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Boston College Men’s Hockey Weekend Thoughts

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Thoughts on a weekend sweep

Men’s Hockey East Final at TD Garden: BC Vs. Univ. Of Maine Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Well that was lame. Some thoughts if you want to relive the weekend sweep by Maine.

JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH

How much do we really want to break down from this game? BC just didn’t play well enough either night to come away with a win, with their second periods being particularly alarming.

It kind of just felt like they were going through the motions at time, and credit to Maine, they took full advantage both nights. Was it a letdown from two emotional wins last weekend? Was BC already looking forward to next week’s Beanpot? Maybe, but these weekends just happen throughout a season. Teams are allowed one every now and again, and if BC bounces back and wins on Friday, maybe this becomes just a bad memory. It was a tough weekend of hockey for sure, but it’s not anything more than that...not yet.

SATURDAY SPECIAL TEAMS LEAVE A LOT TO BE DESIRED

If you just looked at a stat sheet from the weekend series, you may think BC kind of held their own on the power play. Overall, they went 3-for-13 with the man advantage, but that really doesn’t tell the whole story, as they went 2-for-5 on Friday before connecting just once on eight different chances on Saturday night. They had some chances throughout the night, but on the whole, Maine did a good job keeping them to the outside and clearing the zone whenever they got the chance. In fairness, their one power play goal came off of a beautiful passing play when Logan Hutsko found Julius Mattila for a one timer, but they came up empty on their next eight chances, including one shortly after they tied the game in the third period.

The penalty kill was just as bad on Saturday, as Maine’s two goals in regulation came while the Eagles were shorthanded. Both were scored almost as soon as Maine was allowed to set up for the first time in the offensive zone and Spencer Knight didn’t have much of a chance at either.

Special teams play have been mostly good this season, but Saturday night’s showing was one of the main reasons for the loss. Hopefully this was just a blip on the radar.

MATT BOLDY CAN’T CATCH A BREAK

Matt Boldy actually had a three point weekend against Maine, notching two assists on Friday night and one more on Saturday to bring his point total to nine on the season. That’s a little low for a freshman who came in with a lot of buzz, but to my eyes, he’s been doing an awfully lot right on the ice.

Boldy took 15 shots over the two games this past weekend and a good percentage of them were dangerous scoring chances. That brings his shot total on the season to 74 on the season, good for a tie with Logan Hutsko for second most on the team. He has two goals. That’s a shooting percentage of 2.7 percent while the team is shooting at an even 12 percent clip.

That...that has to change soon, right? There’s no way his shooting percentage can stay that low when he’s creating so many scoring chances. It’s been so frustrating watching him play (in my opinion) some good hockey and still not be able to find the back of the net, but I’m going to stay optimistic, I think it’s coming soon.