU.