Friday, Nov. 30, the Eagles of Boston College hope to earn a victory against the Terriers of Boston University at Agganis Arena. Friday night’s matchup at the other end of Comm. Ave. tips off the 2012 “B-Line Weekend Series” between the two hockey powerhouses. The Terriers will travel to Kelly Arena in Chestnut Hill on Sunday to complete to two game series.
Number one ranked BC hopes to duplicate their last game against BU, a game they won 4-2. That victory gave the Eagles’ senior class of Patrick Wey, Patch Alber, Pat Mullane, Steven Whitney, Brooks Dyroff and Parker Milner their 100th win with the BC program.
Awaiting the Eagles is a hungry, ninth-ranked Terriers squad that hopes to start vamping up their play against the best team in the country. Losers of two of their last three games, the Terriers will look to wean themselves off leading scorers Wade Megan and Cason Hohmann in an attempt to achieve a more balanced scoring attack.
While BC’s top trio of Johnny Gaudreau, Pat Mullane and Steven Whitney has definitely carried the team this year – scoring 45% of the team’s points classifies as “carrying” – the Terriers have not received the kind of secondary scoring that the Eagles have received from their extremely deep roster.
BC will likely win both games if…
- They receive continued production from their electric first line.
- Goalie Parker Milner remains lights-out in net.
- Bill Arnold (13 of 21) and Patrick Brown (8 of 9) dominate BU in the faceoff dots again.
BU can MAYBE win one game if…
- The power-play improves its dismal 14 percent conversion rate.
- The second and third lines step up their play and leave their mark on the scorecard.
- Either freshman goalie – Matt O’Connor or Sean Maguire – has the game(s) of his life.