David Quinn to his Terriers on escape act Thursday: 'We better learn from this'

Mike Petraglia
April 09, 2015 - 10:36 pm
In just his second year behind the bench for the Boston University Terriers, David Quinn considers himself a lucky man. There's no better example of his good fortune than what transpired Thursday night at TD Garden. In BU's 5-3 win over North Dakota, Quinn watched his team ride a roller coaster that featured timely shots and saves, untimely bounces and undisciplined decisions by one of his best players. The Terriers jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead. When North Dakota cut the lead in half, BU was under a great deal of pressure. But goalie Matt O'Connor made some big saves in close and got some help twice from the iron behind him as UND could not score the equalizer. Then BU scored the next two goals and appeared in the clear, up 4-1 entering the final period. Then O'Connor did something Quinn hadn't seen all year. He misplayed a puck behind him while BU was on the power play, allowing North Dakota an easy short-handed goal. Then, another bizarre occurrence, a call for too many men. North Dakota scored and it was 4-3 with just under four minutes left. Finally, Evan Rodrigues took a bad unsportsmanlike penalty with 1:33 left in regulation, cross-checking North Dakota's Stephane Pattyn in the neck. Instead of a 5-on-4 power play with a chance of an extra attacker, coincidental minors were called and Quinn knew he had dodged yet another bullet. "We were talking about keeping our cool all game," Quinn said. "That's something we touched on before the game. I didn't see the penalty. But the fact that he put himself in a position to go to the penalty box tells me all I need to know about it. That late, after the scrum, again, he hasn't done that all year. So we're lucky it went 4 on 4 and not 5 on 4. And hopefully we're going to learn some lessons tonight. We dodged some bullets, but we're living another day. And we better learn from this, because if we do stuff like that Saturday night, we're going to be in trouble."