In which we recap the day’s events in the NCAA tournament.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — The danger was clear: Yale might shut down the BU top line.
The danger was also remote, sure, but you’re talking about Yale, the No. 1 defensive team in the country. And yeah, you’re also talking about BU, the No. 1 offensive team in the country, and a top line centered by Jack Eichel, which entered the game having outscored opponents by 39 at even strength this season, and which carried a possession share in excess of 60 percent when it was on the ice.
An unfortunate tendency toward slow starts in the first period appeared to have long since been vanquished, too.
Yale, meanwhile, was a strong possession team in their own right (53.1 percent corsi, 19th in the country) with a lights-out goaltending and a clear disposition toward … well, not necessarily stifling attempts per se, but certainly limiting second- and third-chance opportunities. Alex Lyon, as good a goalie as there was in the country this season,Read More »from NCAA Hockey: Jack Eichel line leads BU; Minnesota annihilated