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Men’s Hockey Preview: A Q&A with Providence’s The Cowl

The Eagles look to get their first win of the season in their first Hockey East match-up of the year

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Coming off of a hard fought 5-2 loss to Wisconsin on Friday night, the Eagles hit the road to go one-hour south to face Hockey East rival Providence. As BC looks to the start of conference play to notch their first win of the year, the Friars look to stay undefeated with their two wins coming against Miami (OH) one week prior. Before BC takes the ice at Schneider arena for their 5pm matinee showdown this Sunday, I reached out to Sam Scanlon at The Cowl, Providence College’s student newspaper, to get some insight into what the watch for.

1) Coming away with two wins on the road is always a good feat. What type of tone do you think grabbing two wins against Miami (OH) sets for the start of the Friar's season?

Obviously 2 road wins to start the season against a good team in Miami (OH) shows that we are definitely going to be a difficult team to play against. Our guys played hard for the entire 60 minutes both night, so to start the season off like that is extremely positive and promising.

2) Which player(s) really stood out in the wins, and how can they make an impact against BC on Sunday?

One guy that is really going to step up the year is Kasper Bjorkqvist '20. He buried a goal with just 0.9 seconds left in game 2 to put us ahead and secure the victory on Saturday night, so that was a huge goal. He didnt produce as much as he would have liked last year, so this year will definitely be a break out year for him. He has great size and speed, which will prove to be vital against a big and skilled BC squad. Also, captain Brian Pinho '18 is a player to watch whenever he is on the ice. Extremely speedy and elusive, Pinho will be an essential playmaker on Sunday evening.

3) With this being the first game of conference play for both teams, how do you think this will affect the intensity and style of play of the game?

Whenever BC and PC play it is always intense. These are two of the premiere teams in the league and even the country. The fact that it is our home opener and both of our Hockey East openers, there will definitely be a little bit more intensity with these teams trying to get ahead in the Hockey East standings early.

4) What are some weak points that the Friar's need to focus on before facing BC on Sunday?

I think our biggest weakness is defense. We have an extremely undersized defensive core with very little experience as most defensemen are freshmen or sophomores. Size may be a bigger issue to handle the big and fast Eagles, however. Also, we need to stay out of the penalty box. We take way too many penalties, giving our opponents ample chances to get on the board. We cannot give BC those kinds of opportunities on our home ice. We need all the advantages we can get in Hockey East play

5) How is the buzz on campus? Are the students ready for some Hockey East action?

This weekend is a big weekend for PC athletics. A big game for our Men's Soccer team, Late Night Madness pep rally and Concert featuring Lil Uzi Vert, and finishing off with our tilt on Sunday, students are definitely gearing up for all of these events this weekend so you can expect the Friar Fanatics to be rocking come Sunday.

6) Prediction time. How is this game going to turn out?

I am so excited to watch this game. Two of the top Hockey East teams going at it. With that being said, our offense is extremely talented, and with the help of the Friar Fanatics, I think they find the back of the net more than the Eagles do. 4-2 Friars on Sunday.

Thanks again to Sam for taking the time to sit with BCI! Should be a great match to start off conference play.