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

The Terriers move on to the Hockey East semifinals against familiar foe Boston College who is fighting for their NCAA tournament lives going into the game. Motivation should be no factor in a rivalry game like this but BC needs a win to have any chance of a NCAA berth and to beat BU once in the 2016-2017 season. BC certainly showed that with a 2 game sweep and thumping of UVM in the QF round. With that said, the biggest challenge for BU is that BC is so bad offensively it will be difficult for them to put themselves into the comfortable 2-0 hole that they dug themselves into against Northeastern both games this past weekend. BC has only scored two goals in three games against BU so it will take some real defensive breakdowns in order for them to score two goals in one game.

 BU enters the game with a NCAA berth all but solidified but fighting for the best possible seeding. There is an outside chance at a #1 seed and also a higher 2 seed does favor BU since it will give them a better chance of staying in an east regional for the NCAA tournament if you care about that type of thing(I am personally pulling for Fargo). The most important thing for BU is to continue to play solid responsible postseason hockey and get better each game they play. They may be a young, immature team but when they are clicking, they are the best team in the country.

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