The disappointments in Providence were assuaged on Friday night by successes down the road in Boston.
The #8 Boston College Eagles defeated the #17 Boston University Terriers, 5-1, in their men’s hockey game at Agganis Arena. With the win, the 5-2-1 Eagles have taken their third game in a row and have a perfect six points in Hockey East play out of a possible six.
[BC] Austin Cangelosi (9:10 1st; Gaudreau, Linell): BC 1, BU 0
[BC] Johnny Gaudreau (11:36 1st; Arnold, MacLeod): BC 2, BU 0
[BU] Nick Roberto (1:59 2nd; Baillargeon, Rodrigues; PP): BC 2, BU 1
[BC] Bill Arnold (7:41 2nd; Gaudreau, Matheson): BC 3, BU 1
[BC] Kevin Hayes (7:35 3rd; Fitzgerald): BC 4, BU 1
[BC] Destry Straight (8:27 3rd; Hayes): BC 5, BU 1
A frontrunner should be emerging in the goaltending platoon: freshman Thatcher Demko. He has been the better of the two primary goalies and his poise in-net at age 17 is quite remarkable. Demko has played well in all of his games so far, including the big victory on Friday night as well as the tie against #1 Minnesota.
Johnny Gaudreau had another stellar game, notching three points for a total of 14 in eight games so far. Veteran player Bill Arnold notched his 100th career point on the first period assist on Gaudreau’s goal.
Boston College hockey has done virtually everything asked of it in the early stages of this season. They have represented well against ranked teams and are winning their conference games, two of which have been in opposing rinks. Friday night was another dominant performance by one of the nation’s best teams.
Boston College wraps up the weekend with a home game against Army on Sunday afternoon.