This is the third straight year they've done it, so I might as well get over it and get used to it, but I still don't like the idea of a BC-BU game happening in November. It's just... too early to get the proper level of dander up. The first-weekend-in-December clash was a great little tradition. The teams had enough time to establish their identities and their places in the Hockey East pecking order, so we had a pretty good idea of what the storyline was; Thanksgiving was over, so we were firmly into winter; it just felt like the right time for hockey season to truly heat up with a home-and-home series between the two ancient foes.
But now that Hockey East has screwed everything up... we get this. A one-off in early November; see you again in January. I certainly hope we use the non-conference schedule to add some extra games against BU in the future.
That being said, it's time to go: A win over BU could establish some momentum for this BC team, which sits at 4-2-1 and is looking at (let's be honest) a layup on Sunday against Army, a game they absolutely should win.
The Terriers are a perfectly mediocre 4 -4 to start the season, with 21 goals scored and 20 allowed. That's a pretty accurate depiction of where they're at right now. They've got a lot of new pieces, most prominently the new piece behind the bench. Quinn would certainly love to get his first real signature win in front of a sold out crowd tonight.
BC Roster Notes
-Another weekend, another goalie rotation. Demko tonight, Billett Sunday.
-Saturday night saw three changes from Friday's lineup, with Scott Savage swapped out for Teddy Doherty, and Silk and Straight re-inserted for Evan Richardson and Cam Spiro. Per The Boston College Hockey Blog, expect Savage back in but for Spiro and Richardson to remain in the stands.
Demko in game 1, Billett in game 2
Game Time: 7:30 Friday, 3:00 Sunday
TV: FRIDAY: BU has a website where they show the games but I'm not going to link to them. BOO! SUNDAY: BCEagles.com
Radio: WEEI 850 AM and BCEagles.com
Record: BU is 4-4-0; BC is 4-2-1. Army is 0-4.
BC: 29 GF (3rd in HEA).... 21 GA (9th in HEA)... +8 (4th in HEA)
BU: 21 GF (6th in HEA).... 20 GA (8th in HEA).... +1 (7th in HEA)
Last Time Out: BU split a series last weekend with Providence, erasing a 3-0 deficit in game 1 to win at home, before losing on Saturday in Providence. Army lost to Bentley last weekend, 5-2.
Common Foes: BU also faced Wisconsin, a team BC beat 9-2; BU also wrecked 'em to the tune of 7-3. While BC handled RPI, BU lost to them, 3-1. Like BC, BU has a loss at Michigan this year,
Army has faced one Hockey East team - Merrimack - and lost 4-2.
Storylines: This is the first BC-BU game without Jack Parker behind the bench since the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Players to watch: Garret Noonan. Watch out for him because he's a goon. BU sophomore defenseman Ahti Oksanen is having a tremendous season, with a 2-7---9 line. He's been a revelation for the Terriers this year. Sharks draft pick Danny O'Regan is off to a 3-3--6 start. Bruins pick Matt Grylzyxxyxz is off to a bit of a slow start (1-2--3) but he's one of the better players on the team.
Army's leading scorer, Willie Faust, has 2 goals and an assist this year; but really, they're all Players to Watch, because America.
Fun Fact: BC is 21-19-2 in their last 42 games against the Terriers.
Battles for playing time are sharply into focus now: we've got Spiro and Richardson vs. Silk and Straight, and Doherty vs. Savage as the big battles last weekend. And obviously everyone knows about the goaltending question. Silk scored a big goal at Agganis last year - can he do it again? Can Demko remain undefeated on the season? How will this BC-BU game look compared to ones with Jack Parker at the helm? Will it still be a penalty-fest?
Scoreboard Watching: Out-Of-Town Notes
Notre Dame hosts Minnesota this weekend in a marquee series between two highly-touted squads. Early-season-heartthrob Providence faces the challenge of facing Merrimack at Andover MDC rink tonight before hosting them in Providence tomorrow. Lowell looks to continue their bounce back with a home game against Northeastern tomorrow night.
The Pre-Game Watering Hole
There's no shortage of great choices near BU. This year's choice is Sunset Cantina on Comm. Ave, with hundreds of beers available and a good combination of Mexican-ish food and steak tips, burgers, etc. I have to give a shoutout to T's Pub here, which is always crowded before and after games but for good reason: it's an awesome bar. You may have read about them in the Boston University Hockey Task Force report as being the #1 choice of underage hockey players. I'm sure that's totally not true.
FRIDAY: BC 4, BU 3. This is going to be a tough game, I think. BU has a lot of weapons, especially on the blue line, that could make life difficult for BC's young defense. But the Eagles are, on the whole, a better team, and should win this game. I'm looking for Kevin Hayes to be the deciding factor on this one. BC needs to establish a physical presence early in the game, because you know BU will.
SUNDAY: BC 6, Army 1. This was not a particularly good addition to the home schedule. Hopefully BC doesn't make it any more interesting than it needs to be. This should be a chance for Gaudreau to pad his Hobey stats.
I think we'll see Minnesota come in and go 1-0-1 against Notre Dame, as they did against BC. They should be well-rested after being off last weekend.
Lowell continues the Sacred Heart Redemption Tour with an easy win over Northeastern tomorrow night.
BC 4, BU 2
BC 3, BU 1.
BC 6, Army 0
BC 4, BU 0
BC 6, Army 0
He didn't send any predictions but he's a smart kid because he goes to BC so I'm gonna say he predicted BC 11bajillion, BU 0.
BCI Prediction Standings
5 points for a correct prediction, minus one point for how far off you were from the victory margin. i.e., predicting a 4-goal win and it ends up being a 2-goal win = 3 points. Also, 1 bonus point for getting a team's score correct. Enter this week's contest by leaving your BC-BU and BC-Army predictions in the comments.
Boston College 4, Northeastern 2
Boston College 4, Northeastern 3
Joe: BC 6, NU 1 (2 points).... NU 3, BC 2 (1 point) ---> 3 points
Brian: BC 4, NU 1 (5 points)... BC 3, NU 2 (5 points) ----> 10 points OH SNAP
Grant: BC 8, NU 1 (0 points).... BC 3, NU 0 (3 points) ---> 3 points
Dan: JCNG 0 points
AJ: BC 5, NU 3 (5 points).... BC 2, NU 2 (0 points) ---> 5 points
Patty: BC 4, NU 2 (7 points!).... NU 3 BC 2 (1 point) ---> 8 points
Maureen: BC 4, NU 1 (5 points)... NU 4 BC 2 (0 points) ---> 5 points
Amy C: BC 6 , NU 2 (4 points).... NU 4 BC 3 (0 points) ---> 4 points
Brian wins with quite the impressive score. Good work.
Brian - 1.5 wins (Week 3 tie, Week 4 )
Joe - 1 win (Week 1)
Conrad - 1 win (Week 2)
AJ - 0.5 wins (Week 3 tie)
How are you feeling about the weekend? Will BC continue their outstanding play at Agganis Arena? Will Army sneak up on the Eagles on Sunday? Leave your thoughts below.