Just when we thought the Eagles of Boston College had run out of tricks, they surprised and entertained their fans yet again. After falling behind in an early 3-0 hole in the second period against the Merrimack Warriors Friday, Nov. 16, BC stormed back with three goals of their own in the second period, with senior Steven Whitney netting the game-winner in the final frame.
The two teams ended the first period tied at zero, but momentum clearly swung to Merrimack’s side at the beginning of the second when the Warriors tallied three quick goals in a span of five minutes. Jerry York called a timeout to stop the bleeding and allow his team to regroup.
The result was a fast-paced seven minutes of hockey, during which we saw the Eagles, led by Whitney (two goals) and Johnny Gaudreau (two assists), make up the deficit. Patrick Wey and Danny Linell added their first goals of the season to tie the score at three.
The Eagles peppered Merrimack goalie Sam Marotta with forty-two shots, and hoped to keep that sort of offensive tenacity going in their tilt against the number eleven ranked Dartmouth College Big Green Saturday, Nov. 24. The matinee game tipped off at 4 p.m, as the #1 Eagles outlasted a feisty Big Green team by a score of 6-3.
With Saturday’s defeat, Dartmouth (5-2-2) leaves The Heights as the latest member to exit the One Loss Club, consisting of BC, Denver, and New Hampshire. Heading into this weekend’s game against the Eagles, the Big Green had been looking to redeem themselves after suffering their first loss last week at the hands of Colgate after blowing an early 4-1 lead.
Johnny Gaudreau and the Eagles’ top line had other ideas.
Gaudreau (two goals, three assists) and Pat Mullane (two goals, two assists) each recorded career highs in points while Whitney chipped in a goal and two helpers as the trio made life a living hell for the Big Green.
The two teams played back-and-forth hockey for the first two frames, with Dartmouth playing catch-up to BC (10-1-0). The Big Green leveled the score twice, first at 1-1, then again before heading into the locker rooms, with a 3-3 score at the second intermission. By then, the Eagles’ first line had seen enough, and decided to end the game by scoring eight points and three unanswered goals in the last 20 minutes to put the game out of reach.