Here's some good news: BC is 1-0 against teams from Canada this year, with matchup #2 coming up tomorrow night. (Sorry Enzo, I had to.)
In all seriousness, the Eagles look to bounce back from a tough 5-2 loss on opening night last week at Lowell with a game against the RIT Tigers at Blue Cross Arena. It's Homecoming for RIT, and the game will be played before a capacity crowd of 10,600+. While RIT struggled last season to a 7th place finish in Atlantic Hockey, they have a history of punching above their weight and knocking off some big time opponents. After a decent start to their season last week, splitting a home series against St. Lawrence and Clarkson, they'll be looking to land the scalp of the 5-time national champions.
BC Roster Notes
Brendan Silk is back in the lineup for the first time this year. According to the BC Hockey Blog, the two players who had injury scares last week, Michael Sit and Zach Sanford, should be good to go. He reports that Matt Gaudreau will be the odd player out this weekend.
Alex Tuch - Adam Gilmour - Chris Calnan
Zach Sanford - Ryan Fitzgerald - Austin Cangelosi
Cam Spiro - Michael Sit - Brendan Silk
Quinn Smith - Destry Straight - Danny Linell
Michael Matheson - Scott Savage
Ian McCoshen - Ted Doherty
Noah Hanifin - Steve Santini
Game Time: 7:05
TV: Streamed online at RIT's website ($$)
Radio: WEEI 850 AM, BCEagles.com
BC: 2 GF, 5 GA, -3 GD
RIT: 6 GF, 5 GA, +1 GD
Last Time Out: RIT opened their sparkling new on-campus arena with an up and down weekend, hammering St. Lawrence 5-2 then following that up with a 3-1 loss to Clarkson.
Common Foes:The only "Hockey East" team RIT played last year was UConn, to whom they lost twice.
Players to watch: RIT's top returning scorers from last year are sophomore Todd Skirving (8-14--22) and junior Dan Schuler (13-8--21). Also, they have twin 21-year-old freshman brothers from Strong Field, Saskatchewan, Chase Norrish and Brady Norrish. I have no idea if they are good or not, but I will never not find any element of that sentence amusing. "Strong Field, Saskatchewan." Come on, that's great.
Last Three Meetings:
BC and RIT have only met once in their history, when the Eagles blanked RIT 6-0 in the championship game of the 2007 Mariucci Classic. This was the start of Nate Gerbe really going off and taking over for BC that season.
Blast from the Not-Too-Distant Past
I choose this video for a few reasons. First of all, it's an excuse to watch the final seconds run off as BC wins the 2010 national championship. Secondly, you can't really hear it well in this video, but if you listen carefully to some video of the final seconds ticking off the clock of this game, you could hear the mass of RIT fans chanting "R-I-T! R-I-T!" despite the fact that RIT was, well, not playing. RIT fans were out in force at that Frozen Four and were one of the highlights of the experience.
The Pre-Game Watering Hole
I'm going to leave this one to Enzo. Alright Enzo, let's hear it: where should BC fans out there grab a drink before the game?
Scoreboard Watching: Out-Of-Town Notes
It's a pretty interesting weekend in Hockey East. Lowell and Quinnipiac have a home-and-home series starting tonight up in Lowell. UNH travels to Michigan for two, while Maine hosts defending national champion Union for a pair up in Orono. Completely uninteresting to me is the two game set between Lake Superior State and Notre Dame, but of course that's the series that's on TV, thanks NBC.
I think this week, BC gets some rhythm going and pumps 30-35 shots on goal. If that happens I expect around 5 to beat the goalie. Throw in an empty netter for good measure and come home with an important win.
The key is going to be the BC defense. RIT wants to create a track meet because they love to skate hard and attack. As a result, BC needs its defense to play stout in front of the net. This is not a game where the net needs to be peppered and long defensive shifts absorbed. Allow one or two looks and get the puck cleared. If the defense can't hold in the back for whatever reason, RIT won't have to worry about weak goaltending.
There is absolutely no way we give up 3+ goals; you guys are nuts. BC 4, RIT 1.
BCI Prediction Standings
Congratulations to AJ, if you agree with the idea of giving congratulations for correctly being a NEGNAN; his guess of Lowell 4, BC 2 was the closest to the final result and was almost spot on before Lowell's empty netter.
Everyone else 0
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