Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weekend Preview: BU Hockey vs Bankrup...I mean Michigan and Michigan State

This weekend #12 ranked BU hockey will host Michigan State and Michigan for a pair of out of conference games at Agganis Arena. Michigan State comes into this game 1-1 after splitting a pair with UMass last weekend. Michigan comes into this game with a 1-2 record after splitting with UNH at home last weekend. They lost game 1 5-1 before bouncing back to win 2-1 in the game Saturday night.

These are two games that BU should expect to win and dictate the pace of the game. Michigan State struggles defensively where BU's deep forwards should have a field day against a defensive corps who gave up not 1 but 2 Top 5 plays of the week to UMass last weekend. This year's UMass team certainly isn't the '93 Maine team either so there should be plenty of opportunities for BU's forwards to take over this game.  Up front they do have some guys who BU will have to pay attention to in Matt Berry(4-2-6), Michael Ferrantino(1-3-4), and Mackenzie MacEachern(1-3-4). They all torched UMass' D last weekend and will need to be kept in check to avoid the game from turning into a shootout. Sparty has Jake Hildenbrad as their main goalie again this year and he is nothing to be afraid of. Michigan State beat BU 2-1 in a game in East Lansing last season but official prediction here is 6-2 BU. Eichel is the King Xerxes to Sparta's 300 except now they only have 6 so they have no shot.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BU hockey keeps rolling, beats US U-18 team in exhibiton game

BU hockey continued to score goals at a scary pace as they beat the US U-18 team 6-4 in an exhibition game at Agganis Arena. Freshman and former U-18er Jack Eichel paced the way for BU with two goals and one assist. The OREO(O'Regan-Eichel-Oksanen) line was out on the ice for 4 of the 6 goals scored and showed their ability to take over a game when they need to. The Rodrigues-Baillargeon-Hohmann line was also very good as they potted the other two goals. I thought that the 3rd and 4th lines were also pretty good even though they didn't get on the score sheet. Matt Lane stood out to me as having a good game on that third line with Nikolas Olsson and AJ Greer.

Friday, October 17, 2014

BU prepares for exhibition game with U-18's

The BU Terriers have an odd weekend in their schedule as they only have one game on the slate this weekend and it is an exhibition game. While I am sure all of the fans would prefer to have a game that counts this weekend, it is an opportunity for the team to continue to gel and generate chemistry and also a huge recruiting tool for the coaching staff. The USA U-18 team is full of the best prospects in the country including future Terriers Jordan Greenway and Charlie McAvoy. It will also be an opportunity for current Terriers Jack Eichel ,John Macleod, Matt Grzelcyk, and Matt Lane to play against their former program.

The most important part of the game is how the Terriers play as they need to continue to play well to carry their momentum from last weekend into a big weekend set with Michigan St and Michigan. That weekend is followed by a home and home with PC and a game at BC. Needless to say, the Terriers needs to keep dominating their opponents to keep the momentum going.

Prediction 7-2 BU

What to look for:

1. The health of Matt O'Connor- Chances are that he will be held out if any part of his injury from last week is lingering but if he plays, I would certainly consider him 100% for next weekend against Michigan St and Michigan

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BU pounds UMass 8-1 in regular season opener

If BU hockey fans weren't giddy enough with a 12-1 win in an exhibition game last weekend over St. Thomas, they/I have even more  reason to be optimistic about the hockey team on the better end of Comm Ave. Friday night, the young Terrier team(10 freshmen in the lineup) traveled to Amherst in front of a hostile crowd at the Mullins Center. Thing started off well for the Terriers as they held off an initial UMass surge to score their first goal of the season on a Robbie "Carrots" Baillargeon tap in goal on a nice pass from Cason Hohmann. Linemate Evan Rodrigues had a secondary assist  on that goal as well as a great set up for Nikolas Olsson's first collegiate goal. Rodrigues pulled off one of his favorite dangles where he pulls the puck from forehand to backhand through his legs and set up Olsson who I thought showed some nice finishing skills for a 3rd or 4th line player.

Things got more interesting as UMass added a later second period goal and went on a powerplay as the result of a John Macleod phantom penalty call. Macleod took two other penalties which Coach Quinn can't be too happy with. BU's most skilled guys took over the game in the third period after killing the penalty. Freshman Jack Eichel scored on a great play and shot and then made a great play to set up Danny O'Regan. Eichel would then score again to put the game out of reach at 5-1 but BU would not stop there as they added goals from Cason Hohmann, another from O'Regan, and 17 year old freshman AJ Greer.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

2014-2015 Hockey Least Pre-season Team

The Hockey East First and All Rookie teams have already been released along with the coaches and media poll for the conference standings. These are all well and good but nowhere near the importance level of the annual BSRS Hockey Least Awards.

(Worst) Coach of the Year- Mike Cavanaugh(UConn)

- Now you may think this is wrong to pick on the newest member of the conference in their first full year in the conference but Cavanaugh is a former BC assistant so any normal guilt we would feel about making him our pick is out the window. He also seems to be up to some questionable scheduling tactics based on the timing of the BU game at UConn(3 pm start after BU plays at 7 the night before and UConn plays at 2) which makes us feel less bad about this. UConn will struggle in HE this year and we will be the first to start the fire Cav movement.

                                                 Joseph Wiser/ Ai Wire

(Worst) Player of the Year- Thomas DiPauli(ND)

-Di Pauli was supposed to be a be a solid recruit for the Fighting Irish but has put up a solid 17 points in 2 seasons in South Bend. The Washington Capitals draft pick has struggled to put up points as a drafted forward which makes one wonder what his actualy purpose on the ice is. We expect more of the same this year for Di Pauli in South Bend. What an overrated duster.