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St. Cloud State Stifles Men's Hockey in Regional Finals

The Boston College men’s hockey team lost in the regional final of the NCAA Division I postseason hockey tournament to St. Cloud State by a score of 4-1. 

The game was similar to a number of games this season for the Eagles, as BC went up early in the game only to see their lead diminish over the course of a few minutes. 

The Eagles took the lead midway through the first period by way of Matt Boldy. BC closed out the first period with high intensity and was clearly the better team to start off. 

This all changed quickly in the second period. St. Cloud State’s leading goal-scorer, Easton Brodzinski, sustained a serious leg injury early in the period, which fired up the Huskies. They went on to score three unanswered goals over the course of the second period and completely stifled the BC offense. 

After Brodzinski went down, the Huskies made sure that they were the first to every loose puck, always putting in hard hits. They exerted all their effort, and the Eagles were simply unable to match the Huskies' energy. 

St. Cloud State added a late insurance goal with under a minute left as the Eagles pulled their goalie to try and get two goals back. 

The Huskies had played a little over 24 hours earlier against a tough BU team and came away victorious 6-2, which set up the match with the Eagles on March 28. 

Boston College was slated to take on Notre Dame on Saturday as well, but Notre Dame had to withdraw from the tournament due to an undisclosed number of positive COVID-19 cases amongst the team. 

After the first period, it seemed as if the Huskies were the fresh team that had an extra day off with the intensity and heart that they brought out on the ice. The Eagles looked unenthusiastic and slow to every play. 

This game is a disappointing end to an extremely successful season for this star-studded team. They finished the season at 17-6-1 and regular-season Hockey East Champions. The talent, growth, and leadership of the sophomore and freshman classes this season has been amazing, and definitely makes it exciting to think that this core has at least a couple more seasons together. 

Questions remain around who will be returning to The Heights next season for the Eagles, specifically within the star-studded class of Spencer Knight, Matt Boldy, and Alex Newhook. Only time will tell with regards to their futures and what the teams that own their draft rights decide to do with them. 

One thing is for certain: the next time the Eagles have a home game in Conte Forum, it will be rocking with a very large crowd.

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