Sunday, October 19, 2008

Bring On The Terriers

The defense-first mentality was in full effect Friday night despite a young 2008-2009 UNH squad on the ice to defeat the Engineers.

With the 1-0 victory our 'Cats secured the lowest goals-against-average in all of Divison-I hockey for the early, early part of the season. Of note is a line-up that included five freshmen and was missing key returnees like Danny Dries, Alan and Paul Thompson, and defensemen Matt Campanale and Mike Beck out of the line-up. But what concerns me the most is the number of upperclassmen penalties through the game - Blake Kessel being the only Wildcat younger than a junior to receive a penalty. Four of the seven penalties came from the senior class.

So, what do our 'Cats face when Jack Parker's club takes to the Whittemore Center ice tonight? One that owns the lone winning record at Towse Rink among Hockey East teams? A challenge for sure. This is not the BU squad that our 'Cats shutout in the season series last year. The Terriers are as yet undefeated through three games and owns a four goal-per-game average offense and a stingy one-and-a-third goals-against-average.

The big question. Will it be as Phil DeSimone said last season to taking down the rest of the Big Four? "Yes, it will, coach." - we will find out in just a few short hours.

College hockey at its best. UNH. BU. On ESPNU. Puck drops @ 5:00pm.

Go 'Cats!


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