2015 Frozen Four Preview: Boston University


The Boston University Terriers have a chance to close out their thus far magical 2015 season with a Frozen Four win this Thursday night and an ultimate championship this weekend. On Thursday night the Terriers will take practically to home ice at the TD Garden in Boston as they face top seeded North Dakota.

Boston University have long been one of the faces of college hockey. Playing in the elite conference along with being in the “hub of hockey”, the Terriers have also historically developed several elite prospects.

The same is the case this season.

The Terriers are led by freshman extraordinaire Jack Eichel who might become the top pick to the National Hockey League this June. Eichel has the most freshman points of any college player since 1992 thanks to his 66 point campaign.

Boston University took home the Hockey East regular season title before winning the Hockey East tournament, outscoring their opponents by a whopping 20-6. They had a tough bracket in the Manchester, New Hampshire regional where they had to take down Yale and Minnesota-Duluth in two Bulldog battles.

They almost didn’t get out of their first regional game, needing an overtime goal from Danny O’Regan to top Yale 3-2.

O’Regan, Eichel, and Evan Rodrigues make up what is arguably the best line in all of college hockey. They have a combined 101 points together in just 21 games.

Their matchup with North Dakota is a tough draw. The NCHC club tore through their bracket looking for vengeance after falling in their conference tournament. Zane McIntyre is the best goaltender in the country so the matchup between him and Eichel is one of the most epic we will see this season.

On top of it, North Dakota is a very physical team and are deeply experienced in playoff runs. Boston University is the youngest team in the country.

Boston University will need to get out to a good start to win this game. They are undefeated when leading after two periods, but keep in mind North Dakota is a team that knows how to win and are much tougher than any of the regional teams the Terriers faced.

The Terriers have had success on Garden ice this season as well, taking home the Beanpot over the Northeastern Huskies and winning the Hockey East tournament over the New Hampshire Wildcats. Once again on Thursday night, the Boston University Terriers will need to have some of that Garden magic.

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