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BC Men’s Hockey vs. Quinnipiac: Preview & Predictions

MIH is back for real!

Three Rivers Classic - Day 1 Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

The Eagles play real hockey this evening! ICYMI, last weekend the Eagles defeated AIC 4-1in their exhibition game, with every active player getting some playing time and all three goalies in net. This evening BC will be taking on Quinnipiac, who beat Maine 7-0 in their exhibition last week.

WHO:

#6/8 Boston College Eagles (0-0) vs #9 Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-0)

WHERE:

DCU Center, Worcester, MA

WHEN:

Friday, October 8 at 4:30 PM

HOW TO WATCH:

The game will be streamed on NESN+.

HOW TO LISTEN:

Listen locally at WEEI 850 AM.

FOLLOW ALONG:

@bcinterruption and @bchockey on Twitter

SO, WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH QUINNIPIAC:

Last year, Quinnipiac went 17-8-4 in a weird ECAC season with only four teams competing and finished on top of the ECAC standings in the regular season before falling to St. Lawrence in the conference tournament finals. This season, they were selected first in the preseason poll and senior assistant captains Ethan de Jong and Zach Metsa received preseason all-ECAC honors.

In previous matchups, BC is 0-3-1 against Quinnipiac, their most recent game being a 1-0 loss during the 2018-19 season.

KEY BC PLAYER TO WATCH:

I’d have to say Jack McBain here. With three points (!) in an exhibition game against #20 AIC, it seems like he’s on the verge of a breakout season. Again, an exhibition game is just that — an exhibition — but three points is nothing to look away from. He probably has the best opportunity to break out this season compared to his past three, so hopefully we get a good look at his potential during this game.

PREDICTIONS:

BC and Quinnipiac have had fairly low scoring games recently, and one thing that’s been a constant in each of them is how much Quinnipiac out-attempted BC and kept them pinned in their zone. If there’s one thing that stood out to me from the exhibition game, however, it’s that BC looked good possessing the puck in the other end. If the Eagles’ defense can avoid getting pinned in their own zone, I can see this being a back and forth affair, with a significant amount of time being spent in either zone. If not, then this game might get messy.

I find it extremely hard emotionally to predict against BC, so give me a 2-1 BC win.

ICE CREAM OF THE GAME:

Vanilla ice cream. Why? This game has immense “immovable force meets unstoppable object” energy, as evidenced by the low scoring games dominated by puck possession. Vanilla ice cream isn’t boring, but sometimes you just wish it were a little more exciting.