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2010-11 Boston College Hockey: Providence Game Preview (7:30 PM EDT, NESN)

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Providence Friars (7-6-5, 3-4-4 Hockey East) vs. No. 3 Boston College Eagles (13-5-0, 9-4-0 Hockey East)

Time: 7:30 EDT
Date: Friday, January 7, 2011
Place: Conte Forum/Kelley Rink (cap. 7,884), Chestnut Hill, Ma.
TV: NESN (Eric Frede play-by-play and Craig Janney color analyst)
Internet Radio: BCEagles.com (Jon Rish play-by-play and Ken Hodge color)

Last Time Out: The Eagles defeated Mercyhurst 4-1 to win the Ledyard National Bank Classic.

Series: Boston College leads the all-time series 99-45-12.
Last Meeting at Conte Forum: Boston College 5, Providence 2 (Jan. 29, 2010)

Last Five Meetings:

W - Boston College 5, Providence 2 (January 29, 2010)
W - Boston College 4, Providence 1 (January 12, 2010)
W - Boston College 3, at Providence 1 (December 12, 2009)
W - Boston College 4, at Providence 3 (OT) (February 28, 2009)
W - Boston College 5, Providence 1 (February 27, 2009)

Trends: The Eagles are 7-0-2 in their last nine games against the Friars. Brian Gibbons is currently riding an eight game scoring streak (6 goals, 10 assists) while Cam Atkinson is on a seven-game streak (7 goals, 7 assists). John Muse is 6-2-2 with a 1.87 GAA and a .932 save percentage in 10 career games against the Friars.

Muse's 10-3-0 record heading into the winter break gave him a winning percentage of .769, the highest winning percentage at the break of his four years on the Heights. Muse's mid-season winning percentage has improved in each of his four seasons (.636 at the break last year).  

Providence's Leading Scorers: Sr. Kyle MacKinnon (10-5-15), Sr. Ian O'Connor (5-10-15), So. Tim Schaller (3-10-13) 
Providence's Leading Goaltender: Jr. Alex Beaudry (6-6-5, 3.01 GAA, .905 SV%)

 

The Eagles ice hockey team returns to action tonight as they host the Providence Friars. The game will be televised on NESN, starting at 7:30. Brian Dumoulin, Chris Kreider and Patrick Wey are set to rejoin the Eagles as they return from their World Juniors bronze medal performance for the Americans.

Leave your thoughts on the game below. Go Eagles!

Prediction: Boston College 4, Providence 3
Record-to-date: 10-6-0