October 9, 2008

Season Preview: Men's Hockey


It's finally here. The season that will be different from the last two years. I'm calling it now - things are going to be awesome this year. And if not...then it's all going to be very disappointing.

Bernie Corbett, the radio voice for the Terriers, came in to one of my classes today and spoke about play-by-play commentating. I wasn't as interested in that as I was enthralled by all the hockey stories he had to share.

There's one thing that he said that really had lasting power with me - "in college every season is different. Every year is new and anything can happen."

This is a new, different year and anything can and will happen. Bernie is the man. He could talk about college hockey for days and I would listen to all of it without a doubt.

2007-2008 Record: 19-17-4

In depth:
Overall:
19-17-4
Conference:
15-9-3
Home:
10-7-1
Away:
7-7-3
Neutral:
2-3-0

Credentials:
2nd place in the Hockey East. 3rd place in the Beanpot, Semi-final exit in the Hockey East tournament. Not what everyone had been hoping for/expecting.

Key Losses:
Tom Morrow (2 years ago), Brett Bennett (just kidding), Pete MacArthur and Boomer Ewing - top 2 scorers in the Hockey East (HE play).

Key Returnees:
Matt Gilroy and Colin Wilson. Really, this team changed dramatically (in the best way possible) when these two announced they were coming back.

Who's Gonna Have To Step It Up:
One of the goalies is going to have to emerge. I think both are solid, way more solid than Bennett and I think either of them would work as a starter. Either way one of them must step up. If there's a solid force back in net this team is destined for great things. I think Bonino or Wilson will have to step it up too. I'm looking at them to fill the skates of Pete Mac or Boomer and I don't doubt they will. If a Freshman decides to shine (Vinny Saponari) then so be it, but this is Wilson's year.

What The Coaches Think
: Think about preseason coaches polls. Do you trust them at all? Let's look at last year's preseason polls and the final results:

Predicted/Actual:

1. BC+UNH/UNH
2. /BU
3. BU/UVM
4. Maine/BC
5. UMass+Vermont/Providence
6. /Northeastern
7. Northeastern/UMass-Lowell
8. Providence/UMass
9. UMass-Lowell/Maine
10. Merrimack/Merrimack

Coaches only got one right and it was perennial last placer Merrimack. We're not gonna count the ties for first and fifth the coaches predicted, that really can't count. Anyways, I don't usually take them too seriously because as I've witnessed in the last 2 years anything can and does happen in the Hockey East. Anyways this season the coaches think:

1. Boston College (6) 86
2. Boston University (3) 80
3. New Hampshire (1) 78
4. Northeastern 62
5. Vermont 58
6. Massachusetts 48
7. UMass Lowell 46
8. Providence 34
9. Maine 28
10. Merrimack 20

Believe what you want, but this won't be the way the Hockey East will shape up at the end of the year.

A Look at Some Key 2007 Stats:
- BU outscored their opponents 135 to 117.
- BU: 2 shorthanded goals. Opponents: 6 shorthanded goals.
- 1,410 to 1,333 - BU on faceoffs.
- 93,051 packed Agganis throughout the year.
- BU averaged 32.8 shots per game and 3.4 goals. Their opponents - 24.0 and 2.9.
- BU's shooting percentage - 10.3%. Their opponents - 12.2%. BRETT BENNETT.

Hot Dog's Prediction:
Like I said with my women's hockey prediction - it's so tough to say what a team will do before a season. This is all especially true in hockey. I'll give it a shot anyways.

Final Record:
26-7-3

Final Finish:
Not to put too much pressure on this team but I am predicting that they'll win the Hockey East. Furthermore, they're going to make it to at least the Frozen Four. I believe this team has the potential to win a National Championship. I have such high expectations for this team that I get a little concerned what might happen if they don't live up to what I think they'll become.

2008-2009 Schedule:
10/10 - vs. #5 North Dakota !
10/11 - vs. #11 Michigan State !
10/17 - vs. Merrimack
10/19 - @ #7 UNH
10/25 - vs. #2 Michigan
11/1 - @ #20 Vermont
11/7 - @ UMass-Lowell
11/14 - @ UMass
11/16 - vs. Northeastern
11/21 - vs. Vermont
11/22 - vs. Vermont
11/25 - vs. Holy Cross
11/29 - vs. St. Lawrence
12/5 - vs. #1 Boston College
12/6 - @ #1 Boston College
12/12 - vs. UMass-Lowell
1/2 - @ Rensselear $
1/3 - @ #6 Denver/Holy Cross $
1/10 - vs. Maine
1/13 - vs. Providence
1/16 - @ Merrimack
1/17 - vs. #1 Boston College
1/23 - vs. #7 UNH
1/24 - @ #7 UNH
1/30 - @ Merrimack
2/2 - vs. #19 Harvard %
2/9 - vs. #1 Boston College/Northeastern %
2/6 - vs. UMass-Lowell
2/13 - @ Maine
2/14 - @ Maine
2/20 - vs. Northeastern
2/21 - @ Northeastern
2/27 - @ UMass
2/28 - vs. UMass
3/6 - @ Providence
3/8 - vs. Providence

! - Icebreaker Invitational
$ - Wells Fargo Cup
% - Beanpot

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