Good morning and Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and didn't let the BC football and basketball results get you down too much. Here's to a great 2014.
If you're looking for things to look forward to: by the time this post goes up, Ian McCoshen, Steve Santini, Thatcher Demko, and the rest of the US junior hockey team will be just about set to drop the puck against Russia in the World Junior quarterfinals (6 AM, NHL Network). If you're snowed in today, NHL Network has a quadruple-header of quarterfinals on air at 6, 8:30, 11 and 1:30.
Additionally, the Hockey East season gets back underway this weekend as BC will play Notre Dame at Fenway on Saturday night. Plus, the women's basketball team is off to a pretty solid 9-5 start and begins ACC play at home on Saturday. They're in year two of a new coach, so hopefully this improvement is a preview of coming attractions.
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Donahue is done. Obviously he's not done coaching this season nor as a coach of basketball. But he has no future as the coach of Boston College. I am not going to pile on (you can get that elsewhere). I am not going to breakdown what went wrong (I'll wait until the firing is official). But he won't be coaching basketball at BC next year.
Harvard took care of business on Wednesday afternoon, taking a 17-6 lead just over nine minutes into the game and winning 73-58. Wesley Saunders, one of the Ivy League's best players, accounted for 21 points and six rebounds to lead the way for a Harvard squad that's now 12-1 on the season. Kyle Casey (ten rebounds) and Jonah Travis added 11 points apiece for Harvard, whose ability to get to the foul line made the difference in a game that featured 62 possessions.
With the loss, Boston College completes non-conference play, dropping to 4-10 (0-1) on the season. The Eagles have lost six of their last seven games, and their last Division I win was Sacred Heart in late November.
For the Boston College Eagles, their No. 1 problem came back to bite them yet again Wednesday afternoon as they started the new year in much the same manner they ended 2013 - getting dominated in rebounding and losing.
Senior Katie Zenevitch recorded career-highs in points (29) and rebounds (16) to lead Boston College to an, 81-67, victory over Mount St. Mary's... The win marks the sixth consecutive victory for the Eagles as they improve to 9-5 on the season. It is the first time since the 2010-11 season in which Boston College has won six consecutive games.
"I think they did a great job of preparing for the type of game that they had to play," said Amidon. "I think we had to prepare a certain way, execute at a high level, and we failed to do that."
Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau earned his second Warrior Hockey East Player of the Week award on Tuesday morning after a five-point weekend and Tournament MVP honors at the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh.
North Reading's Alex Carpenter will be playing forward for the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team in Sochi, Russia.
Now the real fun begins at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. From here on out, it's win or watch your tournament end. The U.S. National Junior Team will meet Russia in the quarterfinals at 6 a.m. ET. The game will be carried live on NHL Network with a free live stream on NHL.com for fans in the U.S.