In front of a madhouse environment at Kelley Rink, with students and players alike clearly excited to see a game in a packed house for the first time in a long time, Boston College men’s hockey bounced back from a 2-1 deficit to top Northeastern 5-3 last night (read BCI’s game recap here).
The game was a good early character test for this year’s team - one that they passed with flying colors. Northeastern hit BC for both of their second period goals on the counter-attack after the Eagles dominated the early stretch of the game. After NU took a 2-1 lead, the Huskies started to control play for a while, and rang the post a few times in an effort to extend their lead.
But after Marc McLaughlin tied the game with a late second period goal, the Eagles blew the roof off of Conte in the third.
It started with exactly the kind of goal you’d love to see BC score more of - a greasy goal courtesy of Colby Ambrosio parking in front of the net and getting position on his defender.
A lesson in skate geometry from Ambro pic.twitter.com/SQpYU3v15z— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) October 16, 2021
The officials initially waved this goal off, but correctly upon review saw that this was a redirection with the skate and not a ‘distinct kick.’ 3-2 Eagles. While the focus rightly was on Ambrosio’s sleek pool shot, let’s not lose sight of the play that set it up, too - Jack McBain making a power move around the net, getting separation off his defender and rotating to fire a perfect pass across the front of the net to Ambrosio. A nice play all around.
The Eagles took advantage of the reeling Huskies shortly after this goal, with Pat Giles making a great play to disrupt a Northeastern breakout attempt, then humming the puck on net and through Devon Levi and... well, damn, look and at listen to that crowd, Beautiful.
That was a poised and experienced play from a veteran to give BC some breathing room; the Eagles never looked back.
It was a fun night at Conte Forum, with the fans and especially the students - half of whom have never had a home hockey game with fans before - clearly thrilled at the opportunity to fill the place. Let’s hope for more scenes like this all season long, and more gritty wins for the Eagles.