Thursday, April 05, 2007

Scalp 'Em

For the 3rd time in as many years tonight, BC meets North Dakota in the NCAA tournament, a matchup that has evolved into one of the better inter-sectional rivalries in college hockey (and will be continued with a regular season matchup at Conte Forum next year). Last year in Milwaukee BC did a fairly good job of rolling over the Sioux despite a 6-5 final score boosted by several late North Dakota goals, but don't expect a repeat performance in St. Louis tonight. North Dakota is big, fast, and tough. I can honestly say that I was pulling for Minnesota, the #1 team in the country heading into the tournament, to knock off the Sioux in their regional semifinal, as the Gophers didn't scare me nearly as much as North Dakota does. Their first line of Ryan Duncan, TJ Oshie, and Jon Toews is arguably the best in college hockey, and the addition of Brian Boyle to BC's defensive corps will be a major factor in our efforts to contain them. The Sioux also have a great defensive unit, led by Brian Lee and Robbie Bina, but I question their ability to stay with BC's speedier forwards. I think guys like Nate Gerbe and Joe Rooney will be very important tonight.

Ultimately, though, there is one area where the Eagles have a huge advantage and that is in the nets- North Dakota's Phillippe Lamorieux is a solid but unspectacular netminder; Corey Schneider, on the other hand, is Corey Schneider. I see that as the ultimate difference in the game; much like BC's initial two NCAA tournament games, I see this as a hard-fought affair between the two best teams in college hockey right now, but Corey Schneider is ultimately going to lead this team to victory.

Prediction: BC 2, North Dakota 1

Some links to keep you occupied until gametime:
Herald Scouting Report
Eagles in Line of Fire: Schneider Set to Face Potent North Dakota (Herald)
Intent BC Has Mean Streak: Determined on Title Fight (Herald)
Greene Sees Future in Black and white (Herald)
For BC and ND, It's Their Time of Year (Globe)
Schneider: Plenty of Work, Not Many Goals (Globe)
Time to Shine (Grand Forks Herald)
These Teams Know the Show (Grand Forks Herald)




At 3:47 PM, Blogger Goon said...

One should say that Phil although not KG or Jordan Parise isn't a sieve either ala Kellin Briggs.

At 12:31 AM, Blogger Frosty said...

That game was a heart attack on ice but I never felt that we were not the better team on the ice. Ironically, when the game slowed down in the 3rd I felt that it was being played into NoDak's hands because of their relative size and physicality. I hope they can stay focused and knock off MSU.

At 10:01 AM, Blogger SIOUX 7 said...

WOW. Can you believe that 6 goals in the last 7 minutes (3 goals in under a minute combined).

It was a tough one to swallow, now BC gets what they deserved, another shot at the title.

I liked the way ESPN screwed up and said that BC has 4 NCAA Hockey Titles, oops.

Next year will be interesting, especially if UND doesn't lose 5-players early to the NHL, like last year. Correct me on this, but did BC lose any under-class men early to the NHL last year?

UND will graduate 3 Senoirs on this team (only 2 get playing time). How many Seniors will BC graduate?

At 11:22 AM, Blogger BCNorCal07 said...

sioux 7, BC did not lose any underclassmen to the draft last year as most of last year's talented underclassmen were freshmen. the last BC underclassman to leave early was Pat Eaves (2 years ago), who is now with the Ottawa Senators.

BC is graduating four seniors this year, but--like UND--only two of them contribute. of course, that's a lot of contribution when the two guys are Brian Boyle (bless his heart) and Joe Rooney.

sioux 7, you have a wonderful team and the sioux really played their hearts out. if Toews, Oshie, Duncan, Chorney, and Genoway come back I would put the Sioux right ahead of the Eagles (same assumption) as next year's best team.

At 12:36 PM, Blogger Alex F. said...

Pretty good chance Schneider is leaving after this season, too--of course, we thought the same after last year. I do like the goalies we have coming in in Muse and Margolin, though

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Goon said...

It will be interesting to see how stays and who goes after the shock and thrill of the Frozen Four is over. I think UND going to have its ussual parade to the Pros and I can see a few of the Eagles going as well. This is the time of year I hate the most.


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