Last time the Eagles were at Conte Forum, they struggled to even compete with an unranked Harvard team. Saturday night, however, they seemed to skate right through this UMaine team, winning 4-1.
"It’s the best sixty minutes of hockey we’ve played this year," said York of his team’s performance. "I thought we were sharp. We were emotionally and physically involved in the game, for all sixty minutes."
Boston College came into Saturday fresh off a 5-3 win against UMass; it hoped to carry that momentum into Saturday’s game, and that it did. With 27 shots on goal, the Eagles came out firing on all cylinders against Maine’s Sean Romeo. However, Juliet may be a little disappointed with his performance.
The Eagles struck gold 9:35 into the first off a beautiful play from Teddy Doherty, Destry Straight, and Chris Calnan. Doherty unleashed a one-timer from a quick counterattack led by Straight. The Black Bears, however, did not wait too long before they struck back. BC's sloppy play on defense and a turnover in its zone did not give Demko much time to respond. Blaine Byron took full advantage and found the back of the net, from a Cam Brown pass, for a shorthanded goal.
The second period was a much more lively one on the Eagles' side. BC got on the board 1:38 into the period when Straight found the far post off an Adam Gilmour rebound, coming from Doherty’s initial shot. Straight found the back of the net for the second time about 5:11 into the second, hammering the puck through Romeo’s five hole off a leading pass from Gilmour.
"Just a remarkable game by Destry. His overall play was exceptional," said York about Straight’s two-goal performance.
The Eagles came out in the third and showed no signs of fatigue, attacking the goal from every angle and forcing Romeo to make some impressive and desperate saves. Alex Tuch was able to slip one through 2:51 into the third. He wrangled the puck away from a Maine defenseman and, reminiscent of the last Eagle to wear #12—the Rangers' Kevin Hayes— flew down the boards and took the puck straight to the net.
Goal four was the dagger into the heart of this UMaine team, leaving Maine players asking, "Wherefore art thou, Romeo?"
The Eagles finished strong and played one of their first full games of the season. Saturday night’s win was a team effort. "Overall it was a great weekend. I think we built from the goaltender out," said Straight, "We had solid defense, and a solid defense leads to a good offense.”
The lackluster effort from Maine left Red Gendron disappointed, "Certain guys, the effort was good. Certain guys, nowhere near enough," he managed to mutter out following the game. "We didn’t play well enough to win, BC played better than we did, tip of the cap to them. We have to play better."
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