Yes, BC had 49 shots. 9-2 may have been a generous scoreline for Bucky. Their goalies made a number of great stops to keep BC from hitting double digits.
Honestly, as good as BC played - and they played GREAT, from top to bottom - Wisconsin looked completely terrible. They honestly looked like they'd never seen game film on BC before. They let Johnny Gaudreau lurk behind the defense and take long passes for breakaways three times in the first period including twice ON THE SAME SHIFT. Needless to say, that eventually burned them when Gaudreau tucked in his goal.
As for your "new" conference rival, they looked like they just didn't show up. I can't imagine they are as bad as they played this weekend. Their goalie struggled, particularly against BU (so I hear), so maybe that was part of it.
It's so tough to get a reading on them. I heard they were a good defensive team, and they weren't. So, honestly... no idea where they're going to end up.
In all seriousness, 1) Much like Minnesota, BC hasn't really needed to recruit Canada to get top talent, so that's why you don't usually see many Canadians on the team. But given BC's elite status, someone like Mike Matheson who is one of the best prospects in college hockey is going to be drawn to BC and I wouldn't be surprised to see more like him going forward. Matheson is actually from Quebec, not from BC. 2) For whatever reason we have had the BC-to-BC pipeline going for a while now. For some time, Brock Bradford was the only Canadian on the team, and he was from BC; we recruited a women's hockey player, Lindsey Wright, from BC on the same recruiting trip where we got Bradford. There's probably something to this.
I get that Notre Dame is really good, and has a shiny new arena, and will probably be a contender for years to come... but I just don't care. Hockey East didn't need to change things up just because the rest of the country did.
And worst of all, adding Notre Dame meant we added UConn. What the Christ is that garbage? Seriously. Ugh. UConn. So that's the biggest problem with adding Notre Dame.
Of course we could have gone after Quinnipiac but nooooo...
Anyway, realignment is probably dumb, since you guys don't get to play all of your traditional rivals anymore. But it shouldn't have affected the east in the slightest.
Ugh. So dumb. UConn, guys.
I have found these last few years -- in both men's and women's hockey -- that I'm all buddy-buddy until the game, and then I hate you guys because your men's and women's teams are full of such dirty hacks.
But then after a few days I get over it and everything is okay and I like you guys again.
As far as on-the-ice -- I haven't seen anyone out here pick a BC sweep, there's too much respect for the Gopher's talent for that, and many of us are talking about a split like it would be a big boost to our season. Which, really, it would be.