The two have met three times already this year, but the hockey world will get one more look at the storied rivalry Friday evening when the No. 1/2 Boston University men’s hockey team takes on No. 15 Boston College at TD Banknorth Garden for the right to play for the Hockey East title.
Five years ago, there was no Boston University women’s ice hockey team. In 2005, all coach Brian Durocher had to start with was a few talented recruits and the legacy of a great college hockey school supporting him and his players.
This time, coughing up a two-goal lead wasn’t an option. Not with a trip to the Hockey East semifinals on the line.
It took an extra game ‘-’- the fault of an embarrassing defensive effort ‘-’- but the No. 1 Boston University men’s hockey team overcame its worst showing of the year to move forward no worse for wear.
On a night dominated by upsets in the Hockey East playoffs, the University of Maine gave the No. 1 team in college hockey all it could handle. That is, until the nation’s top-ranked power play finally showed its true colors.