Get well soon, Charlie Davies

Get well soon, Charlie Davies

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Thoughts on the game.

Well, well, well.

I'm not going to lie - I didn't think BC had a chance to win this game. And nobody thought BC had a chance to win it after they went down 4-1. But what do you know, they won it.

Coming back from down 4-1 against the best team in the East, pouring 67 shots on goal, and scoring two winning goals in overtime shows a lot of guts. This team is ready for the stretch run.

The first period was atrocious and I really thought BC was going to get smoked.

Ben Smith scored on a fortuitous bounce early in the 2nd and from that point forward, BC carried the play. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, two bad turnovers led to two quick UNH goals, and despite something like a 22-13 shots advantage, BC was down 4-1.

The 4th goal especially hurt. After a period of sustained offensive pressure, BC drew a penalty and sent out the big guns for the power play. Right off the bat, Ferriero was stripped at the point, and the 'Cats broke down and scored. That one really looked like a backbreaker. I felt then (and continue to maintain now) that we need a real defenseman on the point like Brennan or Petrecki to prevent that from happening. Of course, Ferriero came back to redeem himself from the point in triple overtime, so what do I know?

The call of the game went, as usual, to Jerry York. Down 4 to 1 halfway through the 2nd, with his team about to start a 5-on-3, York called timeout to rally the troops and rest up his top power play unit. He sent Gerbe, Whitney, Ferriero, Bertram and Smith back out there for the 5-on-3, and lo and behold, Whitney rips one in from the point. Game on.

BC's 3rd goal was a result of tenacity by Gibbons who had the presence of mind to keep his stick down (god knows the refs look for any reason to wave off BC goals at the Garden) and swat the puck in past Regan.

I don't remember much about the 4th goal other than the fact that it bounced off of Bertram's skate and as such, we had to sit through an agonizing booth review. Thankfully, it was upheld and the game was tied. Good for Bertram to get the goal.

Overtime was incredible. I don't recall a sudden death period where both teams had so many incredible chances to score the winner - there were 3 or 4 times when I thought "well, that's it," only to see BC bailed out by Muse or the D.

BC's first winning goal was a result of a mistake by Regan. The puck squirted free past the blue line and Smith skated in toward it. Regan made the misguided decision to fly out toward the puck, he initiated contact with Smith, and his helmet flew off. The net was wide open for Greene to smash it in, but the play was (rightfully) called dead. It was the correct call,but it was a crappy way to have a game winner come off the board as the helmet coming off was entirely due to Regan's decision making.

BC persevered and Ferriero sniped home the winner a minute into triple OT to send the BC fans home happy, meaning that despite having an abysmal power play for most of the game, the Eagles managed to score two power play goals. Good stuff!

Gerbe didn't have a very good game - he looked like he was pressing - and he missed several chanecs, including one WIDE OPEN net with the score 4-3 UNH. He missed it wide. I couldn't believe it. He also went way too wide a few times on breakouts. But despite all of this, he still had three assists - meaning he is only one point behind Kevin Porter for the national scoring lead. Very, very interesting.

The 2nd goal Muse gave up was absolutely terrible- you learn when you're 5 years old that you have to cover the post on a play against the board. But from that point forward, Muse was solid, and he made a number of game-savers in overtime.

I must say, I saw Vermont against BU in the nightcap and they didn't impress me much. They are an all-out trap team. If we can get a lead, we should be okay... but getting a lead has been a problem.

See you at the Garden!

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The Trophy Case: BC's honors during my years at school

  • Men's Basketball
  • 2006 - Commonwealth Classic Winner
  • 2008 - Commonwealth Classic Winner
  • Women's Basketball
  • 2008 - Caribbean Challenge Winners
  • 2008 - Blue Sky Classic Winners
  • Sailing:
  • 2008 - ICSA Women's National Champions
  • 2008 - ICSA Co-Ed National Champions
  • Football:
  • 2006 - Meineke Car Care Bowl Winner
  • 2007 - Ireland Trophy
  • 2007 - ACC Atlantic Division Champions
  • 2007 - Champs Sports Bowl Winner
  • 2008 - Ireland Trophy
  • 2008 - ACC Atlantic Division Champions
  • Men's Soccer:
  • 2007 - ACC Regular Season Champions
  • 2007 - ACC Tournament Champions
  • Women's Soccer:
  • 2006 - Sweet Sixteen
  • 2008 - Sweet Sixteen
  • Women's Hockey:
  • 2007 - Beanpot Champions
  • 2007 - Frozen Four
  • 2009 - Beanpot Champions
  • Men's Hockey:
  • 2007 - Hockey East Tournament Champions
  • 2007 - Frozen Four
  • 2007 - Mariucci Classic Champions
  • 2008 - Beanpot Champions
  • 2008 - Hockey East Tournament Champions
  • 2008 - Frozen Four
  • 2008 - National Champions

Games I Attended in '07-'08

  • Overall: 51-30-11 + 12 non BC + spring football = 105 games
  • Home: 40-25-6 + spring game
  • Away: 4-5-5
  • Neutral: 7-0
  • Non-BC NCAA Games: 12
  • Men's Hockey: 13-6-5
  • Women's BBall: 8-2
  • Football: 6-1 + spring game
  • Baseball: 5-1
  • Softball: 4-0
  • Men's BBall: 6-4
  • Women's Hockey: 8-11-5
  • Men's Soccer: 1-2-1
  • Field Hockey: 0-1
  • Women's Soccer: 0-1

Stadiums/Fields Seen 07-08

  • Total: 20
  • Conte Forum [BC] - (49)
  • Alumni Stadium [BC] - (8)
  • TD Banknorth Garden - (7)
  • Shea Field, Baseball [BC] - (6)
  • Newton Soccer Field [BC] - (6)
  • Walter Brown Arena [BU] - (4)
  • Shea Field, Softball [BC] - (4)
  • Matthews Arena [NU] - (3)
  • DCU Center [Worcester] - (3)
  • Schneider Arena [PC] - (2)
  • Ridder Arena [Minnesota] - (2)
  • UConn Hockey Arena [Conn] - (2)
  • Agganis Arena [BU] - (2)
  • Tsongas Arena [UML] - (1)
  • Whittemore Center [UNH] - (1)
  • Mariucci Arena [Minnesota] - (1)
  • Bright Arena [Harvard] - (1)
  • Harvard Stadium [Harvard] - (1)
  • Newton Field Hockey [BC] - (1)
  • Houston Field House [RPI] - (1)

Games I attended in 06-07

  • OVERALL 67-27-3 = 97 games
  • Football 6-0
  • M Hockey 17-6-1
  • M Basketball 14-4
  • W Hockey 13-6-2
  • W Basketball 6-3
  • Softball 3-1
  • W Soccer 3-1
  • M Soccer 3-1
  • Baseball 2-4
  • W Lax 0-1

Best Moments

  • Men's Hockey, 4/12/08 - National Champs.
  • Football, 10/26/07 - BC rallies with two touchdowns in the last 2:11 to win at Virginia Tech and maintain their #2 ranking. Students spill out of the dorms and have an impromptu celebration all over campus. What a night. WOW.
  • Men's Hockey, 3/30/08 - BC scores 3 goals in 1:58 to come from an 0-2 deficit to a 3-2 lead late in the 2nd against Miami in the NCAA regional final.
  • Men's Hockey, 3/30/08 - Joe Whitney's ridiculous diving goal sends BC to the Frozen Four, beating Miami 4-3 in OT.
  • Men's Hockey, 3/21/08 - Benn Ferriero's 3OT goal caps a comeback against UNH in the Hockey East semifinals at the Garden.
  • Men's Hockey, 2/11/08 - Nick Petrecki's OT goal wins the Beanpot for BC!
  • Football, 9/1/07 - BC scores a touchdown to tie the game at 21 right before half time against Wake. BC wins 38-28
  • Men's Hockey, 11/30/07 - BU goalie Karson Gillespie gets sent to the box by Benedetto for a swan dive... piss-your-pants laughter follows
  • Men's Hockey, 3/15/08 - Nate Gerbe's amazing penalty shot goal makes it 4-0 BC over PC in Game 2 of the HE QFs
  • Men's Hockey, 2/4/08 - Gerbe slays BU in overtime
  • Men's Hockey, 3/22/08 - BC cruises to another Hockey East title, beating UVM 4-0
  • Men's Hockey, 3/29/08 - BC gets past the Gophers 5-2 in the NCAA tournament.
  • Men's Hockey, 3/15/08 - BC sweeps the Friars with a pair of 5-1 wins in the HE QFs to advance to the TD Banknorth Garden.
  • Women's Hockey, 2/29/08 - Eagles top PC 4-2 in the season's penultimate game to keep their playoff hopes alive. Stack with the ENG to ice it with 4 seconds left.
  • Women's Hockey, 1/4/07 - BC kills off a 5-on-3, Lindsay Wright aka CANADA scores a sick goal, and BC upsets #4 SLU 5-2
  • Women's Basketball, 1/6/07 - BC stuns NC State with a thrilling 1 point come-from-behind victory
  • Men's Soccer, 11/9/07 - BC clinches ACC reg. season title with a win at home against VT.
  • Women's Hockey, 01/12/08 - MN native Allie Thunstrom's goal with 1:30 to go gives BC a tie @ #4 Minnesota
  • Men's Hockey, 3/14/08 - BC blitzes Providence early and often en route to 5-1 win in Game 1 of HE QFs at BC
  • Men's Basketball, 12/23/07 - Tyrese Rice knocks down a floater with less than 5 seconds to play to give BC the 57-55 win over Northeastern.
  • Men's Hockey, 1/19/08 - Carl Sneep's goal in the 3rd ties BU 2-2; pandemonium in the student section
  • Football, 11/24/07 - BC finally snaps the long losing streak against the U.
  • Women's Hockey, 2/10/08 - BC's Stack scores in the 2nd to tie UNH 1-1. We lost, but that was a great moment.
  • Women's Basketball, 12/31/07 - Picco nails back to back three pointers as BC wins a thriller against NU
  • Baseball, 5/13/08 - BC rallies from big early deficit to beat UConn.
  • Softball, 3/26/08 - Fence Girl crashes into the fence, Thunstrom scores winning run, BC downs HC 4-3
  • Women's Hockey, 11/29/07 - A clutch goal with under a minute remaining by Stack gives BC a much needed point @ UConn
  • Women's Hockey, 3/15/08 - UNH tops St. Lawrence 3-2 in OT to give Hockey East a representative in the Frozen Four.
  • Men's Hockey, 11/30/07 - BC explodes for a 3-0 1st period lead en route to a 6-2 win over BU
  • Football, 10/7/07 - BC scores 31 points in the 2nd quarter against Bowling Green and rolls to 55-24 win - up to #4 in the country!