Friday, March 23, 2012

Back to St. Paul--UPDATED

Episode 21 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Coach Jack Parker and two Minnesota natives: captain Chris Connolly, who will be playing his first game at the Excel Center since high school, and, Derek Herlofsky, who was in goal for BU’s 1995 NCAA semifinal win over the Gophers, which we’ll feature in tomorrow’s game day post.

Terriers practiced today at St. Paul's Xxcel Energy Center

● USCHO Western Regional preview
● United States of Hockey Western Regional in-depth preview
● previews the Western Regional, which begins Saturday.
● has updated player bios
● The Boston Herald looks at Matt Nieto’s standout season

►NCAA Tournament action begins today with three games on ESPNU. At 3:00 p.m. ET, Eastern Regional top seed Union takes on Michigan State. Then at 6:30 p.m. ET, Lowell faces off with Miami. In a Midwest Regional game, Cornell meets Michigan at 8 p.m. ET.

► The BU-Minnesota tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET will air live on It will also air on delayed taped on ESPNU on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

►BU Alumni has scheduled Pre-game Events and Watch Parties on Saturday in both St. Paul and Boston. Event details/reservations: St. Paul. The Friends of BU Hockey are hosting the event in Boston.

BU vs. Minnesota in the NCAAs
In 1985-86, led by Peter Marshall and Chris Matchett, BU won its first Hockey East title and earned home ice in the first round of the NCAAs. However, BU’s season ended the following weekend at the hands of visiting Minnesota which swept BU, 6-4 and 5-3, in the two-game, total goals series. For details on these games, see the article by blog contributor mh82 titled The 1985-86 Terriers: BU First Hockey East Champions. It's also located in our Terrier Tales sidebar.

Fast forward eight years to 1993-94 when BU had again won the Hockey East championship. After disposing of Wisconsin in the Albany regional, BU met Minnesota in the NCAA semis at the St. Paul Civic Center. Terriers jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead, which the Gopher’s narrowed to 3-1 in the middle period. BU closed out the scoring in the third period for a 4-1 final. BU All-American Mike Pomichter scored twice, including the game-winner, while Steve Thornton and Bob Lachance also found the net. JP McKersie, who earned second-team All-American honors along with Rich Brennan and Jacques Joubert, stopped 31 Minnesota shots.

In the national championship game two nights later, BU was overwhelmed by Lake Superior, 9-1, and finished the season at 34-7.

Looking ahead

Two 2013 recruits, Malden Catholic captain Brendan Collier and St. John's Prep captain Sam Kurker, respectively the #1 and #6 scorers in Massachusetts high school hockey this season, were named ESPN Boston First Team all-stars.


anon said...

Peter Marshall suffered a broken leg in the first game of the two game series against Minnesota in 1986.

amarashi said...

I believe the game will air on NESN live.

Terrier Blogger said...

1. Correct. Just posted a link to details on that series.
2. Correct. Also on FSN+.

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