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Boston College Men’s Hockey Crushes UConn in 5-1 Victory

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Another win at Hartford, another Finnish hat trick

Boston College v Massachusetts-Lowell Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images

The Boston College men’s hockey team outscored UConn by a combined score of 11-1 this week, winning 6-0 last night at Conte and defeating the Huskies 5-1 today in another dominant victory. Today’s win gets the Eagles to over .500, as their record now stands at 5-4 overall and 3-2 in Hockey East.

The Eagles recorded an impressive 46 shots on goal tonight while limiting UConn to just 17. Aapeli Räsänen was the star of the game for BC, scoring a goal in every period to record a hat trick and picking up an assist as well. This is the second year in a row that one of BC’s Finns has scored a hat trick at UConn - Julius Mattila did so last year (on Finnish Independence Day). Ben Finkelstein scored what would ultimately be the game-winner for Eagles at 16:04 in the first on the power play, and freshman Mike Hardman recorded his second goal as an Eagle late in the second period for BC’s fourth goal of the game. UConn’s only goal was scored by Vladislav Firstov, unassisted, 16 minutes into the second.

UConn is ... not good, but this weekend still showed a lot of good progress for the Eagles. BC scored on 2 power plays today and 1 last night, didn’t allow any goals during their 7 penalty kills, and saw goals scored from depth players, not just the first line. Spencer Knight didn’t face many shots, but he made some stellar saves on shots he did face. Between the win at Providence and a pair of easy wins this weekend, things are looking up for this squad.