On Friday, Nov. 29, the No. 12 Boston College men’s hockey team marched into undefeated No. 6 Harvard’s home rink and handed them their first loss of the season in a statement 4-2 win.
Harvard started out hot with one goal in the first period, and another late in the second to give them a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Things were looking bleak for the Eagles until forward Aapeli Räsänen scored on a power play at 17:35 in the second, causing a momentum shift that remained for the rest of the game.
From there, BC notched another goal less than a minute later to tie up the game. Freshman forward Alex Newhook scored the equalizer that was assisted by fellow freshman Mike Hardman and Räsänen.
The rapid-scoring trend continued on as another Eagle, David Cotton, tallied the third goal of the period not even a minute after the last goal to give BC a 3-2 lead over Harvard going into the final period.
BC could not have had such a successful end to their second period without the help of their defense stepping up to shut down Harvard and keep the puck in the hands of their offense. Harvard’s second goal proved to be their last as Boston College’s defense keep the Crimson down for the rest of the game while the Eagles scored goal after goal.
The third period tested BC’s defense as they had to stop Harvard on three penalty kills to help the Eagles maintain their lead.
Nearly midway through the third period, BC’s Marc McLaughlin sealed the game with a shorthanded goal for BC, assisted by Patrick Giles and Michael Karow, to extend the Eagles’ lead to 4-2.
The victory is best characterized by the impressive team effort put on by Boston College. The Eagles played selflessly as four different players scored and different players assisted each time. Overall, 11 different Eagles tallied points on the day, proving the difficult matchup could not have been possible without everyone stepping up and playing their part effectively.
Freshman goalie Spencer Knight stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced and extended his impressive personal win streak to seven games in a row. Meanwhile, Räsänen continues to show his offensive dominance as he collected his fifth multi-point game of the season in just 13 games thus far.
Friday’s win brings BC’s record to 9-4-0 (5-2-0 in the Hockey East Association). During their win streak, the Eagles have outscored opponents 29-6 thanks to their lockdown defense and dominant offense.
The Eagles will return to Conte Forum on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. to face Notre Dame. Hopefully, their success on both ends of the ice will help them extend their win streak to eight.