John Stevens pounces on loose puck before scoring late for Northeastern. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

David Quinn on exorcising TD Garden demons: 'Didn't really talk about [Frozen Four loss] too much'

Mike Petraglia
February 01, 2016 - 7:50 pm
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No one could blame David Quinn for cringing when he heard the question. But still the Boston University coach had to be asked what it felt like to be coaching his first game in TD Garden since the dramatic meltdown nine months earlier that cost his team the national title. Last April 11, BU led Providence College, 3-2, with under nine minutes left in the third period of the Frozen Four championship game at TD Garden. Jack Eichel was going to head to the NHL with a national championship under his belt. Then, the Friars exploded for two goals in a span of two minutes, 19 seconds to skate away with the trophy. In Monday's 3-1 win, there was an eerie sense of deja vu when Northeastern made it a one-goal game with 3:12 left in the third. But there would be no next goal for Northeastern as the Terriers advanced to their 51st Beanpot title appearance. Was there a sense of exorcising some demons? "No, we didn't really talk about that too much," Quinn said. "Really not a lot of connection between what happened last year and what's going on right now. We've got such great seniors. And they've really done a great job and leading them on and off the ice. Your success is always tied to your upperclassmen, and you need seniors. We didn't have a lot of them last year but we had great ones. And we've got more of them this year than we did last year and they have done a phenomenal job in so many ways to allow us to have some success so far." "I thought we had a great response from the guys," said senior forward Danny O'Regan, who endured last April's heartbreak. "Definitely a dagger, three minutes left, guys are starting to get a little worried." Quinn wasn't thinking so much about last April as he was last month, when he felt he was outcoached by the legendary Jerry York and the Eagles beat the Terriers, 5-3, on Jan. 15 at Kelley Rink. The next night at Agganis, the Terriers gave up a late goal to allow the Eagles to salvage a 1-1 tie. "It was funny. When that series ended, as a staff, we were not happy at all," Quinn said after Monday's win. "We looked like a very poorly coached team. We felt, I in particular, felt we had let a lot go in the time we had been back [from break]. I know the scores may look like the games were close even though BC scored in both games with two minutes to go. But I thought they were clearly the better team both nights. We're going to have to play a lot better than we did against them three weeks ago if we're going to have a chance." All the Terriers wanted was another chance and they'll get it next Monday. For the 22nd time in the epic history of the Beanpot final, Boston University will square off against Boston College, with the Terriers holding a 12-9 advantage. "It's always been a dream of mine to play them in the [Beanpot] finals and it's kind of how you draw it up," O'Regan said. "We definitely owe them after a few weeks ago, so we're all definitely excited to play them."

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