The Boston College men’s hockey team continued their winning ways of late on Thursday night, knocking off Merrimack 6-1 to win their sixth straight game. BC was all over Merrimack from the opening faceoff, scoring early and often as they rolled to a convincing win.
Matt Boldy got BC on the board early in the first, scoring on his first shift just 1:20 into the game. Boldy took a pass down near the goal line and was able to snap a shot past Merrimack goalie Troy Kobryn despite the tight angle.
▶️ Boldy's 8th of the year, he's kinda right now. 5th goal in his last 4 games. pic.twitter.com/GPoCVfPcFG— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 28, 2020
BC had a chance on the power play less than a minute after their goal that came up short, but David Cotton was able to double the lead at 8:30 of the period. After a great passing play between Cotton, Logan Hutsko, and Julius Mattila somehow stayed out of the net, Cotton got a second chance out front and made no mistake, slamming home a rebound out of mid air.
▶️ Hand-eye coordination from Cotts for his career-high 37th point pic.twitter.com/KtDsWjN4tp— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 28, 2020
That was all the scoring in the first period, though BC certainly did not lack for chances. BC had a 15-3 edge in shots after one period of play, but couldn’t stretch their lead to three. The Eagles also killed off a late powerplay chance for Merrimack and went into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead.
It didn’t take long for BC to find that three goal lead in the second period, however, as Jesper Mattila found the back of the net just 51 seconds in. After a big save by Spencer Knight during some 4-on-4 play, Jesper joined a two-on-one rush and managed to redirect a pass from his brother Julius that snuck past Kobryn and into the net. Merrimack challenged for a potential offside play, but the goal was confirmed after a review.
Alex Newhook made it 4-0 just a few minutes later, finishing off a very different looking 2-on-1 after a great pass by Boldy. Newhook took the pass and had all the time in the world to fire the puck into a mostly empty cage, with Kobryn unable to get across his crease fast enough to make a save.
▶️ Pick 12 to Pick 16. Newhook's 18th of the year. pic.twitter.com/Tw93oIOzHe— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 28, 2020
Merrimack cut it to 4-1 with a shorthanded goal with 5:29 to play in the second, but responded when Mike Hardman scored with just 29 seconds remaining. Newhook forced a bad turnover behind the Merrimack net and found Hardman wide open out in front with a slick pass after some nifty stickhandling. Hardman, for his part, made no mistake, and BC had a 5-1 lead after two periods of play.
CAUTION: The dish from Newy is filthy pic.twitter.com/T1CdsvlmBL— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) February 28, 2020
The third started off slower, but Matt Boldy delivered an highlight-reel goal about halfway through the period to give him a three point night and his third multi goal game in his last four. After a slow start to the season, Boldy has been on an absolute tear these last few weeks.
That was the last of the scoring, but Adin Farhat got a few minutes in goal for BC to make his collegiate debut after the game had been decided
It wasn’t all good for the Eagles, however. Connor Moore left the game due to injury in the second period and never returned after taking a knee on knee hit that resulted in a major penalty and an ejection after a review. Hopefully it’s not a long term injury, as BC’s blue line had just returned to full health with Drew Helleson playing his first game in a while.
Despite the injury, this was another solid win by BC, as they handled a team that they were clearly better than. This makes six wins in a row for the Eagles, who are now guaranteed to be hosting a quarterfinals series in the Hockey East playoffs and could clinch at least share of the conference if UConn knocks of UMass tomorrow. Up next for BC, however, is a trip up Comm Ave to face off with BU on Saturday night.