Good morning and happy Wednesday.
Last night featured a wild, stunning finish in Hockey East. BC's next opponent, #6 Providence College, clung to a 1-0 lead at home over #16 Northeastern for most of the night, but Braden Pimm scored in the final minute, then notched another in overtime to give the Huskies a shocking 2-1 win. The win improves NU to 12-6-3 and #9 in the Pairwise rankings. Providence (13-4-4) slides down to 7th in advance of Friday night's trip to Conte Forum.
With that result, the Eagles (15 points) also maintain a two point lead over the Friars for first place in the Hockey East standings, with BC also holding a game in hand going into Friday's matchup. Northeastern jumped over UNH and into third place with their win, sitting on 11 points in 10 games played.
In other hockey news, the BC women's hockey team travels to BU tonight to face the #8 Terriers at Walter Brown Arena.
The No. 8 Boston University women's ice hockey team will host No. 7 Boston College on Wednesday night at Walter Brown Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. It will be the first time BU (15-3-1, 8-0-0 WHEA) and BC (12-4-2, 7-1-0 WHEA) will meet since Nov. 3, 2012, when the teams skated to a 5-5 tie.
The Terriers have a two-point lead over the Eagles in the Hockey East standings entering Wednesday night; BU edged BC for the 2012-13 regular-season title by just one point.
An unceremonious demotion to Hartford of the American Hockey League at the end of training camp put Kreider's regular season on hold, but since his Oct. 24 debut, he has 11 goals and 24 points with a plus-9 rating in 37 games, five fewer than rookie scoring leader Nathan MacKinnon (14-14-28). Eighteen of his points are either goals or primary assists and 10 of his goals have come in Rangers wins.
In 2013, there were nothing more than glimpses of what the defense could accomplish under Brown. While Boston College did statistically improve in most areas, others left much to be desired and there is still a great deal to fix. As Addazio's recruits begin to take over the roster in 2014 and beyond, it is critical that we witness steadier defensive success.
For those who didn't watch, Film Room was a mix of coaches and analysts watching and commenting on the National Championship Game live. Addazio, Kevin Sumlin and Paul Chryst were the coaches selected for the broadcast. Aside from the Xs & Os aspect of the game, what I liked most was getting to see Addazio in a natural setting. Obviously he's a smart guy and knows he's on TV, but it is hard to keep up your guard over four hours. You could see he's got a very good feel for the game and his "rah rah" attitude is not a front. Addazio popped up after good tackles and was quick to point out blocking assignments. BC fans would also be glad to know that anytime they surveyed the coaches to discuss strategy, Addazio -- more often than not -- suggested an aggressive approach.
No. 29 Advocare V100 Bowl, 12/31 (24) Arizona 42, Boston College 19 I was looking forward to this game as it featured two of the best running backs in the country in Ka'Deem Carey and Andre Williams. Well, Carey may have run wild, but Williams was held to 2.9 yards per carry as Arizona actually held a 42-6 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Anthony Castanzo, Gosder Cherilus and B.J. Raji in action last weekend.
There were a lot of smiles on the floor of the Rose Bowl in the aftermath of Florida State's 34-31 thriller over Auburn for the BCS national championship Monday night. But nobody was smiling more and with greater satisfaction than ACC Commissioner John Swofford.