6th Time’s the Charm For Cornell

For the first time in six attempts, Cornell came away victorious against BU at Madison Square Garden in Red Hot Hockey, as the Terriers won the event in 2007, 20011, 2013 and the 2009 and 2015 meetings ended in ties.

Cornell struck once in the first period and twice in the second to take a 3-0 lead into the third on goals from Beau Starrett, Trevor Yates, and Alec McCrea.

BU’s Dante Fabbro scored a power-play goal 4:48 into the third to cut the Big Red lead to 3-1, only to see Tristan Mullin score the eventual winner at 11:51 off a tip-in at the goal mouth.

The Terriers battled to the bitter end and made it a game late.  First, defenseman Chad Krys scored a 6 on 4 goal with less than seven minutes to play. BU coach David Quinn opted to pull goaltender Jake Oettinger as Cornell was called for a penalty with less than seven minutes to play for an extra attacker. The gamble paid off as Krys made it a two-goal game off a onetimer from the near point.

Not long after, Patrick Harper cut the Cornell lead to one with 4:58 left after Brady Tkuchuk threw the puck on net from the near side boards and Harper chipped home his sixth goal of the season from the side of the cage. It would be as close as the Terriers would get.

Cornell locked down in the last three minutes and staved off a furious BU bid to tie things up in the closing minute. The Terriers tossed 16 shots towards Cornell goalie Matt Galajda in the third period alone, as the freshman netminder made 35 saves on the night.

Empire State of Mind – Photo of the Week (Week 10)

Last Saturday, the Empire State Building in New York City was light up in blue yellow and purple "in honor of everyday giving and and the Carnegie Medal," according to the official Empire State Building website. Other lightings have honored breast cancer awareness, the first night of Hanukah, Thanksgiving and many, many other events. (Photo by Matt Dresens)

Last Saturday night, the Empire State Building in New York City was light up in blue yellow and purple “in honor of everyday giving and the Carnegie Medal,” according to the official Empire State Building website. Other lightings have honored breast cancer awareness, the first night of Hanukah, Thanksgiving and many, many other events. (Photo by Matt Dresens)

Clock Work – Photo of the Week (Week 9)

Daylight Savings ended last Sunday, and with that comes earlier sunsets like this one from Tuesday night, taken from the Mass-Ave bridge (Photo by Matt Dresens)

Daylight Savings ended last Sunday and with that comes earlier sunsets like this one from Tuesday night, taken from the Mass-Ave bridge. (Photo by Matt Dresens)

NewsTrack – USCHO

uscho-logoUnited States College Hockey Online (USCHO) is the premier college hockey website and as someone who covers college hockey, I use the site all time. College hockey isn’t like college football or college hoops where ESPN and every major sports network has wall to wall coverage all the time.

Instead, the majority of national college hockey stories and articles are found on USCHO and College Hockey News. For this assignment, I’ll focus on USCHO because it is a far more dynamic site.

Most notably, the site runs and sponsors the national rankings that come out every Monday around 2:00 pm. There is a running future called Tuesday Morning Quarterback that is released once a week on (you guessed it) Tuesday that takes a look at notable games and results across the land of college hockey.

Most activity takes place on the weekends when games are being played. Across the banner is a live scoreboard that updates in real time with all the games being played that night. In addition, box scores and some recaps are posted after each game.

For such a niche sport, USCHO has a vast amount of material. Not only does the site have all the Division 1 men’s information, be it polls, rosters, stats, and standings, the site also has all that information for all three Men’s and Woman’s divisions.

The site is not great about advertising, especially on Twitter. They usually post the feature links a day or two late, but in all honesty, the majority of the people who follow college hockey already know to check the site. So, in that sense, I don’t think they are really losing much viewership.

One of the main traffic sources is Fan Forums. Here, diehard degenerate college hockey fans can create a thread and talk about their team, league, etc.

My favorite feature is the archive. The site has been around since 1997 and every article, feature and game recap is still on the site. You can also look back at past results, as every team’s schedule is archived as well.

Overall, If USCHO wanted to there is a lot that could be improved on from a marking standpoint. But, for what their market is and their budget, the site does an excellent job keeping the college hockey world informed.

Goal From Above – Photo of the week (Week 8)

Bobo Carpenter scores his sixth goal of the season in BU's 4-3 loss to first ranked Denver last Friday night. For this game, I was in catwalks in the rafters that hang over the ice and was able to get this shot in the first period. (Photo by Matt Dresens)

Bobo Carpenter scores his sixth goal of the season in BU’s 4-3 loss to first ranked Denver last Friday night. For this game, I was in catwalks in the rafters which hang over the ice. The location offered a great chance to get some unique shots and watch the game in a completely different way.  (Photo by Matt Dresens)

The Fog Bowl – Photo of the Week (Week 7)

A rare front of fog rolls into Gillet Stadium Sunday night making the field almost impossible to see for the 300 level seats. The Patriots won their Super Bowl LI rematch withe the Atlanta Falcons 23-7 and improved to 5-2 on the year.  (Photo by Matt Dresens)

A rare front of fog rolls into Gillette Stadium Sunday night making the action on the field almost impossible to see for the 300 level seats. The Patriots won their Super Bowl LI rematch with the Atlanta Falcons 23-7 and improved to 5-2 on the year.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)

Defense More Valuable Than Goalie?

There’s a saying in hockey “you’re only as good as your goalie.” The logic is simple and it makes sense. The team with the least amount of goals allowed (presumably by the best goalie) will win the most games.
Turns out, that’s not really the case. Using the 2017 Hockey East season as the sample size it is evident that the old adage is false. When looking at save percentage (SV%), one of the major goaltending categories and the overall league standings the there is not a direct correlation to goaltender success (strong save percentage) and a team finishing high in the standings.\

Save PercentageGraphic one displays the goaltenders and their SV% accumulated over the course of the 2017 season. Merrimack’s Collin Delia and UConn’s Adam Huska both finished with an identical (and impressive) .928 SV%.
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Graphic two shows the league standings. Umass Lowell, Boston University, and Boston College finished in a three-way tie for first place. BU’s Jake Oettinger finished 4th in SV%, BC’s Joesph Woll came in 5th and Lowell’s Tyler Wall finished 7th.

Judging from the data, teams don’t need to have the best goalie to win. A statistically middle of the pack goalie will suffice.

Scoring DefenseThe team stat of “Scoring Defense” (Graphic 3) or the total goals allowed per game better resembles how a team will perform in the league standings. Defense has the ability to prevent shots or force teams into taking lesser percentage shots. This intern makes life easier for the goalie.

So, the saying should probably go something like “teams are only as good as their defense.”

Head of the Charles – Photo of the Week (Week 6)

Rowers cruise along Saturday afternoon in part of the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta. The event is the largest two day regatta in the world, attracting close to 11,000 rowers to the Charles River each October.  (Photo by Matt Dresens)

Rowers cruise along Saturday afternoon in part of the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta. The event is the largest two-day regatta in the world, attracting close to 11,000 rowers to the Charles River each October.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)

Taking A Knee

The NFL’s protests and taking a knee during the national anthem has been a hot-button issue for the last few weeks. Comments from President Trump calling players who took a knee “sons of bitches,” only seemed to fuel the fire. People’s opinions varied wildly and this as the intent of this video, to show that everyone has a thought on the situation.

Video co-produced by Matt Dresens and Vivian Situ

Strumming Along – Photo of the Week (Week 5)

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Jeff Twidwell picks an acoustic guitar while on lunch break out of the back of his “Boston Air” truck in Kenmore Square Tuesday Afternoon. (Photo by Matt Dresens)