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Terrier Twelve - #11: Parker Era Closes with Hockey East Run

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Sophomore Evan Rodrigues scored a pair of goals in the 6-3 win over Boston College in the Hockey East semfinals.
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July 6, 2013

Coming in at No. 11 in this year's Terrier Twelve is the men's ice hockey team's run to the Hockey East championship game in head coach Jack Parker's 40th and final season behind the BU bench.

After a tough 2-7-2 stretch in late January and most of February, the Terriers closed out the regular season with four wins in its last five contests to secure the No. 3 seed for the Hockey East tournament.

Before the league playoffs commenced, Parker announced his retirement - effective at the end of the season - on March 11, which was his 68th birthday. His legendary coaching career would last one more postseason, beginning with a home Hockey East quarterfinal series against Merrimack.

For the first time in seven years, the Terriers swept their way into the semifinals, posting wins over the Warriors by scores of 3-0 and 5-3. The latter triumph served as Parker's Agganis farewell, as he addressed the home crowd after the Terriers advanced to thank them for their support.

The quarterfinal series win set up a semifinal date with archrival Boston College. The Eagles, who entered the meeting ranked No. 4 in the country, took a 2-0 lead midway through regulation, but the Terriers responded with five consecutive goals en route to a 6-3 victory.

BU, however, dropped a hard-fought 1-0 contest to UMass Lowell in the league championship game, which was the exact score the Terriers defeated the River Hawks by in the 2009 title contest.

Sophomore Evan Rodrigues and freshmen Matt Grzelcyk and Danny O'Regan were all named to the All-Tournament Team. Parker completed his career with 897 career wins, the third most in NCAA hockey history.

BU finished the year with 21 wins - the most of any team that did not qualify for the NCAA tournament.


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