BOSTON, Mass. – It has been 14 games since the Boston College Eagles lost at the TD Garden, Friday night that changed. The Boston University Terriers rallied from two goals down, to beat the Eagles, 6-3. After the Eagles took a two goal midway through the second period, the Terriers tallied five straight goals from Evan Rodrigues, Matt Lane, Garrett Noonan and two by Danny O’Regan. Rodrigues would tally a second goal on an empty net in the third to put the game away. The last time the Eagles lost in the TD Garden was against the Terriers in the 2009 Hockey East semifinals.
Boston University kept Jack Parker’s career as head coach of the team alive and extended their NCAA Tournament chances. If the Terriers can pull out a win Saturday night over the UMass Lowell River Hawks in the Hockey East Finals, they will be packing their bags for a regional appearance. However, if they fail to beat the River Hawks, Parker and the Terriers will be done for the season.
This marks the first time back in the Hockey East Finals for the Boston University Terriers, since 2009. The Boston College Eagles have played in the past three finals, winning them all. The Terriers will face a UMass Lowell team, who has been absent from the finals for the same amount of time. These two schools face each other in the 2009 finals, Boston University came out on top, 1-0.
Coach Parker will attempt to leave Boston University, Hockey East and college hockey on top. In order to do so, he needs a win Saturday night. However, it won’t be that easy. Boston University went 0-3-0 against these same River Hawks this season. Both teams will send out freshman goaltenders, a River Hawk who had one of the best goaltending seasons ever and a Terrier who is one of the hottest goaltenders at the moment. The Terriers will want to “win this one for Jack,” while the River Hawks will try and earn the teams first Hockey East Lamoriello Trophy in history.
The puck drops Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. eastern at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass.
Justin Soderberg is a Hockey East writer for InsideHockey.com. Follow him on Twitter, ‘Like’ him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google. In addition, Justin covers the UMass-Lowell River Hawks at viewfrom123.com.