Boston College’s men’s hockey season has officially ended following their loss against St. Cloud State in the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.
The Eagles finished first in the Hockey East in the regular season with a 16-4-1 record. BC began their postseason with a tight win against New Hampshire in the quarter-finals of the Hockey East tournament; however, they were unable to pull off the victory against UMass Lowell in the semi-finals. They held the lead for most aof the game but fell short in overtime, allowing Lowell to mount a furious comeback in the third period.
The Eagles sought revenge in the NCAA tournament and were handed a trip to the regional finals on a silver platter after Notre Dame had to forfeit due to COVID-19 cases. BC could not capitalize on the situation. Their hopes to reach the Frozen Four were halted by a dominant performance from St. Cloud State.
BC had a very successful regular season with only four losses, but their performance in the postseason was less than impressive. They were able to reach the top of the rankings across the major polls and were respected as a top-five team throughout the season. There was a lot of good to come out this season, but the lack of follow-through leaves a stain on an otherwise stellar season.
There are four key players to BC’s team that are leaving for the NHL following this season. Alex Newhook signed to a three-year entry level contract with the Colorado Avalanche, star goaltender Spencer Knight signed an entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers, Matt Boldy signed with the Minnesota Wild, and Mike Hardman signed with the Chicago Blackhawks. All of these NHL departures were sophomores this year.
These are four huge losses and it will be interesting to see how BC fills those holes in the roster. Newhook finished as a top scorer for the Eagles with 19 goals, sharing the title with Logan Hutsko. Knight also had an outstanding year, and he was recognized Hockey East’s Player of the Year award.
Boston College Men’s Hockey will have to wait until next season to continue their path to becoming NCAA Champions for the first time since 2012. With the loss of 11 seniors as well as the four aforementioned sophomores, it will be exciting to see how new and returning players come back next season.