Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Weekend Recap

Photo Credit to my phone

The BU Terriers were shutout 2-0 on both nights in South Bend this weekend versus Notre Dame. The Terriers were solid(for the most part) defensively both nights(especially Friday) as was the goaltending. Matt O'Connor would most likely want the second goal he gave up back from Friday night but besides that, the work by himself and Sean Maguire once again gave the team a chance to win. BU had quality chances at the beginning of the game Friday as Danny O'Regan missed high on what would be one of BU's best chances of the night within the first 5 minutes of the game. Mike Moran also beat ND goalie Steven Summerhays but the puck was cleared off the goaline by an ND defender before Kevin Duane could knock the trickling puck in. BU only allowed 20 ND shots on net Friday night but only generated 19 of their own with very few quality chances which left them unable to solve Steven Summerhays.

BU allowed limited ND shots on Friday night(19) but were severely outshot(40-22) Saturday forcing Maguire to make many solid saves which he did. ND did not get on the board until early in the third on the powerplay(Jeff Costello) after the refs made a very questionable call on Garrett Noonan after he was crosschecked after the whistle by an ND player. The refs told Coach Quinn that Noonan said something to a ref which I doubt considering he went right over to Notre Dame defenseman/goon Stephen Johns away from the officials. The ensuing man advantage lead to be the difference maker. Notre Dame added an insurance marker late in the third on Ahti Oksanen defensive zone turnover. Overall BU played well defensively both nights besides a few breakdowns but could not generate enough offense to come away with any points on the weekend.

They return to action Friday night at Agganis Arena for senior night and the retirement of former coach Jack Parker's jersey and number. Saturday's contest at Northeastern finishes up the regular season. BU is locked in to be on the road for the opening round of the Hockey East Tournament and will most likely be at Notre Dame or UVM for the single elimination game. There are outside chances they can travel to PC or UNH as well. While traveling to any location is not ideal, the single game elimination benefits this team that has struggled more on the second games of weekend series for the last month now. They would most likely be at BC in the QF round if they advanced which would get fun pretty quick if those games were anything like the last two meeting between the teams. Looking ahead may seem premature but we always have confidence when the HE playoffs roll around and  I need the Catholic school knockout tour. Notre Dame(opening round), BC(QFs), PC(semi or final). Merrimack will most likely not make it out of the opening round because they suck. 

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