Capping off one of Boston College sports’ best Fall weekends in years, the #8 men’s hockey team got two more Hockey East points in dramatic fashion.
On Saturday evening in Boston, the Eagles defeated the #19 Northeastern Huskies, 4-3 in overtime. The win, in which BC came back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period, gives Boston College a sweep of their weekend home-and-home series and four points out of a possible four in Hockey East. The Eagles have improved to 4-2-1 on the season.
[NU] Torin Snydeman (7:57 1st; Reid, Schechter): NU 1, BC 0
[BC] Ryan Fitzgerald (10:58 1st; Hayes, MacLeod): BC 1, NU 1
[NU] Mike Szmatula (2:29 3rd; Roy): NU 2, BC 1
[NU] Colton Saucerman (6:22 3rd; unassisted): NU 3, BC 1
[BC] Patrick Brown (7:50 3rd; Matheson, Smith; SH): NU 3, BC 2
[BC] Johnny Gaudreau (12:51 3rd; Doherty, Arnold): BC 3, NU 3
[BC] Adam Gilmour (1:36 OT; Brown, Smith): BC 4, NU 3
Boston College led in shots on goal, 40-34, which included both shots in the extra period. Brian Billett earned the win for the Eagles with 31 saves, while Clay Witt has lost to Boston College on back-to-back nights, saving 36 on Saturday in defeat.
Freshman Chris Calnan was sent off with a game misconduct very early in the third period for a blow to the head of Northeastern’s Matt Benning. However, the Huskies did not convert on that or any power play during the game.
Boston College deserves a great deal of credit for putting together a two-goal comeback in the third period and getting a conference road win. It was not a perfect effort, with penalties being a key deficiency. The Eagles took eight penalties for 27 minutes, including Calnan’s 5-minute major and game misconduct. The good news is that the penalty kill went 6-for-6 and got a shorthanded goal by Pat Brown which turned the game around for the Eagles.
The Eagles will next take to the ice on Friday night at Agganis Arena as they face their rivals, the Boston University Terriers.