Every few years there’s a team that overcomes a freakish circumstance to succeed. The 2004 Red Sox ended the Curse of the Bambino and 86 years of failure with a World Series title. The 2007 Redskins won four straight games to make the playoffs after safety Sean Taylor was murdered. You probably haven’t heard of the team doing it this year – Boston University ice hockey.
The third-ranked Terriers had all the makings of a successful season back in December. They were climbing the rankings. More importantly, they’d beaten archrival and second-ranked Boston College twice. Senior forward Corey Trivino was leading the team and the Hockey East Conference with 13 goals on the season.
The 2008 Islanders draft pick looked ready to lead Boston to its second national championship in the last four years. That all seemed to change in mid-December as Trivino was dismissed from the Terriers squad.
The Daily Free Press, a Boston University newspaper, claims the police report says Trivino groped and tried to rape a school resident advisor. It says he was arraigned on seven different criminal charges.
The Terriers were, at the time, the ninth-ranked team in the country. Losing a four year player who led the conference in goals had the potential to be a critical loss.
Instead, Boston went on a tear. It only lost one of its next seven games. BU trashed Providence, 8-0, and beat number six Merrimack 4-2. The Terriers crept up to the number two spot in the national rankings.
BU has another matchup with Merrimack for its biggest stage of the regular season. The Terriers have the Beanpot tournament next weekend. It consists of four Boston schools (BU, BC, Harvard, and Northeastern) playing for the hallowed beanpot trophy.
That trophy’s been in BC’s hands for the past two years. But the number three Terriers are 4-1 against Beanpot schools this season. With all they’ve overcome already this season, there’s no doubt a Beanpot championship and a national title are within their grasp.