Men's Hockey Downs Wisconsin in Home Opener

The Men’s Hockey team returned to Kelley Rink to kick off their 2015-2016 home campaign by dismantling the Wisconsin Badgers 6-0.

The Eagles started the game off hot. Winning the initial face-off, the Eagles immediately got things started. Miles Wood took the puck into the Wisconsin zone, leaving a drop pass for Chris Calnan to take the one-timer. The initial shot rocketed off the pad of Wisconsin goalie Adam Miller right to the stick of Austin Cangelosi, who hammered it home. That goal came 12 seconds into the game.

“That first shift gave us tons of momentum, that was that catalyst for us,” said Coach Jerry York.

Less than five minutes later the Eagles were on the board again. 4:39 into the game, BC was on the penalty kill as Captain Teddy Doherty took a chance from center ice and slipped the puck in past Miller for the short-handed goal. Not a pretty one, but a goal nonetheless.

Following the second BC goal, Miller was pulled and replaced by backup Matt Jurusik.

Not only was the initial showing on the ice impressive, but the showing in the stands was notable as well. Conte was packed within the first five minutes of the game and remained so till the ending minutes.

At the start of the second period, the Eagles faced a fired up Wisconsin team that appeared to come out strong. However, BC quickly put out the Badger’s spark scoring 6:50 into the period when Adam Gilmour took the puck behind the net and placed it in front for Casey Fitzgerald, tapping it across the net to his brother. Ryan Fitzgerald effortlessly snuck it under Jurusik’s right pad for goal number three.

BC continued to dominate throughout the second, lighting the lamp once again 16:05 into the second when Wood and Cangelosi executed a beautiful give and go scenario ending in Cangelosi’s second of the night.

Less than a minute later, Colin White added to BC’s lead, making it a five-goal game. Ryan Fitzgerald sent a leading pass to White, who took the puck through the neutral zone and into Wisconsin’s end, effortlessly skating past the Badger defenseman to sink his first goal of the season.

As the BC lead grew, so did Wisconsin’s frustration. The first period began with both teams serving penalties and the trend continued through the first five minutes of the final period. The Eagles broke through once again, when White earned his second goal of the night. In the final seconds of a 5-on-3 for the Eagles, Fitzgerald centered the puck for the perfect one-timer that White hammered home under Jurusik.

While the offensive production was obvious, the defensive efforts were equally impressive. “I was pretty bored back there,” added Thatcher Demko about his shutout night in net.

Play became physical on both ends, but BC was just so incredibly quick and skilled on both sides of the puck. Eventually, things got pretty chippy, especially at the beginning of the third. A few scrums and late hits later, Ian McCoshen was awarded a major penalty and game misconduct and Jedd Soleway of Wisconsin was given a minor penalty and a 10-minute misconduct. “It got a little sloppy,” said Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves.

The third period was a whirlwind of unnecessary hits and roughing calls on both ends, but the Eagles never lost their fire. They continued to fight through the final minutes, hustling to every puck and outplaying a very agitated Wisconsin team.

Throughout the entire game, the fans were lively and loud and the play on the ice mirrored the intensity in the stands. From the first to the fourth line, BC dominated with hustle and skill that was astounding.

They connected passes and played off each other smoothly, the rookies and veterans meshed like they had been playing together for years. “They are going to be really key players for us this year,” said York of freshman additions White and Wood, who combined for two goals and two assists, respectively.

BC played like a well-oiled machine and will be expected to dominate throughout the rest of the season. Judging from last night’s game, they will have no problem living up to this season’s expectations.

The Eagles travel to Colorado next weekend for a double-header against Colorado College and will return to Chestnut Hill on October 30 at 7pm to face the Denver team that ousted them from last year's playoff race.

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