“It usually adds to the difficulty of the situation, having to fight for ice time, but the way Coach approached it allowed us to ease off the pressure. It really helped me. I just went in with the mentality that I was going play well and hopefully play a lot, and Sean has the same mentality.’’
Historically, BU is a second-half team, but there were plenty of highlights in the first half, most notably wins over No. 1-ranked Boston College Nov. 30 and then-No. 1-ranked UNH Dec. 6.
“It has been great for us because it adds a lot of challenge and we had to come together and put a good product on the ice,’’ said O’Connor. “That was a great test for us as a team. To get that [challenge] in the first half of the season was really nice for us to really gain confidence, too. It really elevated our game, but it also elevated our confidence and we know we can play with the top teams in the country.’’
Adjustment has been made
Maguire said it took him some time to adapt to college life, but once he did, everything seemed to fall into place.
“At the beginning, it was a little stressful, the whole adjustment into a better league and obviously into college,’’ said Maguire. “But I think I’ve adjusted pretty well. It’s come out in my play.
“I think it’s where I’m supposed to be. It’s a good environment for me and I’m really happy. My first game was rough but I bounced back.’’
He said both he and O’Connor have proven they deserve to play.
“Throughout my career, I’m not going to play every game, so I’m pretty used to it right now,’’ said Maguire, who is from Powell River, British Columbia. “That’s how it’s supposed to be for two goalies who are pretty equal in talent and strength.
“I think it’s good we’re both getting a chance to play and it’s not just a one-man show right now.’’
He agreed with Parker’s assessment that both goalies, although capable, are very individual.
“I think we’ve got pretty different personalities,’’ said Maguire. “It brings a lot of variety to the team.
“When I get to the rink, I try to keep it as much of a business as I can. I’m trying to be a professional and I want to be my best all the time. Me being focused and kind of keeping to myself makes me better once I hit the ice.
“It’s different for everyone. What Matt does best, he’s social and he’s happy and he’s goofing around. It’s good either way.’’
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.