On Friday night, the #1 Boston College Eagles men’s hockey team defeated the Merrimack Warriors, 4-3. The Eagles fell behind 3-0 in the second period, but got all three of those goals back within a span of a little over five minutes, then eventually won on Steven Whitney’s second goal of the game. Boston College is 9-1 and has been victorious in nine straight games, going 28-1 in their last 29 games dating back to last season.
Coach Jerry York has now won 922 games, two away from tying Ron Mason’s all-time record, and three from breaking it. The earliest date upon which York can set the record is Saturday, December 1 at home against BU — a nationally-televised game that will be their last home contest of 2012.
Steven Whitney is the hero, book-ending BC’s offensive performance with their first and last goals, the second of which won it. Johnny Gaudreau had no goals, but did assist on two others, including the game-winner. Congratulations to Danny Linell on his first goal of the season, which could not have come at a better time as it tied the game. Kudos also to Patrick Wey for his first of the year.
The Eagles are a resilient bunch and, like their coach, they stay hard at work for all 60 minutes. Boston College is #1 in the nation for a reason, and they’re never out of a hockey game, even when down 3-0. This is the second big deficit they’ve crawled out of this season, and they’re gaining an aura of invincibility.
Boston College’s next game is after Thanksgiving, on Saturday, November 24 against Dartmouth.