Hutsko, BC win Battle of Comm. Ave. Part 1

Hutsko, BC win Battle of Comm. Ave. Part 1

By JD Biagioni

BC overcame 19 first period penalty minutes and scored four goals in the final two periods, two goals by Logan Hutsko, to defeat the Boston University Terriers 4-1 in the first leg of a home-and-home.

It didn’t take long, 79 seconds to be exact, for the animosity to boil over and for two freshmen to be welcomed into the classic rivalry. BU’s Joel Farabee skated into the BC zone and fired a shot on Joe Woll. After releasing the wrister, Farabee took a big side-swipe hit from Jack McBain. The play continued for a few seconds while Farabee lay almost motionless. Once the referees blew the whistle, a mini skirmish ensued and Farabee was helped back to the locker room by the trainer.

McBain received a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for illegal contact to the head. His night was done early. BC would be short a forward for the final 58 minutes (their extra forward was a defenseman).

The Eagles successfully killed off the major, only allowing two shots on goal. A couple minutes after Adam Samuelsson, serving the major, exited the box, the Terriers were back on the man advantage after an Aapeli Rasanen boarding call. Rasanen was in the center of scrums all night, but this early hit on the numbers landed him in the box. 

This time, BU would capitalize. Less than halfway through the penalty, Chad Krys rifled a cross-crease pass past Woll to give BU the 1-0 lead. A physical first period wouldn’t yield any more goals.

Once BC was able to play 5-on-5 for an extended period, the Eagles were able to generate chances. Still, Woll kept the lead from enlarging while BC tried to get on the board. In the second period, he made a handful of athletic saves to stifle the Terriers attack.

Logan Hutsko got the Eagles on the board midway through the second on a wrist-shot off an offensive zone face-off. And Christopher Brown gave BC the lead a few minutes later after Oliver Wahlstrom set him up at point-blank range from behind the net. 

Hutsko would add a second, and almost a third, in the third period and Marc McLaughlin’s empty-net goal sealed the victory. 

BC improves to 4-6-1 (4-1-1 in the Hockey East) on the season. The two teams will square off again Saturday night at Conte Forum.