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2010-11 Boston College Hockey: Merrimack Game Preview

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Merrimack Warriors (1-0-2, 0-0-1 Hockey East) at #2 Boston College (3-1-0, 1-0-0 Hockey East)

What: 2010 National Championship Banner Raising (6:30 EDT) and Hockey Home Opener 
 7:00 EDT
Date: Friday, October 29, 2010
Place: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Ma.
TV: Nope
Internet Radio: (Jon Rish play-by-play and Ken Hodge color)
Internet Video: Video stream available on a pay-per-view basis through

Opponent Sites: Warrior Rink Rat

Last Time Out: The Eagles suffered their first loss of the season, a 2-1 loss at No. 17 Notre Dame. BC is now 3-1-0 on the year and dropped to #2 in the national polls.

Series: Boston College holds a 52-18-3 (.730 percentage) edge in the all-time series.

Last Meeting at Kelly Rink: Boston College 7, Merrimack 0 (February 23, 2010)

Trends: The loss to the Irish was the Eagles' first loss in 15 games (14-0-1). The Eagles are 39-12-4 against the Warriors under Jerry York, and haven't lost to the Warriors inside Conte Forum in 13 seasons (21-0-2 in that span).

Merrimack's Leading Scorers: So. Stephane Da Costa (3-3-6), Sr. Joe Cucci (1-2-3), So. Brandon Brodhag (1-2-3), Jr. Jesse Todd (0-3-3)
Merrimack's Leading Goaltender: Jr. Joe Cannata (1-0-2, 2.38 GAA, .930 SV%)

Team Statistical Comparison: Warrior Rink Rat's Tale Of The Tape

The Eagles will raise their program's fourth National Championship banner tonight at Conte Forum (6:30 EDT) and host the 1-0-2 Merrimack Warriors. Faceoff is at 7 PM. BC then heads back on the road for the second part of this weekend's home-and-home with Merrimack, Saturday night at Lawler Arena.

Merrimack's Stephane Da Costa is the player to watch, but I don't think MC has enough firepower to take down the defending Champs on banner night. The Warriors were Jekyll and Hyde last year in Hockey East play (9-3-1 at home, 3-10-1 on the road) and I wouldn't be surprised if MC pulls off the upset tomorrow night. But I can't go against the Eagles. BC wins 5-4 in a shootout.

Weekend Predictions (record-to-date 2-2-0):

Boston College 4, Merrimack 1
Boston College 5, Merrimack 4

Go Eagles!