In last season’s Frozen Four appearance, BU snatched a shot at a National Championship from the Catamounts in a come-from-behind victory with under six minutes remaining in the third period.
It was a different story on senior weekend, when the Cats played the Terriers again, this time at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
The Terriers were thoroughly embarrassed by the Cats in the first game with a score of 7-3.
“The focus, the speed, the attention to detail, the physical play from the team in black as opposed to the team in white was like night and day,” Boston University head coach Jack Parker said.
After a day of rest the two teams met again on Sunday in a much closer game. The Cats again came out on top though, thanks to a game-winning goal with 3:42 left in the game by newly converted forward junior Josh Burrows.
Burrows was on fire in the series, netting two goals in Friday’s game as well. When asked about converting from defense to forward, Burrows was pleased with the change.
“I’ll play where I’m needed… I’m just having a good time,” Burrows said.
Head coach Kevin Sneddon was optimistic about the team’s ability to be strong moving forward to the playoffs following the series.
“I think we’re seeing the signs of a team and family coming together,” Sneddon said.
The Cats went on to lose a game and tie one against Umass-Lowell following the BU series. Though this ended the team’s hopes for home ice in the playoffs, they were still able to advance to the postseason.
The Catamounts were matched up against UNH for the quarterfinals of the Hockey East playoffs.
This would prove to be a difficult match as the Wildcats were the regular season champions in Hockey East.
Though the team was unable to get a victory the first night, March 13 was different. The Cats beat UNH 1-0 and forced a third game.
Though the team may not go as deep into the postseason as last year, the BU series gave them strong momentum to make the playoffs and defeat UNH for the first time this season.