The 15th ranked Boston College men’s hockey team took down 7th ranked Providence 3-2 on the road Saturday night, just one week after losing to the Friars at home.
Providence got on the board first when forward Jack Dugan put one past Eagles netminder Spencer Knight on the power play.
Halfway through the second, the Friars’ Greg Printz was called for a hit to the head which resulted in a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct. BC was able to capitalize twice on the man-advantage to take the lead.
Freshman Alex Newhook scored the first goal, deflecting Graham McPhee’s shot into the back of the net for his second goal of the season. Less than a minute later, David Cotton scored his third goal of the season as he tapped one home following his initial shot that bounced off teammate Aapeli Räsänen right in front of the goal.
In the final minute of the second period, Cotton slid the puck in front from down low to a waiting Julius Mattila whose one-timer beat Friar’s goalie Michael Lackey to give BC a two-goal lead.
The Eagles were handed a five-minute major of their own when Cotton was awarded a game misconduct for an illegal hit from behind with under four minutes to play in the third period. Providence was able to bring the game within one as Tyce Thompson beat Knight short side with just over a minute to play.
The Friars pulled Lackey for an extra skater and generated multiple quality looks in the final minute of the game, but Knight and the Eagles’ penalty killers turned away all attempts to seal BC’s third win of the season and their first in the Hockey East.
Freshman goalkeeper Knight was impressive yet again, turning away 29 of the 31 shots he faced to earn the victory. The first-round draft pick has started every game for the Eagles so far this season.
BC’s top line of Cotton, Mattila, and Räsänen drove the offense, combining for six points on the night. Mattila and Cotton, in particular, continued their hot starts to the season, as they are each up to 10 points on the year.
The Eagles will look to gain momentum as they take on UConn in a home-and-home next weekend. BC will take on the Huskies at Kelley Rink on Friday at 7 p.m. before traveling to Hartford for Saturday afternoon’s contest at 3:30 p.m.