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Women Terriers Duel BC in Hockey East Quarterfinal

After best-ever season, BU hopes to extend streak

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Women’s ice hockey coach Brian Durocher says that BC, Sunday’s Hockey East quarterfinal opponent, is “a very, very formidable team.” Photo by BU Photography

The women’s ice hockey team faces a do-or-adieu situation at home Sunday against Boston College.

The Hockey East quarterfinal showdown, at 3 p.m. in Walter Brown Arena, will send the winner to the regional semifinals the following weekend, while the loser slips into the off-season.

The Terriers finished their regular season with a three-game winning streak, a seven-game unbeaten streak, and their best standing in five years as a varsity program, bunched in a three-way tie for second place in the eight-team league, at 10-6-5 (3 shootout wins). They clinched that record last weekend with back-to-back victories over the University of Maine, 3-1 and 2-0.

BC finished the regular season in sixth place, with a record of 7-10-4 (4 shootout wins). If those stats suggest a cakewalk for the Terriers, coach Brian Durocher (SED’78) cautions against overconfidence. In four matchups against BC this season, BU has won two, lost one, and skated to a tie.

“They’re extremely well coached,” he says of Sunday’s opponent. “They’ve got a couple of young goalies playing extremely well. It’s a very, very formidable team.”

BU will play without forward Holly Lorms (SMG’11), who is recovering from an injury sustained in an on-ice collision during the February 20 victory over Maine. Lorms had to be carried off the ice on a stretcher and spent time in intensive care at Boston Medical Center. But Durocher says that according to her doctors, she appears not to need surgery and will likely return to campus before week’s end.

As for playing, however, “Holly is clearly done for the season,” he says.

To build excitement for the playoffs, BU students have a shot at raffle prizes, including a 42-inch plasma-screen, high-definition TV and four tickets to the men’s Hockey East championship March 20 at the TD Garden. Students at Sunday’s quarterfinal who show their BU ID at the door will be given one free raffle ticket. The first 100 fans also will get a free BU ice hockey T-shirt.

Sports fans looking for a doubleheader can catch the beginning of the women’s basketball final home game, against New Hampshire, on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Roof, above Walter Brown Arena. Men’s basketball final regular season home game, against Maine, is Saturday, February 27, at the Roof at 2:30 p.m.

Students with BU ID will be admitted free to the Hockey East quarterfinal women’s hockey game on Sunday, February 28, at 3 p.m., at Walter Brown Arena. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $2 for groups of 10 or more.

Rich Barlow can be reached at rbarlow@bu.edu.

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