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BCeagle
03-28-2013, 09:09 AM
Thought I start a thread on this since no one seems to be interested in this regional. I'm interested in Union fans thoughts on their team and how they think their team will do and how their team is going to do it.


Many think this is a gift for BC but with their inconsistent play and weaknesses, this may not be as easy on paper as on the ice. It helps that York will be back behind the bench and not too far to travel for BC. I think BC has enough talent and experience to win this game but let's see what Union's game plan is.

Union's OCC games show they beat Merrimack, Lose to Vermont and Lake Superior.

Union has been playing well of late and will test BC's weaknesses. They have won 6 straight so far and their last losses were in February to Cornell and Colgate.

Union's offense seems to be their upper classmen in Simpsom and Carr, then Jooris and Bodie, all seniors and juniors. Grosenick has only allowed 62 goals in 32 games. BC should be focused for the whole game especially after the last one on Friday where they had control and lost it all of a sudden. Parker Milner hopefully will be sharp and focused because they need him to play well or else it's one and done.

QU should have no problem with Canisius but they did struggle with Cornell and got beat by Brown.

ThxMuch
03-28-2013, 09:24 AM
Well, calling us QC isn't very nice.

We're all worried with our usual Quinnipiac worry for the Canisius game. The Bobcats have a history of playing strange games against seemingly subpar competition. It looked like the urgency kicked in a little in the ECAC consolation game against Yale and hopefully that remains so the rest of the way.

Union's hot. It had a real down stretch during the middle of the season but has really picked it up over the last month and looked pretty excellent in Atlantic City. The Union-BC game is definitely one of the best regional semifinals of them all.

For the sake of legitimacy and necessity, I sort of hope BC beats Union. Quinnipiac has beaten Union twice and all, but I feel like the Bobcats would really know the situation if they saw the Eagles skating across from them with a Frozen Four berth on the line. Too, it just feels right that Quinnipiac should have to go through BC to get to its first Frozen Four. It's by no means a certainty that QU even wins its first game (we longtime Bobcats know how they can play when we expect them to roll), but I think I'd like to see that matchup.

JakeMalloy
03-28-2013, 09:29 AM
As a Union fan I love the BC matchup. It is a classic one of a power house team playing in front of their fans vs. the under dog who is white hot. Win or lose this is the best Union has played all season and so BC should get their best shot. Especially since most of the guys on this team were on the FF team last year - the glare of the spotlight should not be an issue. I think if Union can score first and put BC and their fans on their heels the game should be a good one. If BC gets rolling, look out.

If Union beats BC I love their chances vs QU - Union had them beat at QU earlier this year and blew it late - which was a common theme all year. Union has the most talent in the ECAC but waited until now to put it all together. Better late than never, I say.

claver2010
03-28-2013, 10:13 AM
9:00 at earliest puck drop the night before easter

Solid thinking as always from the NCAA

RSTuthill
03-28-2013, 10:43 AM
Canisius and UC will advance. They are the hot teams right now.

UnionHockeyManiac
03-28-2013, 11:14 AM
I was wondering when someone was going to start this thread. I can't wait for the puck to drop.

SlyFoxMan7
03-28-2013, 11:21 AM
A Canisius over Quinnipiac upset wouldn't surprise me.

COHockey
03-28-2013, 11:46 AM
Union will advance, unless the NC$$ not only fixed this regional as they did, but fix the officiating to guarantee the BC win they want.

QUAlum2004
03-28-2013, 11:51 AM
All time Quinnipiac vs. Canisius.......4 of the 7 wins for the Griffs came out in Buffalo with only 1 in Hamden and 1 in Worcester and one in west point

Oct. 30, 1998 — at Quinnipiac 6, Canisius 3
Oct. 31, 1998 — at Quinnipiac 2, Canisius 1 (OT)
Jan. 23, 1999 — at Canisius 3, Quinnipiac 3
Jan. 24, 1999 — at Canisius 3, Quinnipiac 3
March 19, 1999 — Canisius 5, Quinnipiac 2 (MAAC semifinals at Worcester, Mass.)
Nov. 5, 1999 — Quinnipiac 5, at Canisius 2 (at Amherst Pepsi Center)
Jan. 21, 2000 — at Quinnipiac 7, Canisius 0
Jan. 22, 2000 — at Quinnipiac 3, Canisius 1
Jan. 16, 2001 — at Canisius 4, Quinnipiac 2
Feb. 2, 2001 — at Quinnipiac 7, Canisius 2
Feb. 16, 2001 — at Canisius 6, Quinnipiac 2
Dec. 1, 2001 — at Quinnipiac 3, Canisius 1
Feb. 15, 2002 — Quinnipiac 4, at Canisius 3
Oct. 25, 2002 — Quinnipiac 6, at Canisius 3
Jan. 3, 2003 — at Quinnipiac 2, Canisius 0
Jan. 4, 2003 — at Quinnipiac 4, Canisius 3 (OT)
March 15, 2003 — at Quinnipiac 3, Canisius 2 (MAAC quarterfinals)
Jan. 9, 2004 — at Canisius 3, Quinnipiac 0
Jan. 10, 2004 — at Canisius 4, Quinnipiac 2
Feb. 6, 2004 — at Quinnipiac 3, Canisius 2
March 13, 2004 — Canisius 1, Quinnipiac 0 (OT) (Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals at West Point, N.Y.)
Jan. 4, 2005 — at Canisius 4, Quinnipiac 4
Feb. 18, 2005 — Canisius 2, at Quinnipiac 1
Feb. 19, 2005 — at Quinnipiac 8, Canisius 1
Jan. 16, 2011 — Quinnipiac 7, at Canisius 3
Jan. 17, 2011 — at Canisius 2, Quinnipiac 2
Oct. 15, 2011 — at Quinnipiac 7, Canisius 1
Oct. 16, 2011 — at Quinnipiac 4, Canisius 0

MarkEagleUSA
03-28-2013, 12:02 PM
What's the consensus on BC's attendance for Saturday's game? Will it suffer greatly from the time and holiday? What about Sunday?

Quinnipiac has tickets for 3 sections (118-120). I saw yesterday that just over 100 had been sold. I know several who purchased tickets on their own. If I had to guess, I'd say we'll have in the neighborhood of 300 supporting to blue & gold. If we make it to Sunday, I'd expect that many and maybe a few more, but with the holiday it's really hard to guess.

As for the games themselves, I'm a homer and think the Bobcats will take the Golden Griff's. Outside of that, I have no comment. ;)

mookie1995
03-28-2013, 12:44 PM
:confused:
Are they still holding this?

UnionHockeyManiac
03-28-2013, 12:56 PM
Union sold 305 tickets in sections 104, 105, and 106 for the all-session pass. Other people did not know to get tickets through Union so that's not accounted for in that 305 number. A lot of people called in looking to on buy for Saturday's game, but they had to do that through The Dunk. Hoping Union has at least 600 fans at Saturday's game. 1,000 would be better though.

ThxMuch
03-28-2013, 01:04 PM
What's the consensus on BC's attendance for Saturday's game? Will it suffer greatly from the time and holiday? What about Sunday?

Quinnipiac has tickets for 3 sections (118-120). I saw yesterday that just over 100 had been sold. I know several who purchased tickets on their own. If I had to guess, I'd say we'll have in the neighborhood of 300 supporting to blue & gold. If we make it to Sunday, I'd expect that many and maybe a few more, but with the holiday it's really hard to guess.

I heard today that all 200 Quinnipiac student tickets were sold out for the weekend, and the school is operating buses on both days. Good stuff.

QUAlum2004
03-28-2013, 01:05 PM
I find that to be very discouraging that we can't get a contingent of more people to go to Providence. I know Easter weekend hurts but I also think that if not make everyone buy the session pack it would draw a bigger crowd.

UnionHockeyManiac
03-28-2013, 01:13 PM
Union is still on spring break, so I don't think there will be [m]any students in attendance.

Nick Papagiorgio
03-28-2013, 01:17 PM
What's the consensus on BC's attendance for Saturday's game? Will it suffer greatly from the time and holiday? What about Sunday?


I really think the attendance is still going to be bad. Easter hurts. Game times hurt even more, especially for Saturday.

I have never missed a local regional BC has been in (plus I've attended a few others BC has not been in) and I really don't see myself going to Providence for this. As of right now I have no plans of attending. Any BC people travelling a reasonable distance home for Easter will probably skip out on Saturday with the 9 pm gametime. 6:30 Sunday might be slightly easier to do depending on variables but still.

claver2010
03-28-2013, 01:38 PM
What's the consensus on BC's attendance for Saturday's game? Will it suffer greatly from the time and holiday? What about Sunday?


Yes

Regarding students, BC has Easter break so everyone goes home.

Regarding non-students, the game is getting out the night before Easter at 11:30 at absolute earliest.

Attendance is going to be miserable.

MarkEagleUSA
03-28-2013, 03:50 PM
Attendance is going to be miserable.Thank you NCAA! Toss out bracket integrity (not that it matters) for attendance and still the place will be empty! :rolleyes:

MarkEagleUSA
03-28-2013, 04:10 PM
I heard today that all 200 Quinnipiac student tickets were sold out for the weekend, and the school is operating buses on both days. Good stuff.Are the buses only for students or are they available to regular fans as well? I haven't heard anything which is why I'm asking.

Dutchman
03-28-2013, 04:30 PM
Quinnipiac and Union are the best the ECAC has to offer. Quinnipiac clinched very early and might have lost a little motivation (steam) and became a little erratic. They never were able to beat Brown, a tough team that matched them for aggressiveness and hitting. Last year when Union was the #1 seed everyone complained about how easy the region was and that Union would never make it to the final four. If Quinnipiac starts hitting on all 8 cylinders, then I say watch out.

Boston College is the defending NCAA Division 1 National College Hockey Champions. For the past decade they have been the dominant college hockey team in America and Boston is a big hockey town. Since 1998, Boston College has been to the Frozen 4 a total of 10 times. They have won the national title many times and as recently in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Their hockey home, Conte Forum, seats 7884 and is always packed. They have so many banners and trophy's and professional draft picks it makes your head spin. Union's Achilles Rink seats 2200 and is small in comparison to Boston College. So is the size (height and weight) of our players. We have got to have the smallest team in the ECAC. I bet when their height and weight was taken for the program, they were wearing their skates and pads. The rafters in our barn have few banners but we are making some progress. The trophy cases are still mostly empty.

Boston College defines excellence in college hockey in their play and coaching. They are the benchmark and the gold standard for programs around the country. They will come out aiming to prove that their conference loss to BU was a fluke. They will be ready to enthusiastically defend their title. Their coach, the winningest coach in all college hockey, who has been ill, will be returning to support them. Last year, as we know, their team was in a league by itself.

We (Quinnipiac and Union) are a "free pass" to Pittsburgh, a cakewalk (something easily accomplished) and the Providence Region is referred to as BC and it "munchkins". We are "cupcakes". (There are a lot of things the Union and Quinnipiac hockey players have been called but they have never been called "cupcakes"). The ECAC was 14-16-4 or 13-17-5 against the HE this year but no never you mind.

This may not be for the national championship ...... it may be better. A shot at defeating the current and defending national champs on a regional stage when you and your team and your school and your league have been totally discounted. It does not get any better that this !!!!!!!

I believe that the ECAC is better this year than last. I believe that Quinnipiac and Union make more formidable hockey foes than last years Union and Cornell. If BC slices through both of them, then they deserve every accolade they can attract because they have beaten two great teams.

I have watched the ECAC teams tear each other apart all year. Personally, I think an ECAC team is going to come our of this region to the surprise and disbelieve, and shock and horror of the hockey world and either one will do a great job of representing the ECAC in Pittsburgh.