For the first time in quite some time, you can officially color me concerned about a BC Hockey team. Last night the Eagles got flat out embarrassed on their home ice, something that never, ever happens, by the UMass Minutemen. I'm going to keep this one short and sweet. First off, give credit to UMass. They played faster, hungrier, and looked better throughout the contest last night. As for BC, what can I say ? I thought Teddy Doherty, Billy Arnold, and Steven Whitney were the only three guys that played somewhat well last night while everyone else looked liked they just didn't want to be there. Johnny Gaudreau was nowhere to be seen thanks to some outstanding defense on UMass' part. We all have off nights but last night may have been the worst I've seen #13 play in his BC career. The stupid penalties continued and in fact, one of them, an interference call on Pat Mullane in the first period, gave UMass a 2 goal lead. It just wasn't good hockey...at all. Let's take a look at what needs to be fixed in order to salvage two points tonight at Northeastern.
1. The first line has got to get going. Make that two straight games where the opponent has completely shut down Johnny G and company. Hopefully, he finds his stride tonight.
2. The power play just could not score. 0 for 6 is never going to cut it and not scoring on a 1 minute 5 on 3 in the first played a huge role in BC not being able to win this game. Maybe it's personnel but right now neither unit looks very good.
3. The defense has to shape up. The staff decided to give Colin Sullivan a rest last night and instead, they moved Brooks Dyroff back to defense. I would think Sullivan will get back on the ice tonight.
4. BC just can't get any sustained pressure in the offensive zone. Time after time they got maybe one or two good shots on net but nothing is sustained for a long period of time.
Hopefully everything improves for tonight's game @ Northeastern.