Friday, February 29, 2008

BC v. Providence In-Game Comments: 3rd Period


This loss hurts. The possibility is very real now that both the men's hockey team and men's basketball team won't be playing in postseason tournaments (providing for about a month of really lonely blogging about BC sports). Here is USCHO's most recent Bracketology. Its reasonable to think that only 2 Hockey East teams will make the postseason. With other results tonight in throughout Hockey East, the Hockey East standings now look like this:

1. UNH - 38 points
2. BU - 29 points
2. Vermont - 29 points
4. Providence - 26 points
4. BC - 26 points (PC owns the head-to-head against us)
6. Northeastern - 24 points (luckily lost to Lowell tonight in OT)

Disappointing. Deflating. We'll need a huge turnaround tomorrow to get back on track. Here are the third period and game end likes and dislikes:

Likes:
  • Whitney from the blue line. 3-2 Friars.
  • A great flurry and an opportunity with roughly a minute to play, but ultimately too little, too late.
  • Once again, getting way more opportunities than our opponent. We outshot the Friars 37-24.
  • Overall, though, not much to like here. I'm really not sure where we go from here other than a desperately needed 2 point outing tomorrow night in Providence ...
Dislikes:
  • Muse is the only goalie in Hockey East to start every game in net. I'm starting to question this season's plan by York. I'm usually not one to question anything about York given my enormous (albeit hetero) man-crush on him, but I'm genuinely curious. Has Margolin been red-shirted? Is he injured? More analysis on this in the coming days.
  • Where is Gerbe and his Hobey hopes? Unless he does something incredible over the next 8 days, and in both postseason tournaments, his odds of taking home college hockey's most prestigious hardware is approaching 0%.
  • Terrible penalty taken (Brennan with interference) with 3 only minutes to play. Essentially put the game out of reach.
  • I wanted to give the crowd the benefit of the doubt (with late arrivals), but it didn't look any better come the 3rd period. Just thinking about loud here: shouldn't BC's event staff encourage those still sitting in the rafters after two periods to move into the red seats to watch the 3rd period? At least make it look respectable on television ...

For those readers curious about the ACC Select experience for hockey, here are some observations:
  • For the first 11 minutes of the broadcast (including the opening comments and player introductions), there was no sound. I was getting a bit concerned until randomly it turned on ...
  • Also, there's no sound or commentary between periods either
  • The announcing quality is well, tolerated. If you can mute the game and listen on radio, that might be a bit better. "This is low quality broadcasting right here." and "I could poop." - color guy, ACC Select.com. Yep, they really said it.
  • They flash advertisements and full-screen placards as play is going on. Somewhat annoying.
  • And my biggest beef with the ACC Select hockey experience is they don't show the game clock on the screen, what team is on the power play, or how much time is left on the man-advantage. You don't realize how much you need these facts while watching a hockey game until you don't have them.
Overall, though, for big game viewing (read: Hockey East tournament time) and if you have a night off, its a viable option to catch our Eagles live for this New York resident. I'd be interested in seeing viewership numbers of BC hockey games on ACC Select to see how many people are watching and if its a viable medium for BC hockey. I can't imagine many people watch considering BC is the only ACC school that has a major D-I hockey program. And those who do watch are motivated by their online sports betting habits...not that there's anything with sports betting.

Let's hope the Eagles can get back on track tomorrow with a win at Providence. Otherwise, it might be another miserable weekend for Eagles fans ...

2 comments:

Christine A. said...

http://bceagles.cstv.com/sports/w-hockey/recaps/022908aaa.html

At least the girls won. See anything boys can do girls can do better!

Brian said...

Yeah, the women's ice hockey team needs a big win today against Providence and some help from BU to make the Hockey East tournament. The women are 1 point ahead in the standings but BU has a game in hand.