BC strikes early, but BU storms back to win

BC strikes early, but BU storms back to win

By Kyle Maslan 

Boston College opened up the 100 th anniversary of the Battle of Commonwealth Avenue
with a bang. Aapeli Rasanen, opened the scoring 1:32 into the hockey game Rasanen received a
pass from Christopher Grando in front of BU goalie, Jake Oettinger’s, cage and ripped the shot
past Oettinger. This first goal got the sold out crown on their feet and into the game early. BC
added on to the lead before the BC fans could complete their goal chants with Ron Greco
putting in a second goal 44 seconds later off a rebound from a Lohan shot. Greco had an open
right side of the net after the rebound went right to his stick and the crowd went nuts.
After this early lead, BC could not capitalize further, but the Terriers from BU were not
just going to lie down. Over the final ten minutes of the opening period BU put three
unanswered goals past Joe Woll to take a 3-2 lead after 20. Brandon Hickey scored the first goal
as Woll could not handle a few shots and let the rebounds leak out, Hickey took advantage and
stuck a slap shot past him. This was followed up three minutes later when Logan Cockerill
received a pass for a one timer from Shane Bowers and beat Woll high, glove side. The killer of
the period though, was the third goal of this period, BC was on a power play, but a sloppy
turnover from the Eagles lead to Brady Tkachuk having a one-on- none, with only Woll to beat
and Tkachuk was able to beat Woll high. Tkachuk was all over the ice all night long, while this
was the only goal scored by the freshman forward, he was the most involved player all night
long.

The second period opened up in similar fashion to the first period. Ron Greco netted the
equalizer only 2:41 into the middle period. This goal developed as BC forced a few shots on
Oettinger, but he could not freeze the puck and after the puck was lose for a solid 5 seconds it
leaked out to Greco where he was able to light the lamp and get the BC crowd back into it.
This BC edge did not last long as the Terriers stuck quickly, and often in this middle
period. Chad Krys, Brandon Hickey and Bobo Carpenter all got pucks past Joe Woll in short
order. Two of suck goals were power play goals, as the game was sloppy all night, each team
took at least seven penalties. After these three goals were scored in under ten minutes BC got
chippy and a few scrums broke out. No haymakers were thrown, but it was clear to all involved
that there is no love lost between these two school.

The Eagles now, down three goals with half the game left became frantic in trying to cut
into the Terrier lead. Near the end they were able to get a fourth puck past Oettinger as Julius
Mattila forced a penalty, and then converted on the man advantage with 50.6 seconds left to
play. BC had another good look to try and cut the BU lead to one, but Oettinger stood strong
and the second intermission occurred with BU up 6-4.

The third and final period had a lot of back and forth, with neither goalie wanted to let
anything through in the back and forth affair. Each team had their chances, but nothing went through. Then with two minutes left to go Jerry York was trying to pull Joe Woll from his net to
get the sixth attacker out for BC to fight back into the game in desperation time. Woll seemed
oblivious to what the bench was saying in the loud Conte Forum and did not see he was trying
to be pulled for a solid twenty, precious, seconds. BC kept getting pressure on Oettinger and
BU, but couldn’t get anything past them. Then with forty seconds left in the game, BU got the
clear and Shane Bowers sprinted up the near boards and eased in front of the vacant BC net
and put the nail in the coffin with the 7 th goal of the game for Boston University.

That is the score that the game finished at, 7-4 BU. BC dominated face offs, but they
were crippled throughout by poor passing and constant turnovers. BU capitalized on these
sloppy passes to get great looks on Joe Woll, and their crisper passing forced Woll out of
position and allowed BU to put up seven tallies. BC has a lot to fix, and they need to correct
these issues quickly as they play the Terriers again, this time on their turf at 7 pm tonight
looking for revenge. Many of the problems involving poor passing and undisciplined defense
have been evident all season long, and they reared their ugly head in the worst time possible
for BC. Hopefully York and Co. can correct these mistakes and keep BC rolling as they had in the
month of November. Last night this team looked like the one that started 1-5- 1 for many parts.
Eagles fans hope that last night, and the opening month are aberrations, and that the way the
Eagles playing in November is this teams true mettle.