Thursday, October 29, 2015

This Week In '06

This year marks the 10th anniversary of BU's first complete season at Agganis Arena. It was a year that had some absolutely thrilling highs from winning the Beanpot, Hockey East Regular Season and Tournament titles to heartbreaking lows such as losing in the NCAA regional final to Boston College.

I have been going to games basically since I was born and the first game I can really remember was in 2002. By 2006, I knew the team pretty well. I actually understood the game and it's the really the season that I fell in love with the team. 

I thought it would be cool this year look back to that year and go week by week. So, here's this week in the 05-06 season:

October 21 - October 29, 2005

The 21st was a Friday and the Terriers hosted RPI at Agganis for the first time. BU had a 2-0 lead midway though the second frame on goals from John Laliberte and Brandon Yip. The lead didn't hold up though, as RPI scored three unanswered goals, including two in the third. John Curry did not have his best game in net as he made just 10 saves on 13 shots. 

A week later, BU headed up to Lowell for their first road-trip of he season. Lowell at one point had a 6-1 lead on the Terriers in the third period, before BU stormed back. Sean Sullivan, Brandon Yip and John Laliberte all scored to make it 6-4 with around 8 minutes left. The comeback was a little to late, though. Lowell added an empty net goal in the final seconds to close out the scoring for a 7-4 win. Curry again was fighting the puck and was pulled halfway through the game for Stephan Siwic, who was actually credited with the loss.

A night later, the USA U18's were in town and they gave BU all they could handle. A kid named Patrick Kane - you might have heard of him before - picked up two early assists and the U18s were up 2-0 well into the second period. Yip finally got the Terriers on the board with a power play goal. Chris Higgins tied the game with less than two minutes to play, before Kevin Schaeffer potted the game winner in overtime on the power play. BU threw 46 shots on the USA goal that night.

Current Record: 1-2-0, ranked 19th in the nation, down from 16th a week ago.

At this point in the year, it didn't look very good. Curry was shaky at best and the team just wasn't scoring. David Van der Gulik was still out with an injury and the team had not gelled yet. 

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