It was the last regular season game for the Eagles tonight as they looked to steal a win from crosstown rival Northeastern and give the seniors something to smile about on one of their last games in Maroon and Gold. The ninth ranked Huskies were surely not going to be an easy opponent to grab a win from and they came out firing in the first few minutes putting the Eagles on the defensive to clear anything that came near goaltender Joseph Woll. After a few choppy minutes, the Eagles were able to get their feet under them and start taking a little more control of the game as they began to pepper Northeastern’s star goalie Cayden Primeau with shots. While the Eagles finished the first period leading in SOG (14-7), I was really expecting NU to capitalize on at least one of their first seven shots. BC has some extremely poor dumps and turnovers that gave Northeastern some clean looks at the net that were promptly deflected away by Woll. Fortunately, the Eagles escaped unscathed and looked to draw first blood in the second.
The second period started out pretty scrappy with a fight breaking out within the first minute just as a gentle reminder of the type of rivalry these two teams have. Northeastern was then able to take that intensity and apply it to their offense as they put the first four shots of the period on goal. One of which managed to find the back of the net after Woll went for a stick save and had the puck flipped behind him into the net to give the Huskies the first goal of the game. However, after that, Northeastern’s offense went dead silent as BC’s offense began to click. Two minutes after Northeastern’s Austin Plevy scored, Senior Defenseman Casey Fitzgerald was able to gather a rebound off of Primeau and wrist it past him to notch the game up at one a piece. It was Casey’s second goal of the season and oh how fitting it happened on Senior Night. Northeastern was able to get two Power Play opportunities but they both proved futile as BC was able to hold their own. Both teams headed into the second intermission with the go ahead goal on their mind coming in the third.
The third period is always a scary one against Northeastern as they are statistically one of the best third period teams in the country. Yet, BC stood firm and made the period all about them. Early in the period, there was a brief state of panic as Husky Liam Pecararo managed to have a breakaway opportunity but was stoned cold by Woll. That was literally one of the only clean opportunities the Huskies would have all period as BC continued to apply pressure on the offensive end. Eventually, that pressure paid off as Freshman Marc McLaughlin was able to score off of rebound to get his second goal of the season. From that point on, BC went full defensive mode and did not allow the Huskies to have any other easy scoring opportunities, despite conceding a third Power Play. David Cotton was able to put the nail in the coffin with an empty-netter and sequentially snapping Northeastern’s five game win streak.
The Eagles will look to take that momentum across town tomorrow to clinch the two game series against Northeastern with puck drop set for 7 PM.