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.
Two weeks ago, the Boston University men’s hockey team sat atop the college hockey world ‘-‘- literally. The Terriers had ascended to the No. 1 spot in the national rankings after a blistering 6-1-0 start, vanquishing brand name opponents with shocking ease to spark talk of the program’s first national title in more than a decade.
After Friday’s 4-3 loss to the No. 15 University of Vermont, BU coach Jack Parker said the catalyst for his team’s third Hockey East loss was a lack of effort.
The last time the No. 2 Boston University men’s hockey team met the No. 15 University of Vermont, the Terriers blew through Burlington, Vt., by downing the Catamounts in a 7-2 rout to open its November schedule.
The No. 5 Boston University women’s hockey team is riding a nine-game unbeaten streak into its matchup tomorrow at Boston College. This is the first time the teams have met as ranked opponents.
With two weekend road wins under its belt, the No. 5 Boston University women’s hockey team seems to have forgotten how to lose.
A steady stream of victories over the top tier of college hockey put the Boston University men’s hockey team atop the national polls for the first time since 2006 heading into this weekend. One embarrassing loss against the No. 20 University of Massachusetts-Amherst will keep them from maintaining the No. 1 ranking.
Even with the Boston University offense lighting the lamp at a higher rate than anyone in Hockey East, it’s becoming clear that the team’s success begins at the blue line.
With the No. 20 University of Massachusetts-Amherst (4-2-1, 2-1-1 Hockey East) and No. 7 Northeastern University (6-1-2, 4-1-1) on tap this weekend for the No. 1 Boston University men’s hockey team (6-1-0, 3-1-0), the Terriers will have to weather two drastically different styles of play to preserve their top ranking.