December 1, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Saturday, Dec. 1

By Jesse Connolly

Two-time NCAA champ Tommy Cross shined in his first game for the P-Bruins this season on Friday night. (Dave Arnold Photography)

Good reads

  • Greg Wyshynski shares his thoughts on if decertification could be a successful move for the NHLPA.

  • Wanna know what Jeremy Roenick thinks would fix the NHL? Give some small-market teams the boot.

  • The Black Bears remain dead last in Hockey East after falling by a score of 2-1 against Vermont last night.

Quick hits

  • Jerry York (Watertown, Mass.) had a chance to notch his 924th win last night and tie all-time leader Ron Mason, but the No. 1 ranked BC lost 4-2 to archrival Boston University.

  • Quinnipiac improved to 5-0 in ECAC play with a 4-0 win over Union last night. Jeremy Langlois had two goals and an assist for the Bobcats. Eric Hartzell stopped all 20 shots he faced and is now 9-2-2 on the year.

  • Tommy Cross (Simsbury, Conn.) got called up from the B’s ECHL affiliate in South Carolina and made his AHL season debut for Providence Friday. The former BC captain had an assist and was plus-2 in a 4-2 win over the Whale.

History lesson

  • On this day in 2010, Tim Thomas was spectacular down in Philadelphia, stopping all 41 shots he faced in a 3-0 win for the Bruins. Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic (empty net) tallied for the B’s. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29-of-31 for the Flyers. For Thomas, it was his fifth shutout in just 16 starts.

Entirely off-topic

  • Tragic story out of Kansas City this morning, where Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, a former standout at the University of Maine, fatally shot girlfriend, drove to Arrowhead Stadium and then took his own life.

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