#1 Boston College Hockey Stumbles In Third Period, Ties #8 Lowell, 2-2

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Eagles take 3 out of 4 points from the Riverhawks

I suppose all streaks must come to an end sometime. Fortunately, only one -- BC's winning streak -- met its demise with tonight's 2-2 tie to Lowell.

BC's unbeaten streak was extended to 19 games, and Gaudreau's point streak was extended to 28 games. But unfortunately, we were finally reminded what it's like not to win a hockey game.

The Eagles started out about as strong as they played yesterday, outshooting Lowell 11-5 in the first period and 18-12 in the second period. But there was no scoring until BC got its first and only power play of the game.

Goal #1 (PPG) -- 10:56 of the 2nd period: John Gaudreau (Patrick Brown, Kevin Hayes)
BC 1, UML 0

Gaudreau knows how to score greasy goals too, kids. Nothing fancy here as Kevin Hayes takes a shot from the point that bounces off just about everything on its way to Doug Carr. Gaudreau wiggles his way to the side of the net where he's just able to get enough of a stick on it to send it into the net and give BC the lead.

Just two minutes later, BC got some insurance.

Goal #2 -- 12:52 of the 2nd period: Ryan Fitzgerald (Isaac MacLeod, Patrick Brown)
BC 2, UML 0

This one is your friendly reminder that BC doesn't have any secondary scoring. /sarcasm

Another great shot and tip, which we've gotten really good at lately, and we're up 2-0.

Unfortunately, that would be all the good feelings. After 5 minutes of controlling the play pretty comprehensively against Lowell, the Riverhawks came out and got some things going in the third. It started with a questionable call on Chris Calnan for high sticking, and Lowell got their first, which sent the arena into a frenzy. They rode that wave to a tying goal two minutes later.

Each team had a couple chances the rest of the game and in overtime, but 2-2 would be the final. It's a bit humbling -- I guess we can't just roll over every team we play, though for about 110 of the 125 minutes this weekend it looked like we could.

Fortunately, this game doesn't hurt us in the Pairwise Rankings very much at all. We're still in the catbird seat to claim #1 overall, and perhaps the tie will be a bit of a kick in the pants to the team to get them back into high gear come next week against Notre Dame in the final regular season game of the season (WHAT?).

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