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Eagles Take Down Michigan State in Back-to-Back Wins

No. 3 Boston College Men’s Hockey took home two wins against No. 8 Michigan State in their weekend series at Conte Forum. They opened on Thursday with an explosive 6-4 win -- led by Oskar Jellvik’s 2 goal performance -- and followed it up with a dominating defensive effort to secure a 5-1 win on Friday.  

The first game got off to an exciting start as the Eagle’s high-powered offense put two quick goals past Michigan’s star goalie Trey Augustine. Oskar Jellvik slipped one in from passes by Colby Ambrosio and Will Vote at 7:37, and two minutes later Ryan Leonard put one past his former teammate to give the Eagles a quick 2-0 lead halfway through the first period. 

This lead was short-lived, however, as Michigan State’s special teams came to play. Michigan State’s Artyom Levshunov was put in the box for an elbowing penalty. A minute and a half into the kill Karsen Dorwart managed to beat BC goalie Jacob Fowler, cutting Boston College’s lead in half. With three minutes left in the period, the Eagles took a too many men on the ice penalty, leading to a power play goal for Michigan State, once again scored by Dorwart. Instead of going into the locker room with a comfortable lead, the period ended tied thanks to the Spartans' special teams play. 

Michigan built upon their late period success with a solid start in the 2nd. They were rewarded with a goal from Jeremy Davidson at the 7:28 of the period, giving Michigan State their first lead of the game. However, this didn’t last long as Boston College found the same success they had early in the first. The response came quickly with a shorthanded goal from Oskar Jellvik only a minute later, tying the game at 3-3. 

This started an avalanche of goals from BC, putting the game out of reach for the Spartans. Will Smith scored with two minutes left in the period, and Jacob Bengtsson and Cutter Gautheir followed up with 3rd period goals. Michigan managed to score a late goal with a minute left in the third to make the final score seem more even, with the only real effect being to help disguise an overwhelming win for the Eagles.

If the Spartans were overwhelmed on Thursday, then Boston College outright dominated them on Friday night. With a crowd full of excellent costumes for the Halloween game at Conte Forum, the Eagles scored often, while simultaneously tightening up their defensive game. 

In response to last game, the Spartans got out to a good start to the game only giving up a few odd man rushes to Boston College in exchange for a large amount of zone time. This changed with a few penalties called in the middle of the period, and the Eagles gaining momentum off a good penalty kill. This led to their first goal from Mike Posma coming from a shot from the point and a rebound that he managed to put home. This would be the only goal of the first period, despite well over 20 combined shots as both goalies were playing well.

The second period continued with much of the same trends as the first. It started with an early Eagles power play leading to a beautiful goal by Cutter Gauthier with assists by Gabe Perreault and Oskar Jellvik. While they didn’t manage to establish zone presence, one clean entrance found the team’s best shot alone in the high slot giving them a 2-0 lead. The rest of the period was fairly even with Fowler making crucial saves, keeping the shut out alive through the second. 

The final period saw twice as many goals as the first two combined, and the scoring was started early on yet another power play goal. This time Eagles’ forward Jack Malone entered the zone on a two on one looking to pass the puck the whole way. Seeing it wasn’t there, at the last second he managed to shoot the puck short side under Augustine’s glove. 

Only six minutes later, Boston College was able to capitalize again off a bad Spartans turnover in their own end. Andre Gasseau managed to pick the pocket of the Michigan defender and hold onto the puck long enough to give Malone a beautiful set up on an open net. He slapped the pass into the goal, scoring his second of the period and the Eagles their fourth of the game, giving them an easy road to victory. While their shut out did not last due to a Karsen Dorwart goal late in the third, an empty netter by Gauthier in the last minute put a bow on an impressive series win for the Eagles.

Catch the Men’s Hockey team’s next game this upcoming Friday home against UMass Lowell in what’s sure to be an exciting matchup.


Thursday’s Scoresheet 

Friday’s Scoresheet