Saturday, April 11, 2015

The dream falls short; Providence rallies for 4-3 win UPDATED

The third period, BU's strength throughout the season, proved the Terriers' undoing in the national championship game as they allowed two late goals that gave Providence a 4-3 win and its first-ever NCAA title.

BU had taken a 3-2 lead in the second period on senior Cason Hohmann's goal, after the Terriers had received goals four seconds apart in the first period from Ahti Oksanen and Danny O'Regan.

As the third period began, Providence pressed hard for the equalizer and enjoyed a substantial shot advantage through the first 11 minutes. Then Tom Parisi lofted a seeming harmless shot toward Matt O'Connor, who gloved it but seemed indecisive about where to toss it and let it drop to the ice. It trickled through his legs into the goal, knotting the score at three apiece.  Just over two minutes later, the Friars had an offensive-zone draw that Kevin Rooney won, sending the puck to Brandon Tanev, who skated unmarked into the slot and whipped a hard shot past O'Connor for a 4-3 PC lead.

In the final six minutes, BU had numerous scoring opportunities, including a deflection by Nick Roberto and a near conversion of a goalmouth rebound by Hohmann; but the Friars' Jon Gillies turned them all aside. And then, the clock ran out on the Terriers and their dream season. 

Three Terriers were named to the All-Tournament team: Jack Eichel, Ahti Oksanen, and Matt Grzelcyk.

● recap and comprehensive box score

ESPN Video highlights  and recap
● Daily Free Press recap, Hohmann, Moccia/O'Connor  

● College Hockey News:   PC Wins, Oh No, OC , Notebook
Boston Globe: Providence beats BU
New York TImes: Last team in wins
More to follow

1 comment:

Barry W. said...

Dream falls short? No. The dream fell apart. (BU was leading with 8 minutes to go in the game.)

When Coach Quinn was interviewed during the game he said the only thing he was upset about, to that point, was the lack of a net-front presence. The real problem was the puck handling around their own net. Anyone with a modicum of hockey knowledge knew that BU playing on its heels in the third period was a bad strategy, particularly when the goaltender had completely lost confidence in himself. With BU's speed, that team should have been pressing the attack with a sustained forecheck in the final 20 minutes to keep the puck away from the shaky goaltender. Instead, they scrambled behind their goal line to get control of the puck, all the forwards collapsed below the face-off dots or got pinched along the boards with no outlets to move the puck out of the zone, and the goalie, whose head was already spinning, was trying to keep track of the puck and play BEHIND him.

Additionally, the goalie's problems didn't start in the final 8 minutes of last night's game. He had problems in Manchester, against North Dakota Thursday night, and even early in the game yesterday. Why those issues weren't addressed by altered play to help him out is inexcusable. An inability to change on the fly cost BU a national championship. Give Providence credit, they saw a weakness and exploited it, from the RED LINE. By the way, if the book on Gilles was that his weakness was defending shots low on his blocker side, why did so many shots go over him or to his glove side?

One last point. I know the team is young, but the commentators made much ado about who was going where in the NHL draft. If the plan for many of these kids is to play one or two years of college hockey and then move to the professional ranks then the last response I should see is CRYING after the game. If that is a player's immediate response after that debacle, then he should stay in school and learn more about the highs and lows of life.

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