Good morning! It's the last day of January and it's getting to be business time in college hockey season. With my comrade Grant Salzano on vacation this week, the preview content for BC hockey's trip to Providence tonight has been lighter than usual. But Last Thoughts will post today, we've got some links for you this morning, and over the weekend, we'll delve into the Beanpot. To the links:
Providence has gone 2-1-1 since taking on Boston College at Kelley Rink on Jan. 10, 2014. Last weekend, the Friars split with UMass Lowell, winning, 5-4, at home on Jan. 24 before suffering a 6-1 setback at Tsongas Center on Jan. 25.
The Friars close out their regular-season series against the Boston College Eagles with a 7:05 p.m. game at a sold out Schneider Arena on Friday night.
"I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Beanpot; there's so much tradition involved and I'm excited to contribute to Boston College's success," Demko said. "I have definitely kept tabs on the tournament, especially in recent years. It's been great to see the success of BC lately. Hopefully, we can keep the streak going."
It does seem like the only thing keeping the Eagles from winning every Hockey East game they play is not playing a conference team. They got a surprising run for their money from Penn State on Saturday, but Thatcher Demko had one of his best games of the year, making 33 saves on 36 shots to hold on.
Of course, the Beanpot also remains as one way to salvage an otherwise disappointing season, a feat the Terriers have pulled off more than once. Unfortunately, they have to take on second-ranked Boston College in the first round, a tall order indeed, even if they played reasonably well against the Eagles two weekends ago before losing 6-4.
Is there pressure for success at Harvard? Yes, there is pressure at every school. But the pressure of righting the ship now seems higher for the Crimson and Donato this year than in most.
"I think the team has high expectations from top to bottom," said Donato, not fully addressing whether there is pressure coming from forces around the program. "We are not going to settle for 'Hey, we have a lot of young guys and it was a close game.' We expect better from ourselves and I think we will get there very shortly."
Northeast Regional (Worcester):
15 Colgate vs. 2 Boston College
10 Michigan vs. 8 Northeastern
They had no idea that it was going to turn into the battle for college hockey bragging rights in Boston.
On Dec. 26, 1952, at Boston Arena, Boston University defeated Northeastern, 4-1, and Harvard edged Boston College in overtime, 3-2. The following night, Harvard outslugged BU, 7-4, for the championship, while BC blanked Northeastern in the consolation game. The Beanpot was born, even though only a handful people called the tournament by that name.
Luke Kuechly is not a good dancer, and that's being kind. But he has the footwork, instincts and coordination to make the baddest moves on the football field as arguably the best middle linebacker in the NFL. Kuechly has been named Sporting News' Defensive Player of the Year and that comes as a shock to absolutely no one.
From Wilson to Nick Foles (Michigan State to Arizona) to Ryan Mallett (Michigan to Arkansas) and many more, transfer quarterbacks can microwave success for a team in transition. That is, as long as the school can manage the inherent risks, which Alabama, Boston College and NC State must do after signing a trio of transfer quarterbacks out of the Sunshine State.
Whitehall High grad Dan Koppen, who is on IR for Denver, will retire after this season.
Profile of BC women's soccer alum Kristie Mewis and her sister, Sam
After dropping six of their last seven contests, the Irish look to break out of their slump Saturday when they host a Boston College squad in the midst of a similarly difficult season.
The uniform obsession continues for the Syracuse athletic department and the newest duds replicate an old SU style. Nike posted pictures of a throwback Syracuse uniform on Twitter and as part of a press release on Thursday, indicating that the Orange will wear the throwbacks uniforms against Boston College on Feb. 19.