In our next segment for the “Best of 2014-15” BU hockey season recap, the Boston Hockey Blog decided to rank our top 10 favorite goals from the Terriers last year.
Check out our list below, and feel free to share your picks in the comments as well:
10. A.J. Greer vs. North Dakota (4/9/15)
GIF: BU’s AJ Greer unloads a cannon on the one-timer pic.twitter.com/JIwQsoh0J0
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) April 10, 2015
Freshman winger A.J. Greer picked an awful good time to snag his third goal of the season, as his one-time blast helped keep the Terriers ahead against North Dakota in the Frozen Four semifinal game.
Greer helped BU reclaim a two-goal cushion after receiving a pass from freshman center Jack Eichel just past the UND blue line. Greer uncorked a blast that soared past the reach of North Dakota goaltender Zane McIntyre to help build the Terriers’ lead.
9. Jack Eichel vs. Maine (11/21/14)
Eichel’s first of three overtime goals during the 2014-15 season sent Agganis Arena into a frenzy, as his power-play strike in overtime pushed the Terriers past the Black Bears and completed an impressive comeback win.
Freshman defenseman Brandon Fortunato left the puck behind the Terrier net, with Eichel then carrying the play all the way into Maine’s side of the ice. Eichel eluded one Maine skater before using another skater as a screen in front of Maine goaltender Sean Romeo. The young center then unleashed a wrister that sailed past Romeo’s left shoulder to give BU the 3-2 win.
8. Danny O’Regan vs. Providence (4/11/15)
Danny O’Regan’s backhand score against the Friars in the national championship game helped cap a two-goal outburst for the Terriers in just four seconds.
After junior forward Ahti Oksanen scored to tie the game at 1-1, Eichel secured the ensuing faceoff at center ice. Eichel pushed the puck into PC’s zone, casting it over to Danny O’Regan, who was about to be knocked down by a Providence skater. With just a split second to spare, O’Regan fired the shot past goalie Jon Gillies to make it a 2-1 game in favor of the Terriers at TD Garden.
7. Jack Eichel @ Wisconsin (1/10/15)
BU’s first line of Eichel, senior assistant captain Evan Rodrigues and junior forward Danny O’Regan dominated the Badgers in this contest — with the trio combining for 10 points on the night.
However, Eichel’s first point of the game stands as the most impressive takeaway from BU’s 6-2 Madison massacre. The freshman skated from the left circle to the right circle, holding onto the puck until goalie Joel Rumpel fell down in the crease. With the net open, Eichel fired into the empty cage to tie the game at 1-1.
6. Evan Rodrigues @ Vermont (1/24/15)
In the midst of a crucial two-game road series against Vermont, Rodrigues put the Terriers up for good in the first tilt of the weekend with this impressive end-to-end goal.
The Etobicoke, Ontario native’s impressive goal gave the Terriers a 3-0 lead at the time, with BU eventually skating off the ice at Gutterson Fieldhouse with a 4-2 win in hand.
5. Danny O’Regan vs. Harvard (2/3/15)
Junior forward Danny O’Regan closed out the longest Beanpot game in tournament history with this quick shot.
With BU and Harvard knotted at 2-2 in double overtime, Rodrigues intercepted a pass in the Crimson’s zone before firing a centering pass to O’Regan, who fired the puck from the low slot past goalie Steve Michalek to give the Terriers the dramatic victory.
4. Jack Eichel vs. UMass Lowell (3/21/15)
Jack Eichel capped the Terriers’ Hockey East championship with this impressive breakaway goal against the River Hawks.
BU already had a reassuring 4-2 lead over Lowell in the conference title game with under six minute left on the clock, but Eichel’s second marker of the contest helped put the final nail in the coffin for UML.
After possessing the puck near the BU blue line, Eichel stepped on the gas, zipping past the Lowell defense all the way into the River Hawks’ side of the ice before sliding the disc through goalie Kevin Boyle’s five-hole to hand BU a late three-goal advantage.
3. Evan Rodrigues @ BC (11/7/14)
Rodrigues once again puts his stamp on our list with this nifty goal against the Eagles at Conte Forum.
Looking to erase a 1-0 BC lead, Rodrigues seized the puck, dangled around a multitude of Eagles and faked out goaltender Thatcher Demko before easily tucking the puck into the net by way of a backhand shot.
Rodrigues would finish the night with two goals, as the Terriers defeated their hated rivals by a score of 5-3.
2. Matt Grzelcyk vs. Northeastern (2/23/15)
BU captain Matt Grzelcyk might have had the Terriers’ only shot of overtime against Northeastern in the Beanpot title game, but he certainly made it count.
Not even a minute had passed in extra time before junior forward Ahti Oksanen corralled the puck along the boards and passing it over to Rodrigues. Rodrigues quickly dished the puck over to Grzelcyk, whose shot from beyond the left circle beat NU goalie Clay Witt and sent the scarlet and white skaters into a frenzy.
Grzelcyk’s overtime strike helped BU claim its 30th Beanpot and first title since 2009.
1. Evan Rodrigues vs. Minnesota Duluth (3/28/15)
The final submission on our list goes to the goal that helped carry the Terriers to the Frozen Four.
Facing off against the University of Minnesota Duluth in the NCAA Northeast Regional final, BU was staring at a 2-2 tie with just under three minutes left to play in the contest. With BU on the power play, Rodrigues gathered the puck, toe-dragged around a Duluth skater and then hesitated before firing the puck from the right circle.
The wrister sailed past Minnesota netminder Kasimir Kaskisuo to give BU the late lead. Ultimately, the Terriers would hold on for the 3-2 win and a trip back to TD Garden.
A Few Honorable Mentions:
Jack Eichel’s overtime strike against UMass Lowell (1/18/15)
Eichel’s shorthanded tally @ Northeastern (2/28/15)
Danny O’Regan’s mini-breakaway goal vs. UConn (11/8/14)
Evan Rodrigues’ golf swing against Minnesota Duluth (3/28/15)
Mike Moran’s batted-in rebound vs. UConn (11/8/14)
All great goals of course! Still, in my opinion, the goal that Eichel scored to make it 2-0 in the 3/21 Hockey East Championship game should definitely be among your top-3. I’m still mesmerized every time I watch the replay.
Another great goal, Glenn. It definitely was a pretty tough task compiling dozens of great plays into a top 10 list. Good call on your part!
Thanks Conor! I think I like that goal because it involved so many dekes/moves.
Ahti’s between-the-legs pass for the O’Regan goal @ Northeastern. Trophy-clinching game and one of our top goal scorers who otherwise got robbed on this list. 100% agree with the rest though. But I’d take out Eichel’s goal at Wisconsin.