Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Terriers roll along in league and to Beanpot Final

The BU Terriers continue to roll along in the second half of the 2015-2016 season with a pair of wins this past weekend against Merrimack and vs Northeastern. The win vs Merrimack Friday night was a dominating effort from the Terriers as they beat up on a less skilled Merrimack team who has been struggling as of late. The Terriers jumped out to an 1-0 lead on a Robbie Baillargeon goal and really carried play from there. A Danny O'Regan shorthanded goal less than six minutes into the second really opened it up for BU. They would add goals from fellow seniors Matt Lane and Ahti Oksanen to secure the 4-0 victory.

The weirdest part of the game was that senior Sean Maguire did not get the win or the shutout despite starting and finishing the game without giving up a goal. Sophomore Connor LaCouvee had to come on for a five minute span in the first period due to a skate issue for Maguire. Maguire would return but not be eligible for the shutout or the win due to the missed time. It was really a weird set of circumstance which isn't surprising given the goalies involved #letsgetweird

The Terriers return to the ice last night to face the Northeastern Huskies in the first round of the Beanpot. The Terriers had a rough first period at times but still managed to jump out to a 2-0 lead on Robbie Baillargeon(who is hot right now- 2 goals in his last two games, 3 points in his last 3) and Charlie McAvoy goals. I thought McAvoy was the best player on the ice in the first period last night and stayed strong throughout the game. He was also the youngest player on the ice which makes how good he was that much more impressive. Northeastern would make it a 2-1 game with three minutes left but BU held on and iced it with a Doyle Somerby goal from the length of the rink to secure the 3-1 victory.

The Terriers return to action this Friday to "play" Umass in Amherst. It really is just a way to give them some game action before the Beanpot Final on Monday against BC. UMass coach John Micheletto appears to be a guy just waiting to be fired at the end of the season. Now the team and coaching staff won't overlook the game on Friday as they need every point possible in league play currently but as a fan it will be hard to not be looking forward to Monday's Beanpot final with BC.

Fans of every other school in the country will call the Beanpot boring and lacking parity because BU and BC always win the tournament. They aren't wrong but I wouldn't want it any other way.Well actually I prefer it when BU just wins every year so I stand corrected. I want less parity.  Other eastern schools hate it because they hate BU and BC for being better than them. Western teams hate it because they haven't won a national championship for 5 years and have to deflect blame instead of questioning why their own program sucks. BC fans will hate it by Monday night at 10 because they will be watching BU march around with the Beanpot for the second straight year and already know they have 0% chance next year with the class BU has coming in. In the end, it really doesn't matter what fans of other teams think of the Beanpot. The ones that play in it truly value how awesome it is and that's all that really matters.

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