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Hockey Takes 3-2 Win Against Northeastern

This past Saturday, Boston College Men’s Hockey managed to hold onto a 3-2 lead to beat Northeastern in Conte Forum. Marshall Warren’s game winning goal, assisted by Nikita Nesterenko and Oskar Jellvik, at 8:30 into the third was the scrappy play needed for Boston College to put away the Huskies. 

The first period started pretty tame in comparison to the rest of the game. The first ten minutes saw both teams going back and forth with no one establishing control of the game just yet. There were a few odd man rushes leading to some scoring opportunities, but all were easily turned aside by the goalies.

 

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At 9:20 into the first period, things started to pick up as BC got their first power play opportunity. The Eagles managed to keep the Huskies pinned in their own zone, and maintained excellent puck movement. This led to a cross-crease pass and subsequent goal, which was ultimately called back due to goaltender interference.

This was the motivator BC needed to take control of the game. They started to play a lot more physically and were able to keep the puck away from the Huskies. This led to the first goal of the game, scored by Colby Ambrosio. There was an odd man rush with Christian O’Neill taking the puck down the boards and cutting to the front of the net. While he wasn’t able to get it past Northeastern’s goalie Devon Levi, Ambrosio managed to tap the rebound home. 

The Eagles followed up this surge in momentum with another power play, leading to their second goal in two minutes. This came off a shot from the point with traffic in front of the goal. While the initial shot was saved, Trevar Kuntar was able to put the rebound in the back of the net giving the Eagles an early lead.

Unfortunately, Northeastern was not content to go back into their locker room down 2-0. A series of penalties due to rising tensions on both sides led to a four-on-four at the end of the period. Taking advantage of all the open ice, the Huskies managed to put together an odd man rush leading to Jack Williams sliding the puck past Eagles goalie Mitch Benson with only 40 seconds left on the clock. 

Both teams went into the locker rooms with the rivalry in full swing as the last few minutes of the first period saw numerous fights. However, the second period calmed down considerably; both teams didn’t want to take any more unnecessary penalties. This led to a slow, mostly uneventful period. There were some odd man rushes, but all were kept to the outside by the defense on each team, making this period a much tamer affair than the second half of the first period. This changed with just over 20 seconds left in the period, as Northeastern was able to put away yet another last minute goal. This time it was Gunnarwolfe Fontaine putting Jack Williams’ cross crease pass into the net on what was the prettiest goal of the night. While no team dominated the second period, Northeastern managed to win it on the scoreboard. 

The third period saw the Eagles slowly taking back control of the game. While the first few minutes saw some neutral zone play and bad angle shots, the Eagles managed to ramp up the pressure on the Huskies. BC managed to pin Northeastern in their own zone, and their effort paid off with Marshall Warren’s goal at 8:30 into the period. The initial chance came from a shot at the point, but when that didn’t go in, BC once again won the rebound battle as Oskar Jellvik and Nikita Nesterenko were able to find Warren sitting in front. 

 

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Northeastern had a quick response to the BC goal, not wanting to fall behind for too long in the third period. They were able to find the back of the net only 24 seconds later on what was a bad angle shot from the corner. The quick response caused a sudden hush to fall over the crowd, and seemed to take away all the momentum the Eagles had been building. However, after a long review process, BC managed to dodge the bullet as the goal was taken back due to high sticking call on Northeastern.

Learning their lessons from the Northeastern’s almost-goal, BC clamped down on defense for the remainder of the period, giving the Huskies minimal scoring chances. Even when they pulled Levi at the end of the game, the Eagles managed to fend off the 6-5 attack and come away with an exciting win over their rivals. 

In this game, the Eagles' tenacity and willingness to fight for the puck really shined through. All of their goals came off of some sort of rebound, and they always seemed to have at least one person in front of the net. In a game full of penalties, their special teams also looked good with the Eagles managing to capitalize on their own power play, and only faltering during the four on four. If they continue this gritty and tough style of hockey, while limiting mistakes in the future, the Eagles could have a successful season ahead of them.

Following another win on November 15th, against UMass Lowell, your next chance to catch the Men's Hockey team at home is November 25th, when the Eagles will take on Notre Dame.

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