The Eagles easily took care of the Providence Friars in a home-and-away series over the past weekend. On Friday night, the Eagles won 3-0 at Conte Forum, while Saturday they traveled down to Schneider Arena and routed the Friars by nine goals in what was also a consecutive shutout for Spencer Knight.
The two wins move the Eagles to 4-0 on the season, and it is looking like the second-ranked team in the country is already finding its form.
It has been 18 years since a BC men’s hockey team has started the season 4-0. The last time this was accomplished was during the 2002-03 season when the Eagles started 6-0. The two wins also bring the team's goal difference to an impressive 22-6 on the season in just four games.
The last time the Friars visited Conte Forum, it was a completely different outcome as they took care of BC in a dominant 6-2 win. Before the season was abruptly shut down last spring, Providence had been scheduled to visit Conte Forum for the first round of the Hockey East playoffs.
Fast forward nine months later, and BC was able to shutout the Friars by way of 30 saves from Spencer Knight. Freshmen Trevor Kuntar and Nikita Nesterenko, along with sophomore Mike Hardman, found themselves on the scoresheet Friday night. Hardman and Nesterenko both added to their tallies, as Kuntar, a Boston Bruins draft pick, scored his first career goal as an Eagle.
As the Friars played host Saturday evening, BC’s offense exploded by scoring nine goals, while goalie Spencer Knight racked up a whopping 36 saves to record his second shutout of the season.
The game featured a wide variety of Eagles finding the back of the net, as six different players recorded at least one goal. Marc McLaughlin, Nesterenko, and Logan Hutsko all grabbed a goal, as Matt Boldy, Colby Ambrosio, and Kuntar bagged two goals each.
The biggest takeaways from this series against Providence were the tremendous impact the new freshman class had in both games and the diversity of scoring from this talented Eagles roster. The freshmen boys accounted for seven of the 12 goals scored this weekend.
This, along with their presence on some of the top lines for the team, really shows how much trust Coach York has in his young core.
Additionally, it is a challenge for any opposing team to match up against such a high-scoring team like BC. When a team is able to diversify where its goals come from, it almost becomes impossible for any coach to have a game plan to counter that. This team is showing that it can rely on many different players to deliver offensively, and that will be the most interesting development to keep track of this season with this star-studded team.
The BC men’s hockey team is already playing amazing hockey, showing its raw talent and experience every minute on the ice. With a head coach like Jerry York, and with the return of arguably our best player in Alex Newhook in January, this team is truly looking like a national contender. We here at the Gavel can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for this exciting team.
The Eagles will take on UConn in another home-and-away series with games this Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.
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