On January 8th (one week after the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway), Hockey East teams will be showcasing their skills outdoors for two games at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Organizers have recently decided to keep the frozen trend alive in college hockey, changing the name from Hockey East at Fenway to Frozen Fenway. Sun Life Financial has just been announced as the official sponsor.
The first game of the double header will feature the best of women’s college hockey with Northeastern University squaring off against UNH. This will surely set the stage for the premier game between the Boston University Terriers and Boston College Eagles men’s programs.
The men’s game will mark the 248th contest between the two teams. The Eagles are defending Beanpot champions from 2008, and the Terriers from 2009. There is always a lot on the line when the two programs play each other. Pride is the most important factor heading into the event for these cross-town rivals.
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Eagles RB Montel Harris ran for 104 yards while scoring three touchdowns as Boston College went on to run circles around Northeastern University 54-0 last Saturday. Legendary former Heisman Trophy Winner Doug Flutie’s nephew Billy Flutie caught his first career touchdown pass. BC football is now 5-0 against Northeastern with a total scoring gap of 133 points between the two teams.
After being down 21-0 in the first quarter, Northeastern may have finally realized that they should wait until February during hockey season to play BC. In Boston’s annual Bean Pot hockey tournament between BU, Northeastern, BC, and Harvard, Northeastern has won four times to BC’s 14. Boston College’s next game is set for September 12th against Kenn State at 2:00 pm.
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Boston College football is scheduled to kick off the 2009 season on Saturday, September 5th at 2:00 pm, when they host their cross-town rival Northeastern Huskies. BC has been getting prepared through four inter-squad scrimmages for the past couple of weeks. “This is an improvement,” said head coach Frank Spaniani. “Obviously, we have to make some (quarterback) decision. I think Dave (Shinskie) is in the mix but obviously if he can’t practice for a week, he’s out of the picture. (Justin) Tuggle has made a lot of strides. He wants to do it and he made some progress.”
Last season BC finished with a 9-5 total record. They advanced all the way to the ACC Championship where they lost to the #26 ranked Virginia Tech. They also competed in the Music City Bowl, but fell short 14-16 to Vanderbilt University. The last time BC and Northeastern met for a football game was in 1999 when BC held on to win 33-22.
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Beantown rivals Boston University and Boston College according to WEEI have just scheduled a game at Fenway Park on January 8th. The confirmed date should be one week after the Boston Bruins face off against the Philadelphia Flyers for the NHL Winter Classic. Reports mention that the College version of the Classic will be the first of two games played that day; the second game featuring the women’s Hockey East league.
The BU/BC match up always makes for a great game. This meeting at Fenway could possibly show as more important to some locals over the NHL Classic. The cross-town clubs have won consecutive national championships for the past two years; BC in 2008 and BU in 2009. Don’t miss your opportunity to catch one of these spectacular hockey showings at the most beloved park in America!
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The Providence College Friars ended Pittsburgh’s brief reign as the top-ranked NCAA team last night. Coming off of a tough 19-point loss to Notre Dame, the Friars looked to not only regain their confidence, but to also lock up a postseason spot. With the big win over #1 Pitt, the Friars should be able to finish the season with a winning record – a difficult feat in the contentious Big East.
“We’re in a pretty good situation: we’re in the top half of the best conference in the country,” PC coach Keno Davis told the AP’s Jimmy Golen. “It puts us in the conversation. I’m sure if we had lost, they wouldn’t be talking about us anymore.”
PC will be in action in Chestnut Hill against the Boston College on Friday, February 27th at the Conte Forum.
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The 57th annual Beanpot tournament took off last night at the TD Banknorth Garden. The lasting tradition features Boston University, Harvard, Northeastern University, and Boston College, as they compete for bragging rights for what school best represents Boston Hockey for the year.
The tournament opened up with #1 ranked Boston University against Harvard. B.U. managed to barely escape with a 4-3 win. Harvard started hot scoring the first two goals of the game. B.U. quickly responded with two goals of their own 1:43 seconds apart. The third period started with B.U. Junior Zach Cohen scoring to take the lead, only for Harvard to tie the game back up three minutes later. With
two minutes left Terriers Jason Lawrence scored the go ahead goal. Harvard then took control and got a shot off past goalie Kieren Millan, but the puck crossed the goal line one second too late and was beat by the buzzer.
The Following game featured Northeastern as they soared over the defending champion B.C. Eagles 6-1. Brad Thiessen came up with 45 saves as the Huskies advance to their first Beanpot final in four years. The game was tied 1-1 in the first period when Greg Costa scored off a rebound to give Northeastern the lead. The Huskies cruised from there scoring four more goals as Thiessen stopped everything that came his way.
Theissen will look to lead Northeastern next Monday as they take on B.U. in the finals. Harvard will face off against B.C. in the consolation match. Look for a high intense atmosphere in the Garden between the players on the ice and between rival fans side by side in the stands.
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Al Skinner’s Boston College basketball team pulled off a stunning upset of undefeated and unanimously no. 1 ranked North Carolina. BC had a slim 4 point leave at the half, and hung on to beat the Tar Heels on their home turf. BC guard Tyrese Rice put up 25 points, sophomore Rakim Sanders scored 22, and freshman Reggie Sanders had 17 points off of the bench. BC held NC superstar Tyler Hansbrough to only 21 points, and kept the NC bench in single digits. The Tar Heels were held to just 25% shooting in the second half.
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The Boston College Eagles football squad has their eyes on the calendar. The date circled, Aug. 30th when they are scheduled to kick off the 2008 season against Kent State. With the pre-season wrapping up, anticipation for the upcoming year is high and coaches, players and fans alike are all excited to get underway.
This past Sunday, the Eagles conducted their final summer camp scrimmage that featured a positive showing from an offensive standpoint, but more of a lack luster approach from the highly touted defense.
“I would have liked to have seen more intensity,” said coach Jeff Jagodzinski, who did add he was more interested in coming out of camp healthy than in anything he could see in a scrimmage. “This was our last live scrimmage, because I want to make sure my team is in a healthy state going into the Kent State game. That’s my first priority.”
The obvious key loss for the Eagles from last year’s squad was the loss of QB Matt Ryan. Ryan was drafted 3rd overall in the NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons and it will be hard to replace his on field leadership and athletic abilities right away. Chris Crane has the tough job of filling Ryan’s shoes as the starting QB this season and he seems up for the challenge by looking sharp in the last game of the summer.
“We ran the ball well and we’re making progress,” said Crane, who completed 10 of 20 passes for 66 yards. “Each day we’re getting better. We just have to get better every day.”
The Eagles received some votes of consideration to be ranked in the Top 25 AP Poll but fell a little shy of breaking the top 25. In the ACC Coaches Poll, BC was picked to finish 8th in the conference beneath the likes of power houses such as Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech and Florida State.
As far as expectations go for the 2008 season, the Eagles have to remember that they are not the same team that they were one year ago. They need to play within themselves and keep games close on the defensive end because their offensive is not going to be able to put up the same kinds of numbers they were able to generate last year behind Ryan and Co. If their defensive and special teams units are able to gel early on in the schedule, they will certainly have a great chance at qualifying for a bowl game, but at this point in time cannot be considered favorites in the ACC.
One player to watch is WR Rich Gunnell who last season in 14 games made 64 catches for a team high 931 yards and seven TD scores. It will be interesting to see how quickly Crane and Gunnell get on the same page and if the WR can continue to have the same success without Ryan running the show.
After the Kent State game on the 8/30 the Eagles open up their home schedule on 9/6 against Georgia Tech at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, MA.
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Ever since Boston College joined the ACC, the Eagles football program has continued to make strides in the right direction. Last year they were victorious in the Champs Sports Bowl 24-21 over Michigan St., they finished the season rated in the Top 10 of the AP poll and then had two of their players (Matt Ryan and DeJuan Tribble) drafted 3rd and 17th in the NFL Lottery. The future continues to look very bright for the Eagles and expectations are high for the 2008 campaign.
BC returns the core of their upperclassman defensive unit which last season held opponents to an average of 16.9 points a game in their 11 wins. On the offensive side of things, Chris Crane will replace Ryan as the starting QB in the fall. Crane who stands at 6’5″ tall and has a solid 220 lb frame dominated the spring ball workouts and left no one guessing as to who would win the starting job.
Crane is also very excited about the potential starting running back in Josh Haden. This kid’s got tons of speed and lots of potential to be the next superstar back in the conference.
“He’s here, and he’s working real hard,” said Crane of Haden. “During practice we’ve done some live snaps and he’s broken off a couple around the edge and ran up the sideline. He only needs a little crease and he’s strong enough upper body and lower body wise to break through that hole and break arm tackles.”
The Eagles will continue to work hard over the summer to put themselves in great game shape come the fall season. Barring any injuries they will most likely be the pre-season favorites to win the ACC.
Aug. 30 – @ Kent State
Sept. 6 – Georgia Tech
Sept. 20 – Central Florida
Sept. 27 – Rhode Island
Oct. 4 – @ N.C. State
Oct. 18 – Virginia Tech
Oct. 25 – @ North Carolina
Nov. 1 – Clemson
Nov. 8 – Notre Dame
Nov. 15 – @ Florida State
Nov. 22 – @ Wake Forest
Nov. 29 – Maryland
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