Saturday, October 25, 2014
Previewing the UMass Minutemen
As you can tell, the biggest thing the Eagles have to watch out for is UMass' speed. They can skate really well and could cause a lot of problems for the Eagles if they catch BC off guard on the forecheck. In terms of where BC can expose these guys? They're very weak on the defensive end, especially in their own end. In the second half of last night's game, the Eagles did a great job of not only getting the puck deep, but they sustained the play in CC's end for large chunks of time, wearing the Tigers down which eventually led to an onslaught. BC's size, superior defensive depth, and the fact that UMass is coming off a physical back and fourth battle 24 hours ago, are all signals pointing to a third straight but I don't there is anyone in that locker room who believes this will be a cake walk such as the past two games have been. Every league point is massive, especially the ones at home. the Minutemen took one of three points BC gave up at home in the regular season last year, the other two went to Notre Dame.
Record- 2-2 (losses vs BU, MSU. Wins vs MSU, NU)
Leading scorers- Zack LaRue (2-2-4), Steven Iacobellis (2-2-4), Ray Pigozzi (1-3-4)
Projected starter- Freshman Henry Dill (2-0, .911 save percentage)
NHL draft picks- 1 (Ben Gallacher, Florida) Has missed their past two games
Goals per game- 2.75 (31st)
Goals allowed per game- 4.50 (52nd)
Power play- 13% (31st)
Penalty kill- 94% (8th)
Penalty minutes per game- 9.00 minutes per game (42nd)
Last meeting- Tie last November @ Kelly Rink
All time series- BC leads 55-13-14
Coach York is 2 wins shy of his 500th at the Heights.
Keys for BC-
Contain their speed. Turning the puck over in the neutral zone won't help at all.
They can't take three penalties right off the bat again. Not a formula for success.
Continue to get secondary scoring. They've had it in two of three games so far, those two games have been wins.