It wasn't a very pretty night for the Boston College men's hockey team. They were outshot 48-22 (!!!!), and I honestly can't recall ever seeing BC outshot like that at home, or may even anywhere. Yale carried the play for much of the game, and BC spent too much time in the box, racking up 25 penalty minutes, including 5 minutes and a game misconduct for Michael Matheson for contact to the head in the waning moments of the second period. And despite jumping out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Bill Arnold and Brendan Silk, they let it get away from them in the second period, giving up three goals in an eight minute span to fall behind 3-2.
All that being said, BC managed to survive this game with a 3-3 tie, on the strength of a rocket from the point by Steve Whitney on the power play at 16:33 of the second period. Neither team could muster a goal in the third period or overtime; BC's survival was thanks largely to strong play by Milner and a penalty kill that survived seven minutes of shorthanded time.
As Grant pointed out on the Twitter machine, BC has now officially survived Gaudreaulessness and comes out of it still ranked #1 in the pairwise rankings. So there you have it: it seems to be officially SlumpTime (TM), but the Eagles are in good shape, and are getting closer to full strength, as MacLeod returned tonight and Gaudreau will be back next weekend.
Next weekend's games will have huge NCAA seeding implications as they come against #3 UNH, Friday night at Conte and Saturday night at the Whittemore Center. The way things are going right now, these games may have "last year at Maine" written all over them, but maybe Gaudreau's return will be enough to overcome the recent dip in play. There are a lot of good players on this team who don't wear #13, but he creates so much space and attracts so much defensive attention out there that his presence elevates everyone else's game.
The #5 women's hockey team had a bit of a scare at St. Lawrence yesterday afternoon but came out of it with a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory. Blake Bolden scored the winning goal for the Eagles, who have now won nine straight and are unbeaten in 14. They maintain their #3 ranking in the women's pairwise.
Alex Carpenter extended her point streak to 16 games with a first period goal. Corinne Boyles notched another W in net for BC, making 38 stops.
The women next play on Wednesday night at #9 Northeastern - presumably after bumping up a bit in next week's polls.
The US world junior team plays for gold in less than an hour, taking on Sweden at 8 AM. Johnny Gaudreau needs two tallies to set the record for most goals by an American in a single World Junior tournament. The game will air live on NHL Network.