The Look Back: BU captures share of Hockey East regular-season title

Senior defenseman Doyle Somerby returned to the blue line against Notre Dame. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALOHTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF
Senior defenseman Doyle Somerby returned to the blue line against Notre Dame. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALOHTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

The 2016-17 regular season is over for BU hockey, and the Terriers stand as co-champions of Hockey East.

Heading into this past weekend’s series against Notre Dame, a million and one scenarios could have unfolded (that’s an exaggeration), but the dust has finally settled. BU lost, 3-1, on Friday night, only to register an inspiring, 4-1, win over the Fighting Irish on Saturday evening.

With those results, head coach David Quinn’s side will be the No. 2 seed in the Hockey East Tournament. It also ends the regular season in three-way tie for first place, sharing the crown with Boston College and UMass Lowell.

The stars of the weekend were forwards Kieffer Bellows, Clayton Keller Patrick Harper and goaltender Jake Oettinger. In other words, the freshmen are stepping up with playoff hockey around the corner. Furthermore, Quinn said defenseman and captain Doyle Somerby had his best weekend of the season.

As things stand, BU sits in seventh place in the PairWise Rankings, so the scarlet and white are in a good place with the NCAA Tournament looming. Lastly, the Terriers won’t play again until March 10 against a to-be-determined opponent, so keep an eye out on the opening round of the Hockey East Tournament.


  1. Friday’s recap of the 3-1 loss.
  2. Friday’s sider about the goaltender battle between Jake Oettinger and Cal Petersen.
  3. Saturday’s recap of the 4-1, come-from-behind win.
  4. Saturday’s sider about Kieffer Bellows coming into his own on the third line.


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  1. Son of Caesar Carlaci

    Nice job here, Jonathan. But I was wondering why comments were not allowed during the weekend live blog. Tech problem ??

    • I’m looking into that problem. I was wondering all weekend where the usual commenters were, as I could see people were viewing the blog. It should be remedied by the time playoffs roll around. My apologies for any confusion it caused.

  2. OK, so I guess we’re going to be playing Northeastern?

  3. Vinne – you would have rather played Merrimack?

  4. believe it or not, i think i would. feel like they are not going to best us 4 times. NU offense scares me and the Stevens brothers are back

  5. Valid point. Still, from here on in, we will have to beat the best teams in the country. We will have to contain the offensive production of Denver, Harvard, etc. So, we might as well start the test this weekend.