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Boston College Men’s Hockey v. New Hampshire: Final Thoughts and Predictions

Boston College Vs. Harvard University in Beanpot Consolation Game Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The last Boston College men’s hockey game feels like an eternity ago, but the continuance of the season, COVID willing, is upon. The Eagles will take to the ice Friday for the first time since its 3-1 defeat at the hands of UConn on Dec 12 against the New Hampshire Wildcats. The Eagles, in typical fashion this year, will play a home game on Friday against UNH before heading to the Whittemore Center Saturday evening.

Let’s break it down.

  1. Return of Canada’s best: Alex Newhook missed the first half of the season due to Hockey Canada’s training camp. He’s back. The reigning rookie of the year in college hockey will look to pick up where he left off last season adding an even more pronounced punch to an offense that was already plenty potent.
  2. World champions: Joining Newhook in a return are Matt Boldy, Drew Helleson and Spencer Knight, who rebounded from a disappointing performance earlier in the tournament to close out the tournament with a shutout victory to clinch the gold.
  3. When the Saints Go Marching In: Probably the most compelling storyline for the Eagles is the debut of Yale transfer Jack St. Ivany. A World Junior alumnus in his own right, St. Ivany is a defenseman with a good amount of scoring prowess and ability to distribute. We’ll see how he integrates into the lineup, but this will likely prove to be an interesting addition to the lineup.
  4. Frustration: Looking to the other side of the ice, the Wildcats are at their best when the score is low. Look for them to play a more lockdown type of game to put themselves in the best position to win.

Prediction

BC struggled last year against the Wildcats when it had little to play for. It won’t make that mistake again.

5-1 BC Friday

3-0 BC Saturday