Men’s Hockey: BU Road Woes Continue

By: Marisa Ingemi

The Terriers have a quick turnaround today at Yost Arena following a 4-0 loss at the hands of the Michigan Wolverines as they will try to rebound and improve upon their 1-3-1 road record this season. The only time Boston University has won on the road all season came on opening night when they toppled Colgate 6-1.

Since the victory in Hamilton, New York, the Terriers were swept in Denver, suffered a tough tie at Northeastern, and now the loss at Michigan last night. The difference away from Agganis is palpable, where rookie goaltender Jake Oettinger hasn’t allowed a goal past him all season.

BU was down 2-0 in the span of 37 seconds and couldn’t seem to recover. It was two power play goals that put the Wolverines ahead, and they wouldn’t look back. BU outshot Michigan 15-3 in the second period in their attempted comeback, but it was not enough. Even without Clayton Keller, the rest of the top six forwards struggled to get quality attempts.

Saturday at Yost Arena the Terriers have the chance to rebound and avoid falling to a .500 record before their return home to Agganis ice for conference play to resume. The Terrier defense did not fail them last night in Michigan, instead, it was a surprising lack of offense.

The Terriers went 0-for-5 on their power play opportunities and struggled to push the puck in the offensive zone away from the boards, and Wolverine goalie Hayden Lavigne saved the 30 shots he faced. Some of those shots weren’t of the highest quality, as BU was forced to perimeter shooting and couldn’t find space to camp in front of the crease.

It was one of the worst outings of the year for BU, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see if Oettinger sits out the second game of the back-to-back looking ahead to facing UConn next week giving his lack of success on the road.

One way or another, if the Terriers want to continue to be a top five team, they must find a way to compete on the road. This is the third road contest where BU looked flat at times, and while penalties weren’t an issue like last week, an overall lack of energy and chances was.

Author: Marisa Ingemi

Marisa covers sports (mostly baseball, hockey, and lacrosse) for ESPN New Hampshire, In Lacrosse We Trust, BU News Service, Inside Hockey, the Patriot League Network, and a wide range of other places.

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