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Top-Ranked Eagles Split Weekend Series with BU as Regular Season Nears a Close

BOSTON—Jerry York’s top-ranked Boston College Eagles dropped to 11-3-1 last weekend, splitting a weekend series with the archrival Boston University Terriers. While the series split is somewhat of a black mark on a nearly spotless record thus far, Boston College could have been looking at a much worse result had it not been for sophomore Drew Helleson’s last-gasp goal with 0.1 seconds remaining in overtime on night one.

Helleson lit the lamp just in time, pushing the Eagles to a 4-3 overtime victory in a hard-fought contest. Jack McBain kicked off the scoring early with a first-period goal, putting the Eagles in a familiar spot—an early lead. BU’s Jack DeBoer and Markus Boguslavsky responded in quick succession however, kicking off the second period with consecutive goals to give the No. 15 Terriers a 2-1 advantage.

The Eagles found their equalizer later in the period, though. After Case McCarthy was penalized for cross-checking, Matt Boldy capitalized on the man advantage, evening up the score. The Colby Ambrosio goal that followed reclaimed the lead for the Eagles and was simply the prelude to a hotly contested end to the contest.

A mental error at the beginning of the third period left Boston College with too many men on the ice, and BU’s Alex Vlasic used the power play opportunity to even the score at 3-3. With the rest of regulation scoreless, the rivals heated to overtime.

The extra frame proved as tough for the offenses as the rest of the game, with both attacks unable to find the back of the net for much of the five-minute period. Helleson, however, seized his final chance, scoring with virtually no time to spare and claiming a win, rather than a tie, for the Eagles.

That result proved crucial for Boston College last Saturday. Boston University made the switch from Ashton Abel to Vinny Duplessis at goalie, and the freshman impressed in his NCAA debut. The Quebec native held a high-powered Eagles offense to just one goal, and the Terriers gained a huge confidence boost with a 3-1 victory.

Boston College once again kicked off the scoring, with Eamon Powell giving the Eagles a 1-0 first-period lead. However, Duplessis settled in nicely after that, tallying 40 saves and giving his offense plenty of support.

The Terriers dominated for the rest of the contest, with Alex Vlasic responding to Powell’s goal immediately and Luke Tuch taking the lead for good in the second period. Tuch then salted the game away for good in the final minute of the third period, notching his second goal of the night and upsetting the Eagles as the regular season nears its finish line.

Boston College wrapped up its regular season over this weekend with a home-and-home series against UMass Lowell. Even with a disappointing loss to a cross-town rival, this Eagles team still looks to be in good shape as it gears up for a lengthy postseason run.

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