Notable Quotes from Coach O’Connell before NMU series

Here’s what BU head coach Albie O’Connell shared during his press availability earlier today.

On the significance of the home opener…

“You always want to be good at home. If you win your home games and you play pretty good on the road – .500 hockey – that’s a pretty good [model for success].”

“We’re looking to try to establish our game in the first period and try to get the crowd into it, and hopefully we’ll give the hometown fans something to cheer about.”

On Northern Michigan…

“They’ve got a good group. They’ve got a good blend. They’ve got some big guys who are strong and physical and…they’ve got some smaller guys who are really dynamic.”

“They’re highly competitive, they’re well-coached. They play real hockey, they’re not a dump-and-chase team.”

On playing after a two-week break…

“[NMU] played two competitive games last week and we didn’t. Hopefully we can get through the first five, ten minutes…and get -the guys] comfortable in another game.”

“As the game wears on, I would think hopefully we’ll get better and better and hopefully the sharpness is there early.”