BU's Misery is BC's Gain
by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer
BOSTON On the last night of November, Boston College finally broke the schneid. With a 6-2 victory over their rivals from Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University, the Eagles finished 1-3-3 in the wacky month.
"My wife had told me this afternoon let's not go zero for November," said BC coach Jerry York. "I thought our team tonight played much more structured than we have in this still early season."
BC kicked off the scoring with a goal by Nathan Gerbe at the 5:10 mark of the first. The next goal came quickly as Pat Gannon netted his first of the year 1:12 later. Gerbe once again struck shorthanded 55 seconds later on a breakaway during an errant Terrier pass. It was the Eagles third goal in 2:17. Gerbe added a hat trick at 3:35 of the third on his second shorthanded goal of the night.
"I wouldn't say it wasn't dangerous last year," said Gerbe, comparing his team's shorthanded to success to last year's. "I thought certainly there have been chances, luckily tonight I got a couple of chances that went in the net."
"Nathan [Gerbe] was back on his game tonight as our team was," York emphasized. "He [Gerbe] was quick and dynamic."
BU was, basically, never in the game, unable to build on the big win at Madison Square Garden last Saturday, and instead returning to its inconsistent ways.
"I was embarrassed on how our team played tonight," said Parker. "From the opening faceoff, giving up the first three goals then we had a little bit of an effort in the second half of the period when we made it 3-1. We played worse in the second.
"It's pathetic on how we stood back on our rear ends and saw them come right at us."
BC added a power-play goal, its 10th straight game with at least one. Meanwhile, for Parker's squad, the misery continues on the penalty kill.
Karson Gillespie replaced Brett Bennett in net to begin the third. But Gillepsie was called for a 10-minute misconduct late in the third, and had to leave the ice.
Tonight was the 239th time these two rivals have faced off. With all the ebbs and flows over the years, York was diplomatic with his beaten opponent.
"Over the past 25 contests I think both teams have been dead even. The rivalry is at the height of the balance," York said. "Both (teams) will be key factors in March. It is back and fourth and you know exactly what it is going to be like."
It's back to BU's Agganis Arena on Saturday, with the Terriers' tails back between their legs.