Vermont may have been the underdog on Thursday night, but it was Boston University that needed the heroics.
When the Terriers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, it was assumed that the rest of the game would go the exact same way. One sloppy second period later, they found themselves fighting to tie the game a three apiece.
“I think guys looked around when we were trailing 4-3 and decided we weren’t ready to stop playing,” Terriers forward Colby Cohen
said. “We weren’t ready to be done yet and that’s why the outcome was the way it was.”
How the Terriers win:
BU is deep enough and skilled enough to overcome being down in a game as they were to Vermont. To avoid having to do the same against Miami, they must prepare to face a team that has already played through the tournament as a hungry underdog-type. The RedHawks want to play a close game, and the Terriers will have tostart it off early and put in a full 60 minutes for a National Championship.
“I haven’t really watched a lot of them on film,” BU coach Jack Parker said. “What I have seen of them, they play a very simple style. When you don’t have to adjust a lot of things it will make things easy. There won’t be a lot of adjustments on our part.”
Simple, yet effective
That simple style paid off for the RedHawks, who similarly found themselves in a stunned position against Bemidji, but regrouped quickly. Once they rediscovered their game, they took over against the Beavers, and prevailed with a 4-1 win to propel themselves into the Final, where they’ll once again be the underdog.
“I think we could have gotten higher than a four seed,” said Miami forward Tommy Wingels
, who potted two goals and an assist againg Bemimdji. “We thought we were a better team than that. Our guys continue to do a good job and you can see they’re more comfortable and that shows out on the ice.”
How the RedHawks win:
They must do what Vermont and New Hampshire weren't able to do before them. Both the Catamounts and Wildcats caught BU slacking for a period of play (each time in the second frame), and while they both capitalized on their chances, they weren’t able to stem the tide when Colin Wilson
and company turned it back on. Miami needs to turn BU mistakes into goals, and, more importantly, stop the Terriers from doing the same to them, especially in the BU end of the ice.
“They’re the number one team in the country for a reason,” Miami coach Enrico Blasi said. “They have a d-core that jumps into the play all the time, they have a d-core that sometimes initiates the rush. They’re very big, strong, they possess the puck well. They’re obviously well coached. It’s going to be a big challenge tomorrow night. Their puck possession game is very similar to our puck possession game so it’s going to be an interesting night. At the end of the day you have to play and see what happens.”