Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Weekend Recap- Underrated

The #2 ranked Boston University Terriers went up to Burlington, VT last weekend and swept the Vermont Catamounts. The Terriers won Friday night 4-2 behind goals from Ahti Oksanen, Cason Hohmann, Evan Rodrigues and empty netter from Jack Eichel.  Rodrigues struck again on Saturday to overcome a late 1-0 deficit to tie the game late in regulation(once again) before Eichel won it for BU in OT(once again). Matt O'Connor was solid as per usual this season and won Hockey East Defensive player of the week. The defensive corps were much better on Saturday night than Friday as BU gave up some chances due to some bad changes and bad gap control. The improved play allowed BU to control play even without Doyle Somerby who was suspended for a legal hit on Friday night.

Hockey East once again missed on a disciplinary call as Somerby was suspended for hitting a guy in open ice who had his head down the puck. The head certainly was not the principal point of contact either as it appeared to be a shoulder to shoulder hit.This is the second time in as many seasons that Hockey East has missed a call on Somerby. He was given a game misconduct and thrown out of the Beanpot game vs BC due to a Kevin Hayes flop that the director of officials later admitted was a missed call. Hopefully HE is missing all their calls before the Beanpot and postseason play this year.

With the results from the weekend , BU now has a 4 point cushion for 1st in Hockey East and is the first team to clinch 11th place in the league as it is impossible for UMass to catch them in the standings. Obviously, this team isn't going to finish in 11th either or close to it but it is absurd that UMass has already been eliminated from catching BU when the Terriers have just under half their league game still to play.

The Terriers still boast the top 3 scorers in HE as their top line of Rodrigues-Eichel-O'Regan is firing on all cylinders. They need to continue to get secondary scoring from the likes of Ahti Oksanen and Cason Hohmann who both scored on Friday night off of Robbie Baillargeon assists. The Terriers return to action this Friday vs UMass at Agganis Arena.

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