|Player of the Week|
1 goal, 1 assist. This one wasn't
stats based, but eyeball test. He
was the best player on the ice
for either team last night.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
The thing that made last night's 3-1 win over NU such a grind was BU's defensive zone play. There were several instances where plays could have been made to get pucks out, but instead were kept in at the NU line. The lone Husky goal was a perfect example of this. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson won the face off to Matt Grzelzyk and then forced it up the boards, to the line but not out. NU quickly set up a point shot and John Stevens banged home a rebound.
That all being said, it was impressive what BU did defensively after the NU goal. With around two minutes left, BU proceeded to hold the puck down in the NU zone for a solid minute with a strong shift from the Matt Lane line. Okskar Andrén beat out a very close icing call with just over a minute left. It was a huge play in the game because Northeastern didn't get to set up a play off an attacking zone face off and the clock kept running.
One would think that the game between the Beanpot would be a game that is easily over looked and could lead to a slip up. Well, it hasn't really been the case for BU. Since 2000, in years that BU has advanced to the championship game, they are 9-3-0 in the game between Beanpot games. This is not counting the five games that were played between Beanpot games last year while we were getting slammed with snow. Friday night, BU plays at UMass.
This weeks poll came out prior to the Beanpot, and BU stayed in the number nine slot. Quinnipiac was again first, North Dakota second and St. Cloud third. BC moved up one peg from fifth to fourth, while Michigan slid into the top five from sixth.
Tuesday: UConn fell 7-4 at home to Sacred Heart.
Monday (Beanpot): BC came from behind to beat Harvard 3-2… BU advanced to the Final with a 3-1 win over Northeastern.