BOSTON – After
numerous meetings and a few rumors, Boston College and Boston University will
finally take their game outdoors. Fresh of the 2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic,
BC and BU will share the grand stage once again as the two teams will play at
Fenway Park Friday night at 7:30.
Make no doubt about it; these two historic college hockey
programs have been through many battles. From many historic Beanpot Battles to
numerous meetings in the Hockey East playoffs, and even a few meetings in the
NCAA tournament, BC and BU have shared the grand stage quite a few times.
“I think the atmosphere on Friday is going to make it a
special game,” said BU junior defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. “I think right now
every game is big, and then you’re playing BC so it’s obviously a huge game for
Those battles however, won’t compare to the atmosphere that
will take place in a couple of nights.
“Emotionally it’s unbelievable,” said Eagles captain Matt
Price. “I know from late last year hearing rumors about it up until now all you
could hear is the anticipation building and it’s so exciting to get on the ice
today. Now that the game is coming up, it’s pretty exciting.”
For two legendary coaches – BC’s Jerry York and BU’s Jack
Parker – the rivalry couldn’t have come at a better time. The Terriers are a
year removed from a National Championship, while the Eagles won the National
Championship two years ago.
“It’s always huge when we play BU,” said Price. “Obviously
the last two National Champions steps it up a bit, but the venue, the teams,
everything built into this game makes it the biggest regular season matchups at
least in my career.”
“We are also playing for two points to go along with the
BC-BU rivalry,” said fellow forward Matt Lombardi. “Right now to get two points
in Hockey East is huge.”
The Terriers have already played in front of the grand stage
this year, as they tied Cornell 3-3 on November 29 at Madison Square Garden.
And while their road to Fenway has been a bit bumpy in 2009-10, they certainly
have the talent to overcome adversity.
“I think it’s great that we played in Madison Square Garden
earlier in the year, just to have a larger crowd,” said Shattenkirk. “Being
used to that might work in our favor in terms of getting past the shock value.”
In their first meeting this year, BC got the best of BU at
Agganis Arena in their 4-1 victory on December 5th. Can the Eagles capture win number two
against their Comm Ave. rivals just six weeks apart?
“I think we have to play 60 minutes of hockey and we got to
play with a pace like they did in the third period,” Parker said about his
teams first meeting against BC. “After we gave up the goal in the second, I
thought we were back on our heels and they jumped out and got us pretty good.”
The fierce rivals will take to the ice for the 248th time in the series history. Make no doubt about it, another chapter will be written between these two schools, despite the outcome.
“It’s remarkable to go out on the ice and see the left field
wall and the bleachers,” said York. “I know I’m excited. That makes it more
“It’s the 248th time that the two schools have
been playing hockey. That’s incredible with the history.”