Wisconsin Still Winless After Losses to BU, BC
CHN Staff Report
Wisconsin has met both Boston College and Boston University in NCAA championship games before — in BC's case, as recently as 2006.
But nowadays, the Badgers are a long way from that, and on a swing through Massachusetts this past weekend, Wisconsin was outscored, 10-1, by the two Eastern schools, dropping its record to 0-2-2.
Friday, Austin Cangelois and Colin White scored twice each as the Eagles knocked off Wisconsin, 6-0. That was followed Friday by a 4-1 win by Boston University, the Terriers' first win of the young season.
BU, which went to the NCAA championship game last season, hung five banners before the game, recognizing winning the Beanpot, Hockey East regular-season and postseason titles, a Frozen Four appearance, and for Jack Eichel's Hobey Baker Award.
But it was far from a banner night for Wisconsin. Despite getting the first goal Saturday, Wisconsin was outshot 44-18 en route to the loss.
Eighteen-year old freshman goaltender Matt Jurusik played in both games on the weekend.
"I think his teammates looked at him (Saturday) with a whole new appreciation because he stepped up to the plate," Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said of Jurusik's play. "And that's a good sign for us because one of the questions we need to answer is who's going to be our starting goalie."
BU was 1-for-7 on the power play.
"It's a young group and they did a pretty good job with the penalty killing," Eaves said. "We had a lot of opportunities to kill penalties tonight, and for the most part we did a pretty good job."
With Wisconsin shorthanded numerous times throughout the first two periods, Jurusik and the Badgers' penalty kill did the best they could to bend without breaking. But after BU's Matt Lane beat Jurusik 1:36 into the second period to knot the score at one, the Terriers finally capitalized on the power play a few minutes later to take the lead for good.
"One of the things that you look at even before you look at goals is the fact, are you creating chances? Obviously, when you only have 18 shots that's not enough," Eaves said. "But we spent a lot of time on the other end killing penalties."
Despite the loss, Jurusik finished with the most saves by a freshman goaltender since Joel Rumpel had 39 on Oct. 29, 2011.