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toughest schedules thus far
to Freddy Meyer this week, the BU captain and I looked
at the Terriers’ schedule: BC and Maine this weekend,
with upcoming trips to Cornell and the Great Lakes Invitational
on top of the always-challenging Hockey East and Beanpot
enough to make you wonder – who came up with this
don’t know,” Meyer admitted. “It’s
tough. I don’t know if somebody’s out to get
us or what.”
a tough schedule, of course, mathematically helps a team’s
chances for an NCAA Tournament bid – and, theoretically,
should prepare players for the intensity of the tourney
that in mind – and with conference schedules taking
over this weekend – it seemed like an opportune time
to look at which teams in the East have played the toughest
schedules thus far. Here's a subjective look at the eight
toughest schedules to this point, with each team's overall
record and record against teams in this week’s INCH
to Michigan highlights brutal slate for Warriors
.500, but without a bad loss
beat Colgate; otherwise outscored 16-3
tougher than that 1-2-0 suggests
with four tough Hockey East foes in a row
three (PC, BC, Maine) get even tougher
at LSSU, Maine; Iona's schedule a close second in the
tests have come at home
stands to benefit most from these early-season challenges?
Of the eight, only New Hampshire is a virtual lock to take
the experience into the NCAA Tournament. Others –
like UMass Lowell, Rensselaer and Mercyhurst – should
be better over the course of the season, even if they aren’t
among the ranked teams right now.
teams like Merrimack and Princeton may not see results when
it comes to the NCAA Tournament, but playing top teams can
help that youth mature – as long as the experience
wasn’t too humbling.
aside, the only teams in the East with winning records against
opponents in the INCH Power Rankings – not surprisingly
– are Boston College (2-0-0) and Cornell (1-0-0).
MORE NOTES NO FAN SHOULD BE WITHOUT
Cross senior Brandon Doria (7-6—13) leads a group
of seven Crusaders with at least three goals this season.
Doria has 112 points in 109 career games.
Say cheese! – Holy Cross goaltender Tony
Quesada has given head coach Paul Pearl reason to smile.
rookie has a 5-1-0 record with a 2.12 goals-against average
and a .918 save percentage, keying the Crusaders’
five-game winning streak (tied with Colorado College for
the longest in the nation).
had a pretty good idea coming in that he would be a good
goaltender,” Pearl said. “But we never thought
that a freshman would walk in and win five of six starts.
Certainly that’s got to be a surprise.
big (6-foot-2, 185), and he gets out of his net to cut down
a lot of angles,” Pearl added. “He does everything
he can to get his body in front of the puck.”
has received contributions from more than just Quesada,
however. Brandon Doria (7-6—13) and Jeff Dams (2-11—13)
lead the offense, which boasts seven players with at least
three goals and two others with 11 assists.
Cross has certainly proven that there is life after Pat
Rismiller, now a regular with the AHL’s Cleveland
had very balanced scoring and gotten something out of all
four of our lines,” Pearl said. “It’s
really been distributed well – big goals have been
scored by everyone from freshmen to seniors.”
Holy Cross’s lofty second-place standing in the MAAC
and the votes it has received in national polls, Pearl said
it’s too early to think about championships.
us to start talking about MAAC titles would be distracting,”
he said. “We really do try to break it down on a game-by-game
and week-by-week basis. If we get to February and we’re
in position to make the playoffs or get home ice, we’ll
focus on that then.”
What They Said
get nothing and like it!"
– Judge Smails
hesitant to keep hyping Maine’s Jimmy Howard,
since he’s just a freshman.
we’re really hesitant to make the comparison
we’re tempted to make – to another goalie
who always seemed to have a shutout streak going,
who also wore a jersey with the school’s name
on the front in script.
Ryan Miller’s a long way off, but Howard’s
got a running start. He’s posted three straight
shutouts, a GAA of 0.83 and a save percentage of .959.
He brings a school-record shutout streak of 187:43
into this weekend.
Miller, he boasts impeccable positioning, and excellent
quickness. And the necessary intangibles.
maintains a very positive attitude, even if he has
a bad practice or lets in a tough goal,” head
coach Tim Whitehead said. “He's very resilient.
Those are all great qualities for a goalie, in addition
to him being very talented.”
won't be around here too long because I'm going to
tell every pro scout in North America how good he
is," Massachusetts coach Don Cahoon told the
Bangor Daily News, after his team suffered
a 1-0 loss to Howard last Saturday in Orono.
Better than Bob – Don’t have tickets
for Bob Dylan at the FleetCenter Saturday? No matter –
you can head back there in February and March. Walter Brown
Arena will be the House of the Rising Sun as far as Hockey
East is concerned this weekend.
University has won four in a row after a tepid 1-1-2 start,
with Boston College and Maine coming to town. Between BC’s
Eaves-Eaves-Voce line and Maine’s Colin Shields, the
vaunted BU defense will face two tough tests.
need to play well in our defensive zone,” said Terrier
captain Freddy Meyer. “Both BC and Maine are really
explosive, so we need to try to slow them down in their
offensive zone. We know (goaltender) Sean (Fields) will
play well, we just need to play well in front of him. And
if we play good D, that will lead to offense for us.
is a great weekend for us early in the season,” he
added. “It’s two ranked teams, and two important
Hockey East games. It’s great for everyone to see
what kind of character your team has.”
North Country Blues – Clarkson comes home
for the first time this season, and while the Golden Knights
valiantly earned three points last weekend, it’s hard
to believe it will be a happy homecoming.
report out of Potsdam suggests that the situation surrounding
head coach Mark Morris – currently on administrative
leave while the university investigates an incident between
Morris and a player at a Nov. 2 morning skate – could
be resolved before the team hosts Brown Friday night.
meantime, the players and first-year assistant coaches Fred
Parker and Jason Lammers work to improve on the team’s
talked a lot about not bringing emotion into the game,"
Parker said after last Friday’s win at Rensselaer.
"You want to at a certain point, but if the emotion
gets taken away from you, then you don't do too well. They
were very level-headed and worked hard for 60 minutes."
the college hockey community expresses surprise over the
allegations against Morris – and in the case of rival
coach Joe Marsh of St. Lawrence, support.
think everyone feels bad about the situation" at Clarkson,
Marsh told the Albany Times Union. "We are
arch-rivals, we're only 10 miles apart and we know what
Clarkson means to the ECAC. You really have to feel for
Mark in this situation. He's obviously pretty down. Coaching
hockey is more than a job to him. He has been there 15 years."
Veteran's Day – The most amazing
thing about Brown’s 3-0-0 start?
not that the Bears have already surpassed their ECAC win
total from all of 2000-01 (when they were 2-16-4). Or the
well-documented heroics of goaltender Yann Danis, who posted
back-to-back shutouts to open the season (see last week’s
this: Brown has posted its 3-0-0 record with a lineup consisting
entirely of sophomores, juniors and seniors. Not a single
freshman has stepped on the ice yet (although goaltender
Kevin Kliman has dressed as a backup).
every team, since freshmen became eligible to play on varsity
teams in the 1970s, has relied on their contributions, at
least minimally. But head coach Roger Grillo boasts what
has to be the nation’s most experienced lineup.
yet another reason to believe in the optimism of sophomore
forward Les Haggett.
3-0 and we're not playing as well as we can, which is scary,"
Haggett told the Providence Journal. "When
it all comes together we'll be one of the top teams in the
Great Weekend Getaways
Boston College at Boston University (Fri.)
things divide the city of Boston like a BC-BU hockey
game – not even a Globe vs. Herald
debate. After all, you can’t go wrong with those
choices, as long as Kevin Paul Dupont or John Connolly
While You're There: Help us sort out this question
… where do Good Will Hunting guys Matt Damon and
Ben Affleck fall in the BU vs. BC debate? We know they
don’t like Harvard guys. And more importantly,
if Affleck’s a fan – who’s J-Lo rooting
Brown at Clarkson (Fri.) – The Bears get a test
as they pursue a fourth straight win. An uneasy reception
could await Clarkson in its first regular season game
MAAC Connecticut Challenge (Fri.) – UConn and
Sacred Heart both seek their second wins Friday evening,
before Quinnipiac’s offensive juggernaut takes
the ice against Fairfield.
UMass Lowell’s Ed McGrane is averaging two points
per game this season and has an impressive 15-game point-scoring
streak, dating back to last year.
Bentley’s two-game sweep of Iona and Army last weekend
marked the Falcons’ first weekend sweep since joining
Division I. They suffered a 5-2 loss to Sacred Heart Tuesday
to fall to 2-2-0 in the MAAC. Sacred Heart has won back-to-back
games after starting the season 0-3-2.
The Quinnipiac power play leads Division I at 36.5 percent.
The Bobcats have scored 19 power play goals in nine games,
led by Ryan Morton's five extra-man markers.
Dominic Moore, Harvard
senior star got the Crimson untracked with a five-point
weekend, including his 100th career point.
Eaves-Eaves-Voce line, Boston College
top line doesn’t cease to amaze. Here’s
hoping Ben Eaves was right when he said he thinks
his rib injury is gone for good.
Mike Ryan, Northeastern
sharpshooter has one-third of the Huskies’ 18
goals in Hockey East games this year. He’s had
four two-goal games already, including a pair in last
weekend’s split with PC.
Top-ranked Boston College is unbeaten through eight games
for the first time since 1980-81, when the team started
Twelve of the 18 Hockey East league games thus far have
been decided by one goal or tied.
The four Yale players suspended for Friday's game at Cornell
due to fighting majors the week before combined for eight
points Saturday night at Colgate. Star forward Chris Higgins
had two goals and an assist.
Quinnipiac forward Matt Craig recorded his first career
hat trick against American International, and leads the
MAAC with 10 goals. The sophomore is just one goal shy of
his goal output for all of last year.
American International's Guillaume Caron (5-6—11)
is the lone player among the top 10 MAAC scorers not from
Quinnipiac or Holy Cross.
BU will commemorate the 25th anniversary of its 1977-78
NCAA championship team Saturday night at Walter Brown Arena.
Clarkson has killed off 93 percent of its short-handed situations,
but its power play is converting on just 10 percent of its
Ray Bourque spoke at Colgate's Silver Puck Dinner Saturday
night. Think Ray isn't enjoying retirement? So far this
season he's been spotted at New Hampshire, Northeastern
variety of sources were utilized in the compilation of this