Showing posts with label Boston College. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Boston College. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Johnny Gaudreau First Career NHL Goal (Video)



Former Boston College Eagle and Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner Johnny Gaudreau scores his first NHL goal, in his first game with the Calgary Flames.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Frozen Four: Thursday Morning Links

Good morning, today's game day. Here's a few links of interest on game day

I have mine. Pre-order the Herald's collector's edition for exclusive Frozen Four coverage

MEN'S HOCKEY: Starman breaks down UND, Frozen Four field.

College Hockey News: The 'Scary' Night Everything Changed . Forward Rocco Grimaldi talks about the players only meeting.

I answered a few question for The Daily Gopher: Frozen Four Q&A: from Goon's World & @hockeywildernes talks UND's chances plus changes in team style.







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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Couple of NCAA tweets




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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Hobey Hattrick has been announced

The 2014 Hobey Baker Hattrick has been announced. These are the two other players that will sit with Johnny Gaudreau when he wins the Hobey Baker Memorial Trophy on April 11, 2014. Congrats to all three players. They're all good candidates and they're amazing players.

Greg Carey (St. Lawrence University)
Nic Dowd (St. Cloud State)
Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College)

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NCAA Hockey: Under the old Pairwise Rankings

Jim Dahl has what the old Pairwise rankings would have looked like, if the NCAA used the Pairwise Ranking from last season. To be honest with you, I don't like the new Pairwise formula. I think it was an over reaction to the smaller schools whining about the big schools not traveling to the smaller schools home arenas. 
West (St Paul)
1. Minnesota vs 16. Robert Morris
8. Wisconsin vs 9. Ferris St
Northeast (Worcester)
3. Boston College vs 14. Cornell
6. Providence vs 11. Notre Dame
East (Bridgeport)
2. Union vs 15. Denver
7. St Cloud St vs 10. North Dakota
Midwest (Cincinnati)
4. Mass-Lowell vs 13. Mankato
5. Quinnipiac vs 12. Colgate
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Mens NCAA Tourney is Set

After a crazy weekend of conference tournaments, the 2014 men's ice hockey field was set on Sunday morning. The NCAA looks at the Pairwise rankings, along with auto bids from winning conference tournaments to determine the 16 team field of play.

Lets take a look at this years tournament, first starting with the West Regional in St. Paul working our way east. In the region's first game, we have the number one overall seed Minnesota Golden Gophers facing off against auto bid Robert Morris. This match up seems to have everything made for an easy Minnesota victory, but so did their opening round game against Yale last year. Do we need to even mention the Holy Cross game in 2006 in Grand Forks? What I am trying to get at here is that the Gophers better not take this game too lightly or they could be golfing early once again. One thing they do have on their side is the home ice advantage of playing at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. In the last West Regional hosted here, the Gophers would skate to a regional championship with a 5-2 victory over the University of North Dakota.

For the second game in this regional we have another Minnesota team in St. Cloud State facing off against the always tough Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This opening round game has everything in store for it to be a classic. It has all of the tools to be set up as a classic goaltending duel. Between SCSU's Ryan Faragher and Notre Dame's Steven Summerhays, I would say this is going to be a very low scoring contest. However, one must look at the end of season disaster in the first round of NCHC play against Miami, is one to think that the confidence will be down after getting swept, or will the extra week of no games have them primed and ready to go? Notre Dame, on the other hand, is coming into this tournament knocking off the number two overall seed Boston College, to get to their conference tournament, but would lose 4-0 in the semifinal to the surging UMass Lowell.

I have Notre Dame and Minnesota winning in the first round of this region with Notre Dame advancing to the Frozen Four. I know this is bold, but much like Michigan did in 2011, Summerhays is a goalie who is hot and can carry this Notre Dame team far in this tournament.

Moving to the Midwest Regional where we have number four overall seed Wisconsin playing the team they helped get in by beating Ohio State Saturday, North Dakota. The team formerly known as the Fighting Sioux is coming into this tournament off of a 5-0 victory over Western Michigan in the NCHC third place game. However, their Friday night game against Miami was by far one of the worst games that this UND squad had played all season. Not cashing in on opportunities when in front of them and giving up goals that were not North Dakota like goals to give up. However, if the UND team that played on Saturday shows up in this tournament, watch out. There could possibly be an eighth banner being hung up at the beginning of next season. As for Wisconsin, they are coming off of a dramatic 5-4 overtime victory in the Big Ten championship game against Ohio State. In their last 10 games, the Badgers are an amazing 8-2-0 and if you go back to 12 games, you will find a home ice sweep of Minnesota. These former WCHA rivals are going to beat each other up in this game. Look for a lot of physicality and a very low scoring contest.

For the other game in the Midwest Region, we have Ferris State playing Colgate. Colgate is coming off a 5-2 loss to Union, who is this week's USCHO poll number one team, in the ECAC championship game. Before that, Colgate is 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, including a 4-4 stand-off against Union. As for one of the new WCHA members, Ferris State, they are also coming off a conference championship loss to Minnesota State Mankato of a score of 4-1. Both teams are coming in with something to prove, and have a very tough road to get to the Frozen Four, but never count out a team who just was recently in a Frozen Four with Ferris State.

I have North Dakota and Ferris State winning their opening round match ups with North Dakota advancing to the Frozen Four.

Moving east, we have Union skating into Bridgeport, Connecticut to play the Vermont Catamounts, who is coming off of a very impressive season. However, the Catamounts are coming off of a 3 game Hockey East playoff series loss to UMass Lowell so they also are coming into the tournament on a losing note. However, maybe the extra rest will give them all of the tools for an upset against this very tough Union team. Union is coming into the tournament winning the ECAC championship and as the number one ranked team in the USCHO.com poll. I just can't see Vermont coming out on top in this game, but in this tournament, you can't count anyone out.

For the second game in the East Regional we have Providence playing Quinnipiac. Quinnipiac is looking for a second straight trip to the Frozen Four, but hoping for better results then last season. They also are coming off of a heartbreaking double overtime loss in the ECAC semi finals to Colgate so they come in with a little extra weight on their shoulders. As for Providence, they also are coming off their conference semi final to a loss 3-1 against UNH. going 11-7-2 in a very tough Hockey East, Providence looks to prove that they are deserving on making this tournament by advancing past the first round.

I have Union facing Quinnipiac in the regional final, in what could be another tournament classic if the game actually does happen, with Union advancing to the Frozen Four.

Finally we move to the Northeast Regional in Worchester, Mass. Both opening round games look to be classics with UMass Lowell playing Minnesota State Mankato in the regions first game. MSUM is coming off of a very successful season, only missing out on the WCHA regular season crown to Ferris State by just a single point. However, Mankato would get their revenge in the conference tournament by beating the Bulldogs and win their first WCHA tournament crown. As for Lowell, they probably are coming into this tournaments as one of the hottest teams in the country and will be a tough opponent for anybody in this tournament.

For the second game, we have auto bid Denver facing off against number two Boston College. After a lot of people were skeptical about Denver this season, especially with the departure of George Gwozdecky, but this Pioneer squad never gave up and won the first ever NCHC Frozen Face-Off. As for BC, the Eagles took an early exit from their conference tournament, losing to Notre Dame, Hockey East's newest member. However, the Eagles to play home to the NCAA's likely Hobey Baker winner in Johnny Gaudreau. BC is always a tough opponent this time of year and if they keep up their pattern since 2008, it is their year to win the NCAA title.

I have BC and UMass winning their first round games with UMass advancing to the Frozen Four. The choice for this region wasn't that easy, but I had to go with the hotter team.

Finally for my Frozen Four picks. I have Notre Dame advancing over North Dakota to the title game, with UND having nightmares once again with another hot goalie, much like in 2011. I also Have Union advancing over UMass. UMass can only ride the hot streak for so long and Union is going to put the fire out. Finally for this year's national championship game, I have Union beating Notre Dame.

Now I know some of you are probably thinking I am crazy for picking these two schools to advance to my title game, but that's the power of opinion. Feel free to share what you think with me on twitter at the handle of @siouxhockey33.
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Your Hobey Baker Memorial Award Winner, There's Probably no Question


Again, another great free image from Getty Images. From my post that I wrote at the Hockey Wilderness today.  This should put a lot of things into context for you.
The Big Red line of left wing David Hukalo (15g-24a—39pts), center Steve Reinprecht (26g-40a—66pts) and right wing Dany Heatley (28g-28a—56pts) lite up the college hockey world.
Just or comparison sake, the Boston College forward line of leftwing Johnny Gaudreau (32g-37a—69pts), center Bill Arnold (12g-36a—48pts, and rightwing Kevin Hayes (24g-32a—56pts) is the best line in college hockey this season.
The Big Red Line of the Wisconsin Badgers was a very good forward line, there's no disputing that, they scored 161 points combined during the 1999-00 season. Check this out, the line that Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau is a member is on, has scored an eye popping 173 points this season. That's 12 points past the storied Wisconsin line. Also, that line has at least one more game left to play this season. You have to wonder what kind of damage they can do if they make the Frozen Four and play in the championship game. That's four more games. They could hit 180-200 points combined.  
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

(video) 2014 Beanpot Highlights



The Boston College Eagles win the Beanpot yet again. The Eagles are smoking hot right now unbeaten in 15 games (14-0-1), that's the longest in the nation, that's their fifth Beanpot in a row. Also, the Eagles forward Johnny Gaudrea (25g-33a—50pts), is smoking hot right now, and in the last six games has scored (5g-6a—11pts).

How would you like to be a goaltender? The forward line of (1) Johnny Gaudreau (25g-33a—58pts) – (4) Bill Arnold (11g-31a—42pts) – (2) Kevin Hayes (21g-27a—48pts) is by far the best line in college hockey right now.
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Monday, February 03, 2014

(Video) BU's Doyle Somerby hits B.C.'s Kevin Hays from behind - Bean Pot



Boston University defenseman Doyle Somerby was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for this hit on Boston College forward Kevin Hays. Hayes didn't miss a shift, and he was back out on the power-play.
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Gophers no-goal during the overtime versus B.C.



Gophers fans thought forward Taylor Cammarata had scored the game winning goal against Boston College Eagles during the overtime period of Friday’s game. After further review, video confirmed that the puck has stayed out of the net when Eagles defenseman Ian McCoshen grabbed the rebound off Eagles goalie Thatcher Demko and threw the puck down the ice. If anything, the play should dead because of the hand pass.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hockey East Pre-Season Poll

2012-13 HOCKEY EAST MEN'S PRESEASON COACHES POLL
Team (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1.Boston College (9)90
2.UMass Lowell74
3.Boston University73
4.New Hampshire (1)63
5.Maine 56
6. Northeastern44
  Providence44
8.Merrimack38
9.Massachusetts35
10.Vermont23
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Monday, September 23, 2013

NCAA Hockey: USA Today Poll; UND 6th

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll   
    2012-13 
  2011-12 Final 
Rk.School (1st place)RecordPts.Rank 
1Massachusetts-Lowell (20)28-11-24843 
2Miami (9)25-12-54446 
3Wisconsin (1)22-13-736413 
4Boston College22-12-43598 
5Minnesota26-9-53475 
6North Dakota22-13-73007 
7Notre Dame25-13-32859 
8Yale (4)22-12-32691 
9St. Cloud State25-16-12304 
10Michigan18-19-3197NR 
11Quinnipiac30-8-51352 
12Union22-13-512410 
13New Hampshire20-12-711611 
14Minnesota State24-14-311012 
15Providence17-14-7103NR 
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

After further review: The ECAC doesn't really equate to the EZAC after at all

ECAC Hockey logo
ECAC Hockey logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So as we sit here on Saturday, waiting for the championship game of the Frozen Four, and I have to admit that there are no “sexy” traditional match-ups, in the 2013 Frozen Four.

So what?

What else are we going to do today? It’s not like it’s nice outside.

That’s not saying that the hockey hasn’t been good this year, because it has. There are just no traditional matchups between historical powers like Michigan vs. Minnesota or North Dakota versus Boston College.  

Does it really matter? Nope!

Tonight, a couple of brainiac schools from Connecticut, that are about 8 miles apart, according to USCHO’s Brian Sullivan, are going to show case their conferences skills, in "pinnacle" of college hockey’s season. 

For the First time in 23 years, a school from the ECAC is going to win the national championship in division I college hockey.

Wait, what?

So in case you’re confused, two teams from the ECAC will take center stage tonight, one of them are going to be National Champions.

In the final game of the 2012-13 NCAA Division I College Hockey season, Yale takes on Quinnipiac University to determine who the best team is for the 2012-13 season. They've earned, and I must offer my congratulations.

While their playing hockey the naysayers will be eating some crow. I will take Caribbean Jerk on my crow.

The Weather map for North Dakota... 


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Monday, April 01, 2013

Union's Shayne Gostisbehere gets a five minute major for a shoulder-to-shoulder hit

First off, the hit was a little late as the ref was blowing the whistle, however, this doesn't appear to be a hit to the head. Barry Melrose opens his mouth and proves he knows little about hockey. The puck is at the forwards feet.

To me it looks like Union's Shayne Gostisbehere got a five minute major for a shoulder-to-shoulder hit. Guess who, WCHA on-ice officials Marco Hunt and Derek Shepherd officiating again. This officaiting crew is absolutely brutal, these two guys get the calls wrong, more times than they get it right, if I had to bet, it was Marco Hunt that made the call on this play as well, notice Derek Shepherd has already made the call on the Quinnipiac's Connor Jones, who was called for tripping.

I do agree, maybe it's time for the NCAA to review contact to the head calls. Seems like some of the officials are having one heck of a time getting the call right.


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Friday, March 29, 2013

Epic fail by ESPNU



s/t to@cHRISTIANbRO10 ... Epic fail to @ESPNU for this screw up. Unsatisfactory, this is not acceptable. Of course ESPN wouldn't screw up Notre Dame or Boston College or even Cornell for that matter, but it's okay to disrespect North Dakota.
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Monday, January 28, 2013

USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll; UND drops to 7

January 28, 2013

Team(First Place Votes)RecordPointsLast Poll
1Minnesota(28)18- 4-49751
2Quinnipiac(22)18- 3-39672
3New Hampshire15- 6-28714
4Miami15- 6-58356
5Boston College14- 7-27713
6Western Michigan16- 6-47239
7North Dakota13- 8-56335
8Yale12- 5-36058
9Notre Dame16-10-05647
10Denver13- 8-450610
11Boston University13- 9-147911
12St. Cloud State15-10-144616
13Massachusetts-Lowell14- 7-241615
14Nebraska-Omaha15- 9-240613
15Minnesota State16- 9-339314
16Dartmouth11- 7-230212
17Niagara15- 4-518017
18Union13- 8-415119
19Wisconsin11- 8-512720
20Alaska12- 8-469NR
Others receiving votes: Ferris State 42, Colgate 19, Providence 11, Cornell 5, Holy Cross 2, Merrimack 1, Northern Michigan 1.



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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tom Miller nails it UND vs. UMN

North Dakota highway shield
North Dakota highway shield (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you haven't read the Grand Forks Herald on-line newspaper you should head on over and check out Tom Miller's article about the UND vs. UMN Hockey rivalry. I guess not everyone is gobbling up what Minnesota coach Don Lucia is shoveling.
“(The atmosphere) was good all weekend,” Lucia said. “Our fans get pumped for big games. Boston College and Notre Dame were great atmospheres, too.”

Seriously, Don? Give it up. Clearly, there is no replacing the UND-Minnesota rivalry. No other matchup will hold a candle to North Dakota-Minnesota. The fans know it. The players know it. In fact, everyone seems to know it but Lucia.
All weekend long you have ex-players on both sides of the ice talking about the rivalry and how great it is. Former Gopher and Sioux players going on and on about how great the rivalry, then you have Donny Lucia giving his petty reasons why the rivalry is taking a break. Give it up Donny.
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Thursday, January 03, 2013

(Video) A Badger and an Eagle lead the way; USA 5 Canada 1



With the win today, the Americans beat the Canadians in the World Junior Championship for just the second time in 11 tries (2/11 .188%). It was sweet watching the Canadians stand in shock at their red line – watching the American flag being raised  – while the Star Spangled Banner was being played.

With the win, the USA will play the Swedes for the IIHF U20 WJC gold on Saturday morning at 7:00 C.T. am. 

Leading the way for the Americans was Wisconsin Badgers defenseman Jake McCabe (2g-1a—3pts) and Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau (2g-1a—3pts). Johnny Hockey now leads the WJC with seven goals. Make that seven goals in three games. Gaudreau is also leading team USA in scoring with (7g-2a—9tps).

I just finished watching the game for a second time, I just think that the Americans out played the Canadians badly. Canada was very sloppy in the defensive zone and the USA got better goaltending.

USA goalie John Gibson has been downright amazing during the WJC; his numbers are eye popping, .954 save percentage and an impressive 1.43 goals against average. Apparently, Canadian defense man Griffin Reinhardt has a hearing with the IIHF disciplinary committee scheduled for his high sticking penalty on USA’s Vincent Trocheck. Reinhardt hit Trocheck in the helmet with his stick. Trocheck was given a two-minute minor penalty for the high stick.

Being a Boston Bruins fan, I am concerned about the play the Canadian goalie Malcom Subban, I think that he has been Canada’s weak link in this tourney. I also have not been impressed with Canadian defenseman and Boston Bruins draftee Dougie Hamilton.
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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

(video) USA vs. Czech Republic



Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College) has been on fire the last two games for team USA as he has scored five goals. Gaudreau also leads team U.S.A. with five goals.

Today, was a pretty good effort for team USA, as they shutout the Czech Republic and avenged a 5-2 loss to the Czechs from last years 2012 WJC.

Rocco Grimaldi (North Dakota) who was the 13 forward and didn't play a shift during USA's last game, played and played pretty well. I believe that the USA coaching staff was trying to send him a message, and to motivate him for the medal round. The move appears to have worked.

On Defense, I think that both Seth Jones (Portland WHL) and Jacob Trouba (University of Michigan) were again very good and did a great job setting up the power play. Jones (0g-4a--4pts) and Trouba (0g-4a--4pts) each had four points in today's game.

[Box Score]

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Gaudreau (Trouba, Jones), 11:45 (5x3 pp). Penalties: USA, Hartman (roughing), 3:50; CZE, Sidlik (slashing), 4:07; USA, Biggs (boarding), 6:46; CZE, Musil (slashing), 6:46; USA, Bardreau (goaltender interference), 7:11; CZE, Jenik (hooking), 9:49; CZE, Jaskin (hooking), 11:23; USA, Trouba (holding), 18:00; CZE, Musil (slashing), 19:13.

Second Period – Scoring: 2, USA, Gaudreau (Miller, McCabe), 0:28 (pp); 3, USA, Hartman (Bardreau, Trouba), 1:08; 4, USA, Barber (Galchenyuk, Trouba), 8:44 (pp); 5, USA, Barber (Jones), 12:13; 6, USA, Gaudreau (Miller, Jones), 19:47 (pp). Penalties: USA, Hartman (roughing), 5:02; USA, Reilly (roughing), 5:02; CZE, Hrbas (roughing), 5:02; CZE, Frk (roughing), 5:02; CZE, Sedlak (boarding), 8:22; USA, Trocheck (hooking), 10:12; CZE, Musil (delaying the game), 19:10.

Third Period – Scoring: 7, USA, Miller (Jones, Trouba), 4:08 (5x3 pp). Penalties: CZE, Hertl (tripping), 3:33; CZE, Jenik (delaying the game), 3:39; CZE, Faska (cross-checking), 5:24; USA, Vesey (roughing), 12:06; USA, Galchenyuk (interference), 12:06; CZE, Musil (roughing), 12:06; CZE, Frk (slashing), 13:36; CZE, Frk (misconduct), 13:36; USA, Hartman (interference), 15:06; CZE, Beran (high-sticking), 16:27; CZE, Nemec (high-sticking), 17:25; CZE, Hrbas (cross-checking), 18:48.
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Monday, December 31, 2012

UND seventh in USCHO Poll


USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll

December 31, 2012

Team(First Place Votes)RecordPointsLast Poll
1Minnesota(35)13- 3-39774
2Boston College( 5)12- 3-19221
3Notre Dame( 9)14- 4-09133
4New Hampshire11- 3-28432
5Quinnipiac14- 3-27699
6Miami12- 4-47305
7North Dakota10- 5-37207
8Dartmouth( 1)8- 2-266110
9Boston University10- 6-06126
10Western Michigan11- 5-25138
11Denver10- 6-347814
12Cornell7- 4-242511
13Union9- 4-437513
14Minnesota State12- 6-233618
15St. Cloud State12- 8-029116
16Nebraska-Omaha11- 8-127612
17Yale7- 4-221315
18Niagara10- 3-412417
19Robert Morris9- 4-2120NR
20Holy Cross10- 4-265NR
Others receiving votes: Colgate 50, Ferris State 47, Providence 12, Harvard 10, Michigan Tech 5, Massachusetts 4, Massachusetts-Lowell 4, Northern Michigan 4, Colorado College 1.


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