BC Men's hockey on roll going into matchup with Notre Dame

If the rest of the NCAA has not started to worry, they have every reason to begin.

With #7 Notre Dame traveling to Conte Forum tonight and a game against #11 Boston University this coming Sunday, Jerry York's Eagles will have a chance to test their legs against their most formidable opponents of the season. If they exit the weekend at 8-1-0, expect huge things from Boston College come April.

The Boston College Men’s Ice Hockey team, winner of their last six games, has not skipped a beat since their season-opening loss to Northeastern. It appears that our Eagles are becoming stronger with each game, gradually smoothing out all the kinks in their play.

The Eagles are a great team; there is no other way to put it. Their front six of Gaudreau, Mullane, Whitney, Hayes, Arnold and Straight is arguably the best in the league. These two lines have accounted for 46 of the 62 points that BC has racked up so far. This scoring output is almost unheard of.

What is even more pleasing to the ears of an Eagles fan is that a corps of defensemen that includes four freshmen is backstopping the team’s stingy defense. Although Parker Milner could make any defense look good. Nevertheless, it is promising to see that a bright future lies in store with the freshmen— Matheson, Doherty, Alber and Sullivan— on the point for three more years after 2012. Factor in a very solid group of third- and fourth-liners, and this team has the talent to repeat.

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Boston College defeated Maine by a score of 4-2 on November 2, before returning home this past Sunday, November 4, to send the UMass Minutemen packing. Heading into the weekend, BC (6-1-0) sits atop both Hockey East and the NCAA, with optimism abounding from their recent play, and rightly so.

The team’s improvement could be seen in these two games. In Orono, Maine on Friday, the Eagles capitalized on two power-play chances, with Hayes and MacLeod netting goals on the man advantage. Gaudreau scored his third game-winner, which is becoming a custom of sorts, and Whitney added an empty-net tally to put the game out of reach. Against Maine, BC capitalized on their special teams’ opportunities as well as protecting their lead throughout the course of the game.

In Sunday’s afternoon action against the Minutemen, the Eagles found themselves in a rare 2-1 hole heading into the third period. No matter. Though playing with the lead is characteristic of this Eagles squad, they were able to pot two scores in the third to come away with the win. This victory shows us that not only can this BC team play catch-up with an opponent, but also they do not have to rely too heavily on their big scorers during crunch time. The winning goal was scored by third-line center Patrick Brown.

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