In all the hype for Frozen Fenway, it would have been easy to lose sight of the fact BU had two conference points on the line.
The Terriers didn't let up, even with seven players returning from the World Junior Championships in Montreal, and picked up a 5-3 conference victory over UMass in what would have been a solid win whether inside or out.
"It was a great night and a fun night, but you can’t lose sight of the fact that two points are at stake and it’s a very meaningful game.” head coach David Quinn said.
“It was a good win for us. It was two valuable league points after not playing a league game for a while. It was a hectic week for all of us, getting seven guys back from the World Juniors and playing that game Thursday night without seven players,”
The ice conditions were iffy in warm ups, and there was concern about a potential sun delay, but the game started on time and the ice provided minimal issues, giving the Terriers a chance to focus on getting a victory on the first day with their full lineup back.
It was a game that still saw BU take more penalties than Quinn would like, including a stretch of four straight in the second period.
Despite those factors, the Terriers still came out with conference points, which was the goal.
“Our penalty kill has been really good all year,” Quinn said. “We weathered the storm and unfortunately, we’ve had to do that all year long. We’ve taken too many penalties, and we took too many tonight.”
After the Boston College game, coach Jerry York talked about how these games are still special, with Providence coach Nate Leaman mentioning the possibility of making these contests non-conference. One way or another, the games counted, and BU took advantage of it.
With the extra conditions and variables, it could have evened the playing field since UMass has just two Hockey East victories all season long. BU fell into that trap early on in the third period, allowing a short handed goal that made it a one goal game.
“For the first period, it was interesting because it was kind of like that shadow in baseball,” Quinn said. “You know that 4 o’clock start here at Fenway, you got that shadow and we had it in the hockey game. Half of the ice had sun and the other half was covered in shadows.”
With two goals from freshmen Chad Krys and Gabriel Chabot, the Terriers were able to pull away and come out with two key points, all the more important heading into a weekend series with the conference leading Boston College.