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Men’s Hockey Moves Above .500 With Two Wins Over UConn

Donning crisp, white throwback jerseys from the 1960s, the Boston College men’s hockey team handily defeated UConn 6-0 on Friday night at Kelley Rink, moving the team back to a .500 record. Saturday afternoon wrote a similar story as the Eagles continued their dominance over the Huskies, winning 5-1—this time in maroon—down in Connecticut.

The Eagles had five different goal-scorers in Friday’s shutout over UConn, tallying two goals per period over the night. Alex Newhook found the back of the net in the first and second periods to give the freshman his first career multi-goal game.

Newhook started off the scoring for BC in the first period off an assist from Mike Hardman and Connor Moore to put the Eagles up 1-0 at 6:05. Later in the period, Moore shot a one-timer that deflected off a Husky forward into the net on a BC power play to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead heading into the second.

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At 6:44 in the second, Marshall Warren sauced the puck to Newhook, who tipped it in for BC’s third goal of the night and Newhook’s second. Jack McBain snagged his first goal of the season at 9:53 off a chip pass from Graham McPhee to bring the score to 4-0 Eagles.

Logan Hutsko and David Cotton secured the last two goals in the third period to bring the final score to 6-0. Hutsko scored BC’s fifth goal during a 4-on-4 to mark his third goal of the season. Cotton received credit for goal number six after Drew Helleson’s shot deflected off of him and snuck into the goal.

The Eagles outpaced the Huskies in game one in shots (35-30) and faceoffs (33-23). Freshman Spencer Knight had 30 saves in the shutouthis second in his first eight starts for BC.

Saturday’s game featured another round of BC control over the Huskies as they earned their second win in 24 hours, this time 5-1. Junior Aapeli Räsänen collected his first career hat trick, scoring in all three periods in the Eagles’ win.

Räsänen kicked off the scoring in the first period, taking advantage of a blocked McBain shot as he came out of the penalty box to make the score 1-0 on a one-timer. 

Ben Finkelstein brought the score to 2-0 on a power play after Julius Mattila and Räsänen snagged a clean faceoff win, setting Finklestein up for the goal.

Räsänen again took advantage of a rebound, taking Hutsko’s saved shot and finding the back of the net to put BC up 3-0 at 6:19 in the second period. UConn would respond with their only goal of the home-and-home series in the second period, with Vladislav Firstov beating Knight blocker side to bring the score to 3-1, BC.

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Hardman and Räsänen topped off the scoring for the Eagles in the last period to bring the game to its 5-1 finish.

The Eagles offense sparked an entirely new life this weekend, outshooting the Huskies overall 81-47 and outscoring them 11-1.

BC will hit the road next weekend to take on the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16, both games at 7 p.m.

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