Offensive Outburst Pushes BC Past #10 Providence for the Second Time in Two Weeks
By Zachary Sluka
After a surprising home loss to Hockey East bottom-feeder, Maine on Wednesday night, Boston College (8-11-2, 8-3-2 HEA) welcomed back a familiar foe in #10 Providence College (13-7-4, 6-5-1 HEA) to Chestnut Hill for a Saturday game that was moved up to a 4pm start due to weather concerns. Just 8 days prior, the Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak to the Friars with arguably their best 60-minute effort of the season, defeating the visitors by a commanding 4-2 margin. Unfortunately though, this much-needed win for the Eagles just 8 days ago did not reinvigorate the spiraling Eagles in the way that Jerry York would have liked. Following the win against the Friars, BC went on to drop two Hockey East contests in the past week: one at New Hampshire, and the recent home loss against Maine. As a result, Saturday’s contest against Providence had the feeling of another “must-win” contest for the Eagles, and similar to their meeting just 8 days ago, the Eagles delivered a commanding 4-1 victory that would momentarily stop their fall in the Hockey East standings.
In Saturday’s contest, Christopher Brown provided the spark for the Eagles on offense, pouring a pair of goals, including a penalty shot goal to seal the win in the third period. The senior captain elevated his goal total to 6 on the season, and has now scored multiple points in 2 of his team’s last 3 games.
Courtesy of a Christopher Brown redirection, BC took a 1-0 lead on the Friars just 3 minutes into the game, and the Eagles wouldn’t look back. David Cotton would add his team-leading 14th goal of the season to give the home team a convincing 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Although Providence halved the BC lead midway through the second period, the Eagles remained composed and responded with two third period goals, a one-timer from sophomore Chris Grando and the penalty shot by Brown, that would seal an impressive win for Jerry York’s squad.
Hoping this time their win against Providence will provide a spark for future contests, the Eagles, sitting in third place in the Hockey East at the moment with 18 points, will take on UMass-Lowell in a home-and-home series that begins this upcoming Friday night at Conte Forum, and concludes Saturday night at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.