Daily Noontime: Thursday, February 20th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Thursday, everyone – we’re one day away from the start of a brand new weekend!

The sun is shining outside my window, but it is VERY cold, so make sure to bundle up and maybe wear an extra hat (or gloves). But luckily this cold spell will pass as the mild temperatures will return this weekend (and even next week, too). So get excited!

Alright, without further ado, here is a brand new Daily Noontime, but remember … make sure you smile, laugh, eat a cookie, drink some hot cocoa, and read something interesting today.


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • The Boston Bruins kicked-off their road trip with a 2-1 (overtime) win last night over the Edmonton OilersDavid Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron each lit the lamp for the Bruins, who improve to 38-11-12 overall.

    Boston will visit the Calgary Flames tomorrow night (Friday, Feb. 21st) with puck drop scheduled for 9 p.m.

  • The Boston Celtics will commence the second half of their season tomorrow when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves for an 8 p.m. tip-off.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Chris Kreider remains on the market and could be a target for not just the Bruins at the NHL Trade Deadline. (NBC Sports)
  • According to a report, the NFL would add an extra playoff team under the Collective Bargaining Agreement beginning this season. (ProFootballTalk.com)

  • Brock Holt won’t be playing for the Boston Red Sox this season – he recently joined the Milwaukee Brewers – but one Boston journalist pondered the question if he was the greatest utility player in the team’s history. (Boston.com)
  • According to Colin Cowherd, the New England Patriots could sign Derek Carr if Tom Brady inks his name on a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders(NESN.com)

  • Robert Williams will be returning to the hardwood soon for the Celtics. (Boston.com)
  • The NBA postseason will be here before we know it, which means its time to highlight a few teams that could provide the Celtics with some challenges over the next few weeks. (Fansided)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: In honor of ‘Throwback Thursday’ here is my audition tape for the Chicago Cubs PA Announcer position from 2011. (Feel free to laugh – I won’t get upset!) 

Daily Noontime: January 21st, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Tuesday – most of us are back to work this morning after a LONG weekend, so hopefully, this provides you with some extra energy to commence a four-day work week!

Today is quite cold in Boston – when do the warmer temperatures arrive? – but the good news is a warm-up is coming in a few days, along with some rain this weekend, which should wipe away the remainder of this past weekend’s snowstorm.

As always, have a great day, smile, be kind, and enjoy time with family and friends (if you can!).


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • Jayson Tatum netted 27 points, while Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker each recorded 20 points, respectively, as the Boston Celtics rolled the Los Angeles Lakers, 139-107, last night at the TD Garden. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Green and White, who return to the court tomorrow (Wednesday, January 22nd) against the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • The Boston Bruins will entertain the Vegas Golden Knights this evening with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. The Black and Gold enter the contest with a 28-10-12 record (68) points, which is good for first place in the Eastern Conference (Tampa Bay sits behind Boston in second place, while Florida is in third place).

The Noontime Headlines (and Links!)

  • Nicole Yang of Boston.com dishes out ’10 notes and observations’ from the Celtics’ impressive (and exciting) win last night over the Lakers. (Boston.com)
  • “I mean, listen, it was a good, old-fashion butt whooping,” said LeBron James following his team’s loss last night to the Celtics. (ESPN.com)

  • We’ll find out this evening who is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer – could we see former Boston Red Sox pitcher get elected to the Class of 2020? Here is an inside look at how the Boston Globe writers voted for this year’s class. (Boston Globe)

  • Cambridge‘s Khai Smith recorded a double-double of 22 points and 23 rebounds yesterday which helped the Falcons snap TechBoston’s 27-game winning streak in the BABC Classic at Cathedral High School yesterday in local Massachusetts high school basketball. (Boston Herald)
  • Who will be the next manager of the Boston Red Sox? Perhaps Hensley Meulens, who is the New York Mets bench coach? (OverTheMonster.com | SB Nation)

  • Chris Kreider, who played for Boston College, will be a top target for the Boston Bruins at the National Hockey League (NHL) trade deadline. (Yahoo.com)

Video of the Day: It’s hard to not watch again (and again) this marvelous dunk from last night by Jaylen Brown

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Boston Beanpot Championship Recap: BC 3, BU 2 (OT)

Sophomore Bill Arnold's game-winning goal helped BC defeat BU in the 60th Boston Beanpot championship! (Photo Credit: Hockey East)

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – On the final day of the 60th Boston Beanpot, Boston College and Boston University gathered on a sheet of ice, and entertained a full house at the TD Garden, who watched sophomore Bill Arnold net the game-winning goal with 6.4 seconds remaining in overtime, which lifted the Eagles past the Terriers, 3-2.

“My two line mates made two very good passes, and [Steven Whitney] found me streaking in, and the coaches have been harping on me to shoot the puck more, so I wasn’t going to give up that chance in overtime, so I let it go and when you put the puck on net, good things happen,” said Arnold.

“I thought our club played extremely well,” said BC head coach Jerry York. “The pass Steve Whitney made to Billy Arnold at the end was textbook. We had an odd man advantage, and he found a late guy, and Billy wristed it glove side, which was pretty electric on our bench.”

The Eagles began the game by earning the lead on a shorthanded goal at 8:54 in the opening period when junior Chris Kreider, (one goal, one assist) connected with junior Pat Mullane, who flung the puck from the far left circle in the Terriers zone past senior netminder Kieran Millan, (44 saves) for the score.

BU attempted to respond following their opponent’s strike, but struggled immensely against junior Parker Milner, (32 saves) who deflected nine shots in the opening frame.

Although, the Terriers did strike back late in the middle period when sophomore Garrett Noonan, (two goals) scored on the team’s first power play, which tied the score, 1-1.

After the equalizer, Noonan and junior Sean Escobedo were directed to the penalty box for tripping and cross-checking, which opened the door for Kreider, who registered BC’s first power play goal at 18:42, which gave the home squad a one goal advantage after two frames.

Once the third period began, BU again made themselves comfortable in the BC zone, and eventually fed Noonan the puck, who beat Milner for his team’s second goal, which forced overtime.

In the extra frame, both teams raced up and down the ice for 19 minutes until Whitney connected with Arnold, who rifled the puck past Millan for the win.

“We won last year, and we won again this year, and that’s what it’s all about,” said Arnold. “To score the goal feels nice, but winning’s what’s important, and that feels much better than scoring the goal.”

The Eagles victory on Monday marks the first time since 1963-1965 that they’ve won three consecutive Beanpot championships. As for the Terriers, they’ve now lost three consecutive tournament finals, which dates back to their original losing streak from 1983-1985.

Cross Lifts Boston College Past Northeastern, 2-1

Boston College picked up their seventh win on Friday against Northeastern University!

By Josh Kummins 

CHESTNUT HILL, MA It was a rather wacky hockey game at Kelley Rink on Friday, as the No. 2 Boston College Eagles and Northeastern Huskies continued their three-game Hockey East season series – a rivalry that has been turned up a notch over the past two years. However, on this particular evening, the Eagles outshot the Huskies, 36-18 margin, and won with seconds left in the third period by a score of 2-1.

“It was a much closer game than the shots indicate,” said Boston College head coach Jerry York. “I think the score indicated the equality of the two teams. I thought our club played well in a lot of areas.”

“Obviously, they are a very good hockey club,” said Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan. “They’re fast, they put pressure on you all night long…they just come at you with four lines.”

The Eagles came out flying in the first period, yet couldn’t contain sophomore Cody Ferriero, who crashed the net and poked a rebound past Boston College’s Parker Milner for his first strike of the season. The Eagles responded during the second period, as junior Chris Kreider batted a Huskies clearing attempt back into the offensive zone before skating through the defense and hitting Kevin Hayes with a short drop pass in front, which tied the game.

Both teams were then forced to trade shots and opportunities, until Eagles defenseman Tommy Cross rifled the puck from the top left circle past Chris Rawlings with 2.6 seconds remaining to secure Boston College’s seventh win of the season.

“We were trying to enter the zone with possession there,” said Cross. “A couple miscues there, but we finally got possession in the zone and we got some great shots and some great net presence.”

Cross continued by saying, “It was a scrum, they collapsed down low, and [Brian Dumoulin] got it…Most guys would have panicked with less than five seconds to go, and he somehow had the clock in his head and looked over to me, gave it to me and I just got it off quick. I think it hit one of their defender’s hands in front and dropped straight down.”

Boston College returns to Kelley Rink on Sunday afternoon for a matinee affair against Boston University, while Northeastern will head west to face University of Massachusetts at Amherst on Saturday.