Boston College-Providence Final: Gillies, Friars Quiet Eagles in 1-0 Win


Boston College-Providence Final: Boston College may have won the shot count, but on Saturday night, Providence defeated the Eagles, 1-0.

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In defeat, #12 Boston College hockey has been swept for the weekend, falling to 7-7-0 on the year. This is the first time Boston College has had seven losses through 14 games since the 1996-97 season when the Eagles started 6-7-1.

Boston College also falls to 3-4-0 in Hockey East play.

Boston College-Providence Final: Game Synopsis

This one will be brief: Both teams traded a number of opportunities, but the goalies for each team — Thatcher Demko for the Eagles and Jon Gillies of the Friars — stood on their heads.

It was not until the third period that the Friars broke through, with Ross Mauermann getting one past Demko about two minutes into the third period to give Providence a 1-0 lead. They would not relinquish it.

Boston College-Providence Final: The Stats

Boston College had 43 shots on goal for the game, and Gillies stopped them all. 21 of those shots came in the second period. Meanwhile, Thatcher Demko made 37 saves in defeat, which was a career high.

Boston College-Providence Final: Goal Chart

Boston College-Providence Final: Bottom Line

On Saturday night, Boston College again got beat by what appears to be a better team. The problem is that many contenders in Hockey East and nationally are beginning to look better.

Boston College may have had 43 shots on goal tonight, but they were the unlucky losers. Sometimes, the other goalie just has a better game. What should trouble the Eagles is that they are now 7-7 on the season and, quite frankly, not a tournament-caliber team right now.

The Eagles have much to figure out as the winter break approaches. It is becoming clear that short of another one of those late-season surges, it’s not happening this year.

Boston College-Providence Final: Next Up

Boston College returns next Friday night in New Hampshire to face the Wildcats on NBC Sports Network.