Tilts against Union, Michigan, U.S. National Junior Team highlight Terriers’ 2014-15 schedule

By Conor Ryan/DFP Staff

David Quinn’s second go-around with the Boston University men’s hockey team looks to be a memorable, if not challenging, campaign.
The program released its 2014-15 schedule Thursday, revealing plenty of both new and familiar matchups for the Terriers.
Games against reigning NCAA champion Union College, University of Wisconsin, University of Michigan and both the U.S. National Junior Team and the U.S. National Under-18 Team highlight the schedule for the Terriers, who are looking to rebound from a disappointing 2013-14 year.
BU’s season will kick off on Oct. 4, as the Terriers will host St. Thomas University-New Brunswick before opening up regular-season play on the road against the University of Massachusetts-Amherst on Oct. 10.
The Terriers will then host the U.S. U-18 team on Oct. 18 before starting their home schedule the following weekend with games against Michigan State University and Michigan on Oct. 24 and 25, respectively.
Other notable non-conference games on the schedule include the first ever meeting between Union and BU at Agganis Arena on Jan. 3 and contests against Harvard University (Nov. 25), Colgate University (Nov. 29), Dartmouth College (Nov. 30) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Dec. 13).
The Terriers will also travel to Madison for the first time since 2000 to take on Wisconsin in a two-game road tilt on Jan. 9-10. BU will also move back to its old confines of Walter Brown Arena on Dec. 19 to take on the U.S. National Junior Team.
Twenty-two Hockey East games are set for the upcoming season, including a home game against Boston College on Jan. 16. Two Hockey East teams will be making their first trips up to Agganis this season, as BU will host the University of Notre Dame for a weekend series on Feb. 20-21 and new conference member University of Connecticut on Nov. 16.
The Terriers will kick off the 63rd annual Beanpot on Feb. 2 and 9 at TD Garden. BU will take on Harvard in the first round before taking on either Boston College or Northeastern University the following weekend.
For the full schedule, check out the “2014-15 schedule” tab on the left.

David Quinn speaks to high school freshmen about leadership, adversity

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff
Boston University men’s hockey coach David Quinn had a young group of players this year, but Tuesday morning at Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, his audience was even younger. Quinn spent the morning speaking with the Masco freshman class, teaching them lessons on leadership and dealing with adversity.
Quinn spoke of his experiences, including some of the things he has learned in his coaching career as well as the adversity he faced when his hockey career was cut short due to hemophilia. Students then had a chance to ask Quinn questions, including, “What advice can you give to aspiring leaders?”
“The number one thing, I think, is obviously ‘When you see a wrong, right it,’” Quinn said to the high school freshman. “But it’s how you right it. I talk to our captains about this all the time. Your delivery is everything.”
Quinn, who preaches the importance of his players being well-rounded student-athletes, encouraged the same thing to the high school freshmen. He spoke in particular about the importance of treating people properly and not bullying others.

“Most people know right from wrong,” Quinn said. “I tell our guys, ‘If you see wrong, right it. But right it in a way that everybody can understand it and don’t do it in a confrontational way.”

Quinn ‘pissed’ he didn’t think to play Moccia during Frozen Fenway

By Meredith Perri/DFP Staff

Senior goaltender Anthony Moccia practices on Jan. 10 at
Fenway Park. Photo by Michelle Jay/DFP Staff.
As the Boston University men’s hockey team took the ice for the final frame of Saturday’s Frozen Fenway tilt with the University of Maine, third-string goaltender Anthony Moccia led the way onto the ice for the Terriers.

With BU down 5-0 entering the third and coach David Quinn having already swapped goalies once, some assumed that Moccia, a senior, would finally get his first action in a regular season game. Seconds later, though, it became clear that sophomore Sean Maguire would return to his spot between the posts, and Moccia would find his way back to the bench.

In retrospect, Quinn said he wished he had put Moccia in goal.

“I was so caught up… I had already taken one goalie out and that hadn’t crossed my mind,” Quinn said. “I know people are making a big deal, and I’m pissed at myself that I didn’t think of it.”

Moccia made his first appearance in a game at the start of the season when the Terriers played an exhibition game against St. Francis Xavier on Oct. 5. The Medford native played for the duration of the second period and stopped all seven shots that he faced.

“Hopefully we’ll be up 6-0 once, and I can put him in there – not that that’s what it takes. He does well. He’s a good goalie, he is, but I think we’ve got two guys who have played well and have a longer history of having success at the Division I level, but I’d love to get in a situation where he can play.”
While Maguire and his classmate Matt O’Connor have been one of the more consistent cogs for the Terriers this season, the duo have faltered so far in 2014.

O’Connor, who had taken control of the starting spot after the tandem platooned during the first month of the season, was pulled mid-game in two consecutive starts, both of which came after the team returned from winter intercession. The first time came in BU’s bout with Harvard University where O’Connor gave up four goals in less than half of a game.

His second flub came during Frozen Fenway when he gave up four goals, three of which were power-play goals, in a span of 15:55.

Meanwhile, Maguire, who missed a few starts because of back pain before the break, has still won just a single game so far this season despite having a 2.72 goals-against average. Maguire and O’Connor both have a .919 save percentage.

Quinn said Thursday that he, as well as goaltending coach Mike Geragosian, had watched the tape from the game against Maine and that Geragosian worked with the pair this week to “refine some technical things that maybe they lost sight of.”

With all of those factors in mind, Quinn said that Maguire would get the start Friday evening against Boston College and that he was confident Maguire would have a good game.

From the FreeP: Despite Terrier loss, David Quinn has happy reunion with family

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff
After the Boston University men’s hockey team’s 3-1 loss to No. 3 Providence College on Saturday, BU coach David Quinn was less than pleased. Poorly timed penalties again did his team in, as BU missed a chance to sweep a home-and-home series against one of the top-ranked squads in the country, and the No. 18 Terriers remained winless on the road.

But about a minute and half later, Quinn had more important business to tend to.

He walked through the bowels of the Friars’ home rink and up a small set of metal stairs to hug four children, each clamoring for his attention. Quinn’s smile was as wide as it was the day he was named BU’s head coach.

Quinn’s four cousins — all 11 years old or younger — were part of a contingent 16 people strong who came to see him at Schneider Arena. Quinn, a Cranston, R.I. native, grew up 10 minutes from Schneider, where he also played plenty in his youth.

Saturday was his first time there since being named BU’s head coach in March.

“I have a lot of memories and a lot of great memories there,” Quinn said prior to the weekend series. “It will be special. It will be pretty cool to go down there and play against the Friars and be the head coach of BU. That will be pretty neat.”

Getting the message: Terriers do just what David Quinn asks in 4-3 comeback win over Providence

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

A week ago, the No. 18 Boston University men’s hockey team lost back-to-back games in Michigan and struggled to produce offense because it got away from the things Coach David Quinn wanted it to do. These things included staying out of the penalty box, maintaining puck possession and creating scoring chances in front of the opposing goaltender.

“We have got to get together with coach,” senior captain Garrett Noonan said after the team’s 3-1 loss to Michigan State University. “He knows what is best for us and when we get back to listening to coach we will start to get the Ws.”

It looked like Quinn’s messages finally got through to his team after the first period of Friday night’s 4-3 comeback win over No. 3 Providence College, as the Terriers scored four unanswered goals after a disastrous first period.

“It was a frustrating period to watch, especially after what happened out in Michigan,” Quinn said. “I just told them, ‘Hey, there’s a team over there that’s playing faster, stronger, making better passes and we need to be willing to change on the fly – change our mental approach on the fly,’ and obviously we did it.

Once the first frame was over, BU (4-3, 2-0 Hockey East) did just about everything Quinn was looking for. Perhaps the biggest improvement the Terriers made was their ability to stay out of the penalty box over the final two stanzas.

Things did not start so well for BU in regards to staying out of the box. After jumping out to an early power play, junior winger Evan Rodrigues took a bad interference penalty 17 seconds into the opportunity to bring the teams to four-on-four. Shortly afterward, freshman center Nick Roberto took an offensive-zone tripping penalty to give the Friars (4-1-1, 0-1 Hockey East) a power play of their own. Roberto did not play for the remainder of the first period after the infraction.

But after those two penalties, BU’s penalty bench collected dust as the Terriers stayed out of the box and drew four Providence penalties. A power-play goal from sophomore winger Matt Lane was key in BU’s turnaround, and the team did not give the Friars any chances to strike back with a man advantage.

“It puts us in a hole,” Quinn said of the first period penalties. “We just have to stop taking those penalties. We have a goal of four [penalties] or less and we took two and we gave ourselves a chance to win tonight.

Another thing Quinn had preached after the previous weekend in Michigan was that he wanted his team to possess the puck better and have more time in its opponent’s zone. The Terriers really struggled to keep control of the puck in the first period, which resulted in Providence attempting 25 shots (19 on goal) compared to BU’s 12 (eight on goal).

However, things turned around for the Terriers in the next two frames. BU began to pass the puck around the offensive zone better, as displayed in the Terriers’ fourth goal. Sophomore center Danny O’Regan started the play by passing the puck from the left circle to sophomore defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, beginning a rotation of the puck around the zone and back onto O’Regan’s stick for the goal. BU had been threatening with several scoring chances in the shifts preceding O’Regan’s game-winning goal as well.

“Puck possession is obviously huge,” O’Regan said. “It’s just a matter of… making all of the simple plays. Not trying to do too much with the puck. I think that’s where we are best as a team and as a line in creating offense.”

That puck possession led to scoring chances for BU though because it was working hard for pucks in front of Providence goaltender Jon Gillies — something Quinn had highlighted in practice leading up to Friday’s game. Gillies, who has a big frame at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, entered Friday’s game with a 1.71 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage. All four of BU’s goals on the night came within a close proximity to Gillies, two of which came off of rebounds.

BU had 11 grade-A chances in the final two periods as opposed to Providence’s seven. It was the Terriers’ ability to outwork the Friars’ defensemen that helped them come back, according to Providence coach Nate Leaman.

“I thought they really won the battles around our net,” Leaman said after the game. “I thought overall we played a very good first period, but defensively after the first period I thought we were atrocious.”

With the win in hand, it is apparent that the Terriers got the message that Quinn told them in the locker room between the periods. Quinn can only hope that that message sticks with the team as it travels to Providence to face the Friars on the road Saturday night.