Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday Thoughts: 3 Out of 4 Ain't Bad

Player of the Week
Danny O'Regan.
(PHoto by Matt Dresens)
Considering BU was without Garrett Noonan for the whole weekend and lost Evan Rodrigues in game Friday night, taking three of a possible four points from the Friars comes out to be a pretty successful weekend.

Friday night BU came back from two goals down to beat Providence on three unanswered goals, two by Rodrigues and one from Sahir Gill. Saturday night, BU again came back and tied the game late on Danny O'Regan's ninth goal of the season.

Evan Rodrigues 
Coming into the weekend, Evan was already playing great hockey. Friday night only backed that up as he posted two goals. It was his second two goal game in as many weekends. E-rod has posted five goals in three games, pretty good considering he only had two goals all of last year.

As mentioned before, Rodrigues did suffer an injury in the third period of Friday's game. He was hit from behind and looked to have jammed his wrist into the end boards. He got up after a long time down on the ice and opened and closed his hand. After the game, it was thought that the sophomore forward had broken his hand. On Saturday it was released on Twitter that Rodrigues' hand was not fractured and he would be listed as "day-to-day". He missed Saturday's game, though. It is still unknown if he will be available this Friday at UMass.

Danny O'Regan
The Freshman forward stayed hot this weekend and after posting two assists Friday night, he scored the most important goal of the weekend Saturday, tying the game at 3-3 with just over five minutes left. O'Regan now has 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in his last 6 games. He is now second on the team in points with 22 (9g, 13a), one behind Cason Hohmann.

I thought both goalies played pretty well this weekend. Sean Maguire stood tall, stopping 32 of PC's 34 shots on Friday night. The first goal he had no chance on, as it was a great set up by the Friars on a back door play. The second goal I did not really get a good look at, but I'm pretty sure it was a rebound goal. Other than that, Maguire once again played a very solid game.

Matt O'Connor also played well in Saturday's tilt. He turned aside 26 shots. The first goal was a power play goal on a shot from the point. He was screened and the puck may have been deflected on its way through his legs. Goal number two was an all around bad play by the Terriers. Sam Kurker picked up a loose puck at his own blue line and skated back into his own end looking to regroup. In the process, he was pick pocketed right in front of O'Connor and the Terrier net. The puck slid on to O'Connor's pad without him really knowing. The puck ended back up on the PC's player's stick and then in the back of the net. It was just an all around horrible play. Providence's third goal came on a two on two rush that at first looked to be a soft goal. After watching the highlights again though, it was a perfectly placed shot, as PC's Shane Luke used a quick release shot from the top of the slot to beat O'Connor high glove side.

Around Hockey East 
Friday: Maine topped Boston College 4-1 at Conte Forum... Lowell and Northeastern skated to a 4-4 draw at Matthews... UMass edged Vermont 3-2 in Burlington... Merrimack beat New Hampshire 3-2 at home... BU came back to beat Providence in Providence.

Saturday: New Hampshire made quick work of Merrimack in Manchester, NH 6-2... Maine completed the sweep of Boston College with a 3-1 win... Lowell took down Northeastern 5-4 in overtime at home... Vermont came away with a 3-2 victory at home over UMass... BU and Providence were tangled in knots at 3-3.

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