It had been a few weeks since Boston College had last played a ranked opponent, but Friday night against 7th ranked Providence College, the Eagles extended their unbeaten streak to 12 games with a 2-0 win.
Not too much scoring. Let's get started.
The game was scoreless through the first period. Like much of the game, the first period was pretty even with both teams having their chances. And it was very, very physical. Kevin Hayes left the game late in the first period and would not return to the game. After the game ended, it was reported that he has a hip pointer injury (which isn't too serious given the alternatives) and is questionable to doubtful for Monday against the Beanpot.
Hayes is day to day. Will see how Pain is tomorrow. Short practice tomorrow, team very banged up.— BC Hockey Blog (@bchockeyblog1) February 1, 2014
It took until halfway through the game for either team to break through, and it was the Eagles who would break the stalemate.
Goal #1 (GWG) -- 10:45 of the 2nd period: Brendan Silk (Patrick Brown, Steve Santini)
BC 1, PC 0
Sorry for the bad GIF, it's all I had to work with.
Silk comes in with Fitzgerald on a 2 on 1, and the PC defender opts to go with Fitzgerald and lets Jon Gillies focus on the shooter. Silk goes with an absolute roof job and BC's up 1-0.
The rest of the second and most of the third was more of what we had seen for the rest of the game, with even play and no other scoring.
Late in the third period though, with another major streak on the line, everyone's favorite mighty mite came in and put the game away.
Goal #2 -- 14:01 of the 3rd period: John Gaudreau (Unassisted)
BC 2, PC 0 -- FINAL
It's funny how easy he makes it look. Playing without the big man Hayes on his line for much of the game, he would need to manufacture this one all on his own.
Providence just kind of leaves the puck on the blue line and before either of them can react, there goes Gaudreau coming in one on one, rifling the puck right past Gillies who gives a pretty quality Zatkoff Face.
Gaudreau is now up to 21 straight games with a point, and a ridiculous 23-28--51 line in 26 games. He leads the nation in too many categories to list.
So that would be it -- just two goals but a solid 2-0 win. Despite not having their usual offensive outburst, there was a lot to like.
First of all, we have found our goaltender. Last night was a coming out party for freshman Thatcher Demko who put on a show, stopping all 30 shots he faced and making a few jaw-droppers. He will start Monday in the Beanpot and will be the goaltender we hope to ride to the national championship.
Second, while Thatcher Demko the reason for the shutout, the defense played quite well. There were very few odd-man rushes allowed by the D and they did a good job of keeping the game under control.
And finally, it was exciting to see BC win a game in which they didn't score a ton of goals. They won't be able to blow everyone away with offense come tournament time, so being able to win this type of game feels good.
That's it for men's hockey this weekend. Next up BC has BU in the Beanpot on Monday. SO EXCITED.
Here are highlights from last night courtesy of PC Athletics. See you back here on Monday.