Odds and Ends: Prepping for the Frozen Four

Happy Frozen Four, everybody! Here are some stories from us and from around the internet to distract you from any impending nerves for tonight:

-Conor and Andrew’s game preview.

-Conor and I wrote a feature on BU’s four freshman defensemen.

-Conor and I also did a Q&A with Ahti Oksanen and Matt O’Connor. We got a lot of laughs out of that one.

-From Andrew, a look back at BU’s history in the Frozen Four.

-Conor previewing Jack Eichel’s Hobey chances — that’ll be announced Friday night, and we’ll be at Matthews for the announcement.

-A story from our pals over in the news section of the FreeP, about ticket availability (or lack thereof) to students.

-Conor and I hopped on the FreeP’s new sports podcast to talk about the Frozen Four. We start talking about hockey around 6:00.

College Hockey News’ picks for who will advance and win the Frozen Four.

-Frozen Four preview from our pal Scott McLaughlin over at WEEI.

-The team had some fun at Media Day on Wednesday:

-In case you missed it, there’s a new video for Eichel, courtesy of BU Athletics:

-Good stuff from the Providence Journal’s Mark Divver on Providence head coach Nate Leaman.

Odds and Ends: Day after No. 2/3 BU beats No. 18 Merrimack

The No. 2/3 Boston University men’s hockey team ended its two-game winless stretch with a 4-2 victory over No. 18 Merrimack College on Saturday night at Agganis Arena.

Junior forward Danny O’Regan recorded his first hat trick in college and freshman center Jack Eichel added four assists in the BU (10-3-2, 7-1-2 Hockey East) win.

In case you missed it, here are a few links from our coverage of Saturday’s game:

— The game recap of BU’s 10th victory of the 2014-15 season.

— Sarah took a look at the play of freshman defenseman Brandon Hickey and the rest of the young defensive corps.

— Conor broke down what went right and wrong for BU in Pluses and Minuses.

Postgame comments from BU coach David Quinn, O’Regan, Hickey and Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy.

Other Notes

— Boston College defeated the University of New Hampshire at Conte Forum last night.

— No. 7 University of Massachusetts-Lowell came back to beat the University of Maine.

— Northeastern University held Providence College in check for a 2-1 win.

— No. 8/9 Harvard University won its ninth game of the year with a victory over ECAC foe Quinnipiac University.

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Odds and Ends: Day after BU defeats Maine

The No. 3 Boston University men’s hockey team recovered from a slow to start to defeat the University of Maine, 3-1, on the road Friday night.

BU’s (6-1-1, 4-1-1 Hockey East) first line contributed all three goals and tallied five combined points. Freshman forward Jack Eichel extended his point streak to eight games when he assisted on junior forward Danny O’Regan’s shorthanded goal at the end of the second period.

In case you missed it, here are a few links from  our coverage of the game :

— Here’s the game recap from Friday’s win over the Black Bears

— Conor took a deeper look into what went right and wrong for the Terriers in Pluses and Minuses.

— Coach David Quinn’s postgame remarks.

Other Notes From Around College Hockey

— No. 8 Boston College held off Michigan State University, 3-2.

— No. 10 Vermont was shut out by goaltender Jon Gillies and No. 16 Providence College.

— Northeastern University fell to 0-8-1 with a loss to the University of New Hampshire.

— No. 1 University of Minnesota lost to rival University of Minnesota-Duluth Friday night.

By the Numbers versus BC and UConn; Jaromir Jagr discusses Jack Eichel

The No. 3 Boston University men’s hockey team’s win over No. 8 Boston College at Conte Forum on Friday propelled the Terriers higher into the national rankings. A tie versus the University of Connecticut the following night meant the Terriers (5-1-1, 3-1-1 Hockey East) earned three out of four points in Hockey East play over the weekend.

Again, we take a look at BU’s Corsi and Fenwick numbers from each of the games this weekend in this edition of By the Numbers.

*Note: On the Boston College scoresheet, the BC stats people did not indicate each shot that was a power-play chance. Instead of subtracting power-play shots on goal, I will just use all shots toward net for that game for simplicity reasons. For the UConn game, I will only look at 5-on-5 chances.*

Corsi and Fenwick vs. BC Full Game

  • Corsi For (Shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots): 42
  • Corsi Against: 60
  • Corsi For Percentage: 41.2
  • Fenwick For (Shots on goal, missed shots): 36
  • Fenwick Against: 54
  • Fenwick For Percentage: 40
  • BU Goals For: 5
  • BC Goals For: 3

Corsi and Fenwick vs. BC First Period

  • Corsi For: 14
  • Corsi Against: 19
  • Corsi For Percentage: 42.4
  • Fenwick For: 10
  • Fenwick Against: 17
  • Fenwick For Percentage: 37.03
  • BU/BC Goals For: 0

Corsi and Fenwick vs. BC Second Period

  • Corsi For: 14
  • Corsi Against: 23
  • Corsi For Percentage: 37.8
  • Fenwick For: 12
  • Fenwick Against: 21
  • Fenwick For Percentage: 36.4
  • BU Goals For: 1
  • BC Goals For: 2

Corsi and Fenwick vs. BC Third Period

  • Corsi For: 14
  • Corsi Against: 18
  • Corsi For Percentage: 43.8
  • Fenwick For: 14
  • Fenwick Against: 16
  • Fenwick For Percentage: 46.7
  • BU Goals For: 4
  • BC Goals For: 1

Corsi and Fenwick vs. UConn Full Game

  • Corsi For: 57
  • Corsi Against: 31
  • Corsi For Percentage: 64.8
  • Fenwick For: 49
  • Fenwick Against: 28
  • Fenwick For Percentage: 63.6
  • BU Goals For: 4
  • UConn Goals For: 4

Corsi and Fenwick vs. UConn First Period

  • Corsi For: 25
  • Corsi Against: 13
  • Corsi For Percentage: 65.8
  • Fenwick For: 15
  • Fenwick Against: 13
  • Fenwick For Percentage: 53.6
  • BU/UConn Goals For: 1

Corsi and Fenwick vs. UConn Second Period

  • Corsi For: 12
  • Corsi Against: 4
  • Corsi For Percentage: 75
  • Fenwick For: 11
  • Fenwick Against: 2
  • Fenwick For Percentage: 84.6
  • BU Goals For: 0
  • UConn Goals For: 1

Corsi and Fenwick vs. UConn Third Period

  • Corsi For 25
  • Corsi Against: 12
  • Corsi For Percentage: 67.6
  • Fenwick For: 18
  • Fenwick Against: 12
  • Fenwick For Percentage: 60
  • BU Goals For: 3
  • UConn Goals For: 2

Corsi and Fenwick vs. UConn Overtime 

  • Corsi For: 8
  • Corsi Against: 2
  • Corsi For Percentage: 80
  • Fenwick For: 5
  • Fenwick Against: 1
  • Fenwick For Percentage: 83.3
  • BU/UConn Goals For: 0

Takeaway

Against the Eagles (4-4, 1-3 Hockey East), BU definitely did not spend all that much time in the offensive zone. The Terriers did, however, make the most of their chances in the third and got a little bit of puck luck. Junior goaltender Matt O’Connor stood tall on his end to keep BU in the game. It didn’t take puck possession, but a couple of flukey goals propelled the Terriers in this one.

On the other hand, BU could’ve easily defeated UConn (2-4-3, 1-2-1 Hockey East) by three-plus goals last Saturday. On even-strength chances, BU held the puck for extended periods of time. The penalties caught up to the team, which is why the score was tied in the end. Staying out of the penalty box is paramount for this team going forward.

Other Notes

— Check out Maya’s photo gallery from the BC game.

— New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr spoke with WEEI.com about BU freshman Jack Eichel. It’s Jagr at his finest.

— Eichel was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week for his four-point weekend against BC and UConn.

Odds and Ends: Terriers wrap up successful weekend against Michigan State, Michigan

The Boston University men’s hockey team put together an impressive showing over the weekend, besting both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan at Agganis Arena.

Here are a few links and notes to help get you caught up on this weekend’s action and play from around Hockey East:

– Sarah provided the recap of Terriers’ 3-2 win over Michigan.

– Conor discussed the team’s third-period turnaround in his sidebar.

– Andrew wrote up the pluses and minuses from the game.

– Check out our recap from BU’s 1-0 victory over Michigan State Friday.

– Postgame comments from BU coach David Quinn, junior captain Matt Grzelcyk, junior forward Matt Lane, Michigan coach Red Berenson and Michigan forwards Andrew Copp and Alex Kile.

– Here are some photos from the weekend’s games courtesy of our photographer, Maya Devereaux.

– Boston College defeated the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, 4-1, Saturday night.

– Vermont earned a 2-1 victory over UConn at Gutterson Fieldhouse Saturday night.

– Three goals in the second period helped UNH defeat Colorado College, 6-2, Saturday night.

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