It’s been a good year for college ice hockey in the Keystone State. Penn State kicked off its second NCAA season with a bang by introducing some impressive new facilities, and while the school’s first go-round in the Big Ten was a little rough, the Nittany Lions ended the campaign with wins over Ohio State and Michigan before succumbing to Wisconsin.
Now to put an exclamation point on the year in college ice hockey in PA comes the NCAA’s marquee event, the Frozen Four, which is going down right here in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center. The final leg of the tournament kicks off Thursday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2, with a National Champion to be crowned in a game this Saturday.
We here at The700Level will be pulling for Boston College of course, mainly because we value our jobs and don’t want BC alum and Supreme Overlord Enrico sending out whiny mass emails the next two weeks because he’s in "a mood."
Tim Riday for CSNPhilly.com gives the rest of you a legitimate reason to root for Union College, where 2012 Philadelphia Flyers third-round draft pick Shayne Gostisbehere is trying to help his club earn the title.
Of course, if you’re looking for a local angle, Boston College has one of its own. Riday also mentions Johnny Gaudreau, who hails from Carneys Point in South Jersey and is widely regarded as college hockey’s best player.
Minnesota and North Dakota are in this thing as well, which is no surprise given there is little else to do during their winters.
Obviously, college hockey isn’t really a big deal around these parts, at least not yet—Penn State is hoping to change that. It’s still pretty cool when Philly hosts unique events like the Frozen Four though, and frankly I hope there’s a strong showing at the arena so the city can hold it again in the future. Plus, be sure to keep an eye out for sad Enrico on your television this evening if the Eagles get upset.
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The NFC East isn't exactly a powerhouse this season. The New York Giants look flat out bad. The Washington Redskins aren't a whole lot better. And the Dallas Cowboys got their butts kicked in week two.
So Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins didn't exactly go out on a limb when he said the Birds are the team to beat in the East this season after two weeks.
Jenkins sat down for a weekly chat with CBS Philly's Joe Santoliquito about the Eagles' defense looking better in their week two loss to the Kansas City Chiefs than they did in their week one victory over the Redskins.
“The communication was far better [against Kansas City] than it was the first week. For the most part, we had two passes that got away. The one from [Travis] Kelce involving in the beginning of the game and the one against Jalen [Mills] later in the game [on Chris Conley’s 35-yard reception with 4:42 left to play].
The Birds' defense held their own with a number of deeper roster guys in the secondary putting in impressive efforts in fill-in rolls for players who went down with injuries.
The standings in the East are bunched after just two weeks but the Eagles host the Giants in Philly's home opener on Sunday. Jenkins likes the way things looks right about now.
“We’re home this week and we have the home opener, we have plenty of motivation this week with the New York Giants coming to our place,” Jenkins said. “If you ask me, I would say that we’re the team to beat [in the NFC East]. We obviously we have to prove that. I have confidence in these guys.”
I think Philly fans always appreciate when any player in town goes the Full Jimmy Rollins. Let's just hope this Eagles team can back it up the way J-Roll and those Phillies did.