The Boston College men’s hockey team used a dominant first period to knock off Holy Cross 5-1 and win the Ice Breaker Tournament. After an up and down performance against Quinnipiac on Friday night, this was a game that the Eagles controlled from the start and put away fairly early on to earn their first official win of the season.
BC got on the board quickly for the second night in a row when Brandon Kruse scored his first goal as an Eagle just 23 seconds into the game. Kruse, a transfer from Bowling Green, directed home a great pass from Marshall Warren into a wide open net to give BC the elad on the first shift of the game. Warren followed up his assist with a goal just two minutes later with a great shot from a tight angle. Holy Cross was forced to take their timeout just 2:25 into the game in an attempt to calm things down, but a long shot from Marc McLaughlin found its way through traffic and into the net to make it 3-0. McLaughlin got his second goal of the game with about eight minutes left in the period, putting home a rebound for a power play goal just before a major penalty was about to expire. Holy Cross got one back late in the period when Henry Wilder was beaten on a shot from right out front, but BC took a 4-1 lead into intermission after an impressive first 20 minutes of play.
The second period wasn’t quite as fast paced as the first, but BC did get a highlight-reel goal courtesy of Matt Argentina, playing in his first collegiate game. Late in the period, Argentina entered the offensive zone with the puck, cut towards the middle of the ice, and fired a quick shot just underneath the crossbar to score a memorable first goal and give C a 5-1 lead. That was all the scoring for the second, as Holy Cross made a bit of a push early on, but Wilder played well and kept them off the board before Argentina made his play. That was it for the scoring on the night, as neither team could generate much in a scoreless third period.
Four different Eagles got on the board for the first time this season as Boston College really took it to Holy Cross, particularly early on in the first period. It was a nice performance to cap off a pretty successful opening weekend for BC. There were a lot of new faces for the Eagles, and a game like this will hopefully go a long way to establishing some confidence and building some chemistry. We’ll have a good chance to see if this is something that they can build on when BC hosts Northeastern on Friday for their first Hockey East game of the season.