Boston College Daily Links: Benefitting From Grinding Out

Quick Hits: BC 56, Georgia Tech 52 (Heights Sports Blog)
"I think what you see sometimes with the droughts and the sluggish play is that we’re not very deep and we’re young. We’re playing young guys probably way too many minutes. It’s just the situation we’re in. Hopefully we go back here in two years and say we benefitted greatly from all this grinding out now that we’re bigger, stronger, and they’re the guys giving it to the other team."

Boston College climbs out of ACC cellar (BostonHerald.com)
"These are huge games for these guys," BC coach Steve Donahue said. "We are teaching and working hard and want to get a (ACC) road win so bad. We are going to do everything we can to win at Miami. Obviously they are a talented basketball team. But it is critical that we continue and try and get better somehow. "I’m happy we bounced back tonight after what happened in the last four games."

Dissecting the all-important final week of Hockey East play (USCHO.com)
It is impossible to not feel that the Eagles are in the catbird seat. BC is on a roll, having won nine straight. Add to that the fact that BC plays last-place Vermont on home ice for the final two games and you have to think yet another regular-season title is in the works. Any fears? Of course. Vermont played a great game against BU last weekend. But that game was at home and the Cats still lost a late lead and gave the game away in OT. You have to think the regular season Hockey East title is BC’s.

The Weekend Ahead Hockey East 3-1 (College Hockey News)
The Eagles were 7-0-0 in February and have won nine straight games since returning Parker Milner to the net, in late January. Milner was February’s defensive player of the month in Hockey East and has given up a mind boggling 0.98 goals per game. His play has been one of the many reasons that Boston College has come alive but in February BC averaged nearly five goals a game. They won’t lose another if those stats continue into the postseason.

This Week in Disrespect: National Hockey Leave us alone (The Ice is Life)
You read that, Eagles fans? You actually have five NCAA Division 1 Hockey Championships! Huzzah! It’s almost like you weren’t waxed by Michigan State in the first round that year after all. The author, and we use that term in the loosest, Chaz-Scoggins-y sense of the word, is just embarrassing himself at this point. Jerry York is a damn icon in the sport of college hockey, and to sully his name and reputation with this level of fraudulent fact-checking is only redeemable by seppuku.

Stack, Schaus Headlines WHEA 10th Anniversary Team (BCEagles.com)
The 10th Anniversary team is headlined by three-time Hockey East Player of the Year Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) of Boston College, along with fellow Olympians Molly Schaus, former goaltender of the Eagles (Natick, Mass.), Providence forward Karen Thatcher (Franklin, Mass.), UNH defenseman Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) and Northeastern goaltender Chanda Gunn (Huntington, Calif.).

No. 4 WIH Begins WHEA Title Defense Against No. 9 BU on Saturday (BCEagles.com)
The defending champion Eagles (23-8-3, 15-4-2 Hockey East) earned the second seed and a first-round bye for the 2012 tournament after collecting 32 points in league play. BC will be the home team against the third-seed Terriers (21-13-1, 14-7-0 HE), who defeat New Hampshire, 9-1, to advance to Saturday’s matchup.

Kuechly passing all the tests (Fox Sports Ohio)
"I've heard it from different people, friends and family and other people who have been looking at that stuff, but for me, the primary concern is doing well (at the combine) and taking care of business here before I can even look at that stuff."

ACC players holding steady on draft boards (ESPN ACC Blog)
Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly held at No. 9 on each board this week. North Carolina end Quinton Coples stayed at No. 7 on Kiper's board while dropping five spots, to No. 11, on McShay's.

Callinan hopeful about offer (Rivals.com)
"During practice coach Spaziani would come over and talk with me and my mother and tell us everything that was going on and how everything works. I was talking to coach McGovern pretty much the rest of the time about everything. He was answering my questions about BC and the campus and student life and how everything works out."

Spring Practice Primer: Northwestern (CBSSports.com)
A major problem in Evanston the last few seasons has been the defense and its inability to keep opponents off the board. Against Big Ten competition last season, Northwestern's defense allowed 32.75 points a game. I repeat, that was against Big Ten offenses. If there's reason to be optimistic, it's that the Wildcats played a lot of freshman and sophomores on defense toward the end of the season, so hopefully that experience will lead to improvement in 2012.

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