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Leftover Thoughts From Day One Of The 60th Boston Beanpot


By Matt Noonan 

Here are a few leftover thoughts from Monday’s Boston Beanpot.

* Boston College appeared to be the strongest team in the city on Monday, especially since they defeated a Hockey East conference opponent by six goals.

* Northeastern University appeared dazed and confused, and head coach Jim Madigan stated bluntly that his squad was definitely “schooled.” The Huskies have now lost 12 games this season, and seriously, this has to be one of the most excruciating contests Madigan has ever experienced behind the bench.

* Random thought – did anyone else think that Jerry York’s squad was going to tally 10 goals on the Huskies?


* In my honest opinion, Harvard University’s men’s ice hockey team is certainly better than their record, which is 7-7-9. Yet, isn’t it quite amazing that the Crimson have nine ties this season? Against the number one team in the nation, Boston University, the Crimson won the shots on goal battle by rifling 30 shots on Terriers senior goaltender Kieran Millan, who easily turned away 29 of them. BU finished the contest with 25 shots, and three goals.

* Another random thought – I’m not expecting Ted Donato’s squad to lie down against the Huskies next week in the consolation clash. Harvard beat BU last year, 5-4 in the first game of “Championship Monday,” and I wouldn’t be surprised if they beat Northeastern.

* BU head coach Jack Parker should certainly compliment junior Wade Megan, who notched his second and third goals of the historic tournament against Harvard. The junior forward has now recorded three points in his five appearances in the Beanpot, and yes, they’ve all been goals.

* We’re still a few days away from another epic showdown of BC-BU, but if the Eagles play the way they did against the Huskies, then I’m picking the Eagles. However, if Millan keeps the puck out of the net, and assist his offense, then I’m picking the Terriers.

* The Eagles and Terriers have faced-off against one another 20 times in the tournament, and BU has won 12 of those contests. Can they earn lucky number 13 next Monday? We’ll see!

Boston University’s Jack Parker’s Outlook on the 2011-12 Season

By Matt Noonan 

Last week at the Hockey East Conference media day, Boston University’s men’s ice hockey coach Jack Parker admitted that he believes his team will be better this season, especially since they’re all a year older.

The Terriers, who are ranked second in the pre-season coaches poll will kick-off their ’11-’12 campaign on Saturday, Oct. 8, against the University of New Hampshire Wildcats at Agganis Arena, face-off is scheduled for 8:00pm.

Here’s the coach’s outlook on the upcoming season:

“We were a very inconsistent team last year. We started off great, we finished pretty well and in the middle we were horrible and then when the playoffs came we were horrible again, so I think that’s typical of a young team. That’s typical – probably we got a little full of ourselves early because we were rated so high and doing so well early on and a lot of that had to do with our great goaltending at that time. Kieran Millan was [winning] games for us, [and] it was the youngest team I ever coached [in] 38-years. The only team that came close to that was my very first team and that was not only young [squad] as far as age, but also, young as far as classes go. The best thing that could possibly happen to our team has already happened to us – we’re a year older. We’ve gotten sophomore to [become] juniors, 18-year-olds to become 19-year-olds, so that in it itself is going to make us a better team.”