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Boston College Men’s Hockey Swept By UMass

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Eagles fall 4-2 in second game of series

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A frustrating 60 minutes of hockey capped off a disappointing weekend for the Boston College men’s hockey team, as they fell to the UMass Minutemen for the second straight night. Graham McPhee scored twice for the Eagles, but his efforts weren’t enough as BC dropped this one 4-2.

For the second straight night, the Eagles jumped out to a lead in the first period, this time thanks to McPhee’s first goal just past the half way point. After a strong penalty kept UMass off the board, Christopher Brown took a pass in the neutral zone with some speed. Brown gained the UMass blue line before leaving the puck for McPhee who moved in to near the face off circle before firing a shot into the net for a 1-0 lead. The two teams traded brief moments of danger for the rest of the period, with BC putting together a few chances on their first power play of the night, but nothing else beat the goalies and the Eagles took a one goal lead into intermission for the second straight night.

It was a short lived lead, however, as poor special teams play lead to a disastrous start to the second period. UMass started the second period with 1:44 left on a carryover power play, and they made the most of it, tying the score just 42 seconds into the period. Joe Woll made a difficult kick save on a play off the rush, but the loose puck was taken by the Minutemen and eventually passed into the slot, where a wrist shot beat Woll up high. UMass struck again on the power play just over a minute later, when the Eagles failed to clear a puck off of a faceoff win. The rest of the period turned into a chippy affair, with almost every whistle leading to some physical play, at one point resulting in four penalties being called at the same time. UMass extended their lead with 7:55 left in the second when a shot from the boards got past Woll. The Eagles managed to get a goal back less than two minutes later, when McPhee fired a one timer from the slot past the goalie to convert on BC’s second power play of the night. JD Dudek and Christopher Brown combined to set McPhee up on a great passing play to cut the lead to 3-2. The last six minutes of the period were no less eventful than the first 14, with both goalies making difficult saves and a late BC chance being cleared off the UMass goal line to keep the Minutemen ahead after two periods.

The Eagles had 20 seconds of a five-on-three early in the period but failed to win the faceoff and never got set up before the first minor expired. They did generate some chances in the ensuing five-on-four, but nothing that seriously threatened to tie the game. BC struggled mightily to get much offense generated after their power play chances, not giving up much in their own end but failing to put pressure on the Minutemen for long stretches. Joe Woll went to the bench for an extra attacker with 1:58 left and BC sent a few shots just wide, but most were from out wide or at the point, as UMass did well keeping BC out of the slot. An empty netter with 22 seconds left iced the game and saw the Eagles swept in their weekend series.

In a lot of ways, this game had a very similar feel to Friday night’s. BC didn’t play poorly and actually skated with the Minutemen for a good portion of tonight’s game. The Eagles didn’t make a lot of mistakes and really only looked to be on their heels for the first half of the second period tonight, and in those ten minutes, UMass found the back of the net three times. BC lost two games this weekend to a better team that punished them almost every time they made a mistake. They’ll have a chance to bounce back next weekend, when they’ll visit to Maine for two games against the Black Bears.