The Boston College Men’s hockey team dropped a tough one on Friday night, falling 3-2 at home to UMass Lowell. It was a pretty defensive hockey game, with neither team managing to generate a ton of chances, but Lowell made the most of what they got and BC dropped their second straight game.
There wasn’t a whole lot of offensive action over the first 20 minutes of play, with both goalies up to the task on what few chances came their way. Alex Newhook had an early chance on a two-on-one rush and BC’s top line put a few good chances on net late in the period, but it was a mostly defensive period of hockey. Spencer Knight really only had one tough moment, when a net front scramble forced him to hold the goal line with some impressive strength. Both sides managed to play the entire period without taking a penalty and two teams went into the intermission still scoreless.
Things opened up more in the second, starting with Alex Newhook’s fantastic goal just under five minutes into the period. After BC had killed off most of a Logan Hutsko hooking penalty, Newhook picked up a loose puck at his own blue line and attacked Lowell’s defense. He gained the offensive blue line, cut to the middle of the ice, and fired a perfect shot that beat Lowell goalie Tyler Wall on his glove side. It was an unassisted effort for the freshman Newhook, who has been on quite a hot streak recently, with goals in his last three games and four of his last five. Lowell evened things up with about 8 minutes to go in the period however, scoring on a one-time goal from down while on the power play. Lowell took a 2-1 lead with 2:46 left in the period, on a shot from an uncovered player in the slot. Knight got a big piece of the shot, but it snuck through and gave Lowell a one-goal lead after two periods of play.
Ben Finkelstein got BC right back in the game with a power play goal just 54 seconds into the third period. Finkelstein took a pass from below the goal line from Newhook and calmly snapped a shot past Wall to tie the game at 2. The goal came just after matching minors had expired and turned a four-on-three power play into a five-on-four, giving Finkelstein a lot more space than he otherwise would have had.
Lowell took the lead back with 9:09 left in the period, when Knight was beaten up high on a shot that found its way through traffic in front. That goal would hold up, as BC couldn’t generate much offensively the rest of the way. David Cotton did have a great scoring chance after BC had pulled Spencer Knight, but Wall made the save and Lowell took the game 3-2.
BC has now dropped three of their last four Hockey East games and look to be in a little bit of a slump. Lowell is a good defensive team and managed to contain BC’s top players for most of the night, but it’s still a frustrating loss. The Eagles are back at it on Monday when they take on Harvard in the Beanpot consolation game.