This weekend, Boston College faced Providence College in an exciting two-game series, ultimately finishing victorious with a 1-0-1 tally. The Eagles took Friday's game with a convincing 7-3 victory and, following a rousing comeback Saturday, tied the Friars 4-4.
It was unclear going into the series how the seventh-ranked Eagles would fare against the third-ranked, and defending national champion, Friars. Moreover, after an embarrassing 1-2 loss to the Friars in the Florida College Classic just weeks ago, it was clear that Providence was the favorite going into the series this weekend and that the Eagles had a lot to work on prior to their return to action.
This weekend, the Eagles really brought their A game and redeemed themselves, proving their strength and capability as a team. Boston College outplayed Providence College Friday night, defeating the Friars 7-3. Colin White—returning from Finland to play in his first game back for the Eagles—erupted for his first career hat trick and had an assist for the second four-point performance of his career, proving how valuable of an asset he really is.
In all, ten different Eagles registered points contributing to the victory Friday night. The Eagles also revealed freshman Ian Milosz in net, finishing with 24 saves on Providence’s 27 attempts. Milosz was lauded by BC coach, Jerry York, as being, “the story of the game,” and for putting on “a phenomenal performance.”
Colin White put the Eagles on the board shortly into the first period, quickly followed by Zach Stanford setting up Alex Tuch to score. Milosz also stopped two attempts in the first period, his first career saves at BC. The second period began with a BC 4-on-3 power-play with White scoring his second goal of the night. BC carried the momentum into the third period with White completing the hat trick and Fitzgerald adding to the score with a power-play.
Friday’s game allowed Boston College to hand Providence its first loss in Hockey East play and second loss overall. “I thought BC was the better team, obviously there’s no question about that" said Providence Coach Nate Leaman, "We didn’t do a very good job of helping out [our] goaltender.”
Boston College was full of momentum going into Saturday’s game at Providence. However, the game got off to a bit of a rocky start for the Eagles. Following an early 1-0 lead, thanks to a goal by Ian McCoshen, the Friars answered right back and tied it up.
Providence scored two goals within the last 30 seconds of the first period to grab a 3-1 lead heading into the first intermission. Starting the second period, Providence ripped another goal, widening the gap to 4-1. However, the Eagles came back at the Friars with a ruthless attack, and Teddy Doherty narrowed the gap to 4-2. Immediately thereafter, the Eagles took advantage of a power-play and Alex Tuch scored just a minute after Doherty to pull the Eagles within one.
Chris Calnan netted the tying goal 3:43 into the third and despite either team’s best efforts, the netminders on both sides remained tough in the last minutes of the final period, resulting in a 4-4 tie. Neither team could make anything happen in overtime, so the tie stood, leaving the Eagles 1-0-1 in the weekend series.
Milosz continued to shine in Saturday’s game, stopping 38 out of 42 shots. At present, Milosz's performance on Saturday is the season high for saves this year. Also, with Teddy Doherty's eighth goal of the season, he is now tied for 10th in the country amongst all defenseman in scoring with 0.79 points per game.
The Eagles successfully emerged from their three-game losing streak this weekend, defeating and then tying with the Providence College Friars. The Eagles take on rival BU in the Battle of Comm Ave next Friday, January 15th. It is sure to be a great game, so come out to support the Eagles as they take on the Terriers.
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