Saturday, March 15, 2008

A Sweep, and the Eagles Advance

Congrats to Jerry York and the BC Eagles as they advance to the Hockey East semifinals with a 5-1 win over the Providence Friars. The Eagles were led by Ben Smith, Brian Gibbons and Nathan Gerbe, all three tallying a goal and an assist. BC scored early and often, jumping out to a 4-0 lead after 1 period. (Blogger note: I am slowly feeling better and better about my decision to buy Hockey East championship game tickets this coming Saturday night in Boston.)

Uncharacteristically, the Eagles were outshot 37-20 tonight. Providence's special teams struggled mightily (as they have for much of the second half of the season), going 0 for 8 on the man advantage tonight. John Muse stopped 36 of 37 shots to improve to 19-11-8 on the year. The game was again lightly attended, as only 2,493 were in attendance at Conte Forum.

The Eagles semifinal opponent is still in doubt, as both Boston University and Vermont failed to close out their quarterfinal series this weekend. BU lost to UMass-Lowell 4-1, while Northeastern pulled even with Vermont with a 2-1 overtime victory. New Hampshire closed out their quarterfinals with a decisive 7-2 victory over UMass. Since the Hockey East tournament reseeds for the semifinals, root for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks or the Northeastern Huskies to pull off the weekend upsets tomorrow so that the Eagles don't have to face UNH in the HE semifinals.

Unfortunately, basketball didn't fare as well in its season-ending blowout loss to Clemson. More analysis on the ACC quarterfinals loss when Jeff gets back from Charlotte on Monday.

Go BC!


Christopher said...

Over my time at BC I came to expect that we would beat anyone, which we did (except for the two NC games) - I think we will beat UNH, but you're right, I would still rather face them in the seeing BU lose is ALWAYS nice

Wish I could have seen Gerbe's penalty shot, sounded on the internet radio like it was unbelievable

Brian said...

Eagle in Atlanta beat us to posting the Gerbe penalty shot goal on You Tube. It was absolutely sick! Check it out. Go BC!