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BU looking for urgency, maturity tonight at Merrimack

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Boston University head coach David Quinn hopes that Tuesday’s loss at UConn was rock bottom for his Terriers.

The Huskies blitzed BU for a 5-2 win despite the Terriers putting 38 shots on UConn goalie Rob Nichols. It was BU’s second loss of the season — the Terriers fell to Union on opening night — and they’ll head to Lawler Arena tonight 2-2 on the young season.

There’s no question judging from Quinn’s comments following Tuesday’s game that the Terriers are looking for more urgency, and more maturity, when it travels to Merrimack tonight.

“I liked our third period but you can’t wait until you’re down 3-1 to play with urgency,” Quinn said.

Sean Maguire will start in goal for the Terriers. The Terriers have been able to score this season — they’ve scored 13 times in four games — but defense and goaltending has been lackluster at best. Maguire, tonight’s starter, has an .875 save percentage in two starts and BU’s team save percentage through four games is a dismal .857.

“(UConn) gets four power-play goals,” Quinn said. “The story was the penalty kill. Every puck they had at the blue line found its way through. We didn’t win battles at the net front and that was the story of the game.

“Right now we’re just playing an immature game. Good news is that it’s October and there’s a lot of hockey ahead of us. We just need to change our approach in a lot of ways. We’re too loose, we’re not thorough enough in all three zones and right now we’re playing too high risk.”

UConn was 4 for 7 on the power play Tuesday while the Terriers were held to 1 for 5 on the man advantage.

“When you play a more mature game, you’re inclined to take less penalties,” Quinn said.

He added on the power play: “Immaturity. Just lazy, coming up the ice casual. All stuff we’ll correct.”

 

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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