On Second Thought...

By Elliot Olshansky - October 22, 2007


Well, you can't say the first two weekends of the season haven't given us what to think about.

Personally, based on what we've seen so far this month, I'm definitely rethinking a few things.

So much for... Colorado College being overrated.

Wow, was I off on that one? Well, you can never be too sure with a freshman goaltender coming in and starting right away. Richard Bachman (Turner Overdrive) certainly made an impression in his first weekend between the pipes for CC, and if there's more where that came from, the Tigers could certainly make a return to the NCAA tournament on their home ice this spring. Of course, it's still early, so who knows what's going to happen?

So much for... goaltending as the weak link for North Dakota, Minnesota and Boston College.

So with many observers - this one included, to be honest - wondering whether Phil Lamoureux would be the weak link on a potential championship team, all he does is go out and stop the first 78 shots he sees this season and set a program record. As for Jeff Frazee, he didn't win for Minnesota this weekend, but he gave the Gophers a chance to win, especially on Saturday night, and if that team is relying on goaltending to win games, then there are big problems in Gopherland.

And then there's John Muse. 22 saves on 25 shots at Vermont isn't a great performance, but it's certainly solid, and then you have his performance against North Dakota. Who knows what would have happened in that third period, but the truth is that he saw a full night's worth of shots against the No. 1 team in the nation under very difficult conditions, and stood up to the test.

So much for... anything special to read into the change in listing for Jean-Philippe Lamoureux

I had a chance to ask Lamoureux this weekend what happened with the way he's listed on North Dakota's roster, going from Philippe to Jean-Philippe. "They just got it right this year," was the only answer I got. Of course, that's not the first time we've had to re-learn a North Dakota name. It wasn't until Chay Genoway suited up for the Sioux that we learned that the family name - which we were first introduced to with brother Colby - has a hard "G" and not a soft one.

So much for... Jack Parker being the only one who can make funny comments about the fog issues at Conte Forum.

Last December, it was BU's Jack Parker who got in a few choice words in the wake of a fog cancellation. This time, it was Jerry York who had some pretty good lines.

For some reason, the chairs in BC's media room were set up about 10-12 feet back from the table where York sits for press conferences, but when York came in, we all grabbed chairs and pulled them closer to the table, with York saying, "I can't see you...too much fog." Later on, when discussing how these issues might be dealt with in the future, York said, "Hopefully, Al Gore's not all right."

Hopefully, BC hockey won't give us any more occasions to talk about Al Gore...unless he shows up to watch the Eagles play his alma mater.

Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 10:15 PM on October 22, 2007
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