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Boston College Hockey: 5 Things We Learned This Weekend

BC picked up a pair of victories. What did they teach us?

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  1. Boston College has two goalies: The Eagles elected to play freshman Ryan Edquist on Friday night against Colorado College, and the decision paid off. Edquist played well on Friday night to pick up the win, ensuring Joe Woll would stay fresh with games against Holy Cross and Merrimack on the horizon. Both Edquist and Woll performed well on the weekend, and Jerry York commented postgame on how good it is to have two goalies over the course of a long season.
  2. When healthy, Colin White is a force: It was good to see Colin White basically take over the game on Friday night, because we know he has that ability. In addition to his two goals, White by far led all players on both teams with 7 shots on goal and 11 shot attempts. Unfortunately, White was knocked out of Saturday’s game early after a first period collision; hopefully he’ll be back on the ice tomorrow night.
  3. The Eagles can dominate teams: We’ve said all summer that there would probably be no such thing as an easy win for BC. There certainly won’t be many, but the Eagles were able to impose their will on Colorado College and Holy Cross. That was a great sign. There’s a long way to go, but I think the people who thought BC was going to go under .500 are going to be sorely disappointed.
  4. Michael Kim is having a standout start to the season: Kim has made great leaps and bounds since arriving at BC midseason last year, and has become a good all-situations blueliner for the Eagles. He has four assists in six games so far, including a pair this weekend, making him the second highest scoring BC blueliner. Impressively, the physical and defensive components of his game have shown great strides too - he flattened a few Holy Cross forwards with hits, and he’s been solid in his own end. Showing York’s confidence in Kim, he’s paired with Casey Fitzgerald on a penalty killing unit for the Eagles.
  5. UNH might be the bottom of the barrel in Hockey East so far: It hasn't been a great start for many Hockey East teams, with the league taking 30 wins out of 61 games so far. But things look particularly dire for UNH, one of two league teams with an egative goal differential, and bringing up the rear at 11 for and 18 against. More alarmingly, they lost at home to struggling Colorado College on Saturday, the night after BC maked them look pedestrian. UNH also has a loss to Bentley on their resume. UNH's next four games before taking on BC are against UMass, Merrimack, Sacred Heart and Mercyhurst, so they'll want to start piling up the Ws.