From the FreeP: Men’s hockey prepares for win-or-go-home tilt with Notre Dame

By Meredith Perri/DFP Staff

For just the second time this season, the Boston University men’s hockey team will enter a weekend with a chance to win three consecutive games. When the Terriers take to the ice Saturday though, they will have more pressure on them than just starting a streak as they take on the University of Notre Dame in a single-elimination game at Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.

The Terriers (10-20-4, 5-12-3 Hockey East) start the first round of the Hockey East playoffs after a weekend of firsts – the first time they swept a team this season and the first time they won a game on the road. The team accomplished those feats in the home-and-home series with Northeastern University despite benching several players over the course of the two games because of a violation of a team policy.

“I think we started to play some winning hockey,” said BU coach David Quinn. “There is a difference between playing well and playing winning hockey, and I think we did the things you need to do to win more often on Friday night and Saturday night than we have in the past.

“We were controlling play. We were in their end a lot. We had the value of zone time and patience and things we are going to have to do this weekend.”

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