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March 8 2020-Timmy's take
Eagles put up a less than stellar performance last night up in Durham, New Hampshire. The game held little meaning for either team as BC had sewn up first place in Hockey East and UNH had been eliminated from Hockey East tournament by virtue of Northeastern win over BU. UNH played a great game to their credit and thought they had the game won in overtime but a review showed UNH player interfered with Spencer Knight. BC had lost 3 games in overtime this season, including one to UNH early in the season.
Providence is a good team that plays a slashing, defensive style of game that can be problematic for BC. Last season BC upset Providence in the Hockey East playoffs (2-1 in best of three) winning in overtime in game two at Schneider Arena. Providence has the top two scorers from Hockey East in Jack Dugan (10 goals/42 assists) and Tyce Thompson (19 goals 25 assists) and Freshman Patrick Moynihan is coming on strong with 13 goals/8 assists. Providence is not your typical #8 conference seed due to the highly competitive Hockey East conference performance this season. PC is currently ranked #22 in the country in the RPI ranking of teams and needs to win this series to advance any hopes of making the NCAA tournament. Hockey East currently sports 4 teams in the top 16 in the nation with BC, UMass, UMass-Lowell, and Maine. Providence outplayed Maine in their recent series but was stoned by Maine goaltender-Jeremy Swayman who is a Bruins draft pick. Swayman's .939 save percentage leads all Hockey East Goaltenders. BC goalie Spencer Knight is tied for second with a .931 mark.
BC has hit a plateau in their performance that started with the BU game. The Eagles were not sharp vs. UNH on Friday night at home vs. UNH despite registering the victory. Guys were missing passes and committed too many turnovers that gave UNH some great chances. Spencer Knight came up with some timely saves to preserve that win. Last night was predictable in that BC had little to play for other than a possible #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. A key player for BC is emerging in Jack McBain. He slid up to the first line to replace David Cotton and played very well in both games vs. UNH. He registered two assists last night setting up Rasanen's game-tying goal with 5 minutes remaining in the game. He hit the post on a quick tip shot in the Friday night game. PC will focus on the BC top two lines with good reason but the "Southie" line of McLaughlin, McPhee and McBain will have opportunities to shine in the post-season.
Insider news and thoughts-October 12 2019
York had planned to split early-season goaltender duties between Senior Ryan Edquist and Freshman Spencer Knight. Plans changed due to a high ankle sprain injury to Edquist, who is expected to return in the 3-7 week range.
Although BC powerplay did not score last night-York is pleased with how they moved the puck and generated scoring chances.
York attributed the terrific opening night performance to not just the arrival of the outstanding Freshmen class, but also the development and continued improvement of the 4 senior defensemen-Ben Finkelstein, Jesper Mattila, Luke McInnis and Connor Moore. He also believes that Cotton, Hutsko and Julius Mattila line will escalate their offensive impacts.