After a 5-2 drubbing of UNH Friday night at Kelley Rink, the Eagles took a small step backwards at the Whit Saturday night.
It was a tough fought, 2-1 loss and a lot of people, including BC Interruption, are freaking out about the loss. All I want to say is everyone needs to calm down and slowly step away from the edge of the cliff.
Let’s start with the positives, Brooks Dyroff scored his first goal of the year and it was also the only tally for the Eagles. Big Congrats to Brooks. Second, Milner stopped 37 shots and only had 2 GA proving he can still effectively backstop the squad when he is getting peppered by an offensive power (just want to reassure people after the Minnesota game). Matheson got booted for a hit from behind early in the second period. Leaving BC with just 5 blue-liners. To have allowed the two goals after this is acceptable. BC played in a hostile environment and to play short one guy does not help a young core of defenders keep fresh legs as the game continues. Ultimately, I’m happy that they were able to shut UNH out with their full complement and the issues started once they went down a man. Going against such a strong opponent, I believe that this defense will simply continue to grow as the year goes on and will be prime to perform once the postseason comes knocking.
Running through the stats the reason BC lost is pretty glaring.
First, you will not win many games when you score only 1 goal. Maybe you take 2 out of 10…it just doesn’t happen. Second, 7 penalties killed the Eagles after only one on Friday night. The game winning goal came late in the third and on BC’s final penalty. Seven penalties also kills your defense’s energy and stamina. Already down a man, it was a recipe for bad things to occur.
There was a bit of chippiness in the 2nd period, maybe even some UNH embellishment. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter. Yes BC is now only 2 pts up on UNH and the Cats have a game in hand. What that game symbolized from a growth perspective is far more important however. BC’s loss will teach this team how to play on the road. They learned that too many penalties can be the breaking point in a close game. Overall, as BC really ramps up their Hockey East play down the stretch, look for BC to take this experience and get back to work in trying to hold off UNH and win the Lamoriello Trophy.