Thursday, November 10, 2011

One Tough Weekend (Part One)

I'll start with Friday's game against Merrimack. The Warriors are the only undefeated team in the nation at 7-0-1. MC battled Northeastern in a home and home series. Merrimack came away with three of four points with a tie and an overtime win.

Scouting the Warriors
Senior Ryan Flanigan is Merrimack's leading scorer with 10 points -five goals and five assists. Fellow Senior Jesse Todd is a close second with three goals and four assists for a total of seven points. In my eyes, MC's best skater is Senior Karl Stollery. I don't know why, but this guy seems to be all over the ice when BU plays the Warriors.

The Mack's best player by far is Senior goalie Joe Cannata. Cannata is 6-0-1 on the year with a .939 save percentage and a 1.046 goals against. In 427 minutes played, Cannata has only allowed 10 goals.

Stats are great, but Cannata's story does not end there. He has passed Providence's Alex Beaudry as my most feared goalie in Hockey East. Cannata is the type of goalie that only needs one goal from his team and MC is in really good shape to do that for him. In other words, he can steel games.

The Last Time They Met...
was back on January 18th. Merrimack came away with a 3-2 win at Lawler Rink. MC has not lost a game against BU since the 2010 Hockey East Quarterfinals, when BU blanked MC 3-0 in game three at Agganis.

To Be Continued
BU plays Boston College on Sunday at BC's barn. The preview will be up on saturday.

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