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Boston College Men’s Hockey Fights Back to Tie UNH 2-2

Third period surge salvages the night

Boston College dragged their feet for the majority of Friday night’s contest against the New Hampshire Wildcats en route to a 2-2 tie that brought them to 3-5-1 (3-1-1 Hockey East) on the season. Two periods of largely uninspired play were bailed out in the end by a strong third period that saw the Eagles erase a two goal defecit to earn a tie.

UNH opened the scoring just about halfway through the first period. Shortly after a BC power play failed to generate much in terms of scoring chances, a shot from the half boards hit Joe Woll and found its way to the top of the crease. A UNH player jumped on it and slid it to the back of the net and the Wildcats were up 1-0. BC outshot UNH for the remainder of the period and for the period as a whole, but failed to find many high danger chances and the Eagles went into the period down a goal.

UNH extended their lead to 2-0 with another rebound goal late in the second period. After a few big stops, Joe Woll made a save through traffic that found its way onto a UNH player’s stick, who immediately put it under the crossbar.

After two periods to forget, BC brought the intensity for the final 20 minutes, fighting their way back into the game. Jack McBain got his first collegiate goal just a few minutes into the period on a redirection off of a Michael Kim point shot to cut the lead to one. After some good shifts lead to some more chances but not goals, David Cotton converted on a one timer when Logan Hutsko fed him the puck from behind the goal line to tie the game at 2 with 6:45 remaining. Both teams had their chances in the closing minutes of regulation, and Woll had to make a very impressive glove save with just .4 seconds left on the clock, but neither team was able to break the time and the two sides headed to overtime.

BC had the best chances of a largely uneventful overtime period, but neither team was able to come away with a goal. Connor Moore just missed batting the puck out of the air for what would have been a fantastic game winner, but the puck sailed over his stick and the Eagles had to settle with a tie.

Make no mistake, while a tie against UNH was not the ideal result headed into the contest, BC should be thrilled to walk away with even a point from this game. The Eagles did virtually nothing for the first 40 minutes against UNH, creating only a few legitimate scoring chances and needing Woll to bail them out a few times to keep the game from truly getting out of hand. The third period was a nice comeback effort from BC, but the effort as a whole was not nearly good enough. There’s a lot to clean up for the Eagles before they take on Bentley in their Black Friday matinee, and hopefully a better effort next week can lead to a better result