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Holy War

November 7, 2008, 9:15 AM ET [ Comments]
Julie Robenhymer
Busy night for college hockey as far as TV is concerned...

No. 9 Princeton hosts Cornell on ESPNU at 7pm
No. 8 Miami hosts Ferris State on NHL Network at 7:30pm
No. 5 UNH travels to No. 4 Minnesota on FSN North at 8pm - oh how I wish I got this channel!

But the game of the night - without a doubt - is the National Championship rematch to take place in Chestnut Hill, MA as Notre Dame travels to Boston College. The game will air on ESPN Classic at 7pm.

all times eastern

The No. 2 Eagles look to continue their winning ways against the No. 12 Fighting Irish. On paper this is no contest as BC's high powered offense should easily defeat the Irish who are struggling to find their championship caliber form. BUT given their recent history, I'm not making any assumptions with this one as ANYTHING can happen...

Not only do we have the emotion and the pride of last season's National Championship game effecting tonight's game...here are some other interesting stats to chew on: Notre Dame defeated BC 7-1 in the last regular season meeting between the teams in BC’s Kelley Rink on Oct. 20, 2006. The Irish are 3-1-1 in the last five meetings between the teams. In each of Notre Dame’s last three victories, the Eagles were ranked No. 1 in the country at the time. Adding to the emotion, the Fighting Irish football team is also in town to play BC on Saturday afternoon, which means there should be more than a few opposing fans in the building giving the BC SuperFans a run for their money!

DO NOT MISS THIS GAME!!! They may not be evenly matched on the ice, but the effort and intensity should more than make up for it and keep things interesting.

Here's the run down for who to watch on each team:

Boston College

Brock Bradford (BOS) Team captain despite missing the majority of last season with an injury. Leads the team in goals with 6. A prototypical BC forward - fast and skilled.
Brian Gibbons (UD) Currently leads the team in points with 10 (3g, 7a). Always seems to be in the right place at the right time to make the perfect pass to get a shot on net.
Nick Petrecki (SJS) Defensive stud. He is a beast to go up against in the corners and has no problem using his 6-3 220 lb frame to knock you off the puck.
John Muse (UD) Backstopped the team to the Nat'l Title last season as a freshman and has picked up where he left off.

Notre Dame

Erik Condra (OTT) Named team captain for his leadership on and off the ice. (Did you know he's a pre-med major?) He drives thier offense seeing time on the PP and PK units and has been their leading scorer the past three seasons.
Jordan Pearce (UD) The backbone of this team, he comes up with the big saves when needed and led the league in save percentage last season.(Also a pre-med major...)
Ian Cole (STL) Currently leads the team in scoring as a sophomore defenseman with 7 points (3g, 4a). He's a big, physical guy that will go hit for hit with Petrecki.
Ryan Thang (NSH) A power forward who plays well at both ends of the ice and is an offensive threat who usually wins the one-on-one battles.

Other televised games this weekend:

Sat. Nov. 8 New Hampshire at Minnesota FSN North 8 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 9 Boston College at Maine ESPNU 4pm

Enjoy! :)


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