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Boston College Men’s Hockey: Eagles Survive Wildcats Onslaught, Tie Wildcats 3-3

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COLLEGE HOCKEY: FEB 10 Beanpot Tournament - Consolation Game - Boston College v Harvard Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Outside of a strong first ten minutes by the Boston College Eagles, there wasn’t a whole lot to love for Eagles fans about Saturday’s tilt against the New Hampshire Wildcats. And, yet, the Eagles were able to escape with dignity intact, tying the Wildcats 3-3 despite conceding three unanswered goals.

The Eagles start off the game strong, with two goals coming in the first ten minutes of the game. Mike Hardman got his 12th goal of the season just 1:42 into the game, and Logan Hutsko notched a tally of his own after being released from the penalty box after a strong effort to get to the net.

But then, in the second period, the roof caved in for BC, as the Eagles conceded two goals in the second, and one early in the third period, wiping out the Eagles’ lead and putting UNH, a team that had been eliminated from any postseason play earlier in the day, on top.

Aapeli Räsänen was able to to answer back with 5:05 left in the game on a sustained attack by the Eagles. In overtime, the Wildcats scored with 21.1 seconds remaining, but the goal was called back due to goaltender interference.

The Eagles were outshot 50-27 in the game.

The Eagles will host the No. 8 seed Providence Friars next week in the Hockey East tournament, because the universe is both exceptionally cruel and really uncreative.