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2011-12 Boston College Hockey: Michigan State Game Thread (5:00 PM Eastern, Fox College Sports)

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Michigan State Spartans (0-0-0, 0-0-0-0 CCHA) vs. No. 5 Boston College Eagles (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East)

What: 2011-12 Boston College Hockey Season Opener / 2011 Ice Breaker Tournament
Time: 5:00 EST
Date: Friday, October 7, 2011
Place: Grand Forks, N.D.
Arena: Ralph Engelstad Arena
Capacity: 11,634

TV: FCS (DirecTV 617 or 623)
TV Announcers: Pat Sweeney (play-by-play) and Jim Scanlan (color analyst)
Online: All four games will also be available via a webcast on on a pay-per-view basis.
Radio Announcers: Jon Rish (play-by-play) and Brett Peterson -- yes, THE Brett Peterson -- color analyst

Series: BC and Michigan State have previously met 24 times. Michigan State leads the all-time series 17-6-1.
Last Meeting: Michigan State 3, Boston College 1 (April 7, 2007, National Championship title game)

Last Five Meetings:

L - Michigan State 3, Boston College 1 (April 7, 2007)
W - Boston College 4, Michigan State 3 (December 28, 2003)
L - Michigan State 4, Boston College 1 (December 29, 2000)
W - Boston College 6, Michigan State 5 (March 24, 2000)
W - Boston College 4, Michigan State 3 (October 25, 1996)

Trends: Boston College is 12-5 in season opening games under York. BC has played in three previous Ice Breakers, winning the tournament twice in 1998 and 2003. This is the start of the 89th season of Boston College Eagles men's ice hockey, with the program compiling a winning record in 71 of those seasons.

Michigan State's Leading Returning Scorers: Jr. Derek Grant (8-25-33), Sr. Brett Perlini (18-12-30), Jr. Torey Krug (11-17-28)
Michigan State's Leading Returining Goaltender: Sr. Drew Palmisano (9-14-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 SV%)


Let the games begin! Leave your thoughts on the game below. Go Eagles!

Prediction: Boston College 3, Michigan State 1
Record-to-date: 0-0-0

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