Boston College 8, Penn State 2: Eagles Win Three Rivers Classic

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Boston College Eagles junior forward Destry Straight completed his first collegiate hat trick on Saturday night as the Eagles defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions, 8-2, to win the 2013 Three Rivers Classic.

With the victory, #7 Boston College improved to 12-4-2 on the season, having now won four games in a row. The Eagles went 4-0-0 in December.

Junior Eagles forward Johnny Gaudreau had another stellar game, scoring a goal and an assist to set a new career record with thirteen consecutive games with at least one point. He now has 33 points in 18 games so far this season, including 15 goals.

Goal Sequence
[PSU] Casey Bailey (4:46 1st; Milley): PSU 1, BC 0
[BC] Ryan Fitzgerald (18:12 1st; Cangelosi, Linell; PP): BC 1, PSU 1
[BC] Kevin Hayes (18:45 1st; Arnold, Gaudreau): BC 2, PSU 1

[BC] Destry Straight (6:26 2nd; Fitzgerald, Cangelosi): BC 3, PSU 1
[BC] Destry Straight (10:57 2nd; MacLeod, Fitzgerald): BC 4, PSU 1
[BC] Johnny Gaudreau (12:36 2nd; Hayes): BC 5, PSU 1

[BC] Danny Linell (3:59 3rd; Cangelosi, Brown; PP): BC 6, PSU 1
[BC] Destry Straight (13:33 3rd; Doherty): BC 7, PSU 1
[BC] Michael Sit (13:51 3rd; Jeke, Smith): BC 8, PSU 1
[PSU] David Goodwin (17:27 3rd; Scheid): BC 8, PSU 2

Boston College scored their first power play goals since November 14 on Saturday night, getting one from Ryan Fitzgerald and another from Danny Linell. The Linell goal was his first of the season. Penn State went 0-for-3 on the man-advantage.

In total, six Eagles had at least two points in the game, including Straight, Austin Cangelosi, and Ryan Fitzgerald, who all had three points each. Thirteen players had at least one point for the game.

Boston College goalie Brian Billett was again very effective, making 31 saves in the win and allowing just one goal in 53:29. Backup goalie Brad Barone played the last six and a half minutes, making no saves but allowing one goal. Matthew Skoff took the loss for the Nittany Lions, allowing five goals with 20 saves. He was relieved in the third period by PJ Musico, who allowed three more goals.

The Eagles will roll into Fenway Park to face Notre Dame next week with plenty of forward momentum, claiming what they hope will be their first of many trophies this season.

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