Friday, February 21, 2014
Previewing the UMass Lowell River Hawks
As for BC, I think both of these games will be two really tough contest, especially without Mike Matheson (upper body injury). Look for Steve Santini, Isaac Macleod, and Ian McCoshen to play a ton of minutes. It seemed like McCoshen played the whole third period on Saturday night @ Vermont so it'll be interesting to see if he can keep playing at such a high level while logging so many minutes. Up front, I don't expect any changes, but I'd like to see the Gilmour, Calnan, and Silk line continue to play well. As we saw last weekend, when these guys are scoring, even if it's just a point per game, BC is one of the deeper teams in the country. Lowell, unlike Vermont, has some talent on their bottom two lines so it will be interesting to see how these guys match up.
All in all, I expect it to be a low scoring, defensive hockey game, much like we saw vs Merrimack. If the Eagles can stay out of the box, limit Lowell's transition game, and find a way to break the River Hawks' neutral zone trap, then BC should be able to win this game. Other than that, same old same old. Sorry for the short post, didn't get to it last night.
Keys for BC-
1. Break Lowell's trap
2. Stay out of the box.
3. Put them away early if given the opportunity. Vermont hung around for way to long last week, that can't be the case this time around, Lowell's one of the top teams in the country.
1. BC is 58-31-6 all time vs Lowell
2. Eagles are 26-13-2 vs Lowell at Kelley Rink.
3. BC is 41-9-2 vs Lowell under Coach York, 4-2 vs Norm Bazin's Hawks.