Friday, March 04, 2011

Hockey wins, Rogers speaks and other links

In most of our championship years, York's teams started collecting trophies en route to the big one. Beanpot, Hockey East regular season, etc. Well with their win tonight, the Hockey team leaped ahead of UNH for first place in the Hockey East. The teams face off tomorrow night with BC having a chance to clinch the regular season title.

It wasn't all rosy though. Chris Kreider broke his jaw and is likely out for the remainder of the season.

The BC Draft crew held a Q&A with our new OC Kevin Rogers. Rogers doesn't tip his hand much regarding players or schemes. What is interesting is that he will seem to continue a BC tradition of Coordinators being secondary recruiters while the staffers are the primary. Many schools handle the recruiting among the staff that way but I've never really cared for it. I think you lose something if the coordinators are not actively on the road meeting the kids, talking to other coaches, etc. I also think that recruiting windows are so much smaller now, that more feet on the street can be useful.

Castonzo told WEEI that he does expect to be a first-round draft pick.

Castonzo's former bookend tackle Gosder Cherilus is battling knee issues again. If the Lions need a tackle, maybe they will take AC.

The ACC named Carolyn Sword to its All Academic team.


Walter said...

Chris Kreider broke his jaw?!

He's one of our best players. That's awful.

Scoop said...

He was hit by a clearing pass to the side of the head during a penalty kill from his own teammate.
I don't know the severity of the injury, but Nathan Gerbe ('08) returned in about three weeks from surgery to wire a broken jaw together after a similar freak accident earlier this season with the Sabres. Given the drawn-out schedule of HE and NCAA playoffs, maybe the same could be true for Kreider.

It's a shame because he is a terrific player with blazing speed. This might be a blessing in disguise if it keeps him from signing with the Rangers this spring. He is clearly a man playing with boys at this level.

As for the team, last night's 4-0 win over UNH was the best game they've played since the championship game vs. Wisc. They rose to the occasion, totally dominating UNH. Saying they outskated them is an understatement. We are clearly a much faster team than UNH. Our backcheck and D-zone coverage was superb, no second chances or odd-man rushes and we scored two shorthanded goals. Frosh Bill Arnold scored the second with a burst of speed and a power move to the net that indicates he has the potential to be a big-time player.

BTW, Nat Gerbe scored an empty-netter in Philly, his 8th of the year, to clinch the win today for the Sabres.

mod10aeagle said...

Hockey came from a two-goal deficity to beat UNH again, 4-3, and take the regular season crown and #1 seed in the HE tournament. They'll face U Mass in round one. Remarkable to come from behind after losing Kreider. On the other hand, UNH is limping badly into the tournament.

Go Eagles!