What's Next for BU and Cornell?
by Avash Kalra/Staff Writer
For the 4-7-2 Terriers, there's the hope — the expectation, even — of returning to last season's national championship form. With a 2-1-2 record in their last five games, they may finally be on their way.
"The end of last year, we won 18 of the last 20 games or something," said Parker. "We're under .500 right now, if I recall. This doesn't feel like last year at all. This week was a real good competitive week. We talk all the time about how 'attitude is everything,' and our team had great attitude this week. But we still have a long way to go to prove that we are supposed to be who we're supposed to be."
Added junior defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk about his team's rally on Saturday night at the Garden, "It shows our character and gives us confidence, being down a goal with a minute left or two goals right off the bat in the game. I think we're starting to get past the giving up stage. Things weren't going our way at the beginning of the season, and now we're just working through it and working hard.
"And we're getting good results when we do."
As for Cornell, coach Mike Schafer saw character in his team after Boston University tied the game late in the third period. The Big Red hit the post twice in the final six minutes of play, playing hard for the win against their long-time rival.
"We take a lot of pride in protecting leads," said Schafer. "But when the score was 3-3, they wanted to win the game. That's a good characteristic for a hockey team to have. It's good to see them come out after that, to really rally in the overtime."
This year's Cornell team, now 6-2-1 through its first nine games, has high expectations — with a group of upperclassmen that includes goaltender Ben Scrivens and star forwards Riley Nash and Colin Greening, all of whom carry around the memory of being dismissed in the NCAA quarterfinal round a season ago.
For this weekend, though, they enjoyed their second career games at Madison Square Garden — one that went considerably better than their first meeting with BU two years ago, in which the Terriers scored three goals in a span of 2:16 to put the game out of reach in the first period.
In fact, the only similarity between the two contests at MSG was the notable Cornell crowd support, with an estimated two-thirds of the 18,200 in attendance supporting the Big Red.
"It's a great environment," said Schafer. "We have great support from our alumni down here in the metropolitan area. I think it'll be one of those experiences that, for the kids, they'll never forget. It was a tremendous event for college hockey, and as a Cornell alum, I was very proud to see how our alumni came out to support us here in New York City. It was very exciting."