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December 4, 2019
BC will try to make it 8 straight wins as the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (8-4-2) visit Conte Forum on Friday night at 7:00 pm. Notre Dame started fast but was beaten soundly by Bowling Green last weekend.
Eagles are in 4th place in Hockey East standings with 10 points but have played 3 fewer games than first place Northeastern (13 points). Each win is worth 2 points and 1 point for a tie. Providence is in second place and UMass Lowell is 3rd. BC has games in hand with both these teams. UMass is currently 7th but look for them to jump up in the standings in the second half of the season.
BC will face BU 3 times this year for certain-as they face twice in the regular conference and will face off in the Beanpot opener on February 3rd. BU has been struggling but they defeated Harvard 5-2 last night at home. BU is only 5-6-2 on the season.
USA Hockey is going to announce the preliminary roster on Monday- for the upcoming World Junior tournament to be played Dec. 26-through Jan. 5 in the Czech Republic. Spencer Knight, Matt Boldy, and Drew Helleson are likely to named to the preliminary roster. Knight is a virtual lock to make the final team. Boldy and Helleson will likely make the squad. Boldy is such a great all-around player that one can disregard his light offensive numbers this season. He plays well in all three zones and controls the puck so well. Alex Newhook is set to try out for the Canadian World Junior squad. Some USA hockey players will come from those playing in the AHL such as Oliver Wahlstrom. Eagle players who make the final team will miss only the Jan. 4th home game vs. Vermont. In past seasons, BC would lose players for two games typically in post Christmas tournaments on the road.
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.
October 25-BC vs. Providence (Conte Forum)
Providence has been very good the last 5 years under Nate Leaman. This will be a challenging game, but PC lost goalie Hayden Hawkey and defenseman Vincent Desharnais to graduation and early departures including Juniors-Captain Jacob Bryson (D), Brandon Duhaime, Josh Wilkins, and Kasper Bjorkqvist. The Eagles defeated the Friars in the Hockey East playoffs two games to one- last season. PC is bringing in a good recruiting class, including Pat Moynihan-who was originally committed to BC. This game takes on extra meaning as it is the Hockey East opener for the Eagles. It will also give us an early assessment of how the Eagles compare against 3 probable NCAA tournament teams in 2019.
Check back for a review of the remaining 2019 calendar schedule.