Men’s Hockey picks up its first points of the season against Merrimack
By Ashley Sachdeva,
The Boston College men’s hockey season got off to a rough start until Saturday night. The Eagles went into Saturday night’s game against Merrimack, a Hockey East team, with 5 straight losses, including one the night before against them. Regardless of these losses the team stepped it up Saturday night to pull through a huge 4-1 win.
Going into the season all eyes were on freshman forward Oliver Wahlstrom, who was selected by the New York Islanders as a first round draft pick (11th overall) in the 2018 NHL entry draft, and he has produced one goal against Wisconsin and created many opportunities for shots on goal, but I believe that going into the season everyone had an idea of him being the leading goal scorer. Especially since this may be his only season with Boston College, Eagles fans are hoping that he continues to progress and starts putting up more points in goals and assists on the board.
BC’s leading goal scorer is David Cotton, who has 5 goals this season, including two from last night’s Hockey East win. The junior forward also had an early season hat trick against Wisconsin. His line with Julius Mattila (Jr. Forward), and Logan Hutsko (Soph. Forward) is a strong power line, as they had a combination of 3 goals and 8 points in Saturday night’s win.
As for defense, the Eagles have senior captains Michael Kim and Casey Fitzgerald and junior Connor Moore keeping losses close and putting a lot of pressure on the opposing offense. BC’s returning goalie Joseph Woll, Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, has a total of 96 saves in the last 5 games, including a high number of 30 against Merrimack on Friday night.
Looking forward into the season, the Eagles hope that this win will push the team forward and out of their five game loss slump. Look for bigger things from the freshman forward Wahlstrom, including more points and for the Cotton-Mattila-Hutsko line to continue the momentum from last nights game. It’s comeback season. Roll Eagles.