The Boston College men’s hockey team continued to look lost on Friday night when they fell 1-0 to New Hampshire in overtime.
BC played some of its stingiest defense of the year so far but couldn’t convert on plenty of scoring chances. New Hampshire eventually made them pay for their woes in front of net with a game-winning goal in overtime.
The Eagles held control for most of the opening period with some truly dominant stretches of play. BC’s defensive line did an excellent job of pressuring New Hampshire, who struggled to string together passes and hold possession.
BC outshot UNH with 10 shots on target to four, but came up empty-handed following some impressive saves by Wildcats’ goaltender Mike Robinson.
The Eagles started the second period on a man-up advantage, but their early season struggles on power plays continued as the Wildcats came up with an easy penalty kill. BC got another power play opportunity a few minutes later but came up short again despite a few good looks on goal.
Overall, the second period was much more even than the first as New Hampshire finally started to find its groove offensively and BC looked sloppy with a few committed penalties of their own. After a few solid offensive possessions by each side and some big stops by Spencer Knight in goal, both teams lumbered into the final period still scoreless.
The Eagles came out swinging in the final period of regulation with some fast-paced offensive play and their best scoring chances of the game. Robinson made some miraculous saves to keep the Wildcats in the game with a great stretching effort on a shot from Matt Boldy and an unbelievable robbery of Connor Moore’s backdoor strike.
Spencer Knight played impressively in his own right, bailing out the BC defense on several occasions. The third period was the first in which New Hampshire outshot the Eagles, but the freshman Knight was more than prepared in goal. David Cotton had a great opportunity to end the game in its waning seconds, but he couldn’t settle the puck off a rebound and the game headed to overtime at 0-0.
BC looked a bit gassed in its first overtime appearance of the season, and it certainly showed with several icing infractions early on. Hoping to return home with at least a draw, the Eagles were shocked with just under three minutes to go when a New Hampshire shot was redirected past Knight to end the game at 1-0.
The Eagles got back on track with a 3-2 victory over Providence on Saturday night and will look to put together a consistent winning streak with a home-and-home series versus the UConn Huskies next weekend.