Saturday, February 17, 2007

By the numbers

Last night’s 4-2 victory continued the Terriers’ uncanny record of success against UNH at The Whitt. It was BU’s 8th win against 4 losses and 5 ties. The rest of Hockey East has a 22-114-12 record there. So, BU is responsible for more the 25% of the Wildcats’ losses at their current home.

The win was John Curry’s 56th as a Terrier, passing Tom Noble for fourth place on the all-time list. Curry’s next win ties him with Michel Larocque. He’s four behind Scott Cashman and six behind leader Sean Fields. Not bad considering BU’s Hobey Baker candidate saw just five minutes of ice time as a freshman.

When Curry gets that 56th win, it also will be Coach Jack Parker’s 760th career win.

During last night’s BU broadcast, analyst Tom Ryan commented that BU had allowed only eight 5-on-5 goals in the previous 22 games. Not exactly. The actual stat from last night’s game notes was that BU had allowed a 5-on-5 goal in just eight games of the previous 22—and with last night’s game, it’s now the last 23. In five of those eight games, BU gave up two even-strength goals. Still, a most impressive effor by the Terrier netminders.

During that 23 game stretch, the 32 goals allowed break down this way: 14 even-strength, 13 powerplay, 3 shorthanded, 1 penalty shot and 1 empty net goal. BU scored 59 goals in those same 23 games.

The Terriers’ record when scoring two or more goals: 16-2-5; when scoring less than two: 1-3-3. The team’s road record is a shiny 9-1-4. At home it is a far less gaudy, 6-3-4. With three of the final four HE games at home and home ice for the quarter finals very likely, that trend must change.

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