What a weekend it was for the No. 8 Boston University men’s hockey team.
Pegged against Northeastern University in the quarterfinals of the Hockey East Tournament, the Terriers had quite the task before them. The Huskies were 11-3 in their last 14 contests heading into the weekend and boasted two of the nation’s top-five scorers in forwards Dylan Sikura and Zach Aston-Reese.
By Saturday night’s end, however, none of that mattered. Head coach David Quinn’s side dug deep in game one and game two, producing virtually identical performances to upend their cross-city foes.
On both occasions, head coach Jim Madigan’s team jumped out to 2-0 leads in the first period, only for BU to turn into The Comeback Kids. Friday’s encounter went into overtime, while Saturday’s was decided with 24.9 seconds left – and each time a 3-2 scoreline in favor of BU stood tall.
Looking ahead, BU now plays next Friday at TD Garden in the semifinals of the Hockey East Tournament against a to-be-determined opponent. Early indicators are it’ll face either Boston College or the University of New Hampshire, though.
Now that the dust has settled, let’s reflect on the series that was against Northeastern.
- Friday’s recap, with a game-winning goal by Jordan Greenway.
- Friday’s sider on BU’s first-period woes.
- Saturday’s recap, with a game-winning goal by Chad Krys.
- Saturday’s sider on BU’s never-say-die attitude.
Quotes of the Weekend
"If you play BU you get death, taxes and a power play in overtime." – @GoNUmhockey head coach Jim Madigan
— Boston Hockey Blog (@BOShockeyblog) March 11, 2017
— Boston Hockey Blog (@BOShockeyblog) March 12, 2017
“You lose one of your top players in [sophomore forward] Bobo Carpenter and one of your top [junior] defenseman in Johnny MacLeod, two heavy players that are really good players and to be able to dust yourself off. Being down 2-0 and losing two players in the same period says an awful lot about our mental toughness.” – David Quinn
“It’s never easy to end somebody’s season. That’s a heck of a hockey team we just played. I don’t think there’s a team in the country that you’re playing like that in the second round of your playoffs. We may move forward and not see teams as good as them.” – David Quinn
“We just have to play a full 60. You don’t always have to be on your best every single shift, but we have to limit our worst when we’re coming out of the gates and take that never-die approach to the Garden.” – Doyle Somerby
“We can’t keep playing with fire the way we have been the last few weeks. But like I said before, I certainly like some of the characteristics we’ve shown over the last few weeks in being mentally tough and playing well in crucial and critical times.” – David Quinn
Tweets of the Weekend
— Jay Kenney (@RealJayKenney) March 11, 2017
Can't expect a goalie like Ruck to handle a sniper like Phelps.
— BurntBoats (@BurntBoats) March 11, 2017
I would pay money for a highlight video of Krys' absurd ability to keep the puck in the zone.
— BurntBoats (@BurntBoats) March 12, 2017
— BayState RoadSports (@bsrs_blog) March 12, 2017
— Terrier Hockey (@BU_Hockey5) March 12, 2017
WE'RE HEADED TO TD GARDEN!!
— The BU Dog Pound (@BUDogPound) March 12, 2017