But the amount of absolute garbage calls against Petrecki called mostly due to the fact that he's stronger than everyone else make him even more of a flight risk. If I were him, I'd want to leave right now.
It happened again last night. He clocked a Merrimack player with a clean open-ice hit. Needless to say, the Merrimack victim was flattened due to Petrecki's beastly checking ability; this attracted the attention of Tim Benadetto and landed Petrecki in the box. This seems to happen once every game, and I'm getting pretty fed up; you know that if it were happening to one of Jack Parker's players, he would have broken a Jack Daniels bottle over Joe Bertagna's head by now.
We heard a lot of good things about BC's freshman class, but they seem to be even better than advertised thus far. It should genuinely frighten our competition that on a given night, we have the flexibility to scratch a guy like Cam Atkinson, who seems to have the potential to become the best goalscorer of the bunch.
I think it's safe to say that this is the deepest BC team since the 1998-2001 run.
Much has been made about BC's lack of depth at defense in 2009, and this is a fair concern - but with Tommy Cross and Jimmy Hayes to quarterback from the point for the next few years, we shouldn't be too concerned - unless one or both leave early. Both of these players are just incredibly impressive so far.
Cross's dangling and puck possession directly led to Paul Carey's power play goal against Vermont last week, and his two-way game has been outstanding.
Hayes is a big guy, but he isn't quite as thick as Brian Boyle was; of course, he also isn't as thick in the head. Boyle, God love him, was prone to idiotic penalties [his middle name my freshman year should have been 'Contact to the Head'] and poor turnovers. Hayes, on the other hand, is a smooth player, and now that he has two goals under his belt, he should put the puck on net with more confidence.
Carey was the #1 star of the game last week and for good reason. It's exciting to have a player with Carey's size and skill, since our go-to goal scorers tend to be diminuitive (not that there's anything wrong with that, of course). Atkinson and Almeida seem to be in the typical BC mold, shorter, quicker guys with nice moves and great hockey sense.
Again, it's absolutely frightening that on any given night, we can scratch one or more of these guys and still put out a grade-A lineup. It's all a testament to the great work done by Coach York. After the mistake I made last year, I'll never stress out about mid-season results again; I'm ready to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Although there's no guarantee this one will end in a national title, I'm quite confident that this year's ride will be smoother than the last two.
Women's Hockey vs. UVM, 2 PM
Men's Hockey @ Merrimack, 7 PM
Men's Soccer vs. Clemson, 7 PM