Sunday, February 3, 2013
This year, the Terriers(13-10-1) face Northeastern(7-13-3) in the semifinal this year. Northeastern currently sits in last place in Hockey East but beat BU 6-5 a few weeks ago at Northeastern. They always bring their best against BU and especially in the Beanpot. The last time the two teams played in the Beanpot was 2010 when BU won 2-1 to advance to the final. Former Terrier Alex Chiasson had the game winner in that one. The seniors on both sides would have played in that game as Wade Megan, Ryan Santana, and Sean Escobedo played for the Terriers along with current Northeastern captain Vinny Saponari(BU Terrier at the time). NU goalie Chris Rawlings started that game for Northeastern and only gave up 2 goals to BU in the losing effort. This is game 2 of the 4 the two will play this season and easily be the most hostile. The two schools easily have the largest amount of students at the tournament each year. Harvard might have 5 students in attendance and BC's will wait until next week to show up or will arrive halfway through the game.
I do not expect Friday's losses for both teams to have much of an effect on the game. Northeastern lost to UNH Friday but the Beanpot is always a different animal. I expect both teams to come out hard and play a full 60+ minutes. There would be no surprise here if this was a one goal game and it could very well go to overtime as well.
As a BU fan, there are some reasons to doubt the team's chances this year with their play of late but anyone who thinks they don't still have a solid chance is crazy and/or a little slow. Yes the defense has struggled but, I have no doubt this team will bring the A game tomorrow night and again next week. They need to stay aggressive tomorrow which is the best way to keep the pressure off the defense and the goaltending. The forwards from BU can take over this game as NU has no healthy upperclassmen on defense and Chris Rawlings is inconsistent as ever in net. Goalie Matt O'Connor has been solid in big games this far this year and I would expect more of the same tomorrow for the freshman. No doubt BU will have the best fans and the best team at the 2013 Beanpot.
-There will be a new look to the lines tomorrow with Matt Nieto and Wade Megan switching spots as first and second line LW.
Nieto- Hohmann- Gill
Megan- O'Regan- Rodrigues
Lane- Rosen- Kurker