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PODCAST: Bleav in BC Hoops, Ep. 9

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– Elite 8 experience and game talk

– End-of-season poll responses

– A whole lot of Mason, Chas and Eli love

& So much more too!

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Becoming Jack Malone: A Closer Look at Saturday’s Game-winning Goal Scorer

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For this season’s BC Men’s Hockey team, Jack Malone was never a name that jumped off the page from a fan’s perspective. Notable storylines for most of the season featured freshman phenoms Gabe Perreault, Will Smith, Ryan Leonard, and sophomore returnee Cutter Gauthier. However, as seasons transition to spring-time action, games naturally get tighter in the playoffs. At this point, teams look toward veteran leadership for effort and poise as teams clamp down on the big names down the stretch during clutch time.

In Saturday’s game versus defending champion Quinnipiac, that is exactly what happened. While Will Smith and Gabe Perreault were getting shut down and frustrated by the Bobcats, Jack Malone stepped up, buried the game-winning goal in overtime, and sent BC to their 26th Frozen Four appearance.

Back in January, we sat down with Malone after a loss versus Providence that felt like a playoff game by itself. After discussing details about Malone’s early playing career in New Jersey, we talked about the importance of the three seasons he spent at Cornell University. There Malone gained the necessary experience of practicing a 200-foot game at one of the most historic programs in the country. For a university that does not normally acquire the best recruits in the country, Malone mentioned the “non-negotiables” Cornell uses to win hockey games that he now emphasizes at BC. It takes a whole roster to win games in the NCAA tournament and on Saturday, Malone proved why.

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Becoming Eamon Powell: A Closer Look at the Captain of BC Men’s Hockey

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At this point of the season, it should not come as a surprise that BC’s power play is among the nation’s best. Top-line talents like Will Smith, Cutter Gauthier, and Gabe Perreault have led the charge among point scorers on the man advantage, so sometimes other players on the roster tend to fly under the radar. On the blue line, senior defenseman and captain of the Eagles Eamon Powell proves why he’s a vital piece of that power play on a nightly basis, turning into a quarterback-like skater every time he sets up on the point.

Back in November, we got a chance to sit down with Powell just after BC’s memorable 6-1 win against Notre Dame away in South Bend, IN. After talking about Powell’s early youth career in and around Syracuse, NY. we discussed memorable moments from his time away at the USNTDP in Plymouth, MI. There Powell played two full seasons of hockey with the best players in his age group and against players up to five years older than himself in NCAA play. Finally, we caught up with his time so far at BC and discussed how the team transitioned from legendary coach Jerry York to current coach Greg Brown.

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Becoming Jacob Fowler: How Fowler’s Junior Coach Developed Some of the Best Talent in the World

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After being named the unanimous number-one ranked team in the nation according to the USCHO polls, it is no secret that BC’s men’s hockey team is turning some heads this year. But they didn’t get to this position by accident. A massive part of their success has come from their fantastic freshman goalie Jacob Fowler. Just recently named to the top ten favorites list for the Mike Ritcher award this season, Fowler has won 22 out of 28 starts, posting a .923 save percentage on the year.

Last Friday we were fortunate enough to get in contact with Ryan Ward, Fowler’s coach from last season during their 2023 Clark Cup-winning campaign in the USHL. We got a chance to discuss Ward’s experience coaching all kinds of leagues from junior to NHL hockey, and more importantly, talked about what coaching and developing an NHL-caliber goaltender was like.

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