After surviving a scare on the road last night, the Boston College Men’s Hockey team returned home and dominated against Merrimack on the way to a 6-2 win. Four different players scored for BC as the Eagles swept the weekend series for a big four points in Hockey East play.
BC jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period, with two goals from their second line in the first 11 minutes of the game. Matt Boldy scored on a great pass from Alex Newhook to finish off a 2-on-1 about five minutes in and Newhook banged home a rebound from a Mike Hardman shot a few minutes later. Freshman defenseman Mitch Andres - playing because of a Connor Moore injury - picked up his first collegiate point with a secondary assist on Boldy’s goal. The Eagles really took it to Merrimack for the first half of the period and managed to keep them from generating any great chances for the full 20 minutes to go into the intermission with a two goal lead.
Merrimack fought back in the second, cutting the score to 2-1 when they finished an odd man rush of their own a 6:40 of the period. Logan Hutsko got BC their two goal lead right back, however, when he picked off a pass from a Merrimack defenseman and ripped a great shot from the slot just under the crossbar. Merrimack had a few chances on the power play as the period went on, but it was BC who scored the next goal, when Boldy slammed home his second goal of the game right after a BC power play had expired, giving him his first multi-goal game as an Eagle. That was all the scoring in the second, and the Eagles went into the third period with a 4-1 lead.
Newhook made it 5-1 with his second goal of the day just under 90 seconds into the third period. A shot from the outside went off the post and sat in the crease until Newhook put it into the net. Julius Matilla made it 6-1 with a shorthanded goal late in the third after Merrimack had pulled their goalie in an attempt to get back in the game. Merrimack added a later power play goal to make it 6-2, but the game had long since been determined by that point.
With the Hockey East race being so close and Merrimack being where they are in the standings, BC really needed this to be a four point weekend. It’s good to see them come out and take care of business against an opponent that they should beat. Up next is a big Thursday/Friday series against Northeastern, a team BC has not seen yet this year. An effort like we saw today will have BC in good shape.