Boston College men’s hockey’s disappointing start to the season continued on Friday night when the Eagles suffered another loss, falling 1-0 on the road against the Quinnipiac Bobcats.
Coming out of the gate, BC looked sluggish offensively, failing to capitalize on a couple power plays in the first period. Towards the end of the period, highly-touted freshman Oliver Wahlstrom missed a great chance in front of goal; the missed opportunity quickly came back to bite BC as Quinnipiac captain Chase Priskie slapped a one-timer into a net on a 5-on-3 power play.
The game started to heat up in the second as BC finally started to offensively threaten their opponent. Early in the period, BC nearly tied it up after a Quinnipiac giveaway in their own half, but the Bobcats’ goalie Keith Petruzzelli quickly reacted to take away BC’s space on the stop. Although they struggled to work the puck inside, the chance seemed to give BC a new offensive energy, as some nice passing around the perimeter finally had them looking to score.
Quinnipiac came right back down the ice to fire some shots on BC goaltender Joseph Woll–the energetic run of play boiled over into some strong checks and a small scuffle between Wahlstrom and a couple of opposing defenders. The second period ended after a few excellent but empty chances for BC. Their offensive patience eventually rewarded freshman Logan Hutsko a couple of great looks on goal that Quinnipiac’s Petruzzelli unfortunately stretched to stop. The period came to a close with yet another blown open net for the Eagles when Marc McLaughlin failed to collect a bouncing puck in front of the goal.
The final period opened with lots of fast runs of play; neither team held much possession, and each side fired several tame shots at goal. Frustrations began to show as a couple of high sticks ignited another fight early in the period. The offensive momentum BC closed the second with started to fade as they sat on the defensive for a long stretch, with Woll making several big saves to keep the Eagles in the game.
With about 6 minutes to play, BC missed another big chance in front of the net when Wahlstrom’s electrifying shot was thwarted by an incredible Petruzzelli glove save. Following the save, BC’s patience quickly deteriorated to desperation as the Eagles started to repeatedly force the puck in front of net with the hope of tying the game.
A slashing penalty gave the Bobcats a late power play, and the game ended uneventfully with Quinnipiac holding possession to run out the clock to a 1-0 victory.
Friday night’s loss capped off a disastrous road trip to start the season for the 18th-ranked Eagles, with the team now in serious jeopardy of falling out of the polls. While the defense put together a strong showing for the first time this year, BC’s offense struggled to get anything going as they were shut out for the second time.
Their record now sits at 0-3 after last week’s pair of tough losses at Wisconsin where they were soundly beaten 3-0 and 7-5 on back-to-back nights. Head coach Jerry York will need to quickly find a way to combine his defense’s stout play against Quinnipiac with the five-goal deluge his forwards put on last week in Madison.
BC will look to pull off the upset when 4th ranked St. Cloud State comes to town for the Eagles’ home-opener next Thursday, October 25th at 7 p.m.