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Boston College Hockey, Florida Hockey Classic: Final Thoughts and Predictions

The Eagles look to close out 2015 with a trophy.

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles are looking to rebound from a tough loss to Notre Dame with a victory over Ohio State tonight. The Eagles will be missing Colin White, who is playing in the World Junior tournament right now, as they take on a struggling Ohio State team. The Eagles are used to missing players in December: last year's winter tournament saw the Eagles winning the Ledyard Classic on a strong performance from Brad Barone, who was filling in while Demko was at the World Juniors.

Ohio State Buckeyes (3-11-0) at Boston College Eagles (13-2-1)
Monday, December 28, 2015, 7:35 PM, Germain Arena, Estero, FL.


Pairwise: ND #54, BC #8
Team Offense: ND #26 (2.71 goals per game)... BC #4 (4.31 goals per game)
Team Defense: ND #48 (3.36 goals allowed per game)... BC #3 (1.62 goals allowed per game)


Keeping defense solid: BC struggled against Northeastern and Notre Dame, coming away with a 1-1-1 record in those three games. The Eagles need to minimize the mistakes on defense and help Demko out if they want to keep winning games.

Missing Colin White: With BC's leading point scorer away at World Juniors, the Eagles will need other players to create scoring chances. They have enough depth for it, but BC will need the everyone to be focused, and not in a post-holiday daze. It will also be interesting to see how the lines change in White's absence.

The fewer penalties, the better: I think we can all agree that averaging nearly 20 minutes of penalties is kind of excessive.

Don't underestimate Ohio State: When a skilled rival team like Providence is on the horizon, it can be tough to focus on games against less successful teams. This almost always results in sloppy play which can lead to bad losses. BC needs to stay in the present and not worry about who they'll be playing tomorrow night.

Obligatory Game Day GIF/Video

Some inspiration for Demko.

#CATPREDICTIONS, By The Cats Of The Gifford Cat Shelter

"Wrenny is a sweet but sassy 4 year old waiting for adoption at Gifford. She's a bold cat that makes bold hockey predictions. Wrenny is guessing there will be some big upsets in this tournament.

She predicts that Ohio State will start out strong, BC will tie it up, and then Ohio State will win. She's guessing Ohio State 3 BC 2

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Wrenny is also predicting an underdog win in game two, but she was more sure about this one. She predicts Cornell 4 PC 1.

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For the consolation game, Wrenny is predicting a close game that will ultimately go to Providence. She's guessing a score of PC 2 BC 1.

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In a big upset, Wrenny seems sure that Ohio State will be the champions at the end of the tournament. You do you, Wrenny. She's predicting Ohio State 3 Cornell 1.

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You can visit Wrennt and friends at The Gifford Cat Shelter, located right across from BC at 30 Undine Road in Brighton. Founded in 1884, it is the oldest no kill and cageless shelter in the U.S. More information is available at

Predictions Contest

Scoring rules if you'd like to play along at home:

Predict the correct winner: 1 point
Get the margin of victory right: 2 points
Nail the correct final score: 3 points

Half credit if you get the right winner vs the wrong loser in the second days' games.

Name Predictions GPS: None of us are at the game so who cares :( Points
Grant Salzano

PC 1, Cornell 1 (PC shootout win)
BC 3, Ohio State 0

Cornell 3, Ohio State 1
PC 4, BC 2

Joe Gravellese

PC 3, Cornell 2
BC 5, Ohio State 1

Cornell 4, Ohio State 0
BC 2, PC 2 (BC shootout win)

Laura Berestecki

PC 4, Cornell 1
BC 4, Ohio State 2

Cornell 3, Ohio State 0
BC 3, PC 2

Arthur Bailin

PC 4, Cornell 1
BC 3, Ohio State 1

Cornell 3, Ohio State 1
BC 2, PC 1

AJ Black

PC 5, Cornell 0
BC 4, Ohio State 1

Ohio State 3, Cornell 2
PC 2, BC 1

Coach John Fidler

PC 3, Cornell 2
BC 4, Ohio State 2

Cornell 3, Ohio State 1
PC 4. BC 3

Wrenny the Cat/ The Gifford Cats

Cornell 4, PC 1
Ohio State 3, BC 2

PC 2, BC 1
Ohio State 3, Cornell 1

New "Dan Rubin" Guy

Cornell 3, PC 2
BC 4, Ohio State 1

BC 3, Cornell 2

Caleb Childers

If you didn't submit a pick, you're picking the Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Kwani Lunis

Bridget Klish


Staff Prediction Summary:
Game 1: PC (6) - Cornell (2)
Game 2: BC (7) - Ohio State (1)
Game 3: Cornell (5) - PC (1)  - Ohio State (1)
Game 4: BC (4) - PC (3) - Ohio (1)

Fan Prediction Standings after last week:

JPDot's 16 points put him at #2 overall between staff and fans combined, tied with Laura. We'll see if he can close in on Grant.

JPDot 16 points
bostoncollegenyr 16 points
princisb 14 points
airforce987 14 points
pjpj23 12 points
cam_dezak 11 points
seobe 8 points
mig1168 6 points
95dougie95 7 points
we are bc 5 points
bcmike22 6 points
b0mberman 4 point
bcmurt09 4 points
tommykay 4 points
totheheights 2 points
bceagles66 2 points
rmbc81 1 point
spillerhighlife 1 point
eagles2015 2 point
eagleeye9184 1 point

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