Friday, December 28, 2012
Previewing the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers
The play of the defenseman is what I am going to be watching for tomorrow. There were multiple defensive collapses in the game vs Providence and a couple of them led to goals. Is UAH going to create a lot of scoring chances tomorrow ? Probably not. Are they capable of doing so if BC shuts it off defensively ? Yes. The third BU game was probably the first full 60 minute effort that this defensive unit has had since early November and in order to win two games this weekend, that certainly needs to change (especially for Sunday). Statistically, the Chargers rank second to last in terms of goals per game (1.44) and are also second to last in team defense as they are allowing over 4 goals per game. On special teams, the UAH power play ranks 35th in the country as they are converting at a 15.71 rate so far this season and are 48th in terms of penalty kill percentage. All stats are out of 59 teams. Just by looking at the numbers, you can see that BC is heavily favored to win this one and it would take a collapse of epic proportions for the Eagles not to come away with a victory. What I would like to see tomorrow is for BC not just to win but to dominate the play for a full 60 minutes and continue to score goals at will. I'm interested to see how the team adjust to playing without Johnny G but with a solid effort from every guy, a win over the lowly Chargers should be accomplished.
Keys for BC-
1. Dominate the play from start to finish. I look for the defending champs to play a full 60 minute hockey game tomorrow and capture a record breaking victory for their coach.
2. Getting a big night from their (Johnny G less) first line. Hopefully Destry Straight can jump in and contribute right away alongside Whitney and Mullane.
3. Avoiding defensive breakdowns. I don't see how BC can lose if they avoid breaking down in their own end on multiple occasions like they did vs Providence. A solid game on the defensive end would be a big confidence booster heading into a date with the Gophers.
All time series- This is the first ever meeting between Boston College and UAH.
BC At the Mariucci- In 4 appearances in the Mariucci Classic, Boston College has two 4th place finishes (91, 96), a second place finish in 2002 and a championship in 2007.
Injury Report- Destry Straight is a go. Isaac Macleod is questionable as of now.
Go Eagles !