Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The long-awaited BC hockey update

I've been promising this to you for a week now, but yes, it's time for me to talk a little BC hockey.  Unfortunately, it will have to be brief.  As I write this, Boston College's men are not ranked in the Top 15, but are the 16th-highest vote getter in the poll.  The Eagles' November so far has been loss-tie-win, with the loss coming to Merrimack, the tie against UNH, and the win against Northeastern.  None of these teams are ranked, so it's logical that BC wouldn't go anywhere after a 1-1-1 stretch (overall record of 3-2-1).  Their next two games are on Saturday and Sunday against #15 Vermont.

Brian Gibbons, the Hockey East co-player of the week, is BC's points leader at 10 (3 goals, 7 assists).  Carl Sneep and assistant captain Ben Smith are next on the list (Smith leads the team with 5 goals).  Senior captain Matt Price only has one point in the first six games of the season.  The Eagles look good on the power play stat sheet, scoring on 9 of their 39 power plays and killing all but 4 of their opponents' 30.  Goalie John Muse's save percentage is in the .860s, which isn't the greatest (in fact, it's dead last amongst Hockey East goalies, which is of some concern).

I haven't seen any of the games yet, as they haven't been televised, but I look forward to watching this team at some point this season.  We all know they're going to contend for the Hockey East title and look to get back to the NCAAs.  That would be a marked improvement over last year when they were essentially a .500 team and watched the Frozen Four in their dorm rooms.

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