The Boston College men’s hockey regular season ended in a 4-2 victory over Northeastern on Friday night at Conte Forum.
The Eagles entered the game No. 2 nationally after losing last week to No. 9 UMass in overtime. It was imperative that the team ended the regular season with a win to head into postseason play, which starts next week for Jerry York’s squad.
Trevor Kuntar opened the scoring for the Eagles in the first period followed by a Matt Boldy shorthanded goal, which is now an NCAA-leading eighth shorthanded tally for the Eagles this season. Boldy’s goal in the second period was his 50th career point for the Eagles.
Northeastern grabbed two goals in the second period to bring the game back level, but Casey Carreau recorded the game-winner within the first two minutes of the third period.
Boldy added an insurance goal midway through the third period, as the Eagles outshot the Huskies 22-7 in a very dominant final period.
Spencer Knight recorded 32 saves for his 15th win of the season.
Friday night’s contest was the final home game of the regular season, which also marked Senior Night for the program. Senior assistant captain Michael Karow was honored before the game along with Logan Hutsko, who suffered a season-ending injury a few weeks ago.
The Eagles finished the regular season with a record of 16-4-1, which secured them the top seed heading into the Hockey East postseason tournament. BU, UMass, and UConn round out the top four, respectively.
The first round of the Hockey East tournament begins Wednesday, March 10 with the top four seeds in the conference receiving a bye.
While there are 11 teams in the conference, Merrimack has unfortunately had to cancel the remainder of their season due to COVID-19 protocol, so that means the bottom six teams will play in the opening round on that Wednesday.
After the conclusion of this first round, the three teams moving on will be reseeded to solidify a top eight for the quarterfinal round. Boston College will host the lowest ranked team, and the quarterfinal round is set to be played on Sunday, March 14.
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