Hockey East announced this week that going forward, all games would be scheduled on a weekly basis, and the previously announced schedules would be scrapped. That meant that BC’s previously scheduled series against Providence — a potential revenge matchup with the Eagles looking to rebound from the sweep at the hands of the Friars at the beginning of the week — was no more.
Instead, the Eagles were set to play a series at home against Vermont. Fun! The Catamounts are currently sitting just outside the USCHO top ten, so this would have been an interesting little matchup.
Unfortunately, because things change on a daily basis around these parts, Vermont was unable to play this weekend, and BC was set up with a one-off game against UConn on Saturday. We’ll take it!
UConn Huskies (5-5-1, 5-5-1 WHEA)
at No. 8 Boston College Eagles (9-3-0, 9-3-0 WHEA)
A hockey game, presumably, unless something changes yet again
**Game will be played without fans, so don’t show up hoping to get in the door**
Chestnut Hill, MA
Saturday, January 16th, 2020
HOW TO WATCH
The game will be streamed on CollegeSportsLive.com, as all non-NESN Hockey East games will be this season.
LAST TIME OUT
Boston College had a nice east weekend against Holy Cross last week, coasting to 3-2 and 5-1 wins over the Crusaders in a home-and-home.
UConn had a good weekend as well against another bad team in UNH, taking the weekend sweep with a couple shutouts by final scores of 1-0 and 4-0.
With no inter-conference games this year, a national KRACH calculator would be pretty pointless. But since we’re only playing conference games, we can use a league-only KRACH projection. There haven’t been a ton of games played yet still, but there have been enough where the numbers are starting to take shape.
According to KRACH, the Eagles are 2nd in Hockey East, and UConn is squarely mid-table in 6th. The numbers work out to BC having a 71.75% chance of winning.
THIS WEEK’S STORYLINE
Oh, you guys. BC and UConn didn’t know they would be playing each other until literally less than 24 hours until game time. Whoever is able to come out of the blocks the best without any opponent prep will have the edge.
THE BIG QUESTION
Who is in net? The Eagles have rotated goalies for most of the season, but junior transfer Abbey Levy played really well last week against Holy Cross (despite the Crusaders not being the best of teams). Will she be rewarded with the start?
GAME TIME MEAL OF THE WEEK
Need to eat something on absolutely zero notice? Throw some delicious plastic-covered mystery meat and rubber veggies into the microwave. Boom. Food! Kind of!
GAME TIME SONG OF THE WEEK
The Beatles — Day Tripper
UConn’s taking a day trip up to Chestnut Hill for a one-gamer this weekend. Get it? It’s very witty. Oh, Beatles, you have a song for every occasion.
UConn’s a decent team this year, so this isn’t going to be a cakewalk. The Eagles are going to need to come out sharp in this one, especially with the Huskies looking to avenge BC’s 5-3, 3-1 sweep from earlier in the season. I think BC will get the win here, but I am pretty confident in it being a one-goal affair. 2-1 Eagles in a low-scoring contest feels right.