|BU Celebrates A Win Over BC in the Hockey East Semis. Copyright Boston Globe, 2013|
Goaltenders Brian Billett and Thatcher "I'll text you when I'm soft" Demko anchor the Pigeons in net. Not sure who the starter will be for BC yet, but I'd bet that it's Billett. He's played very well as of late, and York will probably use Demko the next night against Maine.
Leading Scorers: Gaudreau (19-21-40), Kevin Hayes (13-22-35), Bill Arnold (7-22-29)
Goalies: Billett (14 gp, 10-3-1, .925, 2.27), Demko (7 gp, 4-1-2, .911, 2.38)
Last Time Out: 11/8/2013, BC beat BU 5-1 at Agganis.
All Time Series: BU leads 129-117-17. Friday will be the 264th all time meeting
What BU Needs to Do (Better) to Win
A lot of things. Obviously going 0-5-1 in your last 6 is the definition of a bad look, and BU really needs to find their form this weekend. I thought the 3rd period against Maine was a lot better than we've seen from the Terriers in some time, but it wasn't enough when you pair it with the first two periods. It sounds cliche, but BU really will need a full 60 minute effort to beat BC.
As mentioned previously, BU will need to limit excess opportunities for BC's forwards. They're talented enough to generate good scoring chances on their own, the Terriers absolutely cannot give them any more via turnovers, bad penalties, and the like.
Beyond that, I think Friday's game really comes down to one thing: how badly does BU want this? It sounds simplistic, but I think it's true. BU has the talent to skate with a team like BC. They have the experience and poise to play well against BC. But we've seen this team struggle as of late, and getting back to winning ways is as much a product of preparation and practice as it is of mental strength. I think we'll know pretty quickly on Friday how determined and mentally ready BU is to face BC.
Prediction: BU wins a tight one, 4-3. Garrett Noonan pots one in his last regular season game at Conte. The Eagle Killer strikes again.
Final Thoughts: Never forget 2004