In the Eagles’ victory Friday night, they finished a season series sweep (3-0-0) of the UConn Huskies in their final tune-up before the Beanpot. After a dominant first and second period from BC, UConn mounted a late third-period comeback, but ultimately fell short.
Junior defenseman Ben Finkelstein netted his first career goal for BC in the win. The freshman duo of Jack McBain and Oliver Wahlstrom put on a great performance with both notching multi-point games. McBain had a goal and two assists and Wahlstrom contributed a goal and an assist of his own.
Joseph Woll had a stellar game in net for the Eagles. He had 27 saves on 30 UConn shots, including a pair of incredible saves down the stretch to prevent the Huskies from tying the score.
Wahlstrom’s eighth goal of the season was the only goal of the first period. He took a pass from McBain on the fast break, before ripping the shot past UConn goaltender Adam Huska’s glove side.
McBain made the lead 2-0 in the second period as he tipped a pass from Finkelstein past Huska for his fifth goal of the season.
The Huskies got one back as Ruslan Iskhakov scored on his own rebound to make the score 2-1.
The Eagles responded by scoring two straight, making the score 4-1 going into the third period. Ron Greco scored BC’s third of the night, netting his first goal of the season as he put home a rebound past Huska’s outstretched skate. Finkelstein also added his first goal of the season. Off a 5-3 BC power-play, he collected his own rebound then smashed the puck home to give BC a three-goal lead.
Huska was pulled at the start of the third period. Freshman goaltender Tomas Vomacka replaced him in net for the Huskies.
Iskhakov scored his second of the night in the opening minutes of the third to narrow the BC lead to 4-2. It was the first multi-goal game of his career.
UConn cut the BC lead to just 4-3 after they scored off a 5-3 power-play, Wyatt Newpower blasted home a cross-ice pass from Jonny Evans.
UConn had multiple chances to tie the game in the closing minutes. They had an extra man for nearly 5 minutes and were peppering the net with shots. Woll stepped up and made some huge saves down the stretch. Miles Gendron nearly tied the game for the Huskies, but Woll made an incredible outstretched pad save at the left post to deny him.
Aapeli Räsänen put the game away for good with 45 seconds left. McBain created a turnover and Räsänen scored on an empty net.
The Eagles (9-12-3) now hold a 9-4-3 record in Hockey East and have taken sole possession of second place in the league. The Huskies fell to 7-17-2 overall and 2-12-2 in Hockey East. They are winless over their last six and 0-11-1 in their last twelve games in Hockey East.
The strong showing from BC in Connecticut leaves some positive momentum as they head into the 67thBeanpot from TD Garden this Monday. They will take on No. 19 Harvard in the opening game of the tournament semi-final.
The struggling Huskies have a tough test of their own in their next game. They will host Northeastern next Thursday, February 7th.
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