Sunday, February 24, 2013
Preview the Merrimack College Warriors
As for Merrimack, they currently sit in first place in Hockey East (tied with Providence) and are 5-1-1 in their last 7 games. What Merrimack does real well is that they play their style of hockey. Last weekend, BC couldn't really get anything going on the offensive end because Merrimack dictated the style of play the game was played at. To change that, BC is going to have to get out in the open ice and skate. That's where they're at their best, not when they're playing a dump and chase defensive style of hockey that Merrimack likes to play. Unfortunately, BC will once again be without Kevin Hayes who continues to serve his suspension for an off ice issue. Look for guys like Quinn Smith and Destry Straight to get more playing time in his absence.
The bottom line is that this is a huge game. A BC win would put them back into a #1 spot in the NCAA tournament while a loss would put them back a couple of spots. A win would also go a long way in helping BC clinch home ice in the Hockey East playoffs. The Eagles are currently holding on to the fourth spot in the league but they have two games in hand on everybody else and a win would put them back in the #1 spot. Yea, this is a big one. Let's hope the guys are ready to go and are able to pick up a big road win up in North Andover.
Keys for the Eagles-
1. Staying out of the penalty box. It killed this team last weekend. They lost and tied because of the penalties. Maybe a reversal of fortunate could help the visiting team this time.
2. Scoring early. Merrimack doesn't score a lot of goal but they don't give up a ton either. Getting out to a quick one or two goal lead is crucial.
3. Not letting Merrimack have sustained pressure in the BC end. I thought there were too many times last weekend in which BC allowed Merrimack or UNH to posses the puck in their end for a long period of time. Let's see if that changes tonight.
Note- The game is on CBS College Sports. Puck drop is @ 4.
GO Eagles !