Monday, March 22, 2010

Northeast #1: Boston College

Boston College Eagles

1 seed vs. Alaska, Northeast Regional (DCU Centre, Worcester, MA)
Hockey East Tournament Champions
Record: 25-10-3
Coach: Jerry York

BC was beaten out of the Hockey East regular season title by a single point, but the Eagles took down UMass and Vermont en route to a wild 7-6 overtime victory against Maine and the Hockey East conference tournament title. Apart from a rough January, where they went 4-5, the Eagles haven't dropped more than two games in a month. They won the Beanpot again this year over BU, revenge after dropping the January 8 outdoor game at Fenway Park.

The Eagles are two years removed from their 2008 national title in Denver, but one year removed from missing the tournament entirely. Junior goalie John Muse returns from the title team, carrying a 2.43 GAA and .909 SV %, which is slightly more pedestrian than the 2.20/.921 of his freshman campaign. He's split time with freshman Parker Milner (2.32/.909).

On the offensive side, sophomore Cam Atkinson leads the team in goals and points with a 24-22--46 line. Junior Brian Gibbons (15-29--44) is the assists leader. Junior defenseman Brian Dumoulin is an eye-popping +27 on the year.

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