Thursday, October 27, 2011

Back On The Ice, BU-UMass Weekend

At last, an actual game to cover. This past week has been very interesting. BU loses to Holy Cross and the sky is falling. Rumors about if Parker should step down and everything else that could be said was said. Everyone needs to relax and realize its October in a season in which the last game is played (hopefully) in the beginning of April.

So that brings us to this weekend's matchup with un-ranked UMass. I can assure you the Terriers won't be overlooking these games. BU is coming off what I assume was one of the tougher weeks of practice in the history of Jack Parker's 39 year stint as BU's head coach. BU wants to erase any memory that the Holy Cross game ever happened, so don't be shocked if they come out flying Friday night at the Mulins Center in Amherst.

Scouting UMass
Danny Hobbs and Mike Pereira are the Minutemen's leading goal scorers with three apiece. T.J. Syner is the team's leading point getter so far this season with seven in four games played.

UMass has played four games this year and has used two different goalies, Sophomore Jeff Teglia and Freshman Kevin Boyle. Boyle is the holder of the team's lone win against Bentley. Teglia played against BU twice last year while regular starter Paul Danton was injured. Teglia failed to win either of his two starts against the Terriers, but did manage to hold BU to a tie and a one goal loss.

To be honest, I have no clue who will start for UMass, but I would not be surprised if both saw action over the weekend.

Back to Mike Pereira for a moment. The high powered offensive machine is the brother of last year's BU Captain Joe Pereira. Mike had some rather interesting comments about why he chose UMass over BU on a UMass radio show the other day.
"I think it's the coaching staff. I think it's the players as well. It's one thing, you know it's BU players, you know it's BU hockey, they kind of have that swagger to them, that snob sort thing. (On if that turned him off to BU) To an extent. It's just not me. I'm a blue collar guy. I don't like to get handed things. I felt like it was a good fit here [at UMass]" 

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