Tensions were high yesterday as the No. 6 Boston University women’s hockey team faced off against the No. 7 University of New Hampshire Wildcats at Walter Brown Arena in another epic matchup between two Hockey East powerhouses.
With a possible four-point swing kept off the Hockey East books after No. 2/3 Boston College and No. 7/5 Boston University played to a 1-1 tie Friday night in the first game of a home-and-home series, BU stood tall in the late stages of Saturday night’s finale to claim a 3-1 win on Kelley Rink.
In the final minute of Saturday’s game against No. 2/3 Boston College, with No. 7/5 Boston University clinging to a 2-1 lead, freshman netminder Kieran Millan hugged the left post tight to fend off a wild Eagle flurry. BC goaltender John Muse was on the bench in favor of an extra attacker as Millan moved to his right for a Joe Whitney offering that was blocked by the BU defense.
Each weekend in Hockey East has been a rollercoaster ride this season. With the calendar now turned to December, the ride is about to get a bit more interesting.
A week and a half ago, the No. 6 Boston University women’s hockey team was riding a 10-game unbeaten streak. They were ranked No. 4 in the country, the highest ranking in program history. Simply put, life could not have been much better for the Terriers.
The No. 8 Boston University men’s ice hockey team (9-4-0), after holding off the College of the Holy Cross Tuesday, drove St. Lawrence University (5-7-1) off the Jack Parker Rink at Agganis Arena Saturday evening, 4-1, behind a strong 24-save effort from freshman goalie Kieran Millan.
All good things must come to an end. This tenet rang true for the No. 4 Boston University women’s hockey team’s historic 10-game unbeaten streak Tuesday after a 4-1 loss to Yale University at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn.
The box score will show that the Boston University men’s hockey team defeated the College of the Holy Cross, 3-2, Tuesday night in front of 4,710 at Agganis Arena. What it won’t show, however, is the grave level of concern coach Jack Parker has for his No. 8 Terriers (8-4-0), who seem to be gradually losing the confidence and swagger that recently propelled them to national prominence.
It was a road win. It was a conference win. It was a rivalry win. But for arguably the first time in program history, the No. 4 Boston University women’s hockey team’s 4-1 win over No. 8 Boston College on Saturday was not an upset victory.
It was a weekend sweep that no one saw coming. The No. 8 Boston University men’s hockey team had just rebounded from its first true setback of the season ‘-‘- a 5-1 drubbing at the No. 17 University of Massachusetts-Amherst ‘-‘- with a shutout win over No. 4 Northeastern University two nights later.