The Huskies are coming off their first win since week one, and a solid performance against a top-five team in the country.
On the other side of the ice are the Boston College Eagles. BC leads Hockey East in just about every single category. They have the best scoring offense in the conference with 4.54 goals per game and the best scoring defense, giving up only 1.23 goals per game. Goalie Thatcher Demko has been one of the best players in the country with his .953 save percentage. While BC has taken by far the most penalties in Hockey East, they have the best penalty kill to go along with it. The only thing the Eagles aren’t best in the conference in is the powerplay, where they sit in the middle of the pack. Even with a conference average powerplay, they still lead in net special teams.
BC hasn’t lost a game since week two against RPI, and has been on an eleven game win streak since then. The only game that has been even close since then was a 4-3 win over Denver in October. They’ve been so dominant that when I looked up their corsi close (conference leading 59.4% for what it’s worth), there were over 300 more shot attempts in non-close situations than there were in close situations. BC hasn’t even had to break a sweat.
Northeastern certainly has its work cut out for it this weekend against a very tough opponent, who they haven’t had much success against in the past. But hey, nobody thought they’d beat them in the first round of the Bean pot last year. It can happen.