Boston College Men’s Hockey traveled to the desert to open 2019 with a 2 game series against Arizona State this past weekend. The Eagles lost both games, falling 5-2 on Friday and 2-0 on Saturday.
Friday’s late game saw a BC loss in the front end of the series. The contest was much closer than the score indicates; Eagles maintained a 2-1 lead going into the third period. Second period goals from J.D. Dudek and Aapeli Räsänen gave BC the lead heading into the final frame. However, four unanswered goals from the Sun Devils in the third secured the victory.
Arizona State’s PJ Marrocco scored off a rebound with 1:38 left in the 3rd to give the Sun Devils the lead for good. Despite several chances in the final minutes, the Eagles were unable to score, and two empty net goals sealed the deal as Arizona State took the first game by a score of 5-2.
Saturday’s contest was more of the same, featuring a tightly contested game. Despite outshooting the Sun Devils 32-27, BC was unable to find the back of the net.
Arizona State’s Brett Gruber opened the scoring, threading a shot past Eagle’s goalie Joe Woll halfway through the 2nd period that put the Sun Devils ahead. Arizona State tacked on an insurance goal on the power play in the latter stages of the 3rd period, giving them a 2-0 lead that would hold for the game.
Although BC was able to create a total of 69 shots between the two games, they only put the puck past ASU’s netminder Joey Daccord twice all weekend.
The Eagles were without freshman Oliver Wahlstrom, who missed the games while competing for the United States in the World Junior tournament in Vancouver.
The losses bring the Eagles to 6-9-2 on the season. They will look to move forward from this disappointing road trip as they return to Kelley Rink to face Providence on Friday, January 11th. The matchup features a pair of Hockey East contenders as BC sits tied atop the conference with UMass, while the Friars stand a point back.