Before we truly “conclude” the season though, let’s take a look back on what was a historic year and a shift in the trajectory of the program.
The Boston University men’s hockey team unceremoniously bowed out in the National Semifinals against Minnesota, but the Terriers had no shortage of thrilling wins in Jay Pandolfo’s first year at the helm.
There are a list of moments to reel over from the national semifinal loss. But it’s not what defines the 2022-2023 season. Instead, it was the year that Boston University reinstated themselves as a power in college hockey, led by a veteran group that injected pride back into the program.
BU hung tough with the Golden Gophers, but it’s just about impossible to win when you spend more than 10 minutes killing penalties against an offensive juggernaut. Minnesota went 3-for-7 on the man-advantage, and BU was lucky it wasn’t 6-for-7 given the amount of offensive pressure the Gophers were able to generate on the power play.
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.
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’ 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.
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.
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.
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.