UML Recap, Duke today
Well it wasn't 6-1 but it was a gutsy performance from BC last night against UMass-Lowell and you can't ever really argue too much with 2 points in a conference game. The team showed a lot of poise and determination fighting back from the 3-1 deficit and hanging in there to get Brian Boyle (who had a superb weekend) the game-winning goal with less than 45 seconds remaining in regulation. Could the corner finally be turned?? This isn't the first time this year I've asked this, but hopefully it will be the last time I'll have to.
The new lines continued to look great. I honestly have no clue why we ever went away from Rooney/Ferriero/Bertram in the first place. That combination looked great again tonight; it seems like something happens every time they are on the ice.
Only have 2 complaints. First, the fans--we're coming off an emotional win over our arch-rivals in their building and the best we can do is a 2/3-full (barely half-full at faceoff), deathly quiet building?? Horrible performance from BC Nation last night. Second, Brett Motherwell had a horrid game last night after playing well at Agganis on Friday. I'll chalk it up to fatigue but the fact is that he simply isn't having a great year. He's only a sophomore and seemed to have limitless potential last year, so I know he'll turn it around, but it'd really help if he could do so in the near future.
All in all, for a classic trap game, not a bad performance. If they'd simply coasted listlessly to a 4-3 win in a controlling but not dominating performance I might be more worried but this team showed a lot of heart and a lot of balls after going down 3-1 and if they can capture that for the rest of this year, they'll make some noise.
As you all know, BC heads down to Durham today to take on the Dookies in the Eagles' first trip to Cameron as an ACC team. I think it'll be a close game but I simply wonder whether we have the horses to pull off the upset. Throw in the fact that the referees will be doing us no favors (read: going out of their way to screw us every way possible) and we have our work cut out for us. We can pull off the upset but the trio of Jared Dudley, Tyrese Rice, and Sean Marshall will have to play absolutely lights-out in order for us to do so and even then we'll have to get a little bit of good luck. I think we'll get the former but not the latter, and unfortunately I see Duke winning a close one.