Boston College Daily Links: "Hey, Let's Win Championships"

Hockey

BC Claims Hockey East Regular Season Title (Heights Sports Blog)
"Our team has really developed into a solid team, and we’re all really excited to watch Parker develop as a goaltender," York said of his top goaltender. "He’s taken us to 11 straight wins and he’s been instrumental in almost every one of the wins he had."

Eagles on right flight (BostonHerald.com)
"We got off to a really good start, and we were 7-1 in October," Eagles coach Jerry York said. "We really caught fire at the end of January because we’ve been playing good hockey in particular areas. We’ve been making smarter plays with the puck. We’ve handled the puck much better, and our goaltending has been outstanding."

Impact Performances (ESPN Video)
ESPN Video: Capital One Cup Impact Performances of the week include Boston College men's hockey, Virginia men's lacrosse and Iowa State women's gymnastics.

BC wins Hockey East regular - season title (The Boston Globe)
"I think it’s always special to win trophies,’’ said York. "We don’t hide from that fact. We’re always talking about, ‘Hey, let’s win championships.’ We started with the Ice Breaker way back in October [beating Michigan State and North Dakota], we failed to win at the Great Lakes Tournament [losing to Michigan], but the Beanpot [title] and now the regular-season championship, it’s something that we take great, great pride in. It’s a remarkable feeling, I think, to achieve a goal you point toward.’’

Eagles Roll Past Vermont For 10th Straight (Heights Sports Blog)
"I thought once again Parker gave us a really strong effort in goal. He’s been one of the real keys to our improved play down the stretch and he certainly made some outstanding saves tonight," York said. "I thought Barry Almeida’s goal was a real turning point in the game, that power play goal. It was an unbelievable effort by Barry. He’s been a key factor along with Parker. They both worked to get the win tonight."

Boston College Relishes Another Title (College Hockey News)
"I definitely think that there is some confidence in our room right now," said Cross. "I think all good teams do have confidence in that if they play well they can be successful. This year’s team is very humble. We are focused on that if we have confidence we can play well. It’s not a false confidence as we know that we have to play well to win games."

The Takeaway: Vermont’s Season Ends With Loss to BC (College Hockey News)
Jerry York said, "Vermont battled all weekend. You won’t see last place teams come into this environment and play as well as they did because it just doesn’t happen. It speaks to the strength of the league. They pushed us to the limit and it was a tough weekend. Hats off to Kevin and his boys, they just played hockey."

Vote Kaliya Johnson for the Sullivan Award (BCEagles.com)
Boston College women's ice hockey 2012 NLI signee and USA Hockey defender Kaliya Johnson has been named a finalist for the 81st Sullivan Award, presented annually to the nation's most outstanding amateur athlete.

Hoops

Conference Power Rankings: ACC (ESPN College Basketball Nation Blog)
12. Boston College: The freshmen on this young team take one more step toward being sophomores as they prepare for their first ACC tournament. With four league wins under their belts, do they have any other surprises in store?

Skinner, Hurley Among Options for Rhode Island (ZagsBlog.com)
Former Rhode Island and Boston College coach Al Skinner and Wagner coach Dan Hurley are among those who could be targeted for the Rhode Island vacancy created by the firing of Jim Baron, the Providence Journal reported.

Other Stuff

Cowboys Draft Talk: Workout Warrior Luke Kuechly (Blogging The Boys)
If Jerry Jones actually stands behind anything he has said this offseason, it would make sense for the Cowboys to be interested in the best inside linebacker of the 2012 NFL Draft. Jerry and his son Stephen, have been pushing the "take the best available player" approach in the draft. Would they really stick to their guns and draft yet another inside linebacker?

Mychal Kendricks, Luke Kuechly risers among NFL combine linebackers (SI.com)
Questions about Kuechly's speed and athleticism preceded the combine. He answered his critics in dynamic fashion, running both of his 40s in the mid 4.5-second range. His vertical jump of 38-inches and broad jump of 10-feet, 3-inches graded among the better marks from today's linebackers. He was smooth opening his hips in coverage drills and was able to get great depth on pass drops. Kuechly did not display a smooth change of direction and some will question his pursuit skills, but on the whole it was a great performance by the Boston College junior.

Lacrosse Downs UConn, 19-11 (BCEagles.com)
No. 17/14 Boston College lacrosse (3-1) defeated Connecticut (2-1), 19-11, on Friday afternoon at the Huskies George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.

Bucs' Sanchez relishes life lesson (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
"After that, it's like I flipped a switch," he said. "I said to myself, 'This is the time in your life when you could become somebody really important in Pittsburgh. You need to have a good head on your shoulders. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and not making the right choices. I learned from it, and it was a tough lesson to learn. But I'm in this shape now because of what happened."

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