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Men’s hockey traveled south earlier this week to play in the Florida College Hockey Classic in Estero and came in last place—yes, you read that right—in the four-team tournament.
The Eagles were playing without superstar freshman forward Colin White, who is currently in Finland representing USA in the World Juniors. The team definitely felt his absence, scoring just three goals in two games.
The first matchup was played against Ohio State, a team that many would not expect to even keep up with BC. The first period put BC up 2-0 off goals from Zach Sanford and Adam Gilmour, a strong start after an 18 day hiatus.
From the second period on, however, it was mostly downhill. The Eagles failed to convert, ending the game with 31 shots on net. The Buckeyes somehow found their stride as the Eagles showed signs of wear and tear, and they bounced back to score three unanswered goals late in the game to take the victory.
The chances were there for the BC, but the team struggled to complete passes and control the puck throughout the neutral zone. Sloppy play and some not-so-great penalties against the Eagles led to their downfall.
BC was able to generate good opportunities in the Ohio State zone, but Christian Frey came up with some highlight worthy saves to preserve the Buckeyes’ lead, most notably when he stuffed hometown boy Austin Cangelosi on what could have been a game-tying goal. Following some good passing in front of the net, Cangelosi took the shot trying to catch Frey off guard, but somehow he was able to get just enough of his leg out to make the pad save and seal the game for Ohio.
In the weaning minutes of regulation, pent up frustration from the trailing Eagles further hurt their cause. Miles Wood took a five minute major and a game disqualification for a check from behind as he leveled an opponent's head right into the boards. His major penalty and disqualification led to an inability to play in the consolation game against Providence, following the Friars' first loss of the season to Cornell.
In a bizarre turn of events, the Eagles also dropped the consolation game against defending national champion Providence 2-1, playing the final eight seconds of the game following an hour delay.
As expected, the game saw a lot of back-and-forth throughout the first two periods, but the Eagles were able to break through in the third when Teddy Doherty hammered home the go-ahead goal for the BC. However, shortly after, the Friars tied it up with a power-play strike.
Seconds after their game-tying goal, the Friars scored again to take a 2-1 lead, and from then on, the Eagles were fighting for their lives. With just under a minute to play, BC went on the power play, and with Thatcher Demko on the bench, they looked to capitalize from the 6-on-4. With eight seconds left in the game, it appeared they did just that.
However, what seemed to be the game-tying goal was disallowed by a play blown dead. With no ability to review goals in Germain Arena, the Eagles were out of luck. Then, as things took a turn for the weird, the light above the Eagles bench caught fire and the teams cleared the ice, still with eight seconds left to play.
Finally, after an hour-long delay, the last seconds of the game were played with BC unable to muster a miracle. The Eagles finished last place in the tournament, a feat unheard of for BC hockey.
This is the third straight loss for the Eagles, and things will not get any easier as their next games come against Providence and BU in home-and-away double-headers. With their next game nine days away, the Eagles have a lot to work on as they have now failed to hold third-period leads in three straight games.
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