October 3, 2008

Season Preview: Women's Hockey

2007 Record: 15-17-3

In depth:
Overall:
15-17-3
Conference:
11-9-1
Home:
9-8-2
Away:
6-8-0
Neutral:
0-1-1

Credentials:
BU made it to the Hockey East tournament and finished fourth in the conference. This in itself is an accomplishment. The Terriers played UNH in the first round and were smoked, but just being there was something to be proud of.

Key Losses:
Only two seniors graduated and moved on - Forward Stephanie Armstrong and defender Julie Poulin.

Key Returnees:
Top scorer Melissa Anderson - 16 goals last season. The next closes player scored 8. Having her back should help. The other two top scorers - Gina Kearns and Jillian Kirchner Also goalie Alysse Wilcox returns.

Who's Gonna Have To Step Up: I'm just gonna say the entire team has to step it up. They had a great season last year but to make any types of improvements (win a Beanpot/attain a .500 record/win a Hockey East game). So, the entire team must step it up and deliver.

What the Coaches Think:
For some reason the coaches of the Hockey East aren't really feelin' the Terriers this year:

1. New Hampshire (4), 52
2. Boston College (2), 47
3. Providence (2), 43
4. Connecticut, 42
5. Boston University, 36
t-6. Northeastern, 23
t-6. Vermont, 23
8. Maine, 14

A Look Into Some Key 2007 Stats:
- BU actually outscored their opponents 92-91.
- They took way more shots - 1025 to their opponents 981
- BU's opponents had one 10-minute misconduct penalty last year. I wish I knew what it was for.
- While they outshot their opponents they were also outsaved - 890 to 933.
- Shorthanded goals - BU - 2 Opponents - 6.
- Empty net goals - BU - 2 Opponents - 5.
- BU was equal with their opponents in power play goals. That's good right?


Hot Dog's Prediction: It's tough to say. I think hockey is the hardest thing to predict. Anything can happen and I think more than any other sport, any team could win. That being said:

Final Record:
6 straight games at Walter Brown in October might help...16-14-4. But what the hell do I know.

Final Finish:
I think the team will finish with a good conference record and end up fourth in the conference. If they finish fourth chances are they'll play UNH again, which is pretty much a loss.

2008-2009 Schedule:
10/3 - @ Union
10/4 - @ Rensselaer
10/10 - vs. Mercyhurst
10/11 - vs. Mercyhurst
10/18 - vs. Clarkson
10/23 - vs. UNH
10/25 - vs. Maine
10/30 - @ Providence
11/01 - vs. Providence
11/14 - @ Princeton
11/15 - @ Quinnipiac
11/22 - @ Boston College
11/25 - @ Yale
12/05 - @ Vermont
12/07 - vs. UNH
12/10 - vs. Boston College
1/02 - @ Ohio State
1/03 - @ Ohio State
1/08 - vs. Northeastern
1/10 - @ UConn
1/17 - @ Maine
1/18 - @ Maine
1/24 - @ Providence
1/25 - vs. Providence
1/30 - vs. Vermont
1/31 - vs. Vermont
2/03 - vs. Harvard (Beanpot)
2/06 - @ UConn
2/07 - vs. UConn
2/10 - vs. BC/Northeastern (Beanpot)
2/14 - @ Boston College
2/21 - @ Northeastern
2/22 - vs. Northeastern

As I'm writing this BU won their first game of the year, 3-2 over Union. Woo Woo!

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