Boston College-Denver Final Score: On Saturday night in Denver, Colorado, the #11 Denver Pioneers defeated the #5 Boston College Eagles, 2-1 in overtime.
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The defeat snaps a four-game win streak for Boston College, who fall to 4-2-0 on the season. Denver, who lost on Friday night to the Eagles by the same score, improve to the same record. BC has now lost its only overtime game so far this year.
Boston College-Denver Final: Synopsis
Just as in the first game of this weekend series, the two teams were held scoreless through the first period, and also like Friday night, Denver scored almost immediately after the start of the second. Danton Heinen did the honors for the Pioneers, giving Denver a 1-0 lead 21 seconds into the frame.
In another parallel to the first game, Denver gave up the tying goal in the same period. This time, it was Destry Straight who netted his first of the year to make it a 1-1 score.
Both teams were frustrated again through the third and into overtime, missing chance after chance, while Denver came within inches of sealing the game late in regulation. On the other end, Boston College had another such opportunity with Alex Tuch, but the sides skated into overtime. Faced with the possibility of another irrelevant shootout, Heinen again scored and the Pioneers had an overtime winner.
Both teams were stood up on the power play. Boston College went 0-for-8, while Denver was 0-for-6.
Denver outshot the Eagles in the game, 35-28. Denver’s Evan Cowley picked up the win having made 27 saves, while Thatcher Demko had another strong performance, though taking a hard-luck loss with 33 saves on the evening.
Boston College-Denver Final: Goal Chart
Boston College-Denver Final: Bottom Line
While Boston College should be pleased to have gotten a split in Denver against another ranked team, there is no doubt whatsoever that they missed out on countless opportunities they had to win the game.
It is not typical to see an Eagles power play look so anemic, but give Denver credit, up to and including their goalie, Evan Cowley, for holding Boston College at bay when they were on a man-advantage eight times and converted on none.
This one got away, but this was still overall a successful weekend for BC.
Boston College-Denver Final: Next Up
Boston College will play their first-ever Hockey East game against the Connecticut Huskies at 7pm on Wednesday night in Hartford.