By Tim Healey/DFP Staff
What a difference a year can make.
Last season in the Boston University men’s hockey team’s second game of the season, then-freshman forward Cason Hohmann centered the team’s third line against Providence College and had more turnovers than shots on goal.
But Saturday night at Agganis Arena, 366 days after that first matchup with Providence, was a completely different story. Hohmann assisted two goals and scored one of his own as the No. 12/14 Terriers (1–0) topped the Friars (1–1), 4–2, to open its 2012–13 season.
The dramatic transformation is the result of a combination of factors, said BU coach Jack Parker.
“One, he has gotten a little bit older and a little bit stronger. Two, he has gotten a lot more confident,” Parker said. “He was always worried about stuff last year, trying … to get more ice time.
“Now he is centering one of our best lines, he is playing every power play and killing every penalty. He knew that coming into this game so I think he got a little bit more confident.”
Ironically, that line — with Hohmann at center, senior captain Wade Megan on the left and sophomore forward Evan Rodrigues on the right — was the same one Hohmann played with in that first, less successful game against the Friars.