It takes time to build a successful team. Four years isn’t a long time, but somehow Boston University women’s hockey coach Brian Durocher has managed to build a successful program in that short period.
On the surface, the No. 5 Boston University men’s hockey team’s two games this weekend were polar opposites.
As a hockey team develops over the course of a season, it must take several steps on the path to being a contender. Learning how to close out opponents and gain the killer instinct that separates the best teams from the pack usually takes some time.
Off to its best start since the 2001-02 season, the No. 5 Boston University men’s hockey team will look to continue its strong beginning this weekend, as it welcomes Merrimack College to Agganis Arena tonight before traveling to Durham, N.H., Sunday to take on the No. 6 University of New Hampshire.
While the men were busy putting away Michigan State University Saturday night, the Boston University women’s hockey team was working on a signature victory of its own.
Confidence. It was the word Boston University women’s hockey coach Brian Durocher used when asked what his team needed most for a successful season.
In many ways, their situations could not be more different. One is a 24-year-old senior who came to Boston University as a virtual unknown, the other is an 18-year-old sophomore who is arguably the top professional prospect in college hockey.
It’s been 13 years since the Boston University men’s hockey team claimed the trifecta ‘-‘- winning the Beanpot Tournament, Hockey East Tournament and NCAA Tournament all in the same year.
In the disappointment that was last season, the Terriers were plagued by shoddy goaltending, a key factor in the team’s perpetual state of unrest.
The Boston University women’s hockey team boasts plenty of veteran experience, with 17 roster spots filled by players with at least two years of collegiate experience.