It’s the second Boston College hockey gameday in as many afternoons, and this time, the Eagles will look to defeat the Northeastern Huskies.
In last night’s first half of the home-and-home weekend series, #16 Boston College came back in the last few minutes to force a tie with the Huskies. Now, with the proceedings shifting back to Kelley Rink, the Eagles seek a three-point weekend in Hockey East play.
Given how Boston College played for most of the game at Northeastern on Friday night, salvaging a point was the best they could have done. After all, the Huskies are a hot team who, prior to last night, had gone 7-2-1 in their previous ten games, and road wins in college hockey are never easy. With the Eagles six points out of first place and in need of more victories, this home contest is crucial.
If the goalies are as stout this afternoon as they were last night, this could be another low-scoring, grind-it-out type of game for Boston College. Thatcher Demko was very good in the tie, as was Northeastern’s Clay Witt, each making over 30 saves. Northeastern’s defense also seemed to frustrate the Eagles most of the way; what, if any, adjustments Jerry York and his staff can make will be interesting to see.
This one is an afternoon game and televised, so many out there will have a chance to see for themselves if Boston College hockey can keep their unbeaten streak going. (Though the majority will probably watch the Patriots game.)
Northeastern-Boston College Hockey Gameday:
Game #21 Info
Conte Forum (Kelley Rink), Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
BCEagles.com streaming (Jon Rish, Andy Powers) (Live stream)
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Records and Rankings
The #16 Boston College Eagles have a record of 11-7-2 on the season. On Friday night, Northeastern snapped their four-game win streak, but Boston College has not lost any of their last six games, going 4-0-2 in that time. This is their longest such streak of the season to date.
Boston College has 10 points in Hockey East play (4-4-2), six points behind first-place UMass-Lowell and Boston University.
Northeastern moved to 7-10-3 as a result of the tie on Friday, though they are 7-2-2 in their last 11 games. The Huskies have eight Hockey East points (3-6-2).
Boston College Hockey Top Performers at Northeastern (Friday)
The Eagles’ player of the game on Friday night was Thatcher Demko, the goalie with 30 saves. Adam Gilmour had the only Boston College goal, while Alex Tuch and Zach Sanford also earned points.