Boston University vs. Providence College

Back to Class: Boston University showing more bite than bark


We’re taking you “Back To Class” for our roundup of the weekend’s action in college hockey. Look for more college hockey on NBCSN this Friday night as Yale takes on Harvard. 

Boston University’s big weekend has them challenging Minnesota-Duluth as one of the top teams in the country. Hammering Providence College 6-1 and 8-0 gets everyone’s attention. (Boston Hockey Blog)

Meanwhile, BU’s rivals at Boston College were swept by Maine this weekend. It wouldn’t be a college hockey season if BU and BC weren’t at each other’s throats. It was the first time Maine swept BC in six years. (The Maine Campus)

Merrimack senior Carter Madsen is doing well in a hospital after suffering a nasty leg injury against New Hampshire. (USCHO)

Speaking of Minnesota-Duluth, they held off a very game Alabama-Huntsville this weekend in a pair of unusually close games. Not bad for a UAH team that’s on the brink of being wiped out of existence. UMD Hobey Baker candidate Jack Connolly was huge for the Bulldogs. (USCHO)

Michigan earned a split of their weekend series with Notre Dame, dropping Friday night’s game on NBCSN 3-1, but winning Saturday night 2-1. (MGoBlue)

Miami University is catching fire after sweeping Western Michigan. (CHN)

The ECAC’s top team, Cornell, earned a three point weekend with a dazzling overtime win against Dartmouth and a tie against rival Harvard. A tie against Harvard always feels like a loss for the Big Red. (Cornell Sun)

Meanwhile ECAC No. 2 Union split with Brown and Yale while last year’s NCAA Tournament team and disappointing last place RPI swept the weekend. (Parting Schotts, Troy Record)

University of Alaska-Fairbanks athletic director Forrest Karr is busy trying to rebuild the WCHA which will look totally different come 2013-2014. (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

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Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?