The Eagles returned home for their first game at Conte Forum this past Saturday, defeating the Northeastern University Huskies 3-0 on Banner Night. BC further built upon an outstanding performance last Friday against the UMass Amherst Minutemen.
The Eagles came into Banner Night riding a high from a rousing 5-4 come-from-behind victory against UMass. They also had the benefit of seeing Northeastern already once this season in an uncharacteristic 3-1 defeat. As a result, the Eagles took the game by storm in the first, jumping to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Kevin Hayes and Gaudreau. The first period was also characterized by strong team defense, limiting the Huskies to very few scoring chances on Parker Milner.
The second and third periods featured further shut-down defense by the Eagles. Patrick Wey and Michael Matheson played especially well on the back end, while Bill Arnold, Pat Mullane and Steven Whitney showed great poise in multiple zones. Jerry York was able to roll four lines for the majority of the night, getting good performances from his third and fourth units.
Boston College’s first game of the year was an upset that went to the Northeastern Huskies. This loss showcased some of BC’s flaws, such as breaking the puck out of their zone and too many turnovers. In Friday’s game, the Eagles came out lackadaisically and fell behind UMass 3-0 heading into the third period. Our boys rallied back to tie it at 4 and force overtime.
These same mistakes reared their ugly heads in the first two periods of the UMass game, but seemed to evaporate in the exciting third and overtime periods. Johnny Gaudreau’s tip-in goal in OT gave the Boston College Eagles their first victory of the year in a dramatic fashion and sent the boys home with a "W" to show for their efforts.
Heading into the third week of the season, the Eagles (2-1) appear to be back on track. Boston College’s commanding victory over Northeastern (2-1) vaulted them back up into the number one spot in the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey rankings. With a few games under their belt, BC looks poised to take on 11th ranked UMass Lowell this Friday in Lowell, Massachusetts.