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Eaglefan06
03-13-2011, 10:03 PM
Other thread was closed. Continue talk here.

BC gets Northeastern in the HE Semis. Lets pay them back for the series 3 weeks ago!

bcfan131
03-13-2011, 10:56 PM
So, it looks like Yale will be playing Colgate in the ECAC semis. Colgate winning would actually be great for us in terms of the PWR, as it would give us the common opponents advantage in the PWR over Yale (We are 3-1 vs. UVM and Colgate, Yale is currently 2-0-1). Either way, as long as we keep winning, we'll likely get a #1 seed and play in Manchester, but it'd be nice to finally pass Yale in the PWR.

Eaglefan06
03-13-2011, 11:07 PM
We have actually clinched a 1 seed. But like you I want to pass Yale too!

Zudnic
03-13-2011, 11:31 PM
Colgate has been playing well lately, winning 4 of 6 against Union and RPI and tying Yale once. Union won the ECAC and RPI is a little better than .500. Yale does seem to be the class of the league, although they recently lost an OT game to St Lawrence ("Derek Gustafson isn't walking through that door").

I wouldn't like to run across Yale in the NCAAs given what happened last year.

J.D.
03-14-2011, 12:19 AM
Well, this won't be the first time BC's had to play a HE team at the Garden with that team's season on the line...

Should be a good one.

Zudnic, Yale's been struggling, but perhaps winning the ECAC tourney is just what the doctor ordered for them. With Union out, I can't see Yale losing it.

JMSF#1
03-14-2011, 12:22 AM
I wouldn't like to run across Yale in the NCAAs given what happened last year.

That game was not nearly as close as some people like to make it sound.

Kenny
03-14-2011, 09:14 AM
Here's where that regular season title comes in handy. Contrary to some other BC posters, I love the fact that they have the first game. When the games are back to back nights, it's huge to have the extra rest. Even if the first game doesn't go into OT, the second game will not end before 11. That means by the time the winning team gets back home, or to their hotel, and settles down, it's 1 or 2am. BC's game will be over by 8, meaning if they are discipline, they are home off their feet by 10 or 11. Definite advantage. And that is best case scenerio for the second game.

Good to see the Hayes brothers come through. Jimmy has been playing at a high level all season, but what a great confidence weekend for Kevin. I can't stop thinking about the parallels between them and Brian Boyle. All local highly touted, almost awkwardly tall, forwards who needed time to adjust to the speed of the college game. Makes you wonder where their ceiling is....

Excited for the weekend.

Nick Papagiorgio
03-14-2011, 09:31 AM
That game was not nearly as close as some people like to make it sound.

Agreed completely. BC was running a train up on Yale when they started resting the top players and got players like Kreider double shifting and had a lot of their lower lines rolling for the last period after BC went up by a bazillion goals.

BC would run a train on Yale again this year.

Nick Papagiorgio
03-14-2011, 09:50 AM
What a great weekend for a BC fan. We've got BC women in the Frozen Four. BC men swept and ended UMass' season and have a 1 seed locked up. BU fans got fleeced by their own ticket office paying absurd prices over 3 games to watch their team lose and now we have the fanboys clinging to the .0000000000000000001% chance of them making the NCAAs while they praise their dipstick turd senior Joe Pereira (I hope he didn't cry as much as Peter Macarthur).

Throw in the short-bus Maine fans having trouble trying to understand why they aren't a destination for a good hockey player anymore and denials about becoming Lake Superior State East (I'm sure LSSU fans were not in denial at this point either!) and you've got a perfect weekend of hockey there.

J.D.
03-14-2011, 09:53 AM
I too am happy BC has the early game. It's not gonna be a full house at 5 and considering all neutral/UNH fans will be rooting for NU, fine with me that BC's in the early game. Plus, as you mentioned, potentially more rest and with the early game, you know exactly when it's starting.

Zudnic
03-14-2011, 11:18 AM
That game was not nearly as close as some people like to make it sound.

True.



Zudnic, Yale's been struggling, but perhaps winning the ECAC tourney is just what the doctor ordered for them. With Union out, I can't see Yale losing it.

My point was that a team motivated by vengeance is a dangerous thing. Which is why I wouldn't have liked to see BU at the Fleet too. Yale doesn't seem as unstoppable as they were earlier in the season (granted they are an ECAC team). And I concur they are slowing down a bit. There's a reason ECAC doesn't send many teams to the FF... even those awesome Cornell teams of 4-5 years ago didn't get very far.

I don't get the feeling that many teams are really strong this year. I obviously don't get the chance to watch a lot of out of town teams, but I don't feel like the CCHA was that strong this year so Michigan, Notre Dame or Miami don't scare me (although ND and Miami would both have a bone to pick with BC). North Dakota looks awesome this year, and I would also worry about a big physical WCHA team like UNO. BC in the past has had issues with that style but this year they seem to have the size to match up with western physicality better. BC this year is still fast, but unlike in the past they have some size up front. Not a lot of Gionta/Voce/Collins types this time.

Nick Papagiorgio
03-14-2011, 11:50 AM
My point was that a team motivated by vengeance is a dangerous thing. Which is why I wouldn't have liked to see BU at the Fleet too. Yale doesn't seem as unstoppable as they were earlier in the season (granted they are an ECAC team). And I concur they are slowing down a bit. There's a reason ECAC doesn't send many teams to the FF... even those awesome Cornell teams of 4-5 years ago didn't get very far.

I don't get the feeling that many teams are really strong this year. I obviously don't get the chance to watch a lot of out of town teams, but I don't feel like the CCHA was that strong this year so Michigan, Notre Dame or Miami don't scare me (although ND and Miami would both have a bone to pick with BC). North Dakota looks awesome this year, and I would also worry about a big physical WCHA team like UNO. BC in the past has had issues with that style but this year they seem to have the size to match up with western physicality better. BC this year is still fast, but unlike in the past they have some size up front. Not a lot of Gionta/Voce/Collins types this time.

If Yale wasn't motivated by everything else and needed vengeance then they have problems and are going to get smoked no matter what anyway.

I think you're right in that there are not a lot of juggernauts this year. But there is some serious depth all the way through the 3 seeds that could be very dangerous. I've seen a lot of those teams... CC, UNH, Miami, Notre Dame, UNO ... all very, very dangerous teams on any given night... more than I can remember in previous years from teams in those same types of slots in the tournament if they stay where they are.

J.D.
03-14-2011, 12:27 PM
I suppose having vengeance on your mind can also be a bad thing? See Miami losing to BC four times in the NCAA tourney. Not sure though. It can go both ways.

North Dakota appears to be a juggernaut, but at the same time, they've lost two straight first round NCAA games where they were the favorite. The also have an unproven goalie, although he can't be any worse than Eidsness.

BCeagle
03-14-2011, 12:43 PM
I suppose having vengeance on your mind can also be a bad thing? See Miami losing to BC four times in the NCAA tourney. Not sure though. It can go both ways.

North Dakota appears to be a juggernaut, but at the same time, they've lost two straight first round NCAA games where they were the favorite. The also have an unproven goalie, although he can't be any worse than Eidsness.

I don't think Miami wants to play any Boston team if you include BU's comeback in 2009. They were up 2 goals with time running out and WHAMMO. That was their best chance as that had to be the all time meltdown.

BC in recent years match up well with the Sioux, let's hope BC wins their regional and gets another chance to play North Dakota in another exciting showdown.

sterlippo1
03-14-2011, 12:53 PM
I too am happy BC has the early game. It's not gonna be a full house at 5 and considering all neutral/UNH fans will be rooting for NU, fine with me that BC's in the early game. Plus, as you mentioned, potentially more rest and with the early game, you know exactly when it's starting.

yeah, i know it's better for the team but selfishly in terms of getting there and "preparing";)for it, i like the second game

BCHF
03-14-2011, 01:03 PM
It is great to see the post "Trophy Season" arrive again.

I think one has to reflect back and give some credit to what these Eagles have accomplished up to this point of the season. Expectations were extremely high for this club and as such all flaws were dissected and commented on routinely as the regular season progressed. Many fans suggested perfection while others suggested double digit losses for this group of Eagles was to be expected. Rumors about early departures regularly consume the discussions and rightfully so, I guess.

But throughout the season this group has faced adversity, met it head on, embraced it and moved forward successfully to arrive at this important stage gate of the season. The group in general has made it to this point for the most part intact and appears to be hungry for more. Their collective development over the past several months is just one more statement about the quality of the leadership leading the hockey program, the student athletes themselves, and all those critical to success that support the program's on and off ice success.

I believe this group moves forward with resolve and purpose to leave their mark where few ever do...one game at a time, one period at a time, and even one shift at a time. Good things are ahead if this club remains hungry and resolute with respect to what is important going forward. They appear to be well prepared for the work left to be done and uniquely qualified for same.

Enjoy the next chapter as it should provide significant enjoyment to all true hockey fans.

Fighting Sioux 23
03-14-2011, 01:16 PM
North Dakota appears to be a juggernaut, but at the same time, they've lost two straight first round NCAA games where they were the favorite. The also have an unproven goalie, although he can't be any worse than Eidsness.

FWIW, Dell was the goaltending champion in the WCHA, led the Sioux to the MacNaughton Cup, was First team All-Conference, has more wins than any other goalie in college hockey and owns the best GAA in college hockey, along with having the best career GAA of any goalie in North Dakota history. I'm not too worried about his play. North Dakota is very good. Will they be clutch in the NCAA Tournament this season? That remains to be seen. BC and UND do appear to be on a crash course for the Frozen Four, so long as neither slips up at Regionals.

Nick Papagiorgio
03-14-2011, 02:22 PM
FWIW, Dell was the goaltending champion in the WCHA, led the Sioux to the MacNaughton Cup, was First team All-Conference, has more wins than any other goalie in college hockey and owns the best GAA in college hockey, along with having the best career GAA of any goalie in North Dakota history. I'm not too worried about his play. North Dakota is very good. Will they be clutch in the NCAA Tournament this season? That remains to be seen. BC and UND do appear to be on a crash course for the Frozen Four, so long as neither slips up at Regionals.

And Lamoureux and Parise were also amazing goaltenders that coughed it up in the NCAAs too. Who knows what's going to happen. Know what I'm sayin?

Fighting Sioux 23
03-14-2011, 02:25 PM
And Lamoureux and Parise were also amazing goaltenders that coughed it up in the NCAAs too. Who knows what's going to happen. Know what I'm sayin?

That's why I said it remains to be seen if they will be clutch in the NCAA Tournament this season. :p:D:D

bcfan131
03-14-2011, 03:24 PM
And Lamoureux and Parise were also amazing goaltenders that coughed it up in the NCAAs too. Who knows what's going to happen. Know what I'm sayin?

Exactly, and the two Miami goalies led the nation in just about every goaltending category as well (one of them was a Hobey Baker finalist) and they gave up 7 goals in the Frozen Four last year (Knapp giving up the first 3 goals on 9 shots before getting yanked).