It’s been a rough start for Boston University. The Terriers were ranked No. 2 in the country in the preseason polls, and were picked to win Hockey East, but have won just four of their first 10 games.
The situation is not as dire as it appears, because all five losses have come against teams ranked in the Top 20, but BU coach David Quinn is not taking any solace in that fact.
“Right now, we’re a 4-5-1 hockey team because that’s where we are,” said Quinn. “As Bill Parcells says, you are what you are.”
No. 15 BU will get a chance for redemption for its most recent defeat when it takes on No. 13 Northeastern (5-2-1) Friday night at Matthews Arena. The Huskies trekked over to Agganis Arena last weekend and saddled BU with a 4-1 loss. Despite scoring just once, Quinn was more focused on the play of his defense.
“Until we realize how important team defense is and transition defense is, we’re going to have a hard time,” said Quinn. “Our recognition of when to play offense and when to play defense isn’t very good right now. That’s something that has to improve dramatically.”
Northeastern senior Nolan Stevens had a hat trick, and was named Hockey East Player of the Week. The Terriers will be without Nikolas Olsson for Friday’s game. The senior forward was suspended one game for contact to the head in last week’s game. Olsson will be eligible to play when BU returns home to host No. 9 UNH (6-1-1) Saturday night, while the Huskies will hit the road to face UMass-Lowell (4-6-0).
Same record, different outlook for Eagles
Just like their rivals on Comm. Ave, Boston College is also sporting a 4-5-1 record, but the outlook is a little more positive after a three-game winning streak. The Eagles swept Merrimack last weekend and defeated UConn, 2-1 earlier this week.
“A game that we have to get comfortable in with our team this year, is a low-scoring, very tight hockey game,” said BC coach Jerry York. “We’ve had three in a row just like this, and I think as we get deeper into our season, we’ll gain more comfort level on the bench.”
Sophomore Ryan Edquist got the start in net for the Eagles against UConn and responded with 27 saves. It was his second start of the season, and his first win
BC heads to Vermont (3-5-1) this weekend for a pair of league games against the Catamounts.
“We’ve got an awful lot of good hockey players, but what we do lack is experience, We’re gaining experience as we go through this,” said York. “I feel very excited about coaching this type of team.”... UMass is squaring off with No. 8 Providence for a pair of games this weekend, and drew first blood with a 5-2 win over the Friars at Amherst Thursday night. Freshman Austin Albrecht’s first collegiate goal broke a 2-2 tie and proved to be the game-winner. The Minutemen improved to 5-5, while Providence dipped to 5-4. The two teams play again Saturday night, this time at Providence. ... Harvard, which dropped two spots to No. 5 after losing to Yale last week, hits the road to face Colgate Friday night, and No. 12 Cornell Saturday night.Follow Andrew Mahoney on Twitter @GlobeMahoney