Saturday, April 12, 2008

Title Game Preview

Last week, we previewed the Fighting Irish hockey team. At the time, we really didn't think much of the Irish's chances to get past Michigan, but here they are.

Here is a coach's preview of the game from Inside College Hockey.

We all know Jerry York is coaching royalty, however, Notre Dame's coach Jeff Jackson also has two titles with his time at Lake Superior State, and has gotten the Irish to the title game in only his 3rd season in South Bend.

BC Interruption poll results - Toughest Frozen Four Opponent (don't sleep on Notre Dame!)
  • North Dakota - 43 votes (55%)
  • Michigan - 33 votes (42%)
  • Notre Dame - 2 votes (2%)

I think his math was a little off, but John Whelan of College Hockey News had BC with a 2.3% chance to take home the title at the beginning of the tournament. Notre Dame? 0.77%.

My heart may very well explode if ... there is overtime. Notre Dame's record in OT this year - 2-1-4. BC's record is 4-3-7 in a gaudy 14 appearances. BC comes in winners of 7 straight, while ND has rattled off 3 straight wins in the NCAAs.

In other hockey news, I attended game 2 of the Rangers-Devils series in Newark, a game my Blueshirts won 2-1 to take a 2-0 series lead. Got to see BC alum Brian Gionta and Mike Mottau in action. Even though on the whole I can't stand Devils fans, as a BC fan it's awesome to see so many Devils fans rocking Gionta #14 jerseys and t-shirts.

The NYC game watch is at Thunder Jackson's on Bleecker St. I am slowly getting over my hangover from Thursday night ... I'll be a gametime decision.

We leave you with a little inspiration. Get pumped about this game, and enjoy! Bring it home Eagles!


Jeff said...

According to BC is a significant but not huge favorite at -150, ND +130. over/under is 5.5

Joe Grav said...