Opponent Previews: Boston College (2/15)

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Opponent: Boston College Eagles

League: Hockey East

Record: 14-13-3 (14-5)

Notable Wins: 
Other Wins: UMass, Merrimack, UNH, Vermont

Notable Losses: Wisconsin (14-15-3)
Other Losses: St. Cloud State, Denver, Harvard

Team Stats:                         UMass                                        BC
Goals                                      83                                             82
Save Percentage                   .899                                         .900
Goals Against Average        3.05                                          2.83
Shots Per Game                   27.4                                          30.5


Team Leaders:

Goals (11): Graham McPhee #27 Forward, 6’1, 175 lbs

Assissts (14): David Cotton #17 Forward, 6’3, 205 lbs

Points (22): Logan Hutsko #9 Forward, 5’10, 165 lbs

Shots (85): Casey Fitzgerald #5 Defense, 5’11”, 185 lbs

Goals Against Average (2.48): Ryan Edquist #35 Goalie, 6’0 170 lbs

Save Percentage (.916): Ryan Edquist #35 Goalie, 6’0 170 lbs


Prediction: UMass 3, BC 2

The Minutemen are currently playing their best hockey of the year and I am calling the upset against the conference leading Boston Eagles. Matt Murray is coming off a Hockey East player of the week nod and the team is on a three-game unbeaten streak. Freshmen like Mitchell Chaffee, John Leonard, Cale Makar, and Mario Ferraro have been playing great hockey for the Minutemen and I think they are up to the challenge against the Eagles. Even though Boston College leads in shots per game, the teams have an otherwise very similar look on paper, and with Matt Murray playing the way he has been, it will be difficult to get anything by him. He has been handling busy workloads all season and it won’t be an easy game for him, but if he stands tall again, I like the Minutemen’s chances for the upset.

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