BC splits weekend series with BU

Losing two games in ten months is certainly no reason to complain.

On Friday, Nov. 30, the Boston University Terriers handed number one Boston College their second loss of the season at Agganis Arena by a score of 4-2. The Eagles, winners of their previous ten games, learned from their mistakes and beat the Terriers 5-2 the following night, Dec. 1, in Chestnut Hill. The teams split their “home-and-home,” B-Line Rivalry series.

BU held the Eagles’ potent offense in check on Friday and freshman goalie Matt O’Connor turned aside 35 shots for the home team in the Terriers' win. The victory snapped BC’s win streak at Agganis Arena, which dated back to 2009. The first frame ended at 0-0, with BC getting 18 shots on net. BU received its long-awaited secondary scoring, for which it has been pining all year, when Garrett Noonan and Evan Rodrigues built a 2-0 lead in the second.

BC’s Pat Mullane finally put the Eagles on the board, slamming home a power-play goal. The teams entered the locker rooms with the score at 2-1. BU came out of the gates roaring, though, as Boston Bruins product Matt Grzelcyk scored to make it 3-1. BU would add an empty-netter in the final minutes, putting the score out of reach. Johnny Gaudreau tacked on a final goal for BC as time ran out, but it was too little too late for the Eagles.

In Friday’s loss to BU, Eagles’ fans everywhere witnessed something they had not seen since the team’s season-opening loss to Northeastern: a scoring drought. The Eagles customarily play teams evenly through the first two periods and then pull away in the third. It is quite common to see them tally five or six goals every game. Against BU, however, the team barely managed two scores, with Gaudreau’s tally coming with 24 seconds left to play in regulation.

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That all changed Saturday night, when BC’s offense regained its scoring touch, striking early in the first period, or so they thought. After an early goal was called back, Teddy Doherty converted a Kevin Hayes feed into the Eagles’ first lead of the game. Cason Hohmann would later score for BU, leaving the teams tied at one at the end of the first.

The Eagles opened it up in the second, with Hayes and Doherty at it again, assisting on Bill Arnold’s first power-play goal of the game. Michael Matheson would roof a laser from the point with a 5-on-3 man advantage, and Arnold would get his second power-play score less than a minute later to make it 4-1.

Brendan Silk, a freshman from Wakefield, Massachusetts, would score his first collegiate goal in the third period. Rodrigues brought BU back within three a few minutes later, but much like the previous game, it was not enough.

With this most recent defeat of BU, Jerry York ties Ron Mason on the all-time list with 924 Men’s Collegiate Hockey victories.

 

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