Friday, January 23, 2015

Weekend Preview- Flatlanders vs Highlanders

The #3 ranked BU Terriers travel north this weekend for two games at the University of Vermont. UVM is ranked # 12 in the country and leads the league in goal allowed on their way to a 15-6-2 record. Now this team may not be as good as their record indicates as their strength of schedule is 31st out of the 59 teams in the country. The Gutterson Fieldhouse has been kind to BU the last four seasons(they didn't play there last season) as they have won four straight games there by a margin of 15-6. BU looks to extend on that streak and put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field in the Hockey East race. BU currently sits tied with Lowell for first with UVM 3 points back. BC is also two points back but the other three schools have two games in hand over BC.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Weekend Preview- Boston College is bad at hockey

Tonight BC travels to Agganis Arena at BU to renew the rivalry of Comm Ave.  BU beat BC 5-3 earlier this year at Conte Forum in what was one of the Terriers' shakier performances of the year. Two of the three BC goals were directly off BU turnovers. BC fans are proud of how the team played against BU last time and thinks they played pretty well. The BU freshmen played tentatively for the entire first half of that game and I wouldn't expect that again tonight. Brandon Hickey, who had a bad turnover in the first matchup, has made huge strides since then and is a force on the blue line. Upperclassmen Evan Rodrigues and Matt Grzcylek are BC killers and primed for big nights. Grizz is quietly having an all Hockey East type of year on the blue line. The new first line (Rodeo) line of Rodrigues, Eichel, O'Regan is going to be fun to watch as putting the top 3 scorers in Hockey East on the same line is an absolute ruthless move by Coach Quinn.

BC may be completely healthy for the first time all year but they don't scare me. Writers are hyping them up for their recent "hot" streak while BU has "tailed off". BU hasn't lost a game since November but they have trailed off? Don't buy into the narrative. BU is top 2 in the league in both offense and defense. BC is not. BU has 3 players with more points than anyone else in the league. BC does not. BU has two goalies with over a .931 save percentage. BC has 0. BC fans will keep telling themselves that anything is possible in this rivalry game. Typically this is true. Not tonight. If this game is within 2 goals, its because of mistakes BU made not that BC played well. BC's confidence is based off of wins over Brown and  Malden Catholic ..Northeastern. BC isn't good this year. They are a bubble tournament team at best and I hope they stay in it until the Hockey East tournament and then lose a heartbreaker to miss the field by one spot. BC's forwards shouldn't scare you. BC as a team shouldn't scare you. Their defense is full of "NHL talent"  yet last time they played, did anybody notice Noah Hanafin because I didn't. I only noticed Mike Matheson when he was kicking the puck into his own goal. I hope Santini tries to "put Eichel through the glass"(see below) because then Eichel can skate right past him when he doesn't take the perfect angle and set up a 2 on 1 goal with O'Regan. BU's defense is better than BC's (look at the stats). BU's forwards are better than BC's because well because Medford High has better forwards than BC.

Monday, January 12, 2015

BU takes 3 of 4 fake nonleague points from Wisconsin

The BU Terriers traveled to Madison this weekend to face the lowly Wisconsin  Badgers. Wisconsin was ranked 56th out of 58 D-1 collegiate hockey teams coming into the weekend. BU struggled Friday night and found themselves down 2-1 late in the third when one of the weirdest goals of all time was scored by Wisconsin. BU goalie Matt O'Connor came out of the net to play a puck and somehow shot the puck into dman Brien Diffley who could not prevent the puck from trickling into the net.  After said goal, I tweeted the following because I'm pyschic.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Weekend Recap BU ties Union without Eichel

BU battled to a 3-3 tie with defending champion Union college on Saturday night at Agganis Arena. BU was without the service of freshman phenom Jack Eichel was given the day to rest after returning from World Juniors earlier in the weekend. The rust was evident defensively as the three goals was the most BU has given up since 11/25 and only the 4th time all season that they have allowed more than two goals. BU got goals from AJ Greer, Nikols Olsson and Evan Rodrigues in the tie but special teams let them down as they were only 1/7 on the powerplay while also allowing a shorthanded and powerplay goal. The shorthanded goal is definitely one goalie Matt O'Connor would want back as Daniel Campini did not even get a shot off but the puck slid 5 hole.  Rodrigues' powerplay goal tied the game with under 4 minutes remaining and was crucial for BU in getting the out of conference tie.  The Terriers return to action next weekend against 2-11-1 Wisconsin.

I couldn't agree more with the decision from Coach Quinn to rest Eichel after his return from World Juniors. Eichel had played 4 games in the last 7 days on an international stage so while other schools rush their guys back *cough BC cough, Quinn definitely did what was best for Eichel and the team long term.

There was some chatter on twitter after the game about how the ECAC is a stronger conference than Hockey East this year because 2 of BU's 3 losses this season have come to ECAC teams while some of the top ECAC teams have not lost that many games in conference yet. It's just another attempt by ECAC fans to make the "we're good too" argument to Hockey East aka their big brother. The facts fly in the face of this argument throughout history (12 national championships from current HE schools to 7 for current ECAC schools) and this season. In 2014, Hockey East teams have a .569 winning percentage out of league while ECAC teams have a .505 winning percentage. Strength of schedule also favors Hockey East as they hold a .5147 to a .5121 advantage in this category as well. The ECAC may have the last two national champions and the league is improving but let's stop pretending it's in the same league as Hockey East because it's not.  Harvard and Quinnpiac have been good teams thus far this year but overall the conference is not on the same level as Hockey East and Union tying a BU team without their best player doesn't change that.

This Week in #DISRES9ECT

- First there was "news" coming out of Canada that Jack Eichel would leave BU to go play for the used car salesmen in the CHL. It may have been baseless and completely wrong but that won't stop a Canadian "reporter" from making stuff to benefit themselves. It really doesn't get much more #DISRES9ECTFUL than making up lies because you are jealous of all the young American talent developing as of late.

In conclusion, Canada is full of idiots. Eichel is better than McDavid. That's why you were making up false rumors about him going to a Canadian junior league. You don't see any college hockey fans making up rumors about McDavid going anywhere ...

Friday, December 26, 2014

2014-2015 First Half Hockey East Ref Stats

The break between semesters is a good time to look back at the first half in a number of different areas. We could take a look deeper into why BU is so damn good but it's pretty obvious why they are. It begins with "J" ends with "el" along with some other big jumps in performance from some returning players as well as the play of Matt O'Connor and the freshmen in the defensive corps. We really have very little to complain about how the #1 BU Terriers are playing currently but we wanted to air our greviences so we turned to a different topic, officiating. This past fall, I calculated the average penalty minutes called in a game for each referee last season. I do realize that this lumps the two refs together who are calling the game but overall, it gives a pretty good indicator of who is calling the most penalties. There is no way to regulate how many should or shouldn't have been called in a given game but in general, I think all fans will agree that the less the officials are involved in a game the better. The numbers for this season don't surprise me at all given my opinion on each referee in the listings.

Now on to the numbers *Yes I know I don't have a life

League Average: 21.49 penalty minutes/game

The +/- indicates whether the number of penalties called are up or down since last season

1. Cameron Voss- 10 games, 29.1 penalty minutes/game,  +3.2 pms/game
2. Kevin Shea- 9 games, 23.9 penalty minutes/game,  -6.5 pms/game
3. Tom Quinn- 6 games, 23 penalty minutes/game,  -2.63 pms/game
4. Curtis Marouelli- 9 games , 22.22 penalty, first season in HE

*See the decent refs numbers after the jump