Eagles beat rival Boston University, 5-1
Nov. 8, 2013
BOSTON - A three-point effort by Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold's 100th-career point helped the Boston College men's hockey team to a 5-1 triumph over rival Boston University on Friday night at Agganis Arena. Five different goals scorers emerged from 40 total Eagle shots compared to the Terriers' 23 total.
Gaudreau registered his 13th-career game-winning tally alongside a pair of assists while linemate Arnold assisted on the game winner for his 100th-career point. The Needham, Mass., native became the 75th Eagle in program history to eclipse the century mark at Boston College.
First-year netminder Thatcher Demko remains undefeated on the season, upping his overall mark to 3-0-1 by stopping 22 Terrier shots. BU's Matt O'Connor stopped 35-of-40 shots.
Boston College took a two-goal lead into the first intermission and never looked back. Gaudreau netted the Eagles' second goal at 11:36.
Senior Isaac MacLeod jarred the puck loose in front of the net after a long Eagles' possession. MacLeod shuffled the puck to Arnold in the left circle where Gaudreau camped out a few strides to his right. In one motion, Gaudreau gathered Arnold's feed and hammered home the wrister over O'Connor's glove to make it 2-0.
The Terriers got back into the contest on a power play tally from Nick Roberto at 1:59 of the second period.
After Arnold was sent off for a high stick 31 seconds in, BU infiltrated the Eagles' end and cashed in on a tipped blast. Robbie Baillargeon took a pass up top from Evan Rodrigues and blasted it through the middle, where the puck caromed off of Roberto's stick over Demko's glove to make it 2-1.
With plenty of momentum in BU's end after a Doyle Somerby penalty at 5:39, the Eagles kept the pressure on and scored two seconds after the penalty expired at 7:41 of the second stanza.
The puck squirted out to sophomore Michael Matheson near the blue line and he sent it back down to Gaudreau coming up through the zone. As BU tried to regroup, Gaudreau crafted another signature play with some slick handling behind the net, opening up Arnold alone on the post. Gaudreau kicked it back to Arnold for the easy lay-in to reclaim the two-goal lead, 3-1.
The Eagles kept momentum on their side heading into the third by killing off a Terriers' two-man advantage. BC was whistled for a too many men call at 15:04 followed by an Ian McCoshen roughing infraction at 16:05, but the Eagles penalty-killing unit held together and kept BU off the board with the extra-man advantage.
First-year forward Ryan Fitzgerald collected an errant clearing pass in the neutral zone along the half wall. Hayes swooped in immediately after Fitzgerald turned it up ice and the pairing's give-and-go tactic to beat O'Connor at 7:35. Hayes beat O'Connor with the short-side sniper to pad the Eagles' advantage, 4-1.
Rookie Chris Calnan busted up a BU breakout on the forecheck and flipped it over to Hayes. Hayes relayed the disc to Straight who followed with a beautiful backhand tally between O'Connor's pad at 8:27 to cap the 5-1 triumph.
Boston College steps out of conference to host Army on Sunday, Nov. 10, at Kelley Rink. Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m.
- Bill Arnold becomes the 75th Eagles in program history to reach the 100-point plateau for his career. The Needam, Mass., native has accounted for 45 goals and 55 assists in 127 games at The Heights. Arnold assisted on Johnny Gaudreau's goal who notched his 100th-career point earlier in the season.
- Johnny Gaudreau registered his fourth multi-point outing in BC's eighth game of the season. The Carneys Point, N.J., native has logged seven goals and as many assists thus far (7-7-14). Arnold notched his third multi-point game of the season, recording a goal and an assist to up his season total to 2-8-10.
- BC coach Jerry York evened his overall record against BU since taking over in 1994 to 38-38-7 with the victory. Friday's game marked his first meeting against BU coach David Quinn.