Friday, March 20, 2009

Game Day: BU-BC in the Hockey East semifinal

It would be hard to understate the fact that tonight game is BU’s most important matchup of the season, thus far. The Terriers face archrival BC for the right to play tomorrow for the Hockey East title, one of the key milestone that BU has targeted. Having won three in-season tournament this season, the Terriers now seek the first post-season title. BU last won the Lamoriello Cup three seasons ago in 2006 (video) with John Curry in goal.

The Terriers and Eagles will faceoff at TD Banknorth Garden at 8 p.m. (unless the NU-Lowell semifinal goes to overtime). The only TV is on NESN and, in Canada, RogersSports Net. This will be the 246th meeting between BU and BC with the Terriers holding a 122-106-17 edge. has links to game notes, the audio Webcast with Bernie Corbett and Tom Ryan, and gametracker. College Hockey News' stat comparison of BU and BC. We have previews from USCHO, Inside College Hockey, HockeyEastOnline, Inside Hockey, College Hockey News, The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald. Plus some features: The Patriot Ledger on why BU's loss to Maine Saturday might be a blessing in disguise; The Enterprise News on senior Steve Smolinsky, and Colin Wilson’s hometown paper, The Winnipeg Free Press, looks at the Terriers' top scorer.

►The Terriers will be attempting to reach the 30-win plateau for just the fifth time in program history. BU last earned 30 wins in a season during the 1995-96 campaign.

►This is the just the third time BU and BC have met in the Hockey East semifinals, as each team has come out on top once. The Terriers won a thrilling 6-5 double overtime contest (video of Justin Maiser's game-winner) in the 2003 semifinals, while the Eagles posted a convincing 6-2 victory in the 2007 semifinals

►BU is 11-4-0 (.733) in the 15 meetings at TD Banknorth Garden.

►The BU and BC seniors are tied at 8-8-2 in head to head competion over four seasons.

1 comment:

Hockeydog said...

"Burn the Boats" is no mystery to any student of history (which includes Parker). It is a reference to Hernando Cortez's 1519 mission to get Aztec gold- landed at Vera Cruz and ordered his men to burn the boats to prevent desertion and provide motivation for his men. There was no turning back. Found unofficial Burn the Boat shirts online :

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