The Eagles lived up to their expectations this past weekend. At Kelley Arena in Chestnut Hill on Friday, Nov. 9, in the highly anticipated matchup against Notre Dame, they defeated the Irish 3-1. After that well-played match against the Fighting Irish, the Eagles tamed the Terriers at Boston University by a score of 4-2 on Sunday, Nov. 11.
While BC may not have fared all that well against the Irish on the turf, the battle on the ice was an entirely different story. The Eagles dominated in terms of puck possession and, although the scoreboard may have said otherwise, this game was never close.
The teams ended the first frame scoreless against ND before Captain Pat Mullane got things going against Irish goalie Steven Summerhays. Johnny “B. Goode-reau” scored the first of his two goals midway through the second, roofing a feed from freshman defenseman Michael Matheson.
Notre Dame did manage to come within one late in the third, but Gaudreau finished them off with an empty-netter as time expired. Parker Milner recorded 19 saves and improved to 7-1-0. With this victory, the Eagles captured the coveted Snooks Kelley – Lefty Smith Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Boston College – Notre Dame hockey classic.
Snooks Kelley served as BC's head coach for thirty-six years (1932-42; 1946-72) and became the first coach in college hockey history to surpass the 500-victory plateau. Lefty Smith was hired in 1968 as Notre Dame's first varsity hockey coach and guided the Irish for nineteen seasons (1968-87).
Later in the weekend, the Eagles jumped out to a very early lead in against BU when Destry Straight scored less than a minute into the game. The teams then played over 50 minutes of back-and-forth hockey, with the score remaining in BC’s favor, 1-0. Then, with 11:01 left in the third period, Kevin Hayes banked a shot in off BU goalie Matt O’Connor, making the score 2-0.
Less than two minutes later, Johnny Gaudreau, not surprisingly, netted what would turn out to be the game-winning goal, his fifth such goal in nine games. Boston Bruins product Matt Grzelcyk scored for Boston University, which would bring the score to 3-2 before BC’s Bill Arnold finished the scoring to end the game at 4-2.
Sunday’s win against the BU Terriers gave Boston College’s senior class – Mullane, Whitney, Dyroff, Wey, Alber, and Milner – its 100th victory. It also gave Milner his 50th victory in goal, bringing his career collegiate record to 50-10-1.
Boston College’s next game will be played this upcoming Friday, November 16, when the Eagles host the Merrimack Warriors.