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WildShawn
02-28-2010, 07:20 AM
So, it comes down to next weekend for the Regular season championship.

UNH, somehow, has found itself atop the league needing only a tie in the last 2 games against BC.

The good news for UNH: they have played poorly the last 4 games and have somehow managed to get 6 out of 8 points. The bad news: BC is head and shoulders above Vermont and NU at this point in the season, and are downright scary. Heck, BC dominated UNH for 2/3 of the game at the Whitt back in November, and both teams are playing better than they were at that point. It will take a 60 minute (not 5 minute) effort for UNH to snag a point in that series, and I think they'll pull it off at home Friday night, but not be surprised with any result....

Schedule makers got it right this year!

Onion Man
02-28-2010, 07:54 AM
I would expect UNH to find at least one point next weekend. Boston College will not be the team anyone wants to see in a one game series at the Garden. This could be another situation where UNH wins the regular season crown vs. BC and BC beats UNH to take the tournament crown. I assume the Friday game is on NESN?

sterlippo1
02-28-2010, 07:57 AM
I would expect UNH to find at least one point next weekend. Boston College will not be the team anyone wants to see in a one game series at the Garden. This could be another situation where UNH wins the regular season crown vs. BC and BC beats UNH to take the tournament crown. I assume the Friday game is on NESN?

yes, it is

wildcatdc
02-28-2010, 10:46 AM
Schedule makers got it right this year!


Pretty sure the schedule makers weren't counting on the standings being the way they are! :)

But I'm not complaining

jdevoejr
02-28-2010, 10:48 AM
Butler was held pointless this past weekend wasn't he? What are the odds of that happening again? He's been on fire the last couple of weeks. :eek:

sterlippo1
02-28-2010, 11:04 AM
Butler was held pointless this past weekend wasn't he? What are the odds of that happening again? He's been on fire the last couple of weeks. :eek:

looks like he had an assist on the empty net goal last night but he's been scoring consistently all year long, just a dry spell in october when the whole team started off slowly

tangledupinblue
02-28-2010, 11:24 AM
Great to see Mike Sislo stepping up this weekend against NU. Takes a little pressure off Bobby's line. UNH is going to need Mike to continue playing well-could be a key in a playoff run.

Nick Papagiorgio
02-28-2010, 11:38 AM
It appears the rumors are true and all of Pinhead Nation will be in attendance. God help us all.

jdevoejr
02-28-2010, 11:44 AM
Looks like the 99's for dinner Friday night with a seat at the bar. The tenders know as soon as I walk in what I'm lookin' to watch. :)

e.cat
02-28-2010, 11:49 AM
I would expect UNH to find at least one point next weekend. Boston College will not be the team anyone wants to see in a one game series at the Garden. This could be another situation where UNH wins the regular season crown vs. BC and BC beats UNH to take the tournament crown. I assume the Friday game is on NESN?

nobody knows re: the rs or the tournament crown....that's why they play the games.

i would agree bc likely will make it to the garden. all the pressure would be on bc to win it all though.

these two games should be interesting.

the friday game is on nesn. wish it was the other way around:(

sterlippo1
02-28-2010, 01:43 PM
nobody knows re: the rs or the tournament crown....that's why they play the games.

i would agree bc likely will make it to the garden. all the pressure would be on bc to win it all though.

these two games should be interesting.

the friday game is on nesn. wish it was the other way around:(

then get in your car and drive to The Heights!, tickets ARE available, unfortunately;)

e.cat
02-28-2010, 02:57 PM
then get in your car and drive to The Heights!, tickets ARE available, unfortunately;)


i might. we'll see.

Onion Man
02-28-2010, 03:15 PM
nobody knows re: the rs or the tournament crown....that's why they play the games.

i would agree bc likely will make it to the garden. all the pressure would be on bc to win it all though.

these two games should be interesting.

the friday game is on nesn. wish it was the other way around:(

You think the pressure would really be on BC if these teams met in the Garden? I think it would be the opposite. UNH has been on top of Hockey East all season long and I dont think theyve beaten BC in the postseason since 1997. I think the pressure would be on them. Besides, BC seems to thrive on pressure. UNH? Not sure.

e.cat
03-01-2010, 10:00 AM
You think the pressure would really be on BC if these teams met in the Garden? I think it would be the opposite. UNH has been on top of Hockey East all season long and I dont think theyve beaten BC in the postseason since 1997. I think the pressure would be on them. Besides, BC seems to thrive on pressure. UNH? Not sure.

i do. you said it yourself that; "This could be another situation where UNH wins the regular season crown vs. BC and BC beats UNH to take the tournament crown." you've already got them at the garden, playing unh and winning and you're probably not alone in your thinking:eek:

unh_hockey
03-01-2010, 10:10 AM
I really wish I was back up in Brighton center/durham this weekend. BC tickets are so much easier to get than UNH ones - they actually gave us all free tickets in 08 for the PC hockey east game. I guess that was a gimmie for the game that BC beat UNH in at the gahden!

What is the deal with BC this year? What are UNH's odds? Can the BC Defensive game shut UNH down if UNH falls behind? I have always loved how wide open these series are, but it seems UNH has been coming from behind a few too many times this year, and it might not work against the eagles this close to playoffs.

J.D.
03-01-2010, 10:25 AM
i would agree bc likely will make it to the garden. all the pressure would be on bc to win it all though.

Not really. Both these teams are likely already in the NCAA tourney. If they were to meet at the Garden for a championship, there's no more pressure on BC than there is on UNH. If one team had to win to get in, that'd be different.


What is the deal with BC this year? What are UNH's odds? Can the BC Defensive game shut UNH down if UNH falls behind? I have always loved how wide open these series are, but it seems UNH has been coming from behind a few too many times this year, and it might not work against the eagles this close to playoffs.

Defense has been a pleasant surprise for BC this year considering they lost four guys from last year. They are 9th nationally and did a pretty good job against Maine (3rd nationally in offense) this year. Since a 5-4 loss to BU (not counting ENGs), BC's gone 11 games without giving up more than three goals in a game. Can they shutdown UNH? I don't know if that's the right term, but BC is playing pretty well in all areas right now.

The big question is who's the #1 goalie...

Kenny
03-01-2010, 11:59 AM
i would agree bc likely will make it to the garden. all the pressure would be on bc to win it all though.

Seeing how they have handled pressure in the recent past, I hope you are right. Although, I have no idea how you came to that conclusion. BC will have no added pressure than any other team playing at the Garden for the conference tournament title. That said, I do hope you are right, for both the conference title as well as the national title. Jerry's teams have historically responded very well to pressure.

Nick Papagiorgio
03-01-2010, 12:31 PM
If BC were to make the Garden, their two wins in the QFs would be more than enough to secure an NCAA bid (even in a worst case scenario of getting swept by UNH and losing a semifinal). Historically BC has the most Lamoriello Trophies as well. So there really would be no pressure on them at all. Would there be pressure for the #1 seed in the league (assuming UNH gets it) to bring back some hardware that they rarely win? Probably. More than BC would be facing.

unh_hockey
03-01-2010, 12:45 PM
If BC were to make the Garden, their two wins in the QFs would be more than enough to secure an NCAA bid (even in a worst case scenario of getting swept by UNH and losing a semifinal). Historically BC has the most Lamoriello Trophies as well. So there really would be no pressure on them at all. Would there be pressure for the #1 seed in the league (assuming UNH gets it) to bring back some hardware that they rarely win? Probably. More than BC would be facing.

The pressure is always on UNH to bring hardware home. The incoming recruits are just as aware of it as the fans; ask jerry pollastrone or james van riemsdyk, both of whom likely selected UNH in hopes of getting them their first title. The more time goes on though without taking hockey east or going deep into the tourny come april, the more I think 1999-2003 was "unusual".

I talked to a kid who played in tournaments with Colby Cohen of BU and asked him what the appeal of BU and BC were. What I was told was that those are the colleges you go to if you want to play in the NHL. UNH is widely respected in the hockey community, but is not generally accepted as an NHL route like the aforementioned schools are. C'est la vie.

SPCSMAN
03-01-2010, 01:24 PM
looks like he had an assist on the empty net goal last night but he's been scoring consistently all year long, just a dry spell in october when the whole team started off slowly


Seeing your post made me look at the box score...Bobby Butler will have to be a serious contender for the Hobey....he is now getting assists while not even on the ice. ;)

I thought only Darren Haydar could do that :D

http://www.unhwildcats.com/sports/mice/2009-10/files/022709m.htm#GAME.BOX