October 15, 2008

#9 BU vs. #5 North Dakota

Topping: Just Mustard
Sport: Men's Hockey
Final Score: BU - 5 North Dakota - 1
In the last two years, my only two years at BU, the Terriers never began their season with a win. I didn't really know what to expect for the home opener - the second game of the Icebreaker Invitational. On one hand BU put on a persuasive performance against New Brunswick in their exhibition match. On the other hand they were playing WCHA powerhouse North Dakota, with a Freshman goalie, and history was working against them.

The Terriers made a statement and made it early. They really did dominate the entire game. They ended the first period up 1-0. Their one lapse came 20 seconds into the second period, but this team was able to not just rebound from UND's goal, they turned it into their own momentum and put 2 goals in within the first minute of play in the period.

Goaltending - solid.
Penalty Kill - solid.
Defense - solid.
Jason Lawrence - solid. (Weird right?)

My only complaint is that the team took more penalties than they should've. However, all of them were killed off. In addition they didn't deliver on their own power plays. I'm sure this will be adjusted in some capacity in future games.

All in all it was a great experience. The attendance was very low though - I attribute it to three things - 1. Red Sox on at the same time 2. Students packed up and wnet home for the extended weekend 3. Icebreaker tickets were not included in season ticket packages for anyone. Agganis might have dropped the ball on that one. Jesus wasn't there - there was an unfortunate tragedy that took the life of one of our close friends. Jesus went home Thursday to settle things in his memory. He'll be dearly missed, as said before on this blog.

Lots of celebrities in the house on Friday (from what I heard). I only saw Travis Roy on my way out - I was too intimidated to talk to him because he's just such a hero.

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