Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Tough Loss

And here I was, all ready to put up the new power rankings with BC on top and a heretofore dreadful Providence team on bottom. Guess that won't be happening.

Second tough loss of the year--it wasn't the mauling that we suffered at the hands of Notre Dame, but it was to possibly the worst team in Hockey East right now. Still, I don't think it's time to press the panic button just yet. I can't comment on the game because my audio wasn't working, but I will say this. This is still a team that just beat the defending national champs twice in a row in their house. This is also a team that had just two days off after that emotional series, and was then forced to travel down to Providence to play.

The team responded to the Notre Dame loss by whipping Bowling Green 5-1 the next night, then heading to Madison and racking up a pair of 3-goal victories over the Badgers. How will they respond to this one?? We'll find out on Saturday, as a tough Vermont team comes into town. Unfortunately, BC will not have much of a home ice advantage for that one, as the 7 pm faceoff co-incides exactly with kickoff of the Wake Forest football game in Winston-Salem.

I'd like to take this opportunity to call on the athletic department to switch the faceoff times for the Vermont game with that of the women's game against BU, which begins at 2 pm on Saturday. Let the fans who can't make the trip to NC support their hockey team against the Elephant Walkers with plenty of time to get back and catch the football game.

For my part, zero doubt in my mind that BC will get back on track against Vermont, crowd or no crowd. And we'll need to--as next Tuesday the Eagles hop on the 86 bus and head to Cambridge to face Harvard, a team that always gives us problems in the annual regular-season matchup (as opposed to the occasional Beanpot games, which BC has little trouble with).


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