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Friday, 29 November 2013 19:51

Black Friday Battle: #7 BC vs Holy Cross

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For the first time since 2004, the Boston College Eagles are set to square off with the Holy Cross Crusaders. Jerry York's club holds a decisive advantage in the series, having won 15 out of 16 contests, including the last 11.

In fact, the Crusaders lone victory came courtesy of a 4-0 shutout, way back in 1946.

This season, Holy Cross has had more downs than ups but the Eagles would be foolish to judge their adversary based on record. Despite a 3-9 start to the season, Paul Pearl's squad has hung tough against teams from Hockey East, including giving BU all it could handle in a 3-2 loss in its season opener.

The Crusaders, losers of four of their last five, are coming off a series split at Robert Morris, winning the first match up 2-1, before suffering a 5-1 drubbing. 

The team will turn to Tim Driscoll, who leads Holy Cross with seven points, including five assists, to spark the offense. Goalie Matt Ginn will have to play better than his 2.9 goals against average if the Crusaders are to walk away from Conte Forum with a victory.

As for the Eagles, they boast an overall 8-3-2 record and per usual, are near the top of the NCAA. Boston College is 4-0-1 at home but is coming off a surprising loss at Maine, by a 5-1 margin.

Johnny Gaudreau leads the attack as well as the nation in scoring, producing 1.85 points per game. The forward is in the midst of an eight-game point streak and has already cracked the top 50 goal scorers in BC history.

Linemate Bill Arnold is second in the NCAA in assists per game, averaging 1.15 per contest.

The duo is a big reason as to why the Eagles are putting more pucks in the net than any other team in the country, tallying a staggering 4.23 goals per game. 

If the Crusaders are to earn what would far-and-away be their most impressive win of the season, the team will have to elevate its game to a level that we are yet to see.

You can follow along with live updates of tonight's matchup by following CLNS Radio's Hockey account on Twitter.

Bobby Krivitsky

CLNS Radio contributor. Writer for Sports Illustrated's NBA blog KingJamesGospel.com and for Celtic-Nation.com. Analyst for Citrus TV in Syracuse. Former Manager of the Syracuse University Basketball Team. @Bobby_k91