Friday, March 1, 2013
Previewing the Providence College Friars
Let me make this short and sweet. BC has got to find a way to come out with two points tonight. I don't care if they win 10-1 or they win with a second left in overtime. They have to win this game. No ties. Two points or nothing. When I look at Providence, I consider them to be a team that plays a similar style to that of Merrimack and Lowell. All three of these teams play a boring, clog it up and dump it in style of hockey. BC handled it well for the most part vs Merrimack but they struggled creating lots of scoring chances for some of the game vs Lowell. I don't know if the staff is going to change the lines or anything but I would think that guys like Johnny G, Steven Whitney, Bill Arnold, and Pat Mullane will get a lot more playing time. If I had to guess, I would say this game has a better chance of being a low scoring one than it does a high scoring one. Both teams have real solid goaltenders that have ability to steal a couple away points for their clubs (such as Gilles did last time out vs BC).
Scouting the Friars-
Hockey East- Tied for 1st
Leading Scorers- Derek Army (13-9-22), Ross Mauermann (10-10-20) , Tim Schaller (6-13-19)
Best Wins- @ UNH, vs UNH
Worst Loss- @ Vermont
All time Series- BC leads 106-45-13
Keys for the Eagles-
1. Getting off to a good start. It would be a bit of a buzz kill for the Eagles to see Providence score the first goal. BC has got to find a way to got a one or two goal lead through a period of play.
2. Staying out of the box. Over the course of their last 4 games, BC has given their opponents a total of 24 power plays. In return, the Eagles have had 10.
3. Not having any bad mental lapses. The winning goal for Lowell on Tuesday was the perfect example of a mental lapse. The Eagles have numbers but only one guy stays back for the Lowell odd man rush. Not to mention nobody back-checked.
Go Eagles !