By Tim Healey/DFP Staff
For the first time since the season’s opening weekend, the Boston University men’s hockey team played two games and didn’t lose either of them. The Terriers (6-6-1, 2-3 Hockey East) tied No. 14/15 University of North Dakota, 3-3, at Agganis Arena a day after taking the series opener.
Here’s a look at what the Terriers did and did not do well.
The sophomore goaltender was the story again Saturday night, just as he was in Friday’s win.
To read more about O’Connor’s game, read Meredith’s piece here.
BU’s man-advantage got off to a rough start early but by the end of the night it was buzzing similar to the way it was Friday.
The Terriers finished 3-on-14 on the power play in two games against North Dakota.
In another similarity to Friday night’s 3-1 win, Noonan seemingly took over at will on occasion, particularly when tensions were running high.
UND came out of the gates fast and chippy, but the Terriers, particularly Noonan, were able to keep their emotions in check despite getting gloves in their face multiple times.
Freshman wing Nick Roberto said that objective came from the coaches.
The freshman defenseman picked up his first collegiate point, a secondary assist on the game-tying goal from classmate Robbie Baillargeon.
Return to the sin bin
Quinn has done a good job of, well, convincing the Terriers to curb the number of penalties they take, but Saturday represented some regression in that category. They took eight minors for 16 minutes, their most since the season opener.
While North Dakota’s general aggression and puck possession forced some of these, a number stick out as egregious. Freshman wing Tommy Kelley committed a tripping infraction in the offensive zone while BU was on the power play in the second, and senior wing Jake Moscatel (charging) and sophomore wing Mike Moran (elbowing) wound up in the penalty box during a tight third period.
“There’s no reason for it,” Quinn said. “All of a sudden it’s slipped back into our game.”
A very common phrase on the live blog, much to Quinn’s displeasure.
“There are a lot of reasons to shoot,” Quinn said. “Obviously the first one is to score, but a lot of times you shoot a puck to create a rebound or possess it in the offensive zone. Too often we’re just shooting to score a goal, and there’s really not an opportunity to score.
“This has been a problem all year. It’s a youth hockey mentality.”