One loss does not a slump make.
After a disappointing effort Friday night resulted in the Eagles' first lost since the season opener, BC rebounded nicely to dominate the Terriers last night, 5-2.
Two stories dominated the night.
The first, as many predicted, was special teams. Six of the night's goals came on the power play, with the Eagles having a particularly good night, busting out of their special teams slump of sorts by going a healthy 4 of 8 with the man advantage. In addition, Eagles fans had the particular joy of seeing BU's Sean Escobedo head to the box for the rare diving penalty, absent of any matching minor for BC. This, coming after weeks and weeks of BU's Jack Parker complaining about two unidentified Hockey East teams. USCHO's Carmine Scarpaglia breaks it down:
Timeline of events:
1. NDakota game 2: BU-2 Garrett Noonan (2-Diving)
2. Jack goes on a rant about diving and accuses two schools in hockey east of diving but will not name them. He's so brave... and SMART doing this AFTER a game in which his team was caught with the very thing Jack is trying to rid this game of.
3. BC game 1: BU-3 Sean Escobedo (2-EMBELLISHMENT)
4a. BU fanboys bring "BC school of diving" sign to Agganis Arena
4b. BC game 2: BU-2 Evan Rodrigues (2-EMBELLISHMENT)
5. BC game 3: BU-4 Sean Escobedo (2-Diving)
That's 4 in BU's last 8 games. I think your diving team has a hockey problem, Jack. When will one of these Pulitzer winning Freep "journalists" address this BU culture issue of diving?
Jack Parker wasn't pleased.
Even more hilarious.
The second story, which many of us have been desperately hoping to see all season, is that the Eagles were able to win a game (and not just any game, but one of the biggest of the season) completely on secondary scoring. The first line was kept off the scoresheet all game, with Doherty, Arnold x2, Matheson, and Silk lighting the lamp for the Eagles.
#GaudreaubeyBaker was kept off the scoresheet (technically) for the first time all season, and the lower lines were able to carry the scoring. I say technically, because he had a goal and an assist waved off. The goal on a very questionable goaltender interference call, and the assist on a weak 'hitting from behind' penalty. But what are you gonna do. The fact that we were able to win without his name on the scoresheet was more encouraging than anything.
Part of the reason for the secondary scoring was the small shakeup in lines that brought Brendan Silk up into the second line with Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold. The line clicked. Getting Destry Straight back from his high ankle sprain is going to do wonders for our lower line production, but for now, Silk looks like he's going to be able to get us some production. In fact, when Straight returns, I would like to see him join a lower line to possibly give them a bit of a spark.
And finally, there was the matter of Mr. Jerry York tying Ron Mason for the all time coaching wins record. We'll have more once he's all alone on top, but it cannot be said enough that there can be no greater representative for our university. He is the epitome of class and humility, and above all, excellence.
Highlights courtesy of Hockey East Online: