|What do we know about BC and BU after their first meeting of the season?||11.09.13 at 12:18 am ET|
Because it’s such a great rivalry, Boston College vs. Boston University will always be seen as a measuring stick. The Eagles and Terriers had both played good teams prior to Friday night’s showdown at Agganis Arena, and we already knew quite a bit about both squads. But BC-BU just feels different, so now seems like the perfect time to take a look at where both teams stand.
For this post, it’s pretty convenient that Friday’s game — a 5-1 Eagles win — confirmed a lot of what we already suspected about these teams. Most importantly, it confirmed that BC (5-2-1, 3-0-0 Hockey East) is simply a much better team than BU (4-5-0, 2-2-0 HEA) right now.
The Eagles dominated the first period, outshooting BU 16-5 en route to a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. The Terriers played better in the second, outshooting BC in the frame and providing the home fans a little bit of hope heading into the third. But then the Eagles completely took over again. They outshot BU 16-6 in the frame and put the game well out of reach before the period was half over.
The most impressive (or mind-numbing if you’re a BU fan) aspect of the game was the insane discrepancy in 5-on-5 play. We don’t get exact 5-on-5 stats in college hockey, but what we do know is that eight of BC’s 40 shots on goal came on the power play, while that number was 17 of 23 for BU. So do the math. That means shots on goal in non-power play situations were 32-6 in favor of the Eagles. Furthermore, BU’s only goal came on the power play, while BC did not score on any of its man advantages. So the Eagles outscored the Terriers 5-0 in even-strength play.
That’s ridiculous. Unheard of, really. Sure, you might see that kind of dominance against some stumblebum Atlantic Hockey team, but not against your archrival. Not against a ranked team.
While this was the most glaring example of it, struggling to possess the puck is nothing new for the Terriers. They’re now being outshot by more than 10 shots per game, the worst mark in Hockey East by nearly six shots and the ninth worst mark in the entire country. It doesn’t take a hockey mastermind to figure out that if your opponents consistently have that many more chances than you, you’re going to struggle.
“We had zone time [early on]. We just never got a puck to the net,” said BU coach David Quinn. “I thought it got too easy for them in our end. I just thought our d-zone coverage… a lot of puck-watching, a lot of turn-aways. Against a team like that, you’re going to pay. And we paid.”
Quinn later expanded on the offensive-zone struggles as well.
“We find a way to fire it into pads. We miss the net. You’ve got to be paying attention before the puck comes to you and be ready to shoot it. That’s just a mentality. If you’re staring the play down and just paying attention to what’s going on around the puck and you’re not aware of the people around you, you’re not going to create any offense. … We’re not there yet.”
When you listen to Quinn, it’s easy to see that he knows what he’s talking about. He knows what his team’s problems are, and he’s obviously doing everything he can to try to fix them. The guess here is that eventually the Terriers will improve at both ends of the ice. But until they do, they’ll continue to struggle against really good teams like BC.
Here are a couple other things we had confirmed Friday night:
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|BC’s Jerry York agrees to contract extension through 2020||11.07.13 at 8:31 pm ET|
Jerry York, the winningest coach in college hockey history, has agreed to a contract extension through the 2019-20 season, Boston College athletics director Brad Bates announced Thursday night.
“Jerry York is the most successful coach in the history of college hockey,” Bates said. “We are extraordinarily fortunate to have a leader and representative of his caliber continue to serve this great institution and his alma mater.”
York, who graduated from BC in 1967, is in his 42nd season as a head coach, 20th at BC. He has led the Eagles to four national championships, 10 Frozen Fours and nine Hockey East tournament titles. He has won 939 games total, 472 of which have come at BC.
“I am very excited and proud to extend my contract here at Boston College,” said York, who coached at Clarkson and Bowling Green before getting the BC job. “As always, the focus of our program will be to graduate student-athletes and strive to add championships. The current state of Boston College hockey is strong and I envision it only getting stronger.”
The Eagles are currently 4-2-1 on the season. They’ll take on archrival Boston University at Agganis Arena on Friday night.
|BC turns away Northeastern to win Beanpot||02.11.13 at 10:12 pm ET|
Northeastern made Boston College work harder than the score implies, but the Eagles skated away with the Beanpot championship with a 6-3 win Monday night at TD Garden. It was BC’s fourth consecutive Beanpot title.
Johnny Gaudreau scored twice, including a finish off a nice pass from Michael Matheson late in the third period to give BC a two-goal lead after NU had fought back from a 4-1 deficit to make it a game.
Northeastern’s Kevin Roy was named tournament MVP after scoring twice against BC to go with his hat trick in last Monday’s semifinal vs. Boston University.
BC coach Jerry York said he’s not surprised to see this senior class graduate with four straight Beanpot wins, but that it’s not the only class that could have pulled it off.
“We’ve had some very, very good teams,” York said, citing the late-1990s squads featuring players like Brian Gionta as an example. “Luck plays a certain amount [of a role] in winning this many Beanpots in a row for sure, and I think our players understand that.”
No current Northeastern players were born the last time the Huskies won a Beanpot championship, in February 1988. They’ll have a chance to end the school’s drought in the final on Monday, but they’ll have to go through a Boston College team looking to win its fourth straight tournament title, something BC has never done.
Both teams are led by diminutive young forwards: BC by sophomore Johnny Gaudreau, who leads Hockey East with 33 points in 22 games, and Northeastern by Kevin Roy, the highest-scoring freshman in the conference with 30 points in 24 games. Roy, at 5-foot-10, practically towers over the 5-foot-7 Gaudreau, but both have the speed and skill to erase any disadvantages of their size.
Roy outscored Boston University by himself in the semifinal round last Monday, recording a hat trick in Northeastern’s 3-2 win. Northeastern had not beaten BU in the Beanpot since 1988, the last year the Huskies won the tournament, before Roy buried a goal in each period of the semifinal to knock No. 13 BU out of contention.
“I think when the pressure’s higher, I get a better performance, so I was just excited to see what it was like,” Roy said after win.
It’s nothing new for Roy to be the most dominant Husky on the ice. He has 30 points on the season — 10 more than the second-highest Northeastern scorer, Vinny Saponari — and 15 goals, seven more than Cody Ferriero‘s eight.
That lack of balanced scoring might partially account for the fact that Northeastern sits in last place in Hockey East, 4-11-3 in conference play. But the Huskies have beaten BU twice and BC once, playing above their usual threshold when faced with local rivals.
|How Gene DiFilippo is heating up Conte Forum for winter||11.29.10 at 11:01 am ET|
When Gene DeFilippo led Boston College from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Eagles athletic director had the vision of showcasing some of the best men’s basketball in country to Boston sports fans.
In addition, BC already had the distinction of having one of the finest college hockey programs in the land, a point proven with three NCAA titles since 2001.
Much of the success would not be possible without the right on-campus facility, and the Eagles have that in Conte Forum, which converts its basketball floor to Kelley Rink for hockey. DeFilippo knew with the right facilities in place he could offer Boston sports fan an alternative to the successful but more costly option of the Celtics and Bruins at TD Garden.
Just this past weekend, the school advertised a “Thanksgiving Weekend Sale” of men’s basketball and hockey packages, with tickets starting at $5 and women’s hoops with tickets starting at $2. On top of that, BC throws in free parking, no small consideration in Boston.
While there isn’t the electricity and produced entertainment to compare with the Celtics or the Bruins at TD Garden, there’s certainly more elbow room. DeFilippo realizes this. He also realizes that families wanting to take younger kids to sporting events and expose them to the campus is an subtle but effective recruiting tool as the school is always looking to recruit students down the road. That was one of DeFilippo’s main charges when he was hired in 1997.
He has since restructured the athletics program while keeping an eye on the competition — namely Boston University’s 6,300-seat Agganis Arena that opened in 2005 right down Commonwealth Avenue.
DeFilippo knew that initiating an overhaul of BC’s athletics facilities would be crucial. So, he oversaw a project that included new football practice facilities, lighting, scoreboards and other improvements at Shea Field, renovations to Conte Forum, including a new sound system, floor and video boards, two new soccer fields on the Newton campus, new Field Turf for Alumni Stadium, and an air-inflated bubble to cover the stadium turf to provide an indoor practice facility for all sports during the winter months.
DeFilippo was instrumental in raising money to build the privately funded $27 million, 72,000-square-foot Yawkey Athletics Center, which houses the football program, the Office of Learning Resources for Student-Athletes, and a large function area for general university use, freeing up critically needed space in Conte Forum for women’s athletics and other Olympic sports teams.
After football moved into the Yawkey Center, BC undertook a multi-million dollar renovation Conte Forum to provide additional locker room and office space for many of BC’s 31 varsity sports.
This winter, Conte Forum will host 17 men’s basketball games, 14 men’s hockey games, 14 women’s basketball contests and 14 women’s hockey games. That’s 59 sporting events from November through March.
Now, WEEI and WEEI.com — through New England Perks — are offering fans three different programs to get a taste of BC sports this winter as the Eagles athletic department picks up its marketing pace for the winter. Here are the special deals:
This is your chance to be part of the 2010-11 BC men’s basketball season as new coach Steve Donahue and his players hope for some madness in March. Get your tickets for only $10 as the Eagles take on Providence College on Dec. 8. Bring your family and friends to see the Eagles take on ACC and Big East rivals. Buy your $10 tickets now and bring them to the BC ticket office at Conte Forum before or on the day of the game. Your ticket will be instantly delivered to your e-mail; just print and go!
Get your BC men’s hockey tickets against Providence College on Jan. 7, 2011. Legendary coach Jerry York and the defending NCAA national champions will make another run to bring another championship to Boston. Witness the Eagles take on the rest of Hockey East during this exciting hockey season.
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