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PC hockey ready for stretch run

August 17, 2019


WELCOME BACK. THE PC HOCKEY IS IN THE FAMILIAR SPOT OF AGAIN FIGHTING TOWARDS THE TOP OF THE HOCKEY EAST CONFERENCE IN LINE FOR ANOTHER TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE. JP SMOLLINS CAUGHT UP WITH NATE LEAMAN’S TEAM AHEAD OF A BIG WEEKEND HOME-AND- HOME THEIR FINAL SERIES OF THE HOCKEY EAST REGULAR SEASON, FULL OF POSTSEASON IMPLICATIONS FOR P-C, THE CURRENT TWO SEED, FACING OFF AGAINST 7TH SEED UMASS-LOWELL. “I HAVEN’T PLAYED THEM ONE TIME IN MY TIME HERE AND IT HASN;T BEEN CLOSE………WE RESPECT THEM AND WE KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE A TOUGH WEEKEND…….FOR US SO WE GOTTA BRING OUT A GAME” “THIS IS GREAT BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO BE LIKE PLAYOFF HOCKEY…….THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT THEY ARE FIGHTING TO GET INTO THE TOP 4 OF THE LEAGUE WE’RE FIGHTING TO STAY IN THE TOP FOUR OF THE LEAGUE….AND THERE’S A LOT ON THE LINE……..BUT THESE ARE THE SERIES THAT PUSH YA AND GET YOU READY FOR WHAT YOU NEED TO BE A THE END OF THE YEAR” “TWO WINS THIS WEEKEND WOULD CLINCH THE FRIARS 5TH STRAIGHT 20 WIN SEASON AND ALMOST ASSURE THEM OF A PROGRAM BEST 5TH STRAIGHT NCAA APPEARANCE……….IT WOULD ALSO PUT THE PRESSURE ON BOSTON COLLEGE……..WHO HAVE A TWO POINT LEAD ON PROVIDENCE WITH FOUR HOCKEY EAST GAMES LEFT TO PLAY “WE CAN’T PLAY TOO MUCH IN THE STANDINGS……WE GOTTA TAKE IT ONE GAME AT A TIME……..I KNOW THAT’S COACH SPEAK……..BUT AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR……..YOUR BOTTOM TEAMS ARE PLAYING EXTREMELY DESPERATE AND URGENT……..SO THEY’VE ALL RAISED THEIR GAMES WHICH WE’VE SEEN IN OUR SCORES……..THE TOP HALF OF THE TEAMS……..YOU’RE JUST TRYING TO FIND WAYS TO GET BETTER SO ALL OF OUR GAMES…….IN OUR LEAGUE ARE ONE GOAL GAMES…..OR TIES OR OT GAMES……….I DON’T REALLY EXPECT ANYTHING DIFFERENT FROM ANYONE ACROSS THE LEAGUE OVER THESE NEXT THREE GAMES” “THAT’S OBVIOUSLY A GOAL EVERY YEAR……..TO BE ONE OF THE TOP TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE……..AND I THINK IF WE KEEP PLAYING OUR GAME………AND PLAYING THE WAY WE NEED TO……..WE SHOULD BE THERE” AT SCHNEIDER ARENA, I’M JP SMOLLINS EYEWITNESS

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