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.
Kearns. Kirchner. Kohanchuk. Slowly, quietly, these three names have worked their way to the top of statistical columns at the same time the No. 4 Boston University women’s hockey team has climbed the national rankings.
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.