Eagles Come Up Just Short in Hockey East Championship

The Boston College Men's Hockey team saw their season come to a close in TD Garden on Saturday night with a 3-2 defeat to rival Northeastern.

After mounting an impressive playoff run to reach the Hockey East championship game, an early 3-0 deficit proved to be too much for the Eagles to overcome.

After a rough regular season, the Eagles battled to take a three game series from Providence and defeat UMass in the semifinals to give themselves a shot to take home a Hockey East championship on Saturday night. Coming into the game as an underdog, the Eagles showed plenty of fight, even in what has been a down year for the program.

Northeastern jumped out to an early lead in the championship matchup. The Huskies got on the board at 2:31 with a goal from Matt Filipe to put them up 1-0. Their lead doubled just a few minutes later when Brandon Hawkins managed to get the puck past Joseph Woll off of a rebound.

Hawkins notched another goal later in the period, this time on a Northeastern power play. The Eagles went into the locker room after 20 minutes facing a three-goal deficit. Northeastern's Cayden Primeau, one of the top goaltenders in the country, did not make the Eagles' odds of mounting a comeback look any better.

But the Eagles came back out with energy and wasted no time in starting a valiant comeback effort. Oliver Wahlstrom got his team on the board just 18 seconds into the second period. Now down 3-1 with nearly two full periods to play, the Eagles were right back in the game.

BC star David Cotton brought the Eagles to within just one after stuffing the puck past Primeau less than two minutes later. With just one goal separating the two hockey powerhouses, the final 30 minutes of action were set to be an exhilarating race to the finish line.

Though each team saw their fair share of scoring opportunities, the score would remain the same for the rest of the way. The Eagles ripped off 40 shots to Northeastern's 26, but were unable to capitalize with another goal after Cotton's tally early in the second period.

There was a scary moment early in the third when BC's Logan Hutsko went down with a serious injury. Hutsko, who suffered a serious neck injury earlier in his career, had to be carried off the ice in a stretcher. He was immediately taken to Mass General Hospital. Reports today indicate that Hutsko is in good condition, but remains in the hospital for further evaluation after the scary injury.

The Eagles pulled their goaltender late in the third in a last-ditch effort to put up an equalizing goal, but Primeau and the Huskies remained strong. The final horn blew with the score sitting at 3-2 in favor of Northeastern, giving the Huskies a Hockey East championship and bringing the Eagles' 2018-19 season to a close.

BC finishes the season with a record of 14-22-3. Though the team didn't live up to high expectations this season, they showed a lot of fight with their play in the Hockey East tournament. Now, the Eagles will turn their attention to next year as they look to improve on the positive momentum left by the last few games of 2018-19.

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