Back at the Top of the Hockey East! : Men’s Hockey Defeats UMASS Amherst
By: Evan Griesing
Who: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Where: Conte Forum
When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Result: 2-1 BC
BC, looking for their second win in a row, were able to find it at Kelley Rink on Tuesday night. Trying to finish out January strong and look to February and the Beanpot, the Eagles pulled off a victory against the Minutemen, 2-1.
The first period saw Boston College outplay the Minutemen, with 9 shots on goal, and a 1-0 lead, into the break. BC kicked the scoring off with a goal 12 minutes into the game, on their first and only powerplay opportunity of the period. Assisted by Connor Moore and Christopher Brown (who both picked up their 7th assist), Jesper Mattila was able to drive a puck right by UMass’s goalie Matt Murray, to put the Eagles ahead 1-0.
UMASS got on the board with a goal from John Leonard, his 6th of the year, in the beginning of the 2nd period. Brett Boeing for the Minutemen was able to get a good handle on the puck and, pass it to Leonard, which led to the goal.
The second period of hockey can be named the period of Logan Hutsko. After Leonard tied the game up 1-1 4:07 into the period, Hutsko was that of an offensive leader for the Eagles. Constantly opening up opportunities for the offense, Hutsko led his line to efficient play when he was on the ice. Hutsko was finally able to gain possession of the puck himself, with no other Eagles open. This didn’t deter Hutsko—he fired a shot passed the glove of Matt Murray, putting the #16-ranked Eagles ahead of the Minutemen, 2-1.
This score continued into the break, as, at the 2nd intermission, Boston College was ahead 2-1, leaving fans excited for a 3rd period of play.
Early in the 3rd period, UMASS had an excellent opportunity on a BC penalty. BC, however, was able to see their opportunity and close the door before it barely opened.
For the first half of the 3rd period, the game was a very “back and forth” match. Throughout the first 2 periods, it was clear that Boston College had the advantage. BC needed to be more prominent with their scoring chances in this period, as possessions were not executing into goals. No team clearly played better in the first half of the 3rd period.
This type of hockey continued for the remainder of the 3rd period. With 1:23 left in the period, the Minutemen took their timeout to get some fresh bodies on the ice. The faceoff was to the right of Murray, and BC won the critical faceoff in the critical final moments. UMASS pulled Murray with about a minute left, to get the 6-5 man advantage, when the puck was cleared from the Minuteman zone.
Neither team scored with this empty net, however, as Boston College was able to pull off the 2-1 win AND re-claim #1 in the Hockey East Standings!
The Eagles pulled out a convincing win tonight, even with the lack of students at the game, due to the Tuesday night game. A big weekend is ahead for the Boston College Eagles, however. They take a trip to Lowell Friday evening for Part 1 of a home and home with the UMASS Lowell Riverhawks. Saturday night, the Eagles return to Kelley Rink at Conte Forum to take on the Riverhawks, looking to win both games and the season series.