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Men's Hockey Batters Badgers in Season Opener

Boston College men’s hockey proved why they’re ranked No. 6 in the nation at home on Friday night when they dominated the No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers 5-3.  

The Eagles started their regular season with David Cotton and Julius Mattila showcasing their experience and skill, tallying three points each on the night. 

Friday’s matchup was action-packed right from the start as both teams scored in the first period.  BC struck first when Mattila stole the puck away, killing a penalty, and took a wrist shot that sniped the far-left corner of the net.

Wisconsin capitalized on their next power play and tied the game up a little over 13 minutes into the first period. However, they should have been careful not to get too carried away, as BC responded just seconds later.

Just three seconds expired from the clock following Wisconsin’s goal when BC’s Mattila one-timed a deflected puck and notched another goal to put BC right back on top.  Despite BC finishing the first period up 2-1, they were outshot by their opponent 6 to 11.

BC’s offense looked crisp right from the get-go; their passes were succinct and their aggressive defense helped them prevent Wisconsin from having too many chances to score.

In the second period, BC tallied another goal, courtesy of rookie Marshall Warren, to push BC to a comfortable 3-1 lead.  Cotton was still hungry for more and perfectly fed another rookie, Matt Boldy, to push the Eagles to a three-goal lead.  

At this point, nothing looked good for the Badgers, but they reminded BC why they were ranked No. 15 overall.  Wisconsin responded to BC’s two goals with two of their own to bring the game within one heading into the final period.

If you tuned in to the third period right as it started, BC was up 4-3.  However, if you missed the first 30 seconds, then you also missed a beautiful no-look feed from Logan Hutsko to set up Cotton for the final goal of the game.  After the Eagles opened up the third period with an immediate goal, it became clear that the Badgers lost any momentum they needed to keep the game competitive.

BC would not have stood a chance against Wisconsin if it were not for a phenomenal debut by freshman Spencer Knight, who made several crucial pad saves and totaled 23 saves on the night.

Boston College made a statement at home with its impressive offensive showing to start the season 1-0.  Hopefully, they can build on this victory in their coming matchups.