Well, that was interesting.
I’ll echo a lot of what Ben said about the game itself. The Minutemen finally showed up defensively, but for the second time this year, got stymied by Parker Milner of all people. The offense continues to scuffle, and as much as Toot is trying to shake things up (i.e. Lecomte on the top line, Czepiel centering for Jimmy and Casey, the TJ-Tiz-Rocco line, etc.), all UMass managed for their troubles was one lousy garbage goal by Brett Watson (finally). The chances were there, though, and in front of a BC crowd who — by the way, Ben — had a legitimate excuse to be a little on the older and quieter side (the students are out on spring break), the Minutemen were markedly better in all aspects of the game than they had been in the past several weeks, save for maybe the Merrimack game which could have easily been a blowout win.
So, of course, it may be way too late in the season for a moral victory to mean anything, especially when every out-of-town result turned out to be a negative for the Minutemen. But the fact remains that the Minutemen virtually control their own destiny this final weekend at Orono, and UMass showed us something against BC, even if (as I suspect) the Eagles weren’t putting 100% effort into it. Regardless of what happens at Lawler tonight, the Black Bears will be reeling; if ‘Mack wins, UMass would have a shot at knocking Maine out of the playoffs (!) with a sweep next weekend, and with the teams so tightly bunched, a UMass sweep or even 2 or 3 points might be enough. It’s sad that it’s come to this, but the beauty of sport is that this really isn’t over yet, and, being the masochistic Boston sports fans we are, anything truly can happen.
If UMass had folded like everyone assumed they would last night, we’d be writing the eulogy right now. The end result was probably a little more heartbreaking, but at the same time, as long as there’s a hope that this team can put it together for three solid periods like last night, then they’ve still got time for their luck to turn.