Parker's Number Retired; BU Gets Win
CHN Staff Report
BOSTON In what's been a rough season for Boston University to date, the Terriers got a 4-1 win over Northeastern at Agganis Arena, on a night where the school retired the jersey of former coach Jack Parker.
The legendary Parker retired at the end of last season after 40 years on the job. His number 6, from his playing days at BU, was retired Friday night in front of a packed house.
The win improved the Terriers' record to 9-20-4. The last losing season was 10 years ago, and the last time the team lost 20 games was 2000-01 (14-20-3). And you have to go back to the 1950s to find a winning percentage as low as this year's currently is.
But at least on this night, which was also senior night, there was plenty to celebrate. And BU, which usually doesn't get a lot of shots in a game, had 27 to Northeastern's 32. Then again, it was playing a Northeastern team that usually gives up a lot and relies on goalie Clay Witt. But Witt was unable to rise to the occasion this time.
BU earned its first win since Jan. 24 thanks in part to a pair of goals in a 25-second span midway through the first period from freshman Kevin Duane and sophomore Danny O’Regan. The first came off a deflection and the second squeezed through Witt's legs.
“You need some puck luck in this game,” BU coach David Quinn told the Daily Free Press. “We won a national championship [in 2009] with some puck luck, let’s not kid ourselves here. This is a sport where the thing isn’t round and you can’t predict which way it bounces. So it’s nice to get a bounce in your favor every now and then.”
Those goals also snapped the longest scoring drought in the program's history, built largely from a pair of shutout losses last week at Notre Dame.
The win came despite Quinn's benching of a handful of players, that resulted in having just three forward lines. The team also lost defenseman T.J. Ryan to an injury in the first period. According to reports, Quinn is also intended to sit other players Saturday for a violation of team rules. Among those sitting Friday were freshman Nick Roberto, sophomore Matt Lane, sophomore Mike Moran, and senior Jake Moscatel.
“I wouldn’t call it immaturity,” Quinn told the Daily Free Press. “I would call it a college decision. A college student making a bad decision, and all of us in this room have made it. It was nothing big. I still love them. And they’re still staying on the team and we’re moving forward.”
Meanwhile, Northeastern coach Jim Madigan called it his team's worst loss of the season.
The loss dropped Northeastern to No. 10 in the Pairwise, still in OK shape. And because Maine and New Hampshire, the Huskies remained in the top four, which gets you home ice for the Hockey East quarterfinals.