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thebleedenator
10-12-2012, 12:27 AM
Ok BC don't get all riled up about the rivalry thing. There is one. Too bad. Even your players think there is one (see Almeida? in a post game interview last season).

ANYWAY... Should be a good one. Usually very close games at Matthews between these two. Expect a packed house. Should be interesting as both our teams are young on the blue line this year.

FiveHole12
10-12-2012, 04:10 AM
I know one thing. It's as tough a place for BC to get a W as anywhere. Always a good battle at the old barn. Looking forward to it.

sterlippo1
10-12-2012, 05:35 AM
I know one thing. It's as tough a place for BC to get a W as anywhere. Always a good battle at the old barn. Looking forward to it.

even the games at Conte/Garden have been barn burners the past few years...............rivalry though? sure, a HE/Beanpot rival, but for me, that's as far as it goes. I think for a rivalry you have to have a genuine dislike for the other team. I like NU and root for Huskies except when they play my alma mater

Agganis
10-12-2012, 07:32 AM
Ok BC don't get all riled up about the rivalry thing. There is one. Too bad. Even your players think there is one (see Almeida? in a post game interview last season).

Can you imagine a York coached player being asked about any HE opponent post game and saying "Nah, they're not one of our rivals, we care about winning against them but it doesn't mean as much as it does when we beat other teams."? Me neither.

Nick Papagiorgio
10-12-2012, 08:08 AM
Ok BC don't get all riled up about the rivalry thing. There is one. Too bad. Even your players think there is one (see Almeida? in a post game interview last season).


Whether or not there is a rivalry (to some degree there is a rivalry with every team you play regularly in any sport), you NU people sure are desperate to call BC and BU your "rivals" every chance you get.

claver2010
10-12-2012, 08:28 AM
I'll let the rivalry thing go.

Matthews hasn't been too kind to BC recently but there have been some great BC-NU games there recently.

Looking forward to my premium, unobstructed seats.

northeastern
10-12-2012, 09:05 AM
Fun to watch fast teams (as BC is).. up close at the barn. Very good gms between these 2, last couple seasons..
Matthews Arena rocks with atmosphere like that. When it gets going, as i suspect it will Saturday.. just an awesome college hockey experience. We got our work cut out.. but hey, pressure is on seed #1. :) go Huskies!

SkinsFan09
10-12-2012, 09:34 AM
I don't think it's a rivalry to be honest but there is always a little extra when any of the Boston teams play. For NU, playing BC is a measuring stick. It takes 3 full periods and absolute attentiveness defensively.

Should be fun watching Roy and Gaudreau on the same ice sheet though.

The INCH preview for Hockey East was kind of funny, calling Parker Milner the best player in the conference. Put him on Vermont and then check how good his stats are. Milner isn't even the best player on BC.

Nick Papagiorgio
10-12-2012, 09:54 AM
The INCH preview for Hockey East was kind of funny, calling Parker Milner the best player in the conference. Put him on Vermont and then check how good his stats are. Milner isn't even the best player on BC.

Crazy to say but the jury is still out on Milner. He clearly has shown what he is capable of. What will he be like without Cross and Dumoulin? Obviously there's going to be some freshmen on D. Can he step it up and help them out, especially early, as they get their footing in D1? All that being said, we've seen him absolutely steal games for BC even during that crazy 19 game win streak while BC was sleepwalking through early parts of the games. He was huge against Umass in the QFs without much defensive help there for quite a while. Didn't look great vs. PC in the semis to be honest. Then went back into the zone and was great vs. AFA, UMD, Minnesota, and Ferris Bueller. BC really just has to let him see pucks and keep the front of the net clear (move bodies and rebounds) and I think he'll do very well.

And yes, you're right, best player on BC (and the league) is Billy Arnold and I can't come up with anyone even close to him in the league.

Huskies01
10-12-2012, 10:18 AM
And yes, you're right, best player on BC (and the league) is Billy Arnold and I can't come up with anyone even close to him in the league.

Ask the UML guys, they can come up with a full roster.

As for rivalry, outside of the Beanpot game last year, I think the two teams had combined to play like 7 one goal games in a row across all events that they had played in going back two season or so. Problem was that NU only came up with 1 win and I think 2 ties in that stretch. They were all excellent games though. Some low scoring, some quite high scoring, there was a 7-7 tie in there.

So while I think NU likes to judge itself up against BC, as a NU fan, its a bit silly because BC always seems to have just a little bit more then what we have. The problem for NU is that we do not play the rest of the Hockey East teams with the same intensity that we play BC. If we did, we would be in the running for home ice every year. For BC, they get everybody's best game night in and night out, so they know how to play at that level and can crank it up when necessary, and NU cannot reach that level.

For tomorrow, I expect a probably high scoring affair, with BC coming out on top. NU forwards are actually alot deeper then they have been in years, it is going to take some teams by surprise that their third d-pairing is overwhelmed. In typical BC fashion, they will let the defense sort itself out the first half of the year knowing that the season for them is not won or lost with a game the opening weekend in October. So I expect NU to get some goals unless Milner stands on his head. The problem will be NU's defense is also sorting itself out with three new bodies back there, two freshmen and a transfer from Army. They played well against Merrimack for their first game out, but lets be honest, Merrimack forwards vs. BC forwards is night and day. BC's top line will score three goals in their sleep. Merrimack's forwards will have a tough time scoring three in a weekend.

Then you throw Rawlings in the mix who has had some good games against BC, but again, has been a part of a ton of 1 goal losses against them, and its tough to see NU coming out on top.

Now, would I be surprised if NU can steal this one, no, it will probably be the best chance they have of getting points off of BC. First game of the year for BC and the new defense against some pretty experienced forwards for NU, but in the end, BC has had NU's number more or less forever, but lets keep this conversation in the recent, and even with recent history, BC has always had just enough to come out with the W.

J.D.
10-12-2012, 12:27 PM
Why are certain NU fans obsessed with telling others that NU is a rival? Seems like they are the ones who should let it go.

And for the record, I think it is a rivalry for the simple fact that they've played 215 times. The only opponent BC has played more is the redheaded stepchild down the other end of Comm Ave. That being said, BC has a 155-46 edge in wins in the series and it's not like NU has closed the gap in recent years. So it ain't that much of a rivalry.

J.D.
10-12-2012, 12:32 PM
The INCH preview for Hockey East was kind of funny, calling Parker Milner the best player in the conference. Put him on Vermont and then check how good his stats are. Milner isn't even the best player on BC.

He may not be the best in the league or best on BC, but throwing your UVM jab in there is misleading. I can't blame you if you weren't paying attention at the end of last year, but Milner was fantastic--and it wasn't just because of the guys in front of him.

SkinsFan09
10-12-2012, 01:04 PM
He may not be the best in the league or best on BC, but throwing your UVM jab in there is misleading. I can't blame you if you weren't paying attention at the end of last year, but Milner was fantastic--and it wasn't just because of the guys in front of him.

He's a good goaltender, just he ain't putting up the absurd stats he did if he isn't on a team capable of winning 19 in a row.

J.D.
10-12-2012, 01:06 PM
You can say that about any goalie though. And I think it's almost a lock that he doesn't finish this year with the numbers he had last year.

northeastern
10-12-2012, 01:10 PM
Both senior goaltenders.. sure hope its Chris' turn to get it done at home.. now or never Mr Rawlings. :)

Happy Husky
10-13-2012, 09:22 AM
Both senior goaltenders.. sure hope its Chris' turn to get it done at home.. now or never Mr Rawlings. :)

Good call,you couldn't be more accurate,this time will sadly live or die by Rawlings performance,not that they dont have the supporting cast,even though they are green out back they have what it takes to do some damage,it was the same deal last season,but as you correctly observed Rawlings the hinge from which this team will go,and,sad to say,Gillies loss is the reason that this is so painfully evident.

Either way great rivalry,can't wait to watch on GoNUxstream!-Go Huskies!

sterlippo1
10-13-2012, 02:43 PM
is the DogPound sold out?:cool::eek::confused:.....err DogHouse:p;)

northeastern
10-13-2012, 03:48 PM
sold out. hopefully its another good one..

popester
10-13-2012, 06:43 PM
Anyone know if there's a way to watch the game online tonight?

FiveHole12
10-13-2012, 10:22 PM
Good win for NU tonight. You took it to BC with the pedal to the metal.
How the heck is Roy not wearing a BC sweater? ;) The kid's the real deal.

What's up with the cry baby behind your bench? That guy has to find a little class. Worse than Jackie, but at least Parker brings it when he is behind or has lost the game. Looked like Madigan was going to punch Yorks's lights out at center ice after a win. :confused: Grow up, coach.