BC bounces back against Vermont

On a night when Jerry York needed his team to add to their win column, he made sure the Eagles did just that with a punctual victory over the University of Vermont Catamounts by a score of 4-1 on Feb. 1 in Chestnut Hill.

Johnny Gaudreau and Pat Mullane each had a goal and an assist, Parker Milner turned aside thirty-eight shots and the Eagles looked revived with a fresh set of lines against the Catamounts. Gaudreau and Mullane skated on a line with Danny Linell, Bill Arnold centered Michael Sit and Steven Whitney. Kevin Hayes slid down to center the third line with Destry Straight and Brendan Silk while Patrick Brown skated on the fourth line flanked by Quinn Smith and Brooks Dyroff.

Michael Matheson (three shots, +1) returned to action after sitting out last weekend’s series against Maine for precautionary reasons stemming from a vicious hit in a game against Northeastern. His presence brought a greater sense of stability to a thin defensive corps for BC, which was without Colin Sullivan for the second game in a row.

Photo Courtesy of Jake Miller

The game did not begin as planned for Milner and the Eagles, when an Anders Franzon shot from the point fluttered just over Milner’s head and into the net, putting Vermont up 1-0 early.

While the Eagles did not get on the board in the first, their defense showed marked improvement, highlighted by the brilliant display of penalty killing exhibited by Patrick Brown. After his stick fell victim to a laser from the point by Vermont defenseman Nick Bruneteau, Brown sacrificed his body on a pair of follow up tries from Bruneteau before single-handedly clearing out the front of BC’s net by dumping a couple Catamounts on the ice.

The Eagles finally tied things up midway through the second, when Mullane snuck a shot past Vermont’s Brody Hoffman. Quinn Smith doubled BC’s score less than a minute later when his shot seemed to have eyes of its own and trickled over the line past Hoffman, who was clearly rattled by the goal chant of BC’s Superfans.

Whitney and Gaudreau would add to BC’s lead in the third period, putting the game out of reach for UVM.

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