Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Linkorama; Looking back at two milestone wins

Terriers remain #3 in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. In the Pairwise rankings, BU stands at #4, which if the NCAAs began today, would result in a top-seed at one of the two NCAA tournament regionals in New England (Manchester & Providence).

►With the announcement of Hobey Baker Award finalists due tomorrow, USCHO’s Hobey Watch conjectures about who will be on the list. Jack Eichel is a certainty, but Evan Rodrigues, second in the nation in scoring, is a candidate as well.

►USCHO’s Scott Weighart’s in-depth feature story examines how Eichel has handled the acclaim that has come with his standout freshman season.
►SB Nation names its All-Hockey East Teams

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Jake Wise is SB Nation’s pick for Massachusetts High School Rookie of the Year. The Central Catholic freshman, who has drawn comparisons to Eichel at a similar age, scored 16 goals and added 26 assists in 25 games for the Raiders.

Looking back
March 18 marks the anniversary of several milestone games in Terrier Hockey history:

1995: BU wins the final college hockey game played at the old Boston Garden, defeating Providence College, 3-2, to win its 4th Hockey East championship and complete the second leg of what would be the second "triple crown" season (Beanpot, league championship, NCAA title) in Terrier history. PC's first period goal by Chad Quennville was matched by BU's Ken Rausch. Mike Grier put the Terriers ahead in the second before the Friars knotted the score on a Brady Kramer slapper past a screened Derek Herlofsky. Then, late in the second, Chris Drury muscled his way off the sideboards and passed to Matt Wright, who wheeled, closed on the net and whipped a shot past PC goalie Bob Bell for the game-winner. Wright scored the last college goal at the Old Garden; a month earlier, he'd scored the final Beanpot goal at the Old Garden in BU's 5-1 win over BC in the championship game.

1971-72 National Champions

1972: Five years to the day after losing to Cornell, 4-1, in the 20th NCAA championship game, Boston University returns the favor, shutting out the Big Red, 4-0, to win its second consecutive NCAA title. A then-record crowd of 14,995 fans filled the Boston Garden for the 25th NCAA championship to see the top two teams in the East in a rematch of the ECAC championship of a week earlier, also won by BU. Forward Ron Anderson scored a power play goal in the first period and defenseman Ric Jordan added another power play goal in the second. Each scored again in the third period. Goalie Tim Regan, who made 39 saves and only allowed one goal in the final two games, was named Most Outstanding Player.

Women’s Team
Terriers are ranked #5 in both the USCHO and USA TODAY/USA Hockey Magazine polls 
● Daily Free Press: Recap of loss to Wisconsin; season review

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