Monday, November 7, 2011

How Low-ell Will It Get?

By now you have probably heard that BU got smoked 7-1 by UMass Lowell on Saturday night. Sometimes the score does not tell the whole story of a game and here it's no diferent. Lowell could have won this game 20-1.
Ross Guadet's (22) body language after the game says is all.
BU was beat up and battered around by Lowell.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)

The Riverhawks dominated BU for 59 of the game's 60 minutes. Corey Trivino deflected Adam Clendening's shot from the point, past UML goalie Doug Carr, 16 seconds into the game. After that, BU got extremely complacent and Lowell took it to them in all phases of the game. UML won all the physical and mental battles and the score showed it. In fact, it was BU's most lopsided loss since 1999, when the Terriers were routed 8-2 by Providence in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. The next night  though BU won by the same score, but ended up losing the series in game three by another rather lopsided 5-1 margin.

To make matters worse, Lowell lost arguably their best player and Captain, Riley Wetmore minutes into the game. So yes, BU did not even face all the Riverhaks could throw at them.

Instead of basically re-writing all the frustrating things that came out of the weekend (like I did after they lost to Holy Cross) I'm going to try and look ahead to a very tough weekend for BU. As BU tries to get back on track, they will first have to play the Nation's only un-beaten team, that being Merrimack. Two nights later, BU will travel a half a mile from Agganis to play BC, the number two ranked team in the country.

If this season has taught us anything, it is that BU can play with the best in the land. Hell, a night after loosing to Providence, the Terriers took down Denver, who at the time, were ranked third. It should be an interesting weekend to say the least.

Streak Snapped
Matt Nieto's 8 game scoring streak came to an end on Saturday. Nieto was a game away from tying Chris Drury's 9 gamer - the school record - from the 1996 season. Nieto's best chance to score was in the second period, but Carr made a ridicules glove save on the sophomore forward from point blank.

At The Polls
Who cares, they're  not that good
USA Today
My Top 20

Around Hockey East
Friday night saw Boston College continue to rip through the league, defeating Maine 5-1 at home... Northeastern and Merrimack skated to a 1-1 draw at Lawler rink... Providence skated past Vermont, who has yet to pick up a point in league play, 5-2 at Schneider Rink... UNH roasted UMass at home 7-3.

Saturday: UMass bounced back from the loss nicely and defeated the Nation's former number one, Boston College 4-2 at the Mullins Center... Providence completed the sweep against Vermont with a convincing 5-1 victory... New Hampshire defeated Maine 3-2 at home (don't look now, but UNH is not that bad)... Merrimack stayed unbeaten as Ryan Flanigan scored a short-handed goal in overtime to put MC past Northeastern 3-2 at Matthew's Arena... Lowell destroyed (thats putting it nicely) BU 7-1 at Tsongas.

Looking at Tomorrow's Post
Tomorrow, I will look at the, all of a sudden, un-stable goaltending situation and the leadership, or lack there of it.

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