BC Roster Notes
As was the case for last week's exhibition, Brendan Silk is out with a minor injury. So, expect the lines to look as they did last weekend.
Alex Tuch - Adam Gilmour - Chris Calnan
Zach Sanford - Ryan Fitzgerald - Austin Cangelosi
Cam Spiro - Matt Gaudreau - Danny Linell
Quinn Smith - Michael Sit - Destry Straight
Michael Matheson - Scott Savage
Ian McCoshen - Ted Doherty
Noah Hanifin - Steve Santini
Game Time: 7:15
Radio: WEEI 850 AM
Last Time Out: BC and Lowell are both coming off of exhibition victories. BC downed UNB 6-4 last week and Lowell blew out St. Thomas, 7-3.
Common Foes: n/a
Players to watch: The big question is who steps in between the pipes after Lowell sent both Connor Hellebuyck and Doug Carr to the pros. It looks like UMass transfer Kevin Boyle will be in net based on what Shawn Hutcheon from the Lowell Sun reported yesterday. In two seasons at UMass, Boyle managed just an .896 save percentage in 41 career games. Not good. Will be be transformed by Lowell goalie magic?
Lowell's top returning scorer is junior Adam Chapie, who had 23 points last season.
Last Three Meetings:
3/30/2014 - BC 4, Lowell 3 (NCAA Regional Final)
2/22/2014 - BC 2 @ Lowell 2
2/21/2014 - BC 3, Lowell 0
Blast from the Not-Too-Distant Past
How could I pick anything but this glorious, glorious Ian McCoshen goal to send BC to the Frozen Four last year with a fantastic 4-3 win over Lowell?
The Pre-Game Watering Hole
Usually when there's only one good option near an arena you kind of assume they're going to reap the proxy benefit of being nearby and end up not being that great. That's not the case with Lowell Beer Works, steps from Tsongas Center, home to some quality brews and pretty good food. If you've been to a Beer Works location in Boston, this is the same deal. So nothing earth shattering, but a quality place to go before a game.
Scoreboard Watching: Out-Of-Town Notes
Tonight, BU takes on UMass in the other Hockey East conference matchup. Two other intriguing games include highly-touted PC opening their campaign with a trip to Ohio State, and Notre Dame participating in the icebreaker with a game against RPI. In the early Icebreaker game, Minnesota faces Minnesota-Duluth at 2 PM.
I thought about trying a new prediction format this year but I'm going to just switch back to what we did last year - pick the score. If you're right about the winner (or a tie), you get 5 points - minus one point for each goal you're off by on the margin of victory, and +1 bonus point for each team whose score you guess exactly right.
BCI Prediction Standings
n/a - it's week 1!
Ready to make some predictions? Have thoughts on BC's lineup? Think the Eagles are going to come out strong this year? Do you have any idea what a "river hawk" is? Leave your thoughts below.