Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Weekend Preview Part 1- BU takes on two of the top 10

First, I would like to thank all the readers as we had our best day ever today without blogging a single word which is pretty impressive. We were honored to be apart of Ice is Life's "This Week in Disrespect" and will continue to disrespect them along with the rest of Hockey East. Now back to the important issues in this weekend's with two top teams in BC and Merrihack.

I'll begin with Merrimack. They travel down from North Andover to the Greek on Friday night for the highest profile game of the night in Hockey East unless you consider the high IQ match up between Maine and UMass-Lowell up in Orono more exciting(Yes I am still disrespecting and probably have made numerous grammatical errors doing so). Northeastern travels to BC in the other high profile matchup of the night. Merrimack comes into Agganis Arena ranked #6 and #4 in the two national polls. They are also the only remaining undefeated team in the nation as they stand at 7-0-1(5-0-1). They are lead offensively by senior Ryan Flanigan who leads the team in goal and points(5,5-10). Defensively they are lead by senior goalie Joe Cannata who is sporting a 1.41 GAA and .939 S%. Merrimack is lead in penalty minutes by junior defenseman Kyle Bigos who leads the team with 22 penalty minutes after his astounding 221 penalty minutes in his first two seasons at Merrihack. He still has a long way to go to get on BU great Eric Gryba's level where he accumulated 354 penalty minutes but he has the potential and track record to get it done. Bigos is a goon and Gryba was just a clean,big defenseman who got whistled for being bigger and hitting harder than everyone else. Don't ask me what the difference is. Gryba is the man and Bigos is on the other team so he is a goon. I gurantee that he will get into it after the whistle with multiple BU players on Friday night because that is just the type of punk he is.

Back to Merrimack as a team though, they have a system and stick to it. BU battled to go 0-1-2 with Merrimack last year as the season series was decided by one goal. They work hard, block shots and get in shooting lanes and will be a tough test for BU as they face their most important weekend of this young season. Stay tuned for predictions and a BC prediction sometime between now and Sunday at 4.

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