Men’s hockey (15-9-2) trampled the UMass Minutemen 6-1 this Friday at home. The game belonged to the BC freshmen from the start, with points by David Cotton and Julius Mattila—along with a fresh appearance from Ryan Edquist in front of the twine—easily handing the Eagles the W.
“You get more confidence when you score goals,” said head coach Jerry York of the high-scoring game. “We’ve always been creating pretty good chances, but the idea is always to get some red lights on. Tonight we did that.”
The Eagles were quick to hit their stride, tallying three goals in just the first period. Cotton and Mattila sniped a pair past a lackadaisical UMass defense to get the Eagles’ momentum rolling before senior Austin Cangelosi polished off the period with a drifter into the net at four seconds until the buzzer. The first 20 minutes saw the Eagles leading the Minutemen 14 to 1 on shots—unsurprising as BC has some of the best scoring depth in the conference, if not in the nation.
Things slowed down on the ice going into the second period, with BC’s backup goalkeeper Ryan Edquist letting UMass’ first goal past him for its first point of the game. The Eagles’ offense seemed to be in a sophomore slump, letting sluggishness and sloppiness take over in the second. However, a shot by senior Scott Savage brought BC back to its senses and pushed the score to 4-1 heading into the locker room. The Minutemen attempted to find their footing during this lapse in BC’s aggression but still fell short, finishing the period with 8 shots to the Eags’ 20.
Goals by sophomores Michael Kim and JD Dudek in the third put the final nails in the coffin for UMass to bring BC’s final goal tally to six. Captain Chris Calnan attributed the team’s success to the defenders who “had a good forecheck and were able to create a lot of turnovers.”
The high score is a great boost for the team’s momentum and confidence, who struggled with scoring just one goal in the previous two games combined (their lowest all season). “We were crisper tonight; that leads to more shots on goal,” said York. “We’ve played pretty well in the last couple games, we just didn’t score goals.” The last matchup with UMass came out as a 7-4 victory for the Eagles, a testament to the relentlessness of their game even in the face of a less-than-formidable foe.
Edquist logged some good time in the net in his sixth start of his freshman season, making 12 saves on the game. In a season dominated by fellow freshman Joe Woll, conference starts are a rare opportunity for Edquist to get ice time and experience; this one presented the perfect combination of reduced pressure competition and Hockey East stakes for the backup.
“Ryan’s earned playing time. The two games he played in Pittsburgh were excellent games… I wouldn’t have [started him over Woll] unless I thought Ryan deserved the chance to go out and play,” explained York.
This show of domination from BC is the first step in getting them back on track for leading the Hockey East after being painfully swept by rival Boston University last weekend. Next up, UConn comes to Conte on Tuesday, Jan. 24 to face the Eagles, who currently sit atop the Hockey East.