In the most recent polling by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the University of New Hampshire bypassed Boston College in becoming the number one ranked Men’s Ice Hockey team in the country.
BC’s loss to Boston University on Nov. 30 was just enough to propel New Hampshire past them in the standings by a measly twelve points (UNH's 977 to BC’s 965). The UNH Wildcats are off until Dec. 6, when they play the BU Terriers.
Jerry York and the Eagles should not be worrying about what is happening around the league. After a hard-fought weekend series against BU, which they split, the Eagles began preparations for their Dec. 7 game against the Providence College Friars.
Entering this weekend, Providence is on the outside looking in, having garnered only fifteen points in the NCAA polling – ranking them twenty-second in the nation. A victory against the Eagles would surely do the Friars (7-6-1) good.
The Eagles, coming off a 5-2 trouncing of the BU Terriers, will look to keep their offense rolling in Friday’s matchup against Providence.
After the loss to BU, York fiddled with his lines, bumping freshman Brendan Silk up to the second group with juniors Bill Arnold and Kevin Hayes. With sophomore Destry Straight, who began the season skating with Arnold and Hayes, out for the third week in a row, that right wing spot on the second line has been a revolving door of sorts, featuring Patrick Brown, Brooks Dyroff and, most recently, Silk. The line showed a sense of vigor and rejuvenation, accounting for six points against BU.
A win over the Friars would give Jerry York 925 collegiate victories, one more than Ron Mason – the current record holder.
In other hockey news, when UNH plays BU, a UNH loss would surely propel the Eagles back into first, yet the idea of wishing success upon BU is simply unpalatable. BC can overtake UNH in the standings without BU's help.