November 4, 2008

NCAA Round Up

There are a lot of great college hockey match ups this weekend.

Match ups to watch:

Cornell 0-0-0 against Princeton 1-0-0 ---- This should be a gauge of what kind of a team Princeton really has. While some of the college hockey pundits have Princeton ranked as high as 8th in the latest polls, I don’t believe they are anywhere near that good of a team. It will be interesting to see if Princeton lives up to the hype.
Prediction: Cornell 3-2

Goon’s Match up of the weekend:

Minnesota Golden Gophers take on the Hockey East Power University of New Hampshire Wildcats. The Wild Cats from New Hampshire travel west to face another WCHA team for a second year in a row. Last year, the Wildcats made the trip to North Dakota for a two game series. The Gophers are led up front by junior forward Ryan Stoa 6-4-10 and super freshman Jordan Schroeder 2-6-8. Both players have been nothing short of phenomenal early on. The Wildcats are led by sophomore James van Riemsdyk who is 4-3-7 in seven games so far this season.

In goal, the Gophers are led by sophomore Alex Kangas who has 4-0-2 record and goals against average 2.11, with a save percentage of .922. The Wildcats are led by junior goaltender Brian Foster who has a 4-1-1 record. His, goals against average 1.49 with a gaudy save percentage of .951. Goals could be hard to come by this weekend, proving to be a low scoring weekend for hockey. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Net.
Prediction: Tie Friday and UNH wins 3-2 on Saturday.

Rematch of the 2008 NCAA title game:

Friday night Notre Dame travels to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts to play the defending national champions the Boston College Eagles. This game is a rematch from the 2008 Frozen Four that Boston College won by a score of 4-1.

The Irish are led up front by sophomore Ian Cole 3-4-7 and freshman Bill Maday 3-3-6. However, the Boston College Eagles are a little more dynamic. Offensively, Boston College is led by sophomore Brian Gibbons 3-7-10 and senior Brock Bradford 6-3-9.

In goal, the Boston College Eagles are led by sophomore John Muse who has a record of 5-1 and goals against average 2.82, and a save percentage of .896. In goal, Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish are led by senior Jordan Pearce who has a 3-3 record and a goals against average of 2.35, with a save percentage of .902.

According to the ESPN web page, the game is on ESPN Classic at 6:00 pm eastern time.
Prediction: B.C. 5-2 over Notre Dame.

Goon’s top 10 College hockey teams

1.)Boston College
2.)Colorado College
3.)Boston University
5.)New Hampshire
9.)Michigan State

Ballhype: hype it up!

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