Tuesday, November 29, 2016

BU takes 2 out of 3 for the week, prepare for PC

The BU Terriers took two out of their three games this past week as they split with UConn with the away team winning each matchup before beating a top 10 Harvard team at Agganis Arena. Junior Connor LaCouvee won both games for the Terriers raising his save percentage to .938 in four games. The Terriers now sit 7-4-1 on the season and currently 8th in the way too early pairwise rankings. Now obviously despite the high  pairwise ranking, losing games to teams such as UConn was not part of what any BU fan had in mind at the beginning of the year. The team has disappointed at times as they learn how to win and respond to adversity but with that said if these games are the low points as the team gets better and healthier with the return of Clayton Keller, Nik Olsson and Co. over the next month then this can still be a hell of a team this year and still is a national championship competitor.

Some fans on certain online forums will tell you right now that anything less than perfection means the coach should be fired and all the players aren't as good as everyone thought. I can say with certainty that 30 NHL gms and numerous NCAA coaches were not wrong on the amount of talent that BU has or how good of a coach David Quinn is. This team is very talented and has consistently brought the effort of a championship team. They got a bad break on the first goal against UConn with a lack of a tripping call and never really recovered despite dominating the first 30 minutes of the game but if that is the low point of the season, I will take it in a heartbeat. Moral of the story is fans on the internet are idiots besides me, I'm a genius.

The Terriers return to action this coming weekend with a pair against Providence College. The Friars haven't had as much success as the past few years stumbling out to 5-5-2 record which is due mostly to the awful .884 save percentage they have gotten from sophomore goalie Hayden Hawkey. He has played every game for the Friars which tells you all you need to know about their goaltending situation. He has been that bad and the backup goalies still can't sniff the ice. The Terriers needs to take advantage of that as they have two goalies if not three that are better than anything PC has to offer. Three points should be the minimum goal this weekend with a sweep being the strong preference as .500 teams you need to take care of if you want to be competing for a conference title. 

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