Down one with just under 10 minutes to go in the second period, BC freshman Logan Hutsko stole the puck from a UConn defender along the boards and fed Julius Mattila in front of the net for a wide-open, game tying goal.
Without captain defenseman Casey Fitzgerald–out with an ankle injury–and goaltender Joe Woll, who was disqualified from the previous game, the Eagles needed other players to step up and fill in for two of their most important players. Backup goalie Ryan Edquist was everything the Eagles could have hoped for and more, consistently cleaning up anything that came his way.
The game started off slowly with both teams unable to get too much offense going. Both teams had chances with two power plays a piece, but neither could put one past the opposing netminder.
In the second period, UConn was able to strike first, capitalizing on the power play. With eight seconds remaining on a Tortora hooking minor, UConn’s Jeff Wight found himself open in the high slot and snapped a shot past a screened Edquist, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead with 14:59 to go in the second. The Eagles would strike back with the shorthanded efforts of Hutsko and Mattila to tie the game at one with 9:50 left in the second. BC then took advantage just five minutes later on the power play as McPhee and Dudek set up defenseman Michael Kim for a blast from the point that beat UConn goalie Adam Huska, giving BC a 2-1 lead that it took into the second intermission.
The Huskies would not go away in the third, however, increasing their efforts and outshooting the Eagles 15-7 in the period. In the beginning of the period, a BC miscue gave the Huskies a golden opportunity on a breakaway, but Edquist came up huge for the Eagles, standing his ground to make a pad save. Edquist was tested again as another BC turnover left a UConn player wide open backdoor, but Edquist slid over to deny him. The Huskies were unable to take advantage of the BC miscues and the Eagles were able to escape with a 2-1 victory.
The Eagles have gotten huge contributions from young players on their roster including Sophomore Edquist and Freshman Hutsko.
Boston College head coach Jerry York spoke to the youth of the team gaining invaluable confidence from close games like these. “We’ve got a lot of good players. What we do lack is experience. We’re showing some great improvement and we’re gaining experience as we go, so I feel very excited about coaching this type of team.”
The Eagles. meanwhile advance to 4-5-1 on the season, and will look to get some important pieces back and continue their momentum as they hit the road to take on Vermont on Friday, November 10.