Boston College Hockey Wins Three Rivers Classic, Ravages Penn State 8-2

Kevin Calhoun

Do you believe in probables?!

Penn State scored to go up 1-0.

And then BC scored eight times. Good night.

It was a weak opponent, sure. But the Eagles dominated on the scoreboard, and by the time the smoldering ruins formerly known as Penn State had picked up the pieces and headed to the locker room, Boston College had won 8-2 to claim the Three Rivers Classic title.

Once again we were left without video, so no GIFs. But thank God because I really don't feel like making 8 GIFs.

After Penn State's Casey Bailey scored early to give PSU a quick 1-0 lead off what was really a pretty strong start by the Nittany Lions, BC roared (CAW-CAW'd?) back to take a 2-1 lead with two goals in just 33 seconds with less than two minutes left in the first period.

The second period was a much more complete effort out of the Eagles, and they were rewarded with 3 more goals and an insurmountable 5-1 lead.

Three more third period goals later -- including two within 18 seconds -- and BC was up 8-1. Penn State got one back to make it 8-2 in garbage time (although honestly, the way this one played out, about 6 of BC's goals were in 'garbage time') and that was all she wrote.

There were a couple "stories of the game" tonight. First off, props to Destry Straight who put together a hat trick to lead the Eagles in scoring.

Second, Johnny Gaudreau brought his streak of games with at least a point to 13, a career high. Johnny Hockey had an assist on Kevin Hayes' goal late in the first period, and added a score of his own on a breakaway that, based on the radio description, absolutely undressed the Penn State goaltender.

Brad Barone saw some action late in the third period but gave up a goal on the only shot he faced. I suppose he couldn't stay perfect forever.

So, suddenly we're on a nice little 4 game winning streak -- granted, the last two games against inferior competition -- and has a bit of momentum going into Frozen Fenway against Notre Dame. Given Team USA's strong play early in World Juniors, it seems unlikely that the the Americans will lose in the quarterfinals allowing McCoshen, Santini, and Demko to return in time to face the Irish. But with players like Doherty and Jeke stepping up, it looks like we might be able to minimize the damage.

BC takes on the Irish at 7:30pm next Saturday. We'll see you then.

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