For the first time in ten years, Boston College Eagles hockey lost a quarterfinals game.
On Friday night at Kelley Rink, the #2 Eagles fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 7-2. The loss puts Boston College on the brink of elimination in Saturday night’s contest.
Notably, junior forward Johnny Gaudreau’s points streak was extended to 30 games, one shy of tying the all-time Hockey East record set by Paul Kariya. That assist got in just under the wire in what was otherwise a nightmare game for the home team.
|Ryan Fitzgerald (PP)
|Stephen Johns (PP)
|Patrick Brown (PP)
Boston College got progressively worse as the game continued. The first period was alright, nothing spectacular, made worse by giving up a goal with nine seconds to go. The second period was bad, and the third was horrible. Much like the last time these teams met, the Eagles were unable to develop any sort of sustained offensive rhythm, but this time, Boston College was wholly deficient in the other prominent phase of the game.
Freshman goalie Thatcher Demko had a bad game, looking lost on several Notre Dame goals. Given his age and relative inexperience, this is going to concern some Eagles fans. It would not be fair to blame him entirely, however, as there were defensive breakdowns and some lazy puck-handling skills on display.
It is entirely rare that we get to say this about a Jerry York-coached team, but the Eagles played apathetic hockey, and it may well have been the worst game they played all season. That will concern even more fans, as this is the time of year they should be peaking.
The Eagles have a day to get their act together and save their Hockey East Tournament.