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BC Hockey vs. CC & UMass: Final Thoughts/Predictions

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Back to Conte!

The Heights

It's home opener time! It's home opener time! After two one-off away games to start the season, the 1-1 Eagles fly home to Conte tonight to take on the Colorado College Tigers. Tomorrow, UMass comes to town.

BC Roster Notes

BC is back to full health, and by all indications will roll out the same lineup they did last week at RIT.

Projected Lines

Alex Tuch - Adam Gilmour - Chris Calnan
Zach Sanford - Ryan Fitzgerald - Austin Cangelosi
Cam Spiro - Michael Sit - Brendan Silk
Quinn Smith - Destry Straight - Danny Linell

Defensive pairs

Michael Matheson - Scott Savage
Ian McCoshen - Ted Doherty
Noah Hanifin - Steve Santini

In goal:

Thatcher Demko

The third line made big strides out at RIT but the fourth line lagged behind, with all three fourth line forwards registering a -1. Let's see if they have an improved weekend.

GAME FACTS

Game Time: 7:30 tonight, 7:00 tomorrow
TV: BCEagles.com
Radio: WEEI 850 AM, BCEagles.com

Record:

BC 1-1-0
CC 2-2-0
UMass 1-2-0

Goal Differentials:
BC: 8 GF, 7 GA, +1 GD
CC: 10 GF, 15 GA, -5 GD
UMass: 8 GF, 16 GA, -8 GD

Last Time Out: Colorado College got swept last weekend by NoDak. UMass is coming off a weekend split at Michigan State.

Common Foes: None, yet...

Players to watch: 6'3'' sophomore defenseman Jaccob Slavin is a star for Colorado College on the blue line. For UMass, look out for former BC prospect Frank Vatrano.

Blast from the Not-Too-Distant Past

Oh hell no, we're not even going there with CC. Here is video from one of BC's many recent Hockey East quarterfinal wins over UMass.



The Pre-Game Watering Hole

With Colorado College in town, you're going to want to drink whatever you can to forget memories of 2011 and start fresh. On Saturday night before the UMass game, there will be a BC football game ongoing kicking off at 3:30, so you'll want to get yourself settled in near a TV. My usual recommendation for Saturday home games when you don't have to rush would be to go the extra couple of minutes down to Brighton Center to go to Porter Belly's.

Scoreboard Watching: Out-Of-Town Notes

Sadly, you can only watch one of the two Notre Dame vs. Niagara games on TV this week. Real bummer. North Dakota vs. Providence kicks off tonight for two games out in ND and that's going to be a doozy of a series. Also, Michigan and Michigan State play at Lowell and BU tonight and tomorrow.

Predictions

Joe Gravellese:

Boston College 7, Colorado College 1
Boston College 3, UMass 2

Eagles come out stormin' on opening night at Conte and send the fans home happy with a dynamic attack. At least one d-man will score two goals, and Hanifin will get his first. Cam Spirotime scores, too.

Saturday night will be a little bit more of a struggle, I could see the team coming out flat for that one and having to grind out a win.

Brian Favat:

Boston College 4, Colorado College 3
Boston College 5, UMass 0

Reverse JG prediction. BC doesn't look particularly good on Friday night but does just enough to come away with the victory. They follow that up with a demolition of the Minutemen at home...the program's most convincing home win over UMass in four seasons.

AJ Black:

Boston College 5, Colorado College 2
Boston College 4, UMass 1

This is the weekend the giant wakes up. Offense clicks, Demko wakes up and plays to his potential and we leave with two wins.

New "Dan Rubin" Guy:

Boston College 4, Colorado College 2
Boston College 5, UMass 0

Everything clicks and BC looks solid over two games. How come no UMass fans talk about their hockey team taking over the state?

Grant Salzano:

Boston College 4, Colorado College 2
Boston College 5, UMass 1

I think we're overestimating UMass, even with the "conference game" factor.

BCI Prediction Standings

THREE WAY TIE LAST WEEK!!!!! I said 6-3 BC. Beerfart said 5-2 BC. Enzo said 5-1 BC. The scoring system is 5 points for a win, minus however many goals you were off by in the margin of victory, +1 bonus point for each team's score you get exactly right. That means All three of us ended with 5 points, so good for us. 1/3 of a win for all three!

STANDINGS

AJ 1
Joe Grav 0.33
Enzo 0.33
Beerfart 0.33

How will BC look now that they're finally ready to kick off the home slate? Optimistic about the Eagles' chances? Leave your thoughts below.