Monday, March 27, 2017

Terriers drop Regional Final to Duluth after ending racists' season in Fargo

The BU Terriers' season came to a close this past Saturday night in the NCAA regional final against Minnesota Duluth. The loss comes following a double OT win in the first round against North Dakota in Fargo on Friday afternoon with the eventual game winner coming off the stick of Charlie McAvoy. Friday's game against North Dakota was a game that BU was pinned in their own zone throughout but with the help of freshman stud goalie Jake Oettinger,  some opportunistic scoring and a timely overturned goal in OT gave BU the chance to win the game in double OT and send home the defending champion Fighting Sioux Hawks of North Dakota.

The next round matchup was with another NCHC opponent in Minnesota Duluth who BU had beaten in the same round of the 2015 NCAA tournament on their way to the national championship game. While the final score was the same(3-2), the opposite team came out on top on this one. The similarities between this game and the regional final from 2015 are pretty crazy. In both games, SOG were almost equal(27-27 in 2015, 22-20 UMD in 2017). The eventual winning team in both games took a 2-1 lead in the third only to give up a game tying goal to make it 2-2. Both game winning goals were powerplay goals with the only difference is this year's version came in OT. The loss ends BU's season while Duluth moves on to face Harvard in the Frozen Four in Chicago. Hockey is a game where you need to get some luck and bounces to win games especially in one and done tournaments such as the NCAA's. BU got bounces in 2015 and on Friday against North Dakota and didn't Saturday night in OT. It's not anyone's fault, it's just how the game goes sometimes. The only way to avoid it is to play so well that the game doesn't get to OT but against the #2 team in the country you can't expect that out of any team.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

BU sweeps lil bro, ends their season

The BU Terriers overcame 2-0 deficits to beat their crosstown rival opponent in the Hockey East Quarterfinal round. In both nights BU dug themselves early 2-0 deficits in the first period where they would climb within one in the second period and then tie and win the game in the third/OT with both game winners coming on powerplay goals. Northeastern boats one of the strongest offensive groups in the nation so it was a real good sign as the postseason kicks off that BU's defense and goaltending held them to four goals over two games. That defense may take a hit if defenseman John Macleod, out was injured Friday night, is out long term. Macleod has been the most improved defenseman and maybe player on the roster for the Terriers is a key penalty killer for the team. Bobo Carpenter was also banged up over the weekend but according to Coach Quinn's postgame comments may be back in the lineup next weekend.

The highlight below is funny because it's the last game Northeastern will play this year