On Friday night at Kelley Rink, the #9 Boston College Eagles defeated the #18 New Hampshire Wildcats, 6-2, in the first game of their weekend Hockey East home-and-home.
With the victory, Boston College improves to 9-4-2 (4-1-1) on the season.
Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau ran his points streak to ten games in a row on Friday, netting his 13th goal of the season to put the Eagles ahead early in the first period. He totaled two for the game. Austin Cangelosi led all Eagles in scoring with three points (1g, 2a), while four players, Gaudreau included, had two-point games.
All six Eagles goals were scored by different players, with four coming in their breakout second period. Late in the middle frame, Boston College scored three goals in 100 seconds.
[BC] Johnny Gaudreau (1:07 1st; Arnold): BC 1, UNH 0
[UNH] Jeff Silengo (0:18 2nd; Agosta, Knodel): BC 1, UNH 1
[BC] Steve Santini (1:06 2nd; Straight, Cangelosi): BC 2, UNH 1
[BC] Austin Cangelosi (15:04 2nd; Gaudreau, Doherty): BC 3, UNH 1
[BC] Teddy Doherty (16:26 2nd; Gilmour, Calnan): BC 4, UNH 1
[BC] Kevin Hayes (16:44 2nd; Santini, McCoshen): BC 5, UNH 1
[BC] Destry Straight (4:59 3rd; Fitzgerald, Cangelosi): BC 6, UNH 1
[UNH] Trevor van Riemsdyk (6:50 3rd; Knodel, Sorkin): BC 6, UNH 2
Shots on goal were lopsided towards New Hampshire, 41-21, as the Eagles played an exceptionally weak first and third period, being outshot 16-4 and 13-4 in those frames, respectively. Brian Billett made 39 saves in a strong performance for a win, while Casey DeSmith played just 36:44 for New Hampshire, allowing five goals before being replaced by Jeff Wyer.
New Hampshire did not convert on any of their four power play opportunities, while the Eagles never had one. The only penalty taken by New Hampshire was negated on an embellishment call against Gaudreau.
Games like Holy Cross and New Hampshire, put side to side, can show what a strange game hockey sometimes is. The Eagles played two poor periods in each, but the results were far different. A good performance by Billett may well have been the difference tonight.
The Eagles will wrap up the home-and-home on Saturday night in Durham, New Hampshire.