Through a playing career that spanned over two decades, Boston University head coach Jay Pandolfo learned a lesson that has come to define his team: It hurts to win.
NCAA Regionals Notebook
With wins over the Cornell Big Red and the Western Michigan Broncos, BU advanced to the Frozen Four in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Terriers will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Thursday, April 6. Here are some major storylines following the NCAA regionals.
Ethan Phillips proved to be difference-maker against WMU
Ethan Phillips’ empty-net goal meant a whole lot more than an end-of-game extra insurance point for Boston University. The senior forward stepped up in a big way for the entire 60 minutes and strung together his best performance of the season –– and what a time to do it.
A very chaotic six takeaways from the Hockey East tournament
The Terriers won the Hockey East Championship Saturday night, but only got to revel in their victory for a couple of hours. With gameday versus the Western Michigan University Broncos just five days after their coronation, the Boston University men’s hockey team got back to work immediately, with eyes set on a much larger prize.
Dog Pound Diary: Garden Party
Something about stepping onto the ice in the Garden seemed to draw the hockey-playing ability out of the Terriers, like in Space Jam when that alien guy stole Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing’s ability to play basketball to create the Monstars.
By thriving in the margins, Cade Webber played unsung hero for BU in Hockey East final
The Terriers play at breakneck speed, zipping past defenders in transition to create the odd-man rushes they feast on. Webber, BU’s bruising 6-foot-7 defenseman, would rather throw himself in front of a slapshot on the penalty kill than spring a 2-on-1 the other way.
Nick Zabaneh picking up goals, confidence at the perfect time for Terriers
Zabaneh’s three-goal eruption against the Catamounts came as no surprise to Jay Pandolfo or his teammates. Instead, the offensive breakthrough was a quantifiable representation of the way Zabaneh has been playing for weeks now.
Belief is the difference-maker for BU in weekend sweep
That elation, which took place as the BU men’s hockey team walked back to the locker room after completing a sweep of the University of Vermont, captured why this weekend was so important. BU’s two wins over UVM injected life into a locker room that was beginning to reel.
The Beanpot was bad, it’s time to move on
Last night just wasn’t good. The Terriers looked like a shell of themselves against a desperate Boston College team who was able to find the emotion to make a consolation game mean something.
Dog Pound Diary: A Pot of Beans and Tears
The worst thing the Terriers did on Monday was score. Injecting a comatose Dog Pound with all that false hope so late in the game.