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Boston College Hockey: 2013-2014 Men’s Schedule Released


 

The 2013-2014 Boston College Men’s Hockey schedule has officially been announced. As Austin Tedesco from The Heights noted yesterday, the Big 3 sports will host the fewest amount of home games (32) in the last 20 years. While I think this is mainly due to the basketball team’s willingness to play more road/neutral games against tougher opponents, it is still surprising.

But back to hockey. A more detailed season preview will come later but here is the 2013-2014 schedule followed by some initial thoughts:

Day Date Opponent Time
Sun 10/06/13 vs. ST. FRANCIS XAV
Exhibition
7:00 p.m. ET
Thu 10/10/13 at Michigan 7:35 p.m. ET
Sun 10/13/13 vs. RENSSELAER 7:00 p.m. ET
Fri 10/18/13 vs. WISCONSIN 7:00 p.m. ET
Fri 10/25/13 at Minnesota 7:07 p.m. CT
Sun 10/27/13 at Minnesota 7:07 p.m. CT
Fri 11/01/13 vs. NORTHEASTERN 7:00 p.m. ET
Sat 11/02/13 at Northeastern 7:00 p.m. ET
Fri 11/08/13 at Boston University 7:00 p.m. ET
Sun 11/10/13 vs. ARMY 3:00 p.m. ET
Thu 11/14/13 at Massachusetts 7:00 p.m. ET
Fri 11/15/13 vs. MASSACHUSETTS 7:00 p.m. ET
Wed 11/20/13 at Harvard 7:00 p.m. ET
Sat 11/23/13 at Maine 7:00 p.m. ET
Fri 11/29/13 vs. HOLY CROSS 7:00 p.m. ET
Fri 12/06/13 vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE 7:00 p.m. ET
Sat 12/07/13 at New Hampshire 7:00 p.m. ET
Fri 12/27/13 vs. Bowling Green
Three Rivers Classic (Pittsburgh, PA)
4:35 p.m. ET
Sat 12/28/13 vs. Penn State /Robert Morris
Three Rivers Classic (Pittsburgh, PA)
4:35 p.m./7:35 p.m. ET
Sat 01/04/14 vs. Notre Dame
Frozen Fenway
7:30 p.m. ET
Fri 01/10/14 vs. PROVIDENCE 7:00 p.m. ET
Sat 01/11/14 at Brown 7:00 p.m. ET
Fri 01/17/14 vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY 7:00 p.m. ET
Sat 01/18/14 vs. MAINE 7:00 p.m. ET
Tue 01/21/14 at Merrimack 7:00 p.m. ET
Sat 01/25/14 at Penn State 7:05 p.m. ET
Fri 01/31/14 at Providence 7:00 p.m. ET
Mon 02/03/14 vs. Boston University
Beanpot (Boston, MA)
8:00 p.m. ET
Fri 02/07/14 vs. MERRIMACK 7:00 p.m. ET
Mon 02/10/14 vs. Harvard /Northeastern
Beanpot Third Place/Championship (Boston, MA)
TBA
Fri 02/14/14 at Vermont 7:05 p.m. ET
Sat 02/15/14 at Vermont 7:05 p.m. ET
Fri 02/21/14 vs. UMASS LOWELL 7:00 p.m. ET
Sat 02/22/14 at UMass Lowell 7:00 p.m. ET
Sat 03/01/14 vs. NOTRE DAME 7:00 p.m. ET

1- First five games: Michigan (road), RPI (home), Wisconsin (home), Minnesota (road), Minnesota (road). Well that’s one way to ease your way into the season. Last year was the first since 1991 that Michigan was not in the big frozen dance, so expect them to be back this year retooled and ready for another run. Like BC, Wisconsin and Minnesota suffered disappointing first round defeats in last year’s tournament but both are expected to contend again this year. Don’t sleep on RPI either. They made the tournament two years ago and finished 2nd in the ECAC last year. This game will not be a cakewalk.

The tough beginning is similar to BC’s schedule in 2011-2012 when they played Michigan State (W), North Dakota (W) and Denver (L) before going into conference play.

2- The first five games won’t make or break BC’s season…: Of course, every game is important. And if they went 0-5 or 1-4 in these games, there might be some cause for panic. But time and time again we have seen this hockey team sputter through the first half of the season, only to get hot after the Beanpot and contend for a national championship, most notably two years ago. It would be great for this team to send a message to the rest of the country early in the season, but if BC can manage 3-2 in these first five games, all should be well in the world.

3- …But the last two against UMass Lowell might: Anyone who doesn’t expect UML to repeat last year’s success might be underrating the Riverhawks. Of the 11 players who had 10 or more points last year, UML returns 9 of them including their top 3. They also return possibly the best pound-for-pound goalie in college hockey, Sophmore Connor Hellebuyck. He was the anchor behind UML’s improbable run posting a 20-3 record with a 1.37 GAA and a .952 save percentage. He was even more astounding during tournament play, stopping 70 of 71 shots in the final 2 games of the Hockey East Tournament. He was the first Freshman to win the tournament MVP since, well, Johnny Hockey the year before.

With David Quinn in his first year as coach of Boston University, it is not out of the question that these final 2 conference games between BC and UML could decide the Hockey East champion.

4- A great home schedule (read: Students, go to the freaking games): The home schedule should provide lots of great hockey both out of conference and within the Hockey East. Given BC’s roster, there is a great possibility this will be a special year.

Since the only thing “special” about this football season may be Coach Addazio’s impassioned pre-game speeches, I think this would be a great opportunity for current students (especially Freshman) to make it a habit of filling the seats for hockey and basketball games. We won’t have hockey teams like this forever (really, we won’t. See pre-2001) and two bad years of recruiting can set basketball teams back for an entire class of students (Class of 2013 nods begrudgingly). So there should be no excuse for BC students (and alumni who live in the area!) not to fill Conte this fall and winter for some (hopefully?) exciting action.

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  • boston brunch club

    The kid from UMass Lowell may have had a good year, but I think it will be hard for him to duplicate his success. Goalies tend to be very volatile year to year, and for a kid as young as he is, it’s hard for me to pencil him in on the Walter Brown watch list.
    College hockey tournaments are total crapshoots, I know that. Still, I can’t help but feel underwhelmed by the way to team finished up last season, losing badly to BU in the HE tourney and then a first round exit in the Frozen Four. Hopefully the kids bounce back, and Jerry shakes off the health issues from last year.

    • Andrew

      Normally, I’d agree with you but the kind of year he had was historic. Had he played a whole season, one could argue his season was better than Ryan Miller’s in 2001 where he won the Hobey Baker and brought MSU to the frozen four.

      I’m a little more sheepish on the team than others. But at the very least they will be contenders.

      • boston brunch club

        I’ll definitely be interested to see if he can maintain his success. Though I am a BC fan, I always respect fantastic goaltending. I’m hoping he can keep it up like Frank Slubowski and Brandon Torf have versus someone like Sam Brittain who has slipped.