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BC Women’s Hockey vs. UCONN: Final Thoughts & Predictions

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Husky Revenge

John Quackenbos, BC Athletics

Boston College Women’s Hockey is back at it this weekend with a much more friendly pair of games than last weekend, and certainly more friendly than next weekend, as they’ll get a home and home with UConn to close out the season series against the Huskies.

The Eagles were 1-1 last week against league rivals Boston University and Northeastern, and they looked decent enough to stay excited despite dropping a couple points. But they’ll need to get all four points this weekend to take some momentum to SMASHVILLE when they play #1 Minnesota and #2 Wisconsin.

WHO

Friday:
UCONN Huskies (7-4-1, 4-2-1 WHEA)
at No. 6 Boston College Eagles (10-2-1, 9-2-1 WHEA)

Saturday:
No. 6 Boston College Eagles (10-2-1, 9-2-1 WHEA)
at UCONN Huskies (7-4-1, 4-2-1 WHEA)

WHAT

HUSKY REVENGE

WHERE

Friday:
Conte Forum
Chestnut Hill, MA

Saturday:
Freitas Ice Forum
Storrs, CT

WHEN

Friday, November 22nd, 2019
2:00pm EST

Saturday, November 9th, 2019
3:00pm EST

HOW TO WATCH

Both games will be streaming for free on CollegeSportsLive.com. Here is a direct link to Friday’s game and Saturday’s game.

PROJECTIONS

KRACH (used for odds) has the Eagles in 9th place — up from last week, despite the loss Northeastern — and UConn in 18th. The numbers work out to a 72.57% odds of winning for BC, or BC -265 with your local bookie.

GRaNT (used for scores) likes both teams just a bit better with the Eagles in 6th and the Huskies in 16th. The score projection works out to 2.95 to 2.08, or something like a 3-2 BC win.

We have a direct link to all our BC Interruption hockey calculators in the site header. Just hover over “More” at the top of the page to be linked straight to the Pairwise, KRACH, and GRaNT calculators.

LAST TIME OUT

UConn has been a tough one to figure out so far this year. Last week they tied Vermont at home 2-2 before heading up to Orono and getting a 3-2 win over Maine. Their record on the season is decent, but aside from their bizarre 5-2 win over BC a couple weeks back, they’ve mostly beaten bad teams and lost to good ones.

BC’s extended Friday-Tuesday weekend wasn’t too bad, with the Eagles gutting out a comeback win against BU on Friday 4-2 before falling in a far-closer-than-the-score-shows 3-0 loss to #4 Northeastern.

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINE

It’s all about taking out BC’s frustrations on Huskies. The Eagles are 10-0-1 against teams not called Huskies this year, and 0-2-0 against teams called Huskies. HUSKIES BAD.

BIG QUESTIONS

How does BC respond to losing a frustrating game against an exceptionally good team last week? Can BC come away with 4 points against a team that they should be able to handle? Can the team avoid looking ahead to next week’s trip to SMASHVILLE and focus on just the Huskies? How’s the special teams work coming along? What the hell has happened to the defense? Is it really possible that terrible Merrimack and worse Holy Cross are the only teams BC as allowed fewer than two goals to? Can we work on that?

RANDOM, POSSIBLY INCORRECT FACT FROM UCONN’s WIKIPEDIA PAGE

According to Wikipedia, UCONN’s football team is actually part of the FBS. This is why you really can’t trust everything you read on the internet.

GAME TIME MEAL OF THE WEEK

Boxed Fajitas

You know what, it’s Friday, the holidays are ahead but not here yet, everyone’s tired, you just want something quick and easy for the end of the week. Just break out one of these boxes. They’re pretty good! And they take all of like 15 minutes to make from start to finish. Enjoy the break. You’ve earned it.

GAME TIME SONG OF THE WEEK

Foo Fighters — Monkey Wrench

Don’t want to be your monkey wrench
One more indecent accident
I’d rather leave than suffer this
I’ll never be your monkey wrench

BC’s embarrassing 5-2 loss to UConn a couple weeks ago was — wait for it — threw a monkey wrench into our season for a few reasons. First off, it gave us our first loss, which was obviously bad. But it also tanked us in the Pairwise and was the first time BC looked really terrible in a game. There’s a great opportunity here to put that game in the past with a weekend sweep.

PREDICTION

BC is going to sweep this weekend because they have to sweep this weekend. Fresh off a loss to #4 Northeastern, the Eagles have a game with #1 Minnesota and #2 Wisconsin next weekend, and it’s fairly obvious to say that BC is going to be heavy underdogs in those games.

Dropping any points to UConn would not only be a huge blow to BC’s confidence, but should the Eagles not pull an upset next week, the narrative would be “BC’s on a big slump” instead of “BC showed some fight in their games against Top 4 teams.”

The Eagles should be fine at home on Friday; I’ll give BC a 4-1 win there. But at their House Of Storr-ors (HA!) at Freitas on Saturday, I expect it to be closer, perhaps matching the GRaNT projection of 3-2 to the Eagles.