Monday, November 1, 2010

Where Are The Goals At Home?

Chris Connolly was named Hockey
East player of the week.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
After Saturday's come from behind win over Lowell, BU completed an undefeated month of October. The Terriers are off to their best start since the 2001-2002 season, with an identical 6-0-1 record. BU has won two neutral-site games, two road games, and have won two and tied one at home.

On the road and at neutral sites, the team has scored a combined 18 goals. At home, BU has netted only 6 goals (not including the nine goals scored in the exhibition win over Toronto).

Parker had this to say about the topic after the 2-1 win on Saturday  "I would feel a lot better if this were a road game instead of a home game. We’ve played so much more thorough on the road than we have at home in terms of a thorough 60 minutes. We just seem to be more la-di-da at home, and we’ve got to get that out of our system."

BU will have to get a few more than two goals this Saturday, as the red hot Maine Black Bears come to town. 

At The Polls
BU continued their upward trend in the USCHO poll as they jumped from 6th to 3rd in the nation. They also picked up seven first place votes in the process. Miami remained in the top slot. Minnesota Duluth is second after Boston College fell to fourth BEHIND the Terriers. Rounding out the top five was Yale, who actually proved they should be there, by wining two games over the weekend. 

BU also was slotted third in Inside College Hockey's power rankings

BU was also ranked third in the USA Today poll, behind the same two teams. They also picked up 4 first place votes. 

Players of the weekend 
Kieran Millan. We know he has had great year so far, but Fridays 5-1 win seemed a little better than the others. He came up with some very clutch stops in the first period (when Lowell still had a shot). He was solid throughout the rest of the games, too.

Sahir Gill. Scored his first career short handed goal Friday on a break-a-way. He also showed great speed and talent in that game and the next. He was also moved up to the first line this weekend. He seems to be a real playmaker. 

Chris Connolly was named Hockey East player of the week. He scored the game winning goal to beat Lowell 2-1, Saturday night. He also went +3 for the weekend

Around Hockey East
Merrimack and BC split a home and home series, with both teams winning at home. Maine beat Vermont 3-2 in overtime Saturday. Providence beat UMass Saturday and tied them again on Friday. Northeastern dropped games to both Bentley and Holy Cross. New Hampshire cruised by Cornell 7-4 on Friday. 

In Other News...
Jack Parker will be attending a meeting in Toronto to discuss the NHL convincing players to leave early. 

College hockey has been under assault,” said Paul Kelly, executive director of College Hockey Inc., to the paper. “It used to be hard to keep your highly skilled players for three years; now it’s two years, and sometimes one. You’re constantly recruiting; you have to re-create your team.”-USCHO

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