By Meredith Perri/DFP Sports
When David Quinn spoke with reporters before Friday’s tilt against No. 17 University of Vermont, he told them a change to the lineup was coming.
The swap worked, as the Terriers broke a winless streak that spanned across two months when they defeated Vermont, 4-2, Saturday evening at Agganis Arena.
“I always like to get your top three players together, but Baillargeon and O’Regan are centers,” Quinn said. “For Danny – Danny is not a big guy . . . Playing the wing, it’s not the banging or the demand that the [center] has. He had a little jump in his step tonight, and I think he is excited and hopefully that line can kind of find some chemistry and build on what they did today and move forward.”
“I felt a little more rested, I had some more legs – not as much battling down low,” O’Regan said. “Playing with a good center like Robbie is easy, it’s easy to adjust to the wing, and, so, it wasn’t too hard for me.”
The line showed how well it worked together just over five minutes into the second frame when it broke the 0-0 stalemate to give BU the lead. The trio pushed up the ice with Hohmann sending a pass over to Baillargeon. The freshman center then sent the puck across the crease to O’Regan, who had a wide-open net.
“The two guys I was playing with were capable of making a play,” O’Regan said. “I just kind of drove to the net once Cason got it over the blue line, kind of drove to the net and those two made great passes and put my stick down on an empty net, so it was nice.”
The tally was O’Regan’s seventh of the season, and, thanks to the full participation of the line, it increased the trio’s total production this season to 49 of the team’s 157 points.
As play progressed, the line had several other close plays and ultimately took seven of the team’s 26 shots on the night.
Baillargeon, who also went through a position switch earlier in the season, leads the group with 18 points. Sophomore defenseman Ahti Oksanen is the only other BU player with as many points.
“I had Baillargeon on the wing earlier in the year because I thought he was one of our top-six forwards and he was a freshman,” Quinn said. “I wanted to give him an opportunity to get acclimated to college hockey.
“I really like his game down low lately. He has done a good job defensively and he has had a good year.”
With his switch having worked in the first tilt of the two-game series with Vermont, Quinn will stick with it Saturday as BU seeks its first two-win weekend since the opening weekend of the season.
“I liked that line a lot,” Quinn said. “I thought that was Danny O’Regan’s best game in a long time. He has played a lot of minutes for us. I just think he is so competitive that it lightens his responsibility up a little bit, and I really like the way Baillargeon has played.
“I want to get our best players together, and I just think that I like that line a lot. Hopefully they can follow up tomorrow night with that they did tonight.”