No. 9 Boston College men’s hockey split their two-game series at the University of Vermont this weekend. After allowing the Catamounts to come back for a 4-5 win in overtime Friday night, the Eagles bounced back for a 3-2 win Saturday.
The Eagles opened the scoring in game one with five minutes left in the first period. Brandon Kruse sent a pass across the face of the goal to Jack St. Ivany on the far side, who gathered the puck and sent it into the back of the net for his first goal of the season.
Patrick Giles supplied BC’s second goal of the period on a pass from Eamon Powell on the right-wing, deflected across the face of the goal, and to the stick of Giles on the far side.
Boston College extended their lead to 3-0 early in the second period when St. Ivany tried a deep slap shot that took a deflection to Jack McBain, who flicked the puck past the goalie at close range for the score.
Vermont cut into BC’s lead just a minute later with a long-range goal from freshman Simon Jellus, who skated into the offensive zone and scored from beyond the face-off circles.
The Catamounts capitalized on a power play shortly thereafter with a goal from Philip Lagunov. Cory Babichuck tried a slap-shot from range that was gathered by Jacques Bouquot in front of goal and flicked out Lagunov on the near side who found an opening past the goalie for the score.
Dallas Comeau scored the equalizer in front of goal on a pass from the wing by Luca Münzenberger, with just over four and a half minutes left in the second period.
Vermont picked up where they left off in the third, scoring an early go-ahead goal from Isak Walther. On the power play, Andrew Lucas forced goalie Eric Dop to make a save on a shot from deep, leaving the goal open for Walther on the rebound.
With under seven minutes left in the final period, Patrick Giles scored the equalizer to end the Catamounts’ scoring run. Sam Sternschein tried a shot from the right face-off circle that was saved, but Giles couldn’t be stopped on the rebound with a shot from the opposite circle.
In overtime, Vermont completed the comeback with a game-winner by Philip Lagunov, his second on the night, both from power plays. The shot was set up by Jellus who passed the puck to Lagunov deep in the center of the attacking third. The puck sailed past the extended left hand of Eric Dop to end the game three minutes into the overtime period.
Capitalizing on BC penalties made the difference for Vermont Friday. The Catamounts scored three times on power plays, while BC scored none despite having one more opportunity.
Boston College was able to turn things around Saturday night despite early struggles. Drew Helleson's penalty earned UVM a power play. Simon Jellus capitalized on a shot from the right face-off circle that took a deflection off the skate of Jack St. Ivany and into the back of the net.
BC equalized in the final minute of the first period when Helleson sent a pass from the left face-off circle to the far post where Jack McBain tucked the puck into the goal.
But, with just seconds left in the first, UVM took their lead right back. Luca Münzenberger took a shot from the left face-off circle, and as several players from both teams struggled to secure the rebound in front of the goal, Philip Lagunov finally tipped the puck into the goal behind Dop.
Helleson was BC’s second equalizer of the game in the second period on a high long shot between the circles. But the goal would go to McBain, as it hit his stick last before hitting the back of the net.
After over 25 scoreless minutes, Boston College began to increase their offensive pressure before finally taking their first lead of the night with just over three minutes remaining in the final period. The pass came from Eamon Powell on the left-wing and was sent to Trevor Kuntar on the right face-off circle, who lifted the puck above the goalie’s shoulder on the near post.
One lead was all the Eagles needed as time expired with 3-2 as the final score. Power plays were once again crucial to the outcome of the game, with Boston College scoring on two out of three power plays and Vermont scoring their goal on their first of two.
Boston College men’s hockey will face Merrimack in a two-game series next weekend, playing the first game on Friday at Merrimack before returning to Chestnut Hill on Saturday.
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