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BC Recap

Paul Dainton (photo by Karen Winger)

Well I have to hand it to the UMass hockey team.  They have been reeling this month and had to go play one of the hottest teams in all of hockey that had beaten their previous two opponents by a combined score of 14-1.  Yet, UMass travelled east and went toe-to-toe with them before falling just short in overtime.  While there are really no moral victories in hockey, especially this late in the season when every point is so important, it was very satisfying to see that this team decided not to mail it in for the balance of the schedule.  Yesterday I asked if they would be able to play if only motivated by pride and I think we saw that they will.

The game featured a brilliant goaltender duel between Paul Dainton and Parker Milner, both of whom made some spectacular saves to keep the goals at one apiece for regulation.  In the end it was a couple of the talented BC freshmen, Pat Mullane and Chris Kreider, that were able to be difference makers in the game as they flew into the UMass zone with Kreider putting home the game-winner. 

Dainton and the defense certainly came to play and were able to limit BC’s chances and then make big plays when needed.  The offense still had trouble getting on the board but I thought looked improved compared to the last 10 games or so.  James Marcou looked close to his old self, though I wish he’d still look to shoot a little more right now with those around him struggling.  Casey Wellman still looks very disconnected from the rest of the offense and I’m not sure what it’s going to take to get him going again.  Guys like T.J. Syner, Will Ortiz, and Danny Hobbs all had very strong games on offense.  And of course I have to mention the offensive star of the game, Brett Watson, who scored his first goal in the last 82 games.  Toot Cahoon experimented with Justin Braun at forward on the power play with Marcou and Wellman.  I thought it created some good chances and hopefully will be used next weekend.

Unfortunately the late goal for BC wasn’t the only bad break for UMass.  Every other result in Hockey East last night hurt the Minutemen’s chances to make the playoffs.  Lowell’s win over Providence puts them two points ahead of UMass and into a fourth place tie with BU and Northeastern, which got one point last night.  Merrimack’s win over Maine leap-frogged them over the Minutemen and into 7th place.  UVM’s drubbing of BU pulled them into a tie with UMass for 8th place.  UMass owns the tie-breaker with the Catamounts.  The problem is every team in the league save for BC have a game in hand on UMass which will be idle tonight and tomorrow.  UMass really needs Maine to beat Merrimack tonight and BU to take out UVM tomorrow afternoon.  Both those team will have to do so in the other teams’ arenas however.

Another year, another episode of scoreboard watching just to make the Hockey East playoffs.  How disappointing.

Fear The Triangle Player of the Game – Paul Dainton
Watson made a strong case for the POTG with a rare goal, but if it weren’t for the play of Dainton, Brett’s score may have just been a lone goal in a dominating BC win.  Dainton came up with big saves throughout, especially in a 10 minute stretch in the first when the Eagles were controlling play and made a bid to break the game open early.  Dainton’s 31 save effort was his best game in a couple months.

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Dick Baker of the Republican calls the game a heartbreaker.

The bottom line is a loss is a loss according to Toot in the Gazette recap.

Here’s the game story from USCHO.

The Herald has a game story focused on the BC win. 4,827 at Conte last night?  Riiiiiiiiiiight…..

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10 Comments

  1. surferben182

     /  February 27, 2010

    that was a fun game to be at, so exciting the entire time, and both of BC’s goals were just great plays. UMass showed that they do have a good team, and hopfully they can ignore the L and move on to getting a W against Maine

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    • I agree, it was a very entertaining game and UMass played maybe its best game since the beginning of December. Too bad it had to end so.

      You guys had a good section of students going.

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  2. surferben182

     /  February 27, 2010

    We had almost as many students as they did!

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    • I can’t believe I feel sympathy for the yellow-clad “Superfans”, but if i were them I’d be pissed for being relegated to the upper corner of the arena. This is Boston College we’re talking about, there are PLENTY of empty seats.

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      • In defense of BC, they are currently on spring break right now, so that might be why there were so few students (you have to admit, they had few students even for them…)

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      • BC2010

         /  February 28, 2010

        BC’s on spring break and for break games, there is no “student section.” A few of my friends and I purchased a block of tickets in an empty section (upper corner) t0 create a mini-student section and spent the week hawking them to any students we thought might still be around.

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        • That’s too bad that BC doesn’t make tickets/space available for students during Spring Break. It’s not like the school doesn’t draw its student population from the local area. You guys are normally still in the end zones like past years though?

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  3. surferben182

     /  February 27, 2010

    Ya I love how UMass gives the students and GA half the rink. So nice. Oh well, Have you seen the posts on facebook saying “fire toot”? what do you think?

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  4. Ryan

     /  February 28, 2010

    In my little blog I had my game recap and personal thoughts. I sat behind Colin Shea’s parents last night which made for some great material!

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