Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Weekend Recap- Rolling

The Boston University Terriers continue to roll through the regular season with two more victories this past week to extend their winning streak to 5 games and improve to 17-4-4 on the season. Friday night, the first place Terriers faced off against the last place UMass Minutemen. BU scored early and often on the weak UMass defense and goaltending. The Terriers had both 2-0 and 3-1 leads. UMass showed some resiliency and fought back thank to some loose BU defense and took two different leads in the third period of 4-3 and 5-4. BU would then go on to score 5 goals in the last ten minutes for a wild 9-5 victory. It was certainly an entertaining game to watch but probably a terrible one to coach as Coach Quinn said after the game.

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The scoring was lead by junior winger Ahti Oksanen who had his first collegiate hat trick as well as freshmen Jack Eichel and Brandon Hickey who both had two goals. Hickey is one of the most underrated defenseman in all of college hockey as he has a great low shot and has shown more and more of an ability to jump into the offensive zone while also being great in his own zone. You really can't praise the freshman as a group enough this season. Lead by Hobey frontrunner, Jack Eichel the class has contributed from the beginning of the year and only gotten better since.

Tuesday night, the Terriers defeated Harvard in a thrilling double OT game with the game winner coming from Evan Rodrigues to Danny O'Regan who sent the Terriers to the Beanpot championship game for the first time since 2012 on the Terriers' 67th shot of the night. BU dominated the game after the third Crimson goal, which should never have been allowed in the first place. BU was trailing 2-1 and called for a penalty. Harvard had possession of the puck so play continued until Brandon Hickey intercepted a pass and played it up the slot(I presume assuming the play would be dead since he had committed a penalty). The ECAC refs decided not to blow the play dead and Harvard scored on the ensuing shot. The goal went down as unassisted during a delayed penalty call which would mean a BU player had possession of the puck. A very clear missed call. To give the Terriers credit, they took over the game from here. Getting goals from Nik Olsson and Ahti Oksanen to tie the game before the end of the second. The Terriers dominted the third period and OT but couldn't find a way to put the game winner in the net until 2:18 into the second OT.

It will be interesting how fresh the Terriers' legs are after their longest game in years when they have to turn around and play at Lowell who desperately needs a win in 48 hours. It is safe to say that the next two games on their schedule are their toughest remaining in the regular season.

BC lost in the nightcap of the Beanpot to Northeastern so the Terriers will face their cross town pathetic little brother next Monday for the Beanpot Championship. BU will be going for number 30 while Northeastern will be going for number 5. Northeastern has some skill up front and in net but BU seems to have their number of late after taking both games from them last season with a depleted roster due to suspensions. I will get into this more leading up to next Monday but only way I see BU losing this game is if they can't stay out of the box. If this game is played 5 on 5 ,  you may as well put a Rated R on the ticket because it is going to be slaughter.

*That last line has a terrible joke in it but it made me laugh as I wrote it so it's staying

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