Friday, November 1, 2013

PC Preview- I'm sick and tired of hearing how good the Friars are

The #19 Terriers come into this weekend facing one of the hottest teams in college hockey in the #3 Providence College Friars. The undefeated Friars have caught everyone's attention throughout the country as they have opened the season 4-0-1 with wins over Minnesota St(X2), Miami, and AIC.  The Friars have been lead up front by junior Ross Maureman and sophomore Mark Jankowski both of whom have recorded 4 goals through 5 games. They are held down on the back end by sophomore Jon Gillies who has posted a .950 save % through his first 4 starts.

The Terriers look to bounce back from a weekend to forget in Michigan. The team was most likely practiced pretty hard this week if Saturday night's postgame comments by Coach Quinn were any indication. I expect the team to come out hungry for a win coming off two losses and with every media member in the world kissing Nate Leaman's non existent championship rings.

PC is the popular pick this year lead by our "favorite" college hockey (not cawledge hawkey) "expert" John Buccigross. It doesn't end with him though. USCHO picked the Friars to sweep this weekend while also featuring them in their TMQ column this week. Not be outmatched on the Providence love affair,  CHN did a feature on them as well.

I have compiled a list below on reasons why PC should feel less than confident heading into this weekend.

1. Jon Gillies has a 0-2-1 career record against BU. This included a .899 save % and 3 GA in each contest. I don't know about you but those number seem pretty pedestrian to me.

2. BU is 9-2-1 vs PC since the beginning of 2008-2009 season. Is that good?

3.  BU is coming off back to back losses and need these wins a lot more than PC does

4. BU has better fans (fact not opinion)

5. BU has better coaching (fact not opinion)

6. BU has two great goaltenders, PC has one

7. PC hasn't played a road game yet and were 7-7-4 last season on the road. Pretty average.

There you have it. That's a pretty solid list if I may say so myself.


P.S.- This might be the battle of the two coaches in the league who say the least to the officials.

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