Boston College men’s hockey does not like to lose. Coming off seven-straight wins entering the game, the No.14 ranked Eagles staved off another loss with an overtime draw against Beanpot foe, Harvard, on the Heights.
BC’s Julius Mattila scored with just over five minutes left in the third to regain the lead for the Eagles, 4-3, but Harvard notched the equalizer with under three minutes to go. The cross-town rivals would endure a stalemate through sudden death overtime to end in a draw.
“From my perspective, really a solid college hockey game,” said BC head coach Jerry York. “Two good teams. I would have like to have generated more shots on goal, as I look back on it, but Harvard’s got a good club. They were stingy in that respect, trying to get shots on goal, but I thought both goaltenders made big, big saves.”
Sophomore goaltender Joseph Woll remained hot, stopping 28 shots and improving his record to 6-4-2 on the season. Woll was awarded Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors this past Monday after a solid week in the net which included a save featured as the number two play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays of the Day.
The forward line of David Cotton, Julius Mattila, and Jacob Tortora dominated the ice, combining for all four of the Eagles’ goals. Mattila’s two goals in the second and third period drove the Eagles’ offense, with Cotton and Tortora netting one goal each as well. Although the Crimson outshot the Eagles, 32-31, BC team took aggressive shots on goal, forcing Harvard’s defense to stay sharp.
“I thought our line from my bench, Julius’ line with Dave and Jake, was on fire,” said Coach York, praising his young line. “They scored all four goals, so big performance out of them…if you came today to watch, you saw some pretty good hockey from both teams.”
Despite a strong overall performance, BC struggled on special teams, going 0-for-3 on power plays. However, this did not stop the team from its continuous strong play, propelling them to focus on holding off the Crimson from taking a permanent lead.
“We went down earlier, we bounced back well, and on the next shift we got a goal,” said sophomore David Cotton. “I think that’s really the game of hockey. You’re not always going to get the first goal, you’re not always going to be in the lead. It’s always having that happy medium – not getting too frustrated and not getting overconfident.”
BC looks to hold onto its unbeaten streak in the Battle of Comm. Ave on Friday, Dec. 1st as it takes on Boston University at Kelley Rink.