Alright BCI, here's the deal. I'm pissed about shootyhoops, too. But I generally don't wish to discuss shootyhoops even when they're not doing something mind-bogglingly stupid. So I will start with this disclaimer: If you are on BCI today to kvetch about Donahue, Bates, Father Leahy, students who don't go to basketball games, or anything else related to basketball, up to and including LeBron, please click here to go to the post about Donahue's retention.
Meanwhile: we will have three hockey posts going up today - this links post, a stat-based breakdown of the BC/Notre Dame series, and my final thoughts and predictions for the Hockey East quarterfinals. Let's keep those posts about hockey. Comments about not-hockey will be deleted and you will be referred to the above link.
For those ready to focus on hockey today, a batch of links:
Notre Dame returns to The Heights once again after delivering a streak-ending blow to Boston College in the regular season finale at Kelley Rink on March 1. One minute and 56 seconds into overtime, Vince Hinostroza curbed the Eagles' 19-game winning streak with the game-winning goal, ending BC's run of not experiencing a loss in 92 days.
For the second week in a row, the Notre Dame hockey team will repeat its opponent for the final two weeks of the regular season during the Hockey East playoffs.
Boston College goaltender Thatcher Demko isn't afraid to dream big. Last year, as a member of USA Hockey's U-18 national development team, Demko put the names of the two Team USA netminders who won Olympic gold, Jack McCartan in 1960 and Jim Craig in 1980, on the backplate of his mask. This year, the BC freshman's backplate is dominated by an airbrushed image of the NCAA championship trophy, surrounded by the four goalies who've won it for the Eagles -- Bernie Burke (1949) Scott Clemmensen (2001), John Muse (2008 and 2010) and Parker Milner (2012).
When Johnny Gaudreau is on the ice, it's difficult to notice anyone else. When Kevin Hayes drives to the net, all eyes follow him. But the glue that binds Boston College's top line is senior center Bill Arnold.
After winning their single elimination first round game in the Hockey East tournament last weekend, the Irish will catch a flight today bound for No. 2 Boston College and a best-of-three quarterfinal series at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill starting Friday night.
I don't think you would find one college hockey pundit out there that believes this will be an easy series win for the #1 seed. This is not your ordinary eight seed, I'd venture to say they're certainly a top ten club in the country, not just the league. I expect this to be one heck of a series.
In 2013, BC defeated Harvard 3-1 in the NCAA quarterfinals before falling to Minnesota 3-2 in overtime in the semifinals. The Gophers went on to win the championship, completing a perfect 41-0-0 season.
Making their third NCAA Tournament appearance in the program's 11-year history, the ECAC Hockey regular season champion, 3rd/4th-ranked Clarkson University Women's Hockey team will host the 5th-ranked Boston College Eagles in the quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 pm at Cheel Arena.