The Boston College men’s hockey team defeated UNH in overtime tonight, splitting the weekend series and taking home the extra point. The Eagles were without Alex Newhook and Logan Hutsko, so the lines were fairly shuffled up, but Spencer Knight did play.
The first period started off on a good pace for the Eagles as they generated some chances in front of the UNH net and outshot the Wildcats 5-2. Mike Hardman took a penalty about halfway through the period, which BC was able to kill fairly easily and even got some shorthanded chances themselves. BC broke the ice first, when Casey Carreau threw a puck on net from far that snuck in five-hole to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. With a little more than two minutes left in the period, Mitch Andres laid a hit on UNH’s Cam Gendron in the corner and received a five minute boarding major — the Eagles were able to kill the first part of the penalty to preserve their 1-0 lead going into the first intermission.
BC killed the rest of the penalty to start the second period, but then took another penalty two minutes later on which they gave up a power play goal, tying the game up at 1. There was some 4v4 hockey with about seven minutes gone in the period, and then BC took another penalty. Spencer Knight made an incredible stop at the very end of the kill, and 15 seconds later Mike Hardman scored high glove side to put the Eagles up 2-1. BC finally got a chance at the power play that they did nothing with, but they went into the second intermission up one.
BC started the third period by going right to the box less than a minute in, then taking another penalty 13 seconds into the kill. They killed the 5v3 and then the 5v4, then got some chances on the power play themselves that they just could not capitalize on. This later came back to haunt them as with a little over seven minutes to go, they took another penalty that UNH did capitalize on — tying the game at 2-2. BC got a power play chance at the very end of the period to take the lead, but they did not do anything with it as per usual. Then, with 1.9 seconds left on the clock, the refs called a penalty on BC, giving UNH a power play for the first two minutes of OT. The reffing in this game left a lot to be desired overall, but this last call was really something!
BUT IT WAS OKAY BECAUSE MARC MCLAUGHLIN SCORED THE SHORTHANDED GOAL IN OVERTIME TO GIVE THE EAGLES THE WIN!
How it started (the penalty) // how it’s going (the SH OT GWG):