Thursday, February 12, 2015

UNH Preview, A Chance for Hardware

                                                          Photo from Terrier Hockey Blog

The Boston University Terriers have a chance to win their first Hockey East Regular Season title since the 2008-09 season this weekend as they begin a home and home with the University of New Hampshire No Hardware. The Wildcats have struggled throughout the season and their 10-16-2 record shows it. It appears the biggest problem with Dick Umile's Wildcats is their inability to keep the puck out of the net specifically in the second and third periods.  They have allowed 80% of their goals against in the second and third which is not good to say the least. Their best goalie has a .900 save percentage which would be good enough for 14th best in Hockey East if he played enough minutes. Needless to say is the BU revenge tour needs to continue to roll against an opponent who they should dominate both nights. New Hampshire has 6 competent players in their lineup with Willows, Downing, Poturalski, Kelleher, and Thrush up front and with Matias Cleland on D.

As for BU, UNH doesn't have the defense or the goaltending to contain the Hobey Hattrick Line(Erod-Eichel-O'Regan) but I would expect big weekends from some of the secondary scorers. The second line of Oksanen- Baillargeon- Hohmann is clicking right now getting on the board in the last 3 games. I would also expect a big weekend from Brandon Hickey who has been great as of late for the Terriers. He may have the best one timer from the blue line in the league. BC can have Hanafin, I'll take Hickey, MacLeod, Fortunato and Diffley.

Now enough about how much UNH is embarrassment to Hockey East and how much better BU is than them.  What does BU need to do to clinch the Hockey East Regular season title this weekend?

All of these need to happen for BU to clinch:

1. BU sweeps UNH
2. UVM to take 2 or 3 points from BC
3. Notre Dame to take 1 point from PC

No matter what happens elsewhere, BU would clinch a bye through the first round of the Hockey East Tournament with a sweep over UNH. They would then be guaranteed a home Quarterfinal series. It's a great time to be a Terrier fan...not so much to be a hick from New Hampshire.


  1. How did it feel to lose to NH at the second game? At least you were correct in one thing; NH has most of their goals scored on them in the 2nd/3rd period but they found a way to win that one. And you are also correct in that it's been a tough year for NH but you don't mention why. Oh well, best wishes are, a talented bunch THIS season.

  2. Did you really want me to bring up Casey DeSmith being dismissed from the program as a reason why they are struggling? That and their inability to defend well isn't a good mix.