Sunday, February 21, 2016

Weekend Recap- BU takes 3 of 4 points from UNH

The BU Terriers took 3 of 4 points from the UNH Wildcats this weekend after tying them Friday night in Durham before returning home Saturday to get a crucial league win. Friday night was a game that BU dominated in every aspect but the scoreboard. They outshot UNH 40-22 but had some crucial breakdowns that led to some great chances for UNH. Coach Quinn commented on that after the game noting that UNH's goals were too easy while BU had to work for theirs. The Terriers also dominated overtime but could not get one past UNH goalie Daniel Tirone who made some very good saves for the home team. Danny O'Regan had a hattrick for the Terriers as he continues to lead the team in points and has taken his play to an even greater level playing with freshmen Jordan Greenway and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson.

The Terriers continue to battle and gain points despite battling through a rash of injuries as of late. Senior goalie Sean Maguire was out this weekend with an upper body injury but Quinn said postgame Saturday that he should be back next weekend. Obviously not a sure thing but that will be very good news to have Maguire back who has been very good since January. Robbie Baillargeon was also out for the weekend with a lower body injury which seems to be more of a long term injury at this time. Brandon Hickey was injured Friday night on a dirty hit by UNH forward Shane Eiserman. Eiserman hit Hickey square in the back about 4-5 feet from the boards. Hickey left the game and did not play Saturday night for BU. The league still refrained from suspending Eiserman for no reason. They have every reason to suspend him for that hit. It is a hit that should not exist in any level of hockey. They were quick to suspend BU freshman D Charlie McAvoy in the fall for a questionable hit but have done nothing regarding Eiserman's. I would say that McAvoy's hit was much less dangerous as well but since PC coach Nate Leaman wanted to bitch and moan at the time, the league acted quickly. Coach Quinn didn't complain about the hit because he is more concerned with winning hockey games than whining like the rest of the coaches in the league. Hopefully the league will take another look at the hit and suspend Eiserman.

The Terriers continued where they left off in OT from Friday night as they dominated UNH for the first two periods while jumping out to a 3-0 lead behind goals from Matt Grzelcyk, Danny O'Regan(on a great pass from Shane Switzer), and Bobo Carpenter on a sweet backhanded goal. UNH would push back in the third and make it a one goal game with more than 10 minutes left. The Terriers and goalie Connor LaCouvee would hold UNH off the board the rest of the way to gain the very big league win.

This was a big weekend for BU as they gained three points and tied Lowell for the fourth and final bye in the HE tournament.  BU travels to South Bend for a series with Notre Dame while Lowell has a home and home with BC. If BU sweeps Notre Dame, they can finish as high as third in the league. They can also finish fourth or fifth. If they finish 5th, they will need to play in the HE first round against UMass which everyone knows is the same thing as a bye anyway.

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