“When you hear that BC crowd booing you — we were the first ones onto the ice for warmups — that was pretty surreal,” admitted Somerby. “It makes you want to silence them as quickly as possible.
“It’s so special here. It takes a few shifts to get your legs under you, but once you do you’re zoned in.”
Prior to last night’s contest, Somerby talked about getting the chance to attend and play for the school he always rooted for growing up in Marblehead. A converted forward, he skates a regular shift on the second defensive pairing for the first-year head coach David Quinn and is learning the Division 1 college game on the fly, a young talent who is thrilled to be getting the amounts of ice time that he is and the experience that comes along with it.
Still, Somerby said he wishes his play was more consistent.
“Based off my play so far this year, I’d grade myself a B,” said Somerby. “I’ve had certain moments of playing really well, but other times I’d have a bad turnover. It’s all part of growing as a freshman at this level. But overall, I’ve been pretty happy with my game and how I’ve grown from my first day here until now. It’s not easy; I always remind myself that I’m 6-5 and have to be more physical. I also want to get my plus-minus (currently at minus-10) up.”
A fifth round draft pick of the New York Islanders (125th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Somerby is well aware that his game is constantly evolving and must improve if he eventually wants to play professionally. To achieve that, he’s trying to soak in everything he can as a Terrier defenseman. That includes soaking up the knowledge of senior rearguards Garrett Noonan and Pat MacGregor, whose lockers are near his in the BU room; watching and picking the brains of former Terrier stars who come in with the NHL clubs to skate at BU’s Agganis Arena before playing the Bruins, such as Matt Nieto and (ex-St. John’s Prep star) John McCarthy of San Jose, Nick Bonino of Anaheim and Alex Chaisson of Dallas; learning how important work in the weight room is and how it translates against 22 and 23-year-old opponents on the ice; and absorbing the teachings of Quinn, a former Terrier defenseman and first year head coach who took over from his mentor, the legendary Jack Parker.