Despite Tommy DiPauli’s attempts to tie him up, Johnny Gaudreau scores. (Photo credit: Matthew J. Lee/Boston Globe)

The latest installment of one of college hockey’s most exciting rivalries, Boston College vs Notre Dame, also known as “Holy War on Ice”, was played last night at an unusual venue. The Eagles and the Fighting Irish battled in below-freezing temperatures at legendary Fenway Park. Continue Reading

A Caps Fan’s Guide To The 2013 NCAA Tournament

Miami University’s Riley Barber headlines a list of Caps prospects at the NCAA Tournament (Photo credit: Rachel Lewis / Triple Deke Photography)

Washington Capitals prospects have been no strangers to the NCAA hockey tournament recently. A year ago, four of them (including then-UFA Cameron Schilling) made it to regionals. This year’s tournament includes six Caps prospects.

Regionals will be held in Toledo, OH; Providence, RI; Grand Rapids, MI; and Manchester, NH. The winners of the tournaments will face each other in Pittsburgh on April 11-13.

Grab yourself a bracket and let’s learn about our competing Caps prospects.

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Caps prospect Patrick Wey (left) poses with the Lefty Smith – “Snooks” Kelley Memorial Trophy. (Photo credit: BC Eagles Facebook Page)

On Friday night, three Washington Capitals prospects participated in the Holy War on Ice, the annual game between Boston College and Notre Dame. Boston College held on to win 3-1, riding two goals from Calgary Flames draft pick Johnny Gaudreau. Caps defensive prospect and Eagles’ assistant captain Patrick Wey helped on Boston College’s first goal of the night, scored by Pat Mullane, while Capitals 2012 fourth-round draft pick Thomas DiPauli scored Notre Dame’s only goal. The Capitals other fourth-round pick of 2012, Austin Wuthrich, didn’t get on the scoresheet for Notre Dame.

Caps draft pick Thomas DiPauli.(Photo credit: Dave Sanford)

After trading their second round pick and Cody Eakin to the Dallas Stars in exchange for center Mike Riberio, Washington did not move any of their other ten picks in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. In the first round, they acquired talented winger Filip Forsberg and rough-and-tumble power forward Tom Wilson; through the next six rounds, they would go on to acquire four US players, a Canadian player, a Swedish player, and a Russian.

Notably, the Caps selected three players from the U.S. developmental team, and one player recently of the U.S. developmental team. “I asked [the scouts] ‘What are we doing here?” said McPhee about this trend. “Are we drafting the whole team?’”

“We made a lot of picks today,” McPhee said of the second day overall. “I don’t know those kids very well. [...] It’s nice to sort of restock this year, and we’ll see how they are in a couple of years.”

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