Thursday, February 9, 2012
Previewing the Vermont Catamounts
Some may be asking "What does UVM have to play for, they are done" ? Yes, UVM is all but out of the Hockey East playoffs but they have one thing that they can play for in the remainder of the season. Pride. This team has a home game vs BC, two vs BU, and another two @ BC later on this season. Nothing is better than crushing one of your league rivals' chances of getting home ice in the playoffs or even ending their NCAA hopes. In their past 5 Hockey East road games, BC is just 1-4 and have won just once since 2005 at Gutterson Field House. I really think this is going to be a close game because I think BC is going to overlook this Vermont team and I think the Catamounts are going to take advantage. If Parker Milner continues to play solid in net, there is no reason BC shouldn't pick up two crucial Hockey East points here but if he is off, bad things could happen. I know this sounds bad but I want to see a big BC win tomorrow night. This team seems to have it's swag back after sweeping UNH and blowing out NU @ the Beanpot. A win here @ The Gut is just what the team needs to keep up that swagger for Monday.
Keys for BC
1. Continue to win the battles. On Monday, it seemed that BC won all of those little battles on the walls that resulted in odd man rushes for the Eagles. Look for this to continue.
2. Don't overlook this UVM team. Like I said, if UVM gets goaltending, they can hang with BC because they have some decent players like Stalberg and Brickley.
3. Stay out of the box. If BC gives UVM too many chances on the power play, the Catamounts could definitely shock the world. If BC stays out of the box, look for a nice win for the Eagles.
4. Keep the four lines rolling. All four lines were fantastic vs NU on Friday. I think that the depth of this BC team is unmatched in Hockey East.
Players to Watch
1. Sebastian Stalberg. Considered by many to be one of the most skilled players in the league. Stalberg is definitely the most dangerous player on this UVM team with a 11-17-28 line.
2. Kyle Reynolds. One of the best freshman in Hockey East. Reynolds has recorded a 10-11-21 line so far this season for UVM. Also Won rookie of the month last month in Hockey East
3. Nick Bruneteau- The sophomore has two goals and 14 assist on the year for UVM. One of the better younger players on this team.
1. Boston College leads the all time series vs UVM 26-12-4 and are 8-8-4 all time @ Gutterson Field House.
2. Vermont has scored just 64 goals this entire season which ranks them dead last in Hockey East. BC is second with 94. (Maine is first)
3. Vermont also has the worst penalty kill in Hockey East with just a 68% kill rate. That's not to good.
4. One thing UVM is good at is they stay out of the box. UVM averages just 12.4 peanlty minutes a game.
Prediction-I just don't see UVM winning this game. BC 4-1
Note- Check in for twitter updates @bchockeyblog1 as I will be up at The Gut for this one. This is the last rink I have yet to visit in Hockey East.