Mike Kim scored his first career goal and Austin Cangelosi and Zach Sanford scored goals 27 seconds apart early into the second period to propel the Eagles to a 4-3 victory over UNH Friday night.
Danny Tirone stood on his head in the UNH net, coming up big all throughout the night on power plays, breakaways, and everything in between. He stopped 34 of the Eagles’ 38 shots, nearly matching Thatcher Demko’s outstanding play, saving 35-of-38. Putting up nearly identical numbers, both goalies were the defensive backbone for their respective teams in this matchup.
"Thatcher was just out of this world, as far as I was concerned and made some incredible saves," said Jerry York. "I thought Thatcher was a key to the (win)."
The first period was rather uneventful with both teams struggling to get anything going offensively. The slow and lethargic play on both sides led to a zero-goal period.
The second period was truly the beginning of the game, as both teams found their stride and were able to get on the board. It was the Eagles who struck first, netting two goals 27 seconds apart to come away with the lead.
Tirone played an unreal period despite two BC goals. He came up especially big when the Eagles were awarded a 5-on-3; as BC went aggressively towards the net Tirone stood tall, making the necessary saves to keep UNH in the game.
Most impressive, was Tirone's top-10 save as he dove across the crease to make the goal line stop and rob the Eagles of an open net opportunity.
The Eagles were awarded a power play on the delayed call and took full advantage. Casey Fitzgerald's shot from the point was deflected by Cangelosi right through the five hole to get BC on the board. 27 seconds later, Sanford got a hold of the puck just left of the net and following some fancy stick work, easily tapped it in behind Tirone’s left skate.
Kyle Smith got one back for the Wildcats to tie it up with three minutes left in the second period. Demko struggled to grab the rebound off Matias Cleland’s initial shot but Smith got to it first, slipping the puck under Demko’s pad to bring UNH within one.
The third began with much of the same back and fourth, as both goalies continued to shine; there was a small margin of error for both Demko and Tirone and they both stood up to the challenge.
With the Eagles possessing the one-goal lead, play was tight and UNH finally broke through 7:52 into the third to tie it up. Demko had lost sight of the puck as it trickled across the crease and Andrew Poturals was waiting near the post to tap it in behind Demko’s skate.
A minute and 41 seconds after UNH’s game-tying goal, Mike Kim fired a rocket from the point to get his first career goal and give the Eagles the one goal lead. 51 seconds after Kim gave the Eagles the lead, Adam Gilmour added to the lead, going five hole to beat Tirone.
Less than a minute after Gilmour’s goal, the Wildcats got one back to bring the game within one as Dan Correale lifted the puck over Demko’s shoulder with the backhand. Within five minutes of play, the teams scored a combined four goals.
An exciting final minute with UNH on the two-man advantage was not enough to fuel a comeback as BC finished strong to preserve the 4-3 win.
Miles Wood and Chris Calnan were both out of the lineup with lower body injuries and Colin White went off early in the third period with a sprained wrist. The status for all three is unknown for Monday’s Beanpot final against BU.
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