I have no idea what happened last night .None. No clue. It was the same thing we saw vs Minnesota and UMass. Guys just stood around and watched an inspired Maine team skate around them for the majority of the hockey game. Sure, I thought BC improved as the game went on but the first period was just atrocious. This team can no longer just show up to a game and play. They need to find a way to make their effort go way up and if it stays at the level it was at last night, there is zero chance this team does something this season. It's kind of like a golfer who goes out and fires a 68 on Saturday but comes back the next day and fires an 85. Just too inconsistent night in and night out. Yes, there is that chance that this club plays some inspired hockey such as they did vs Northeastern and the first UNH game but right now, they just don't look like they care. I've said it once and I'll say it again. You cannot win purely based on talent in this league. You've got to play your heart out night in and night out and even if you don't come away with a victory, at least you know you gave it your all. Not one player did that last night and if they think they did then well, that's concerning. That's a Maine team that has lost to Merychurst, Vermont, St. Lawrence, and not to mention they have haven't won here in 8 years.
My hope is that some guys will actually take pride in wearing that jersey tonight and will play hard. Last night was an embarrassment to this program and that means no disrespect to Maine and their team. They played hard, they battled, and they certainly deserved to win. Congrats to them. There are not too many "must win" games in January but tonight is one of those, if you ask me. Honestly, I just want to see some guys show up and play hard tonight. There were maybe two or three guys that I thought played well last night. This team goes as the first line goes. When 13, 21, and 11 are off, like they were last night, then it becomes nearly impossible for this team to win hockey games. When they're on, such as they were vs NU and UNH, then this is one of the best teams in Hockey East.
I don't know what to say about BC's defense. I keep thinking that they will improve after good games but in all honesty, I think we just have to come around and realize that this is an average, at best, defensive hockey team. I'll go on about how I think they keep improving and all that but I can't dodge around the fact that last night was an utter disaster for the BC blue line.
I'll make this plain and simple for you. BC has to win tonight. No ties, no moral victories, no "hey we played well". No. None of that. If BC fans look up at the scoreboard tonight after the game and it reads that Maine has more goals than Boston College, well, then it's officially, panic mode.