The #1 Boston College Eagles had not played a game outside of Massachusetts in the month of February until Valentine’s Day, but just as they have done elsewhere, the Eagles made themselves at home in Burlington.
Boston College defeated the #14 Vermont Catamounts, 4-3, in their first of two weekend games. With the win, the Eagles extend their undefeated streak to sixteen games in a row (15-0-1) and improve to 23-4-3 (14-1-1) on the season. With 29 points in Hockey East, Boston College can clinch Hockey East’s regular-season title with a win on Saturday night regardless of what their competitors do.
Speaking of streaks, junior forward Johnny Gaudreau extended his own personal points streak to 25 games in a row (and 29 out of 30 overall this year) with a power play goal early in the second period.
|Johnny Gaudreau (PP)
|Mario Puskarich (EA)
Patrick Brown, the captain who netted the game-winner in Monday’s Beanpot final, scored two more goals for Boston College to provide the margin of victory. Ryan Fitzgerald also had two points during the game.
Freshman goalie Thatcher Demko was again stout for much of the game as he gets into his own personal groove, stopping 25 Vermont shots in victory. The Catamounts’, Mike Santaguida, who was the conference’s rookie of the week last week, stopped 19 shots in defeat.
The Eagles’ penalty kill has been as good as ever, shutting down the Catamounts on all five opportunities with an extra man. Boston College did, however, give up a late goal when Vermont had an empty net.
It was a very business-like win for the Eagles, despite the fact that they were on the road against a ranked opponent. Not having lost in two and a half months, there is a certain level of expectation as far as being able to beat any team you face, and Boston College is certainly mowing down all of its opposition as they prepare for the conference and national tournaments.
It would be tough to try to follow up the Beanpot final’s act, so by comparison, almost any game is going to seem ho-hum, but wins are wins.
Boston College wraps up its two-game series with Vermont on Saturday night in Burlington.