Well that was a lot of fun.
The Boston College men’s hockey team knocked of rival Boston University on Saturday night 4-3. BC had four separate leads over the course of the night, but it was Julius Mattila’s late third period goal that stood up as the difference on the night.
Logan Hustko opened the scoring for BC nine minutes into the game with a breakaway goal. Hutsko took a great pass from Julius Mattila and muscled the lone BU defender away to put him in alone. He made a nice move to put the puck on his backhand before sliding it through Sam Tucker’s five-hole to give BC a 1-0 lead. BU tied things up with 3:50 to go in the first on a wrist shot from the slot that got by Spencer Knight. The goal came a few shifts after BC failed to convert on a power play and immediately after Knight made a big blocker save off of a one-timer. The Eagles regained their lead just 75 seconds later, when Mike Hardman got on the scoreboard in his first rivalry game with a wraparound goal that squeaked through Tucker. It was a bad goal that should probably have been stopped with ease, but it counted all the same and gave BC a 2-1 lead after the first period.
The two teams traded empty power play opportunities to open the second before the scoring resumed. BU tied things up just about halfway through the period with a goal off a rebound that snuck past Knight to make things 2-2. And for moments of note, that was pretty much it for the second period. BC easily killed off another penalty and both teams had some half chances, but nothing serious developed and the two teams went to intermission tied.
THe Eagles couldn’t convert on a power play to start the third period, but they jumped ahead a few minutes later when Hutsko scored his second goal of the game, again on a great pass from Julius Mattila. This time, Hutsko took a feed in the slot and rifled a one-timer past Tucker just over four minutes into the period. The lead was short lived, however, as a Graham McPhee crosschecking penalty gave BU a power play that they were able to cash in on. Another great one-timer from the slot beat Knight up high to tie things at three. That’s how things stayed until 5:40 when Julius Mattila gave BC their fourth and final lead of the game. David Cotton forced a turnover at center ice before passing the puck up to Mattila for a two-on-one rush. Mattila attempted a pass to Hutsko, but the puck bounced off a diving BU defenseman and past Tucker who was sliding across his crease. That’s how the score would stay as well, as BC was able to hold off a late BU push that included almost two full minutes of six-on-four action after a late power play.
BC did not have their A game tonight and probably got a bit lucky to come away with this result, but they all count the same. A four point win over UMass Lowell and BU is a fantastic result no matter how the wins come, and BC is back on a three game winning streak after dropping one to UMass Amherst last week. They’ll look to keep rolling next week when they host Maine for two games.