Thursday, February 11, 2016

This Week In '06: The Higgins Goal

BU's win streak contiued to roll into a one game showdown with Lowell on February 3rd. They topped the River Hawks on the road in the last game prior to the Beanpot. Sean Sullivan, Brad Zancanaro, Peter MacArthur, Brandon Yip and Chris Higgins all scored in the 5-1 win. John Curry's shutout bid was snapped with less than two minutes to go by Kim Brandvold. He made 32 saves on the night.

That took the win streak to eight games in a row.

February 6, 2006
It was BU and Harvard in the opening round of the Beanpot. This was my first ever Beanpot game and boy was it a memorable one. With BU leading 1-0 off a Boomer Ewing goal just 1:23 into the game, Chris Higgins scored the undisputed greatest highlight-reel goal I have ever seen in person. I'm not even going to attempt to try and describe it, I just leave you with this video:

“We were in shock,” Terrier co-captain Brad Zancanaro said of the reaction on the bench. “That was a pretty phenomenal move.”

Harvard cut into the BU lead before the end of the first, but the Terriers answered back with two goals in the second from Lawrence and Zancanaro to take a 4-1 lead into the third.

Harvard made things more than interesting in the final frame. They notched two goals off the back of Alex Meintel and Dave Waters to make it 4-3 with less than five minutes left. Thankfully, David Van Der Guilk finally found the goal column for the first time since his injury with an ENG with seven seconds left to ice it.

Curry finished with 38 saves in BU's 9th straight win. It was also the 12th straight year BU advanced to the Beanpot Final.

“I was very, very pleased with a lot of areas of the game for the first two periods,” Terrier coach Jack Parker said. “I thought we played pretty well early on in the first, but the most disappointing part of the game was the way we played after we went up 2-0 in the first. I thought we started playing the offensive side of the puck and acted like it was going to be Point Night or an easy night.

“And then in the third period, the crowd left; the enthusiasm in the building was kind of low, and our enthusiasm went down. And we thought the game was over. They got the second goal, and then they stormed us. Curry had to play great the last 10 minutes of the game, and we were fortunate in the end … I’d have to say we kind of dodged a bullet tonight. We played very well, but we didn’t finish it.”- From USCHO

February 10th, 2006
The Terriers rounded out the week by hosting UMass at home. Despite the score only being 3-0, BU barnstormed the Minutemen. Kenny Roche scored one in the first and one in the third. Sandwiched between the Roache goals was Eric Thomassian's third period strike.

UMass goalie and curent LA Kings netminder John Quick turned aside 40 shots in the losing effort. Curry made 19 saves for his third and final shutout of the year. 

The win streak was now at 10 games heading into the Beanpot Championship game vs Boston College

Current Record: 17-8-2
Current Ranking: 5th, up one slot from 6th. 

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