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Monday, February 13, 2006

The Second Monday in February, 2006

The No. 5 Boston College men's hockey team faces rival No. 6 Boston University at the TD Banknorth Garden tonight for the 54th annual Beanpot Tournament Championship. Preview from NHL.com.

This Week

Boston College is coming off an 8-3 anhiliation of the lowly Providence College Friars this past Friday night at Conte Forum. Boston College's two former Hobey Baker Award winners (college hockey's Heisman) David Emma and Mike Mottau were honored and presented with rings for their achievements (Mottau's parents accepted on behalf of their son, who was playing for the AHL's Peoria Rivermen).

Stephen Gionta
lit up the Friars for his first career hat trick; the previous night across town, his brother Brian, the former Eagle who once scored 5 - yes FIVE - goals in one period for the Eagles, netted 2 goals, including a spectacular diving GWG, to defeat the Boston Bruins.

Press Coverage

It's Beanpot time, so there was an abundance of press coverage of the team this week. Some of the highlights:

Chris Collins, who last week scored his nation-leading fifth shorthanded goal, has "blossom[ed] into a bona fide lamp lighter." Collins' recent performances have "served notice to the entire nation" that he is also a bona fide Hobey Baker candidate. These guys know it; vote to let these guys know it, too.

BC is dangerous on special teams, reports the Boston Herald.

BC also has very youthful defenders. In fact, overall, Boston College is the youngest Division I hockey team in the country, with an average age of 20 years and 140 days.

Goaltender Cory Schneider is featured by the Boston Globe.

Senior captain and star blueliner Peter Harrold, who "has gotten so good so fast that, from now on, pretty much every move he makes on the ice is going to be jotted down in notebooks held by NHL scouts," has received a lot of attention recently. See the Herald and USCHO.com.


Patrick Eaves plans to spend his NHL Olympic break "travelling to Boston to visit his brother, girlfriend and roommates from his days at Boston College. He would have been a senior this year, so he still has plenty of friends there. Eaves said he plans on skating with the Eagles. I'd still like to be in a team-like atmosphere,' he said."

Bobby Allen, a 2001 First Team All-America defenseman at Boston College who was picked in the second round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, is becoming an AHL journeyman of sorts. Now with the New Jersey Devils' organization, Allen is eagerly awaiting a shot at the NHL.

Beanpot Bits and Other Odds & Ends

Need any extra reasons to get geared up for tonight's game against BU? Check out this "BC Sucks" article from the Daily Free Press. It may be the saddest article yet from the BU paper. My favorite part? "Jack Parker recognized ... during last year's Beanpot ... that Eagle fans were wearing t-shirts while BU fans were wearing jerseys." If men's ice hockey (not women's - BU only this year got a varsity club) was the only sport that BC was competitive in, things would be different. BC fans need a more versatile (and not to mention, stylish - I hate those candy-cane, CCCP jerseys) wardrobe...

From the Boston Globe:
Now we learn that BC's motto can be found emblazoned right outside BU's spanking new sports temple, the Agganis Arena.

There it is on the statue of baseball and football legend Harry Agganis, ''the Golden Greek": ''Always excel." BC translates the famous quote from the sixth book of Homer's ''Iliad" as ''Ever to Excel
" . . . but it's all Greek to me.
University of Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson says that his Wolverines would be interested in coming out to play an outdoor hockey game against BC at Fenway.

Women's Beanpot

Meanwhile, the Boston College women's ice hockey team will battle Harvard University tomorrow night as they attempt to capture their first ever Beanpot title. More from USCHO.com.
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