Boston College didn’t just beat Boston University 9-5 Friday night in front of a sold out Aggainis Arena. The word “won” doesn’t do the Eagles domination any justice, just as the word “lost” wouldn’t live up to the complacent lack of effort by the Terriers.
BC didn’t waste any time, scoring two goals in the first three minutes and continued to roll the entire night, outplaying BU in almost every facet of the game as they racked up nine goals.
“All in all I don’t think one of my guys had a good night tonight,” explained BU coach Jack Parker. “A lot of it had to do with how hard BC played and how quick they jumped us.”
This was a Rocky IV Ivan Drago kills Appollo Creed sort of beating. The BC players patiently stood at the blue line after being booed, refraining while the Terriers went through their pop music infused light show of pregame introductions. When the bell rung they came out swinging like a Russian boxer who just had to sit through a live performance of “Living in America”.
Jimmy Hayes opened the floodgates for BC redirecting a point shot and slipped the puck by Kieran Millan. Just 23 seconds later, Paul Carey came streaking into the BU defensive zone and let go a wrister that seemed to handcuff Millan to put the eagles up 2-0.
From there it got rather gruesome. Coming into the second period down 3-0 Jack Parker decided to replace Milan with Grant Rollheiser in hopes of stopping the bleeding, but BC continued to pour the goals on in every way imaginable. Point shots. Garbage Goals. A penalty shot. If this were a fight, the towel would’ve been thrown.
The Terriers could not coherently defend their own net or themselves. Apollos wife was screaming “Stop the fight!!” as the BU faithful could do nothing but sit and watch.
“We have four lines that can play and score goals and it showed tonight,” said BC forward Cam Atkinson who netted two scores on the night. “We kept things simple and just stuck to our game plan.”
Coming into the third period down 6-1, BU started to mount a small comeback but every goal they were able to muster BC almost immediately countered. Every little bit of momentum the Terriers could start to feel as their crowd pepped up was quickly silenced by the Eagles who were making it look all too easy.
“The game was over. The third period was no indication of what was going on in that game,” said Parker commenting on his teams late run. “It’s nice that we didn’t give up and some guys got on the score sheet, but that game was over.”
BU, who has one of the best goaltender tandems in Hockey East in Milan and Rollheiser, found no saving grace in either of their play this evening. And though both had some decent saves that kept the game from getting even more out of hand, they also had some rather questionable goals that were unlike the play that Parker is used to seeing from them.
“We didn’t have a strong game in goal, but it was certainly helped along with how badly we played in front of them,” the BU coach said.
The only part of the game that the Terriers kept up with Eagles in was the physical side. Bodies seemed to gravitate together and explode like rouge comets. Shoving. Facewashes. Both teams racked up over 30 minutes in penalties. The only place you could see this many BU and BC kids bumping and grinding on each other anywhere else is when they play “Teach Me How to Dougie” in the Joshua Tree basement up the street on a Saturday night.
Tomorrow night the Terriers head up the road to try and avenge the embarrassing loss, but BC is hoping not to fall into a similar trap at home in front of a big crowd.
“If they come out and get the first goal we cant sit back and say well they won the game already,” said Atkinson. “We just have to make sure we’re matching their intensity. Its going to be a fun game.”