Eagles Keep Rolling with a Sweep of Vermont
By JD Biagioni
Who: Vermont Catamounts
Where: Gutterson Fieldhouse
When: Friday, November 10, 7:00 PM
Result: 4-3 win
The game started out evenly in the shot category, as it was 7-7 before Vermont netted the first goal. BC killed off an early tripping penalty, but Max Kaufman was rewarded for a great individual effort 10 seconds after it expired. He received a pass from Jack Massie and skated into BC territory. Kaufman wheeled around to the left point and rifled a snap-shot past Joe Woll.
Vermont took a 2-0 lead at 11:31 of the first, as Kaufman added another point. Ace Cowans dished a pass to Kaufman, who corralled the puck and prevented it from drifting back into the neutral zone. Kaufman fed Anthony Petruzzelli through the seam, and Petruzzelli backhanded one past Woll before Woll could cross the crease.
A minute later BC got on the board with a Logan Hutsko goal. BC forced a turnover in the neutral zone. Three BC players were there to capitalize off the turnover, but it was Hutsko who came away with the puck on his stick and skated into the offensive zone. He had Räsänen by his side for a 2-on-1 but took matters into his own hands and finished past Lekkas Stefanos.
BC evened things up with just over a minute to go in the high scoring first period. Räsänen, Grando, and Hutsko executed a beautiful play off a bad Vermont turnover in their own zone. Grando disrupted a Catamount skater behind the Vermont net, forcing him to fire the puck right to Hutsko. Grando came back out in front to facilitate a quick play from Hutsko to Grando to Räsänen. Räsänen accepted the pass and beat Stefanos.
The Eagles dominated the second period, outshooting Vermont 19-5; they only mustered one goal during the frame, but it gave them their first lead of the night 3-2. About halfway through the period Hutsko scooped up a loose puck at center ice and split two Vermont defensemen as he entered the Catamount zone He powered past two another Catamounts before crossing the net and potting the puck.
Vermont scored five minutes into the third to knot the score at three. The Catamounts set up a nice tic-tac-toe play, but Woll crossed the crease to make a great save. Unfortunately, Woll couldn’t corral the puck and it landed right on Matt O’Donnell’s backhand for the easy finish.
The young Eagles were frustrated at giving up the tying goal but they kept their cool and controlled play. David Cotton took a shot from the left side. It was deflected right back to Cotton. Cotton regained control of the puck and skated behind the net. He found Räsänen in front of the net. He spun and backhanded the winner.
Number to know: 7-the number of points recorded by the Grando-Räsänen-Hutsko line.
Who: Vermont Catamounts
Where: Gutterson Fieldhouse
When: Saturday, November 11, 7:00 PM
Result: 5-1 win
BC scored 5 to pick up its 5th straight victory in the second half of a weekend series up in Vermont. Characteristic of last night, Vermont got on the board first. Ross Colton skated up the seam and fired a beautiful wrister top-shelf past backup Ryan Edquist. This was by far Vermont’s best period of the weekend, but it only gave them a one goal advantage. The Eagles would go on to outshoot Vermont 28-12 the rest of the way.
BC made the most of their 28 shots, scoring on five of them. For the first Eagles goal of the night, J.D. Dudek and Christopher Brown began the scoring opportunity by playing catch along the boards. Dudek toe dragged and fired one on Lekkas. The puck bounced to Graham McPhee who buried it from his knees.
Ryan Edquist, the goalie, got an assist on the second goal of the game. On a Vermont power play, Edquist paddled the puck away from the goal and Kevin Lohan cleared the puck to Grando. Grando took care of the rest skating up ice, shooting, corralling his own rebound, and finishing.
Goal three showcased Jacob Tortoa’s speed. Grando entered the zone flanked by Tortora. Tortora turned on the jets and beat the Vermont defenseman. Grando hit Tortora cross-ice in stride and Tortora finished the play by tipping the puck past Lekkas.
BC had four times as many shots as the checked-out Catamounts in the third (16-4). The Eagles didn’t relent. At 8:15 of the third, McPhee and Brown entered the zone 2-on-4. Each split two defenders in their paths to the net. This was an effort play; Brown and McPhee simply put in more work than the gassed Vermont defenders and they were rewarded for it. McPhee dumped off to Brown and Brown beat Lekkas glove side.
Chris Grando put the nail in the Vermont coffin at 12:19 of the final frame. Hutsko cleanly entered the offensive zone and found a wide-open Räsänen, who fired one off the Vermont goalie. Lekkas allowed a rebound and was ill-positioned to stop Grando’s easy finish.
Number to know: 79-BC’s shots on goal total over the weekend.
Riding a five-game win streak, the Eagles should find their way back into the next USCHO polls. They head to New Hampshire and Northeastern for games next weekend, before a Black Friday matinee with Harvard.