Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Weekend Recap: Yawn, another championship on the good end of Comm Ave.

The 2014-2015 BU Terriers continue to fill up the trophy case at Agganis Arena. The Terriers swept UNH and UMass Lowell to destroy any hope for postseason hockey in the Merrimack Valley this season. Jack Eichel lead the Terriers with four goals over the two games. Friday night was not the best execution from the Terriers especially the top line but the bottom three lines chipped in 2 goals and the defense was great at denying quality chances for UNH who continues to live up to their University of No Hardware persona. The Terriers then jumped out to a 2-0 and 3-1 lead on UMass Lowell Saturday night and never looked back. Eichel's two goals were just taking the puck hard to the net and being better than his opponent. The Hockey East Championship was the 8th for BU and the first in the Quinn HC era(first since 2009). The Terriers now have won every possible trophy this season including Beanpot, Hockey East regular season, Hockey East Tournament, Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, Rookie of the year. The list goes on and on and Quinnie wanted it that way.

It was easy to feel confident in the Lowell matchup in the championship game as goaltending is their weakness and BU does not lose to teams with bad goaltending. They just don't. The only way this team has lost this season is if a goalie stands on his head. No deficit is insurmountable for this group which they have proved again and again(but not recently because they are always leading).It certainly is great to have both banners up in the TD Garden again.

The Terriers will face Yale on Friday at 2pm in Manchester, NH. The game will be on ESPNU and tickets are still available. If/when they win, they will play for the right to go to the Frozen Four on Saturday at 5:30pm on ESPN2. We will have a full regional preview tomorrow or Friday but here is one fun fact for you: BU's first powerplay unit(Erod, Eichel, O'Regan, Oksanen, Grzelcyk) have 9 more points than Yale's entire team.

PS: If you need a good laugh, follow BC Hockey News on twitter and watch them use #TrophySeason even though they haven't won any trophies this year unless you want to count the Dartmouth Ledyard Bank Classic Tournament.  Celebrating that trophy is like going hunting for the biggest elk in North America and being like "look Mom I killed a mouse!".

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