Sunday, March 25, 2007

One Down, Three to Go

Although we looked shaky at times yesterday (particularly in the second period), we fought through St. Lawrence's goonery and held on for the W yesterday. Now we get a familiar foe, the Miami-Ohio Red Hawks, who surprisingly knocked off UNH in yesterday's early game. I'm not necessarily expecting a repeat of last year's 5-0 win over UMO in the tournament's first round, but you have to love our chances to make a second consecutive Frozen Four. BC is hotter than any team in the country right now and I simply don't think that Miami is in the same class. This isn't to say that we shouldn't be careful, as there have been a lot of upsets and near-upsets (Notre Dame-UAH, Minnesota-Air Force) in this tournament, but I'm very confident in our chances.

Prediction: BC 4, Miami-Ohio 1

As far as yesterday goes, I was a bit concerned for some time about how the team was reacting to SLU's physical play--at stretches we appeared to be looking out for hits rather than simply playing our game--but aside from the 2nd period I thought overall the team played reasonably well. It bears mentioning that BC screwed up on several odd-man rushes, and the score easily could've been 5- or 6-1. Good performances as usual from the likes of Cory Schneider, Brian Boyle, and Nate Gerbe; and I also thought Andrew Orpik turned in a very solid performance (his first shift notwithstanding).

Nice article on Kyle Kucharski, who had a very good game yesterday, from the Saugus Advertiser

Preview of today's game from the Herald



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