Men's Hockey Heating Up

The weather outside might be getting colder, but the Men’s Hockey team just keeps getting hotter.

Things weren’t looking too great in the month of November for the Eagles as they dropped six of their nine games played. Losses against Harvard, BU, and Providence hit hard and left people everywhere doubting the prowess of this year’s team.

Coming into December, however, the Eagles were able to turn things around and haven’t lost a game since November 29. In their past seven matchups, the Eagles have gone 5-0-2. Their domination over the past two months has given Superfans hope for the rest of the season.

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With big wins against Michigan, Brown, UNH, and Northeastern, the Eagles have proven that they are still a force to be reckoned with. They dominated in those games, winning each contest by two or more points.

Perhaps the team's most convincing victory came against Michigan in the midst of exams. The Eagles' commanding 5-1 win was the perfect way to end 2014; but not stopping there, the Eagles continued strong play and haven't lost in 2015 thus far.

Over the break, the Eagles were crowned champions in the Ledyard Classic in Hanover, NH, beating Dartmouth and Brown to take the crown. Teddy Doherty was awarded the tournament MVP and currently leads the team with 15 points.

As of today, the Men's Hockey team is ranked 17th in the national rankings and tied for 5th in the Hockey East.

Steve Santini returned in the game against Northeastern this past Saturday after a wrist injury forced him to miss 17 games. With Santini’s return, the Eagles appear to be getting back into the swing of things.

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Selly Sallah / Gavel Media

In the past seven games, Thatcher Demko has played five and averaged 33.2 saves per game. Demko has an impressive season save percentage of .930. Brad Barone has played in two of the past seven contests and averaged 22.5 saves per game; Barone’s save percentage this season is an equally impressive .893.

Austin Cangelosi shined in the UNH series, notching five points in the two games, scoring the game-tying goal in the first match. Also a standout in the UNH series, Chris Calnan scored the game-winning goal in the second game of the series and continued to shine against Northeastern, scoring two goals in BC's 4-2 win. Calnan is currently tied for fifth in scoring in the Hockey East with BU superstar Jack Eichel.

Photo Courtesy of Boston College Athletics / Facebook

Photo courtesy of Boston College Athletics / Facebook

Captain Michael Matheson is tied for eighth in the league for assists. Adam Gilmour has scored a power play goal in three straight games and leads the league in power-play goals.

Individually, the stats are great, and many of the guys are coming up big when it is needed. What is more, they are looking like a Boston College hockey program again and starting to play like the team that many of us know and love.

Hopefully the Eagles will keep their streak alive as they take flight at BU this Friday. Although there were a few shining moments, their last game against BU is one that we all wish to forget...

 

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