Sunday, February 8, 2015

Weekend Recap, Beanpot postponed

The #3 BU Terriers were all over the UMass Lowell Riverhawks early and often Friday night in the great city of of Lowell. Ahti Oksanen scored his 18th of the year less than a minute into the game on a great look by Cason Hohmann. Evan Rodrigues would score the first two of his 3 in his natural hattrick later in the first to give BU a 2-0, 3-0 and eventually 4-0 lead. Lowell made a brief push early in the third to make it 4-2 on powerplay and even strength goal. BU would add another insurance goal on a powerplay goal from Matt Lane to seal the game for good. Jack Eichel had three primary assists on the night to bring his point total on the year to 43 while Rodrigues' 4 point night brings him to 40 on the year and 100 for his career.

The win solidifies BU's grasp on the Hockey East regular season championship hopes. BU has already clinched 7th place in HE and can clinch the regular season title next weekend given the right results. Two BU wins and a BC loss would more or less seal the title with two full weekends of conference play remaining. Needless to say, BU is in complete control of the conference and playing the best out of anyone in the country right now.

The Beanpot Championship game has been postponed until February 23rd due to the impending snow storm. This obviously isn't ideal for anyone involved but it is the only option with other events schedule at the TD Garden the remainder of this week. The game comes after BU hosts Notre Dame for two games at home while Northeastern will be at Maine for two. While it is not ideal for Northeastern, it is a five hour bus ride not a plane trip so it shouldn't play a factor on the outcome of the game. It will just be annoying because Northeastern fans will use this an excuse when BU destroys them. BU is just better than you. The sooner the Northeastern fans accept this , the better off everyone will be. This postponement could actually be a blessing in disguise for BU if they do clinch the regular season title next weekend. No better way to stay amped up and sharp than the Beanpot.

For the rest of the regular season besides the Beanpot, there is no reason to lay off the gas pedal either. I see no reason why Quinn would bench anyone or lay off the gas pedal at all in any scenario. Momentum is crucial going into postseason play so the only reason to rest a guy would be over a borderline injury where he would normally play.

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