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Eagles Fall Twice in the Battle of Comm Ave

After a disappointing weekend series against Vermont, BC Men’s Hockey looked to get back on track against their biggest rivals, the Boston University Terriers. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they fell to BU by the final score of 6-3 on Friday night. 

The first period was promising for the Eagles, as they controlled play for much of the time, culminating in a powerplay goal by forward Trevor Kuntar at 10:43. The Eagles would have multiple chances to double their lead, the best of which was a breakaway by forward Nikita Nesterenko in the dying minutes of the first. However, BU goaltender Drew Commesso was able to turn it aside.

The momentum would then begin to favor the Terriers, as sustained pressure in the BC zone resulted in a goal with .4 seconds left in the first period by center Jay O’Brien. After a video review to confirm that the puck crossed the line before time ran out, the home crowd roared with the referee’s confirmation of a good goal. 

It all went downhill from there for the Eagles, as BU proceeded to rattle off 6 straight goals. Two came in the second period, the first by forward Jeremy Wilmer and the second by forward Dylan Peterson. The third was more of the same, as BU defenseman Ty Gallagher scored twice, causing BC to pull starting goalie Mitch Benson for backup Henry Wilder. 

Wilder allowed one more goal by BU forward Luke Tuch to make the score 6-1 Terriers. BC scored two goals in the final five minutes, one coming from forward Mike Posma and the other from Freshman phenom Cutter Gauthier. 

After falling to BU at Agganis Arena on Friday, BC looked to avenge their loss the next day on home ice at Conte Forum. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they failed to do so, falling to the Terriers by the score of 3-1 on Saturday night. 

Featuring the same goaltending matchup as the previous night, goaltending was one of the main reasons for the 2nd straight BC loss. Mitch Benson played well enough, but Drew Commesso was nearly perfect, as he only surrendered a single goal and made several key saves when BC maintained a consistent offensive attack.

With this being a rivalry game, there was no love lost between the two teams. Frequent scrums after the whistle kicked off after a boarding penalty by forward Cam Burke, which put BU on the powerplay four minutes into the game. Forward Liam Izyk had a great scoring chance with a shorthanded breakaway, but ultimately failed to capitalize. Forward Trevor Kuntar also had two great chances to finish off a two-on-one rush halfway through the first frame, but once again Commesso was there to make the saves. 

The game remained scoreless until 1:25 of the second period when BU forward Wilmer Skoog buried a cross-crease pass to make the score 1-0 BU. The Terriers did not wait long to extend their lead, as Defenseman Case McCarthy scored off of a point shot at 9:22. BC answered back though, as forward Andre Gasseau buried a Nikita Nesterenko pass on the powerplay to cut the Terrier lead to one with 5:14 remaining in the second. 

The Eagles had a plethora of scoring chances for the rest of the second period and all of the third, but just could not finish. After the Eagles sustained offensive pressure for minutes on end, BU Forward Jeremy Wilmer tipped in a Quinn Hutson shot to make it 3-1 BU at the 11:37 mark of the final period.

After the third Terrier goal, the once buzzing Conte Forum was all but dead as a stream of fans headed for the exits. After losing 4 games in a row, the Eagles will look to get their once-promising season back on track on Tuesday evening at Northeastern. 

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