The Boston College men’s hockey team got goals from six different players as they knocked off Northeastern 6-2. BC took on a Huskies team that hadn’t played in almost three weeks and made the most of their chances as depth scoring continued to be a strength for the Eagles.
Northeastern got on the board first with 12 minutes left in the first period, scoring right off an offensive zone faceoff while on their first power play of the night. A wrist shot through some traffic looked like it got tipped to beat Spencer Knight to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. BC would get right back in the game a few minutes later when Nikita Nesterenko put home a rebound after a few good shifts from the Eagles. It was Nesterenko’s sixth goal of what has become an extremely impressive freshman campaign. Just 48 seconds later, Patrick Giles scored his second of the season with a wrist shot after a fantastic stretch pass from Eamon Powell. It was a strong response for BC after falling behind a goal, shaking off some early rust to get two quick goals and head into intermission up 2-1.
Northeastern tied things up at two about six minutes in to the second, converting shortly after a BC power play came up empty. BC failed to clear their defensive zone with time and then left a Northeastern player completely uncovered in the slot for a wide open shot to made it 2-2. Marc McLaughlin got that goal right back, however, putting home his eighth of the season just about a minute later. McLaughlin was able to corral a pass from below the goal line in his skates on a cut to the net before kicking it to his stick and firing a shot from right near the goal to give BC a 3-2 lead. Marshall Warren made it 4-2 with eight minutes left in the period, firing a wrist shot through some traffic to double BC’s lead after the Eagles had spent some extended time in Northeastern’s zone. BC continued to look dangerous for the remainder of the period, creating some really dangerous chances and keeping the pressure on the Huskies. They weren’t able to extend their lead, but they took their 4-2 advantage heading into the third period.
From there, BC played a pretty textbook period while protecting a two-goal lead. They broke pucks out well, kept Northeastern to the outside, and allowed Spencer Knight to take care of what chances the Huskies did create. Michael Karow put the game out of reach with just under 5 minutes to play, scoring on a wrist shot for the first goal of his career. Jack McBain added a late goal to end a lengthy scoring drought and the Eagles skated away with a 6-2 win.
BC had some rust to shake off early on, but once they did, they played a pretty solid game in all three ends. With their second straight win, hopefully the Eagles have some momentum built up as they roll into a rivalry weekend with BU.