Not exactly the start to the new decade that Jerry York and the Eagles had in mind. Denver scored three unanswered goals and all four in the third period to defeat the Eagles 4-3 in the second game of the Wells Fargo Denver Cup Saturday night. DU's Hobey Baker candidate Rhett Rakhshani scored two goals and added an assist to propel the second ranked Pioneers over the Eagles. On his second goal, the puck was bouncing around the crease before Rakhshani knocked it in to tie the game at 3. I was looking for the short whistle but the Eagles didn't catch a break from the WCHA officiating crew.
Joe Whitney, Tommy Cross and Brian Gibbons each scored for the Eagles. Gibbons goal came on a shorthanded breakaway at 5:36 in the third period. The Eagles were shorthanded after a very questionable interference call was called on BC's Barry Almeida. Even the FSN Rocky Mountain announcers questioned the call against Almeida.
Tommy Cross is finally playing well after battling injuries through his first year and a half with the Eagles. The 6'3" 210 pound defensemen is a second round draft pick of the Boston Bruins. I expect big things from Cross at the next level.
With the loss, BC goaltender John Muse falls to 6-4-2. The loss certainly didn't fall on Muse, however, who played brilliantly for most of the game. Muse stood on his head a number of times, coming up with some incredible saves and keeping the Eagles in the game. While I have only seen the Eagles play twice this season (the other game being the 4-1 loss at Vermont back on October 18), Muse looks much sharper than he did early in the season.
The Eagles were uncharacteristically outshot 39-31 in the game.
BC's next opponent - Boston University - had a much better start to 2010, defeating #15 Massachusetts 7-3. The Terriers used a new-look power play line, going 3-for-6 on the man advantage. While BC is currently in second and BU in ninth place in the Hockey East standings, throw out the past results and records when BC and BU meet at Fenway Park on Friday.