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Headlines: Good Win Over Vermont


Jeff: Brian, BC men’s hockey defeats Vermont 5-2 in front of 6,764 fans at Conte Forum. Your thoughts?

Brian: This was a good win for the Eagles. A game we should have won and a game we needed in the Hockey East standings. We have now won 7 of our last 8, including 4 straight in Hockey East (two wins against BU and two wins against Vermont). Junior forward Nathan Gerbe may be mounting a 2008 Hobey Baker campaign, netting a goal and an assist and pushing his scoring streak to 8 games. You also have to be encouraged by the play of Brock Bradford, netting 2 goals in only his second game back.

Looking ahead, we open the season series with UMass Lowell this Friday in Lowell. Lowell is coming off a weekend split against Providence in a home-and-home (both games went to OT). This game should be competitive, but a game BC should ultimately win. Lowell has already won the season series against lowly Merrimack, and split 1-1-1 with New Hampshire and Providence.

After Lowell, Boston College will be looking for the season sweep of Boston University, as well as looking to take 2 from Maine at Alfond Arena January 25-26. Further out, we will see Providence for the first time this year on February 1 in Conte Forum.

Outside of the Jack Parker Memorial Tournament, aka Beanpot, its all Hockey East games the rest of the way. We have to be encouraged by the return of Bradford and the offensive output (3.75 gpg). I’m confident this team can take a run at Hockey East again this year and the NCAAs.