Before the puck dropped on the ice, Boston College honored long-time head coach and newly inducted Hall of Fame member Jerry York with a video. Players past and present told stories of what makes Coach York special. And during the game, York reminded us what makes him special with a statement win.
No. 7 Boston College men’s hockey defeated rival no. 9 Notre Dame 4-0 behind an explosive offense and strong play by goalie Spencer Knight, who was recently named Pro Ambitions Hockey East Rookie of the Month.
This win marked BC’s eighth straight, the third-longest active winning streak in the nation, and the Eagles improved to 10-5 on the season. Meanwhile, Notre Dame lost it’s fourth straight game and is now 1-5-1 in their last seven.
The first period was defined by defense, as neither team was able to score. BC started the game as the aggressor, taking four shots more than ND. However, sloppy play by both teams kept the first period scoreless.
A stellar second period performance by Boston College highlighted a dominant night. Just two minutes into the second period with zeroes on the board, the Eagles were awarded a power play. BC made the most of the opportunity as David Cotton got near ND’s goal and made a tough pass to Julius Mattila who scored in the top right of the net.
BC scored again with six minutes left in the second period; Logan Hutsko scored off a rebound from Drew Helleson’s shot.
The Eagles gave the Irish plenty of opportunities to score in the second, though, as ND was awarded three power plays. However, Knight made 13 saves in the second period and BC’s stellar defense clamped ND’s offense, preventing the Irish from scoring during any of the three opportunities
One of Knight’s best saves of the day came when ND's Cam Burke had a one-on-one opportunity with 30 seconds left in the second. Burke tried to sneak the shot underneath Knight, but Knight blocked it with his knees and the Eagles recovered the puck.
Knight ended the day with 26 saves.
During ND’s final power play, BC’s Patrick Giles stole the puck from the Irish, skated up the left side of the rink, and scored shorthanded to give BC a three-goal lead.
The third period had intense offensive energy by the Fighting Irish, who struggled to get back into the game. Three minutes into the third, ND'x Jesse Lansdell had an opportunity to get the Irish their first points with the puck right in front of the goal, but Knight made an excellent play and knocked it away.
Any remaining energy the Irish had left them after David Cotton scored the Eagles’ fourth and final goal of the game.