Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tuesday Look back, Maguire Starts Strong

Sean Maguire sizes up a
play by Jonny Gaudreau in
the 2013 Hockey East Semis
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
The sexy thing to write about here probably would be Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson penalty shot goal, but there was far more to Saturday's exhibition win against Acadia and that's where Sean Maguire comes in.

It was his first appearance in a real hockey game since the 2014 season, after redshirting least year due to injury. He came back and played solid on Saturday, stopping all 15 shots he faced. Maguire did not look slow, his positional game was on point and he came up big down the stretch when the team was on the penalty kill for a almost four straight minutes.

Conor LaCouvee played the first half and looked just ok. He did not make any flashy saves and the two goals he allowed were tough saves, but still Maguire was more impressive. The first was a deflection and the second was on a breakaway due to a defensive breakdown. Still, I never really felt all that confident when he was in.

It will be interesting to see who gets the nod in Saturday night's season opener at Union.

UCSHO did not release  updated rankings thins week, so BU remains third in that. The Terriers are slotted number two overall in the USA Today rankings

Around Hockey East
Saturday: UConn came away with a 3-1 win vs Queen's University... Merrimack skated past St. Francis Xavier  4-1... Providence easily handled Simon Fraser 9-1... UMass blanked Dalhousie... New Brunswick scored five unanswered goals to take down Boston College 5-2... BU dropped Acadia 4-2.

Sunday: Northeastern picked up where PC left off in the beat-down of Simon Frasier, winning 10-2... Lowell edged New Brunswick 3-2... New Hampshire got by St. Francis Xavier 6-4... Acadia handed Vermont a 2-1 loss.

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