Thursday, November 11, 2010

The upcoming weekend, Part II: Hockey

At the exact same time as the men's basketball season tips off at Conte Forum (7pm), the men's hockey season will continue in Burlington, VT.  Since opening the season 3-0, your defending national champion Eagles have lost three out of their last five games, and now get to take on a winless Vermont team at their place twice (Friday at 7, Saturday at 7).

BC's most recent game, a home loss against top-ten New Hampshire, showed some more good goaltending by John Muse (28/30), but better goaltending by the Wildcats' Matt DiGirolamo (31/32).  Cam Atkinson and Brian Gibbons assisted on Patch Alber's lone goal, but that was about all we heard from them that night as they were silenced by New Hampshire.  Somewhat notable about this game is that there was only one penalty called in the whole 60 minutes -- on New Hampshire.  Boston College had been giving opposing teams a number of power play opportunities in the previous games, but not in this one.

The Catamounts, as I've just mentioned, are winless at 0-3-3.  Their most recent game was a tie at Providence.  They're 2nd to last in scoring offense in the conference and only have two cumulative goals in the third period and beyond so far this season.  Class of the Hockey East they ain't.

This would seem to be another one of these "we'll wake up in February" type seasons.  If you're concerned about BC's play to this point, keep in mind that when BC lost to UMass-Lowell in Lowell on January 23, their record was a dull 12-8-2.  Following their Northeastern loss a month later, they didn't lose another game for the rest of the year.  It's far too early to worry about this team, and these are games up in Vermont that BC should win anyway.

Football, as you can imagine, is Part III, for tomorrow morning.

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