While the snow fell outside in North Andover, the #2 Boston College Eagles continue to heat up as the stretch run approaches.
On Tuesday evening, the Eagles defeated the Merrimack Warriors, 4-1. The victory has made Boston College undefeated over their last ten games (9-0-1), while improving their record to 17-4-3 (11-1-1) on the season. The Eagles now lead Hockey East’s second-place team, Northeastern, by a comfortable 8-point margin.
Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau had a relatively quiet night by his standards, notching a point in the first period to extend his streak to 19 games in a row. Gaudreau now has 48 points through 24 games this season. It would be shameful, however, not to point out that senior Kevin Hayes has also been on a tear, and with his first-period goal, he now has 43 points (17-26-43) for the year.
[BC] Kevin Hayes (1:23 1st; Gaudreau): BC 1, MC 0
[MC] Mike Collins (4:47 1st; Christie, Toomey): BC 1, MC 1
[BC] Adam Gilmour (19:18 1st; Doherty; PP): BC 2, MC 1
[BC] Patrick Brown (8:31 2nd; Fitzgerald, Savage): BC 3, MC 1
[BC] Austin Cangelosi (19:08 3rd; Smith, Brown; EN): BC 4, MC 1
Thatcher Demko remained in net for this game, picking up the win while making 19 saves. Rasmus Tirronen took the loss for the Warriors, allowing three goals while making 22 saves.
Ho-hum, taking-care-of-business win for the Eagles in what seemed like a somewhat boring, coasting effort.
The Eagles return to action on Saturday at Penn State.