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GOAL BY GOAL: Slow Start Dooms BC Men’s Hockey In 3-1 Loss To St. Cloud

Eagles swept on the road

John Quackenbos, BC Athletics

The good feels of Boston College’s comeback win against Providence last week feel like ages ago. After Friday’s dominating effort by St. Cloud, the Huskies kept on rolling with a soul-crushing three goal first period on Saturday on their way to a 3-1 win and series sweep against the Eagles.

St. Cloud Goal #1 (PPG): 2:17 of the 1st period
Jack Poehling (Jack Ahcan, Ryan Poehling)

SCSU 1, BC 0

St. Cloud shot out of a cannon, and BC just wasn’t ready to go. But on top of that, St. Cloud continued to exploit the BC special teams.

The Huskies got on the board early thanks to a flurry on the power play. Joe Woll could only do so much, and it was just a matter of time until they got it past him.

St. Cloud Goal #2 (GWG): 12:47 of the 1st period
Ryan Poehling (Kevin Fitzgerald, Mikey Eyssimont)

SCSU 2, BC 0

The Huskies kept coming, this time at even strength. Fantastic puck movement for St. Cloud is what earns them this goal. They’re moving, and BC is struggling to keep up.

The Eagles are really caught chasing behind the net, and that leaves Poehling out front to receive a great pass from Kevin Fitzgerald, which beats Woll to go up 2-0.

St. Cloud Goal #3 (PPG): 19:30 of the 1st period
Mikey Eyssimont (Jimmy Schuldt, Robby Jackson)

SCSU 3, BC 0

Another BC penalty put the Eagles down into way too deep of a hole — there was no 3-0 comeback to be had this time.

This time St. Cloud just sends one in through a screen on a simple shot that beats Woll. There wasn’t too much more BC could do about this one, but it was just the result of St. Cloud blitzing the Eagles for the opening 20 minutes. Shots were 15-6 in the opening frame, and I’m not even sure the game was as close as that to that point.

Boston College Goal #1: 13:45 of the 3rd period
JD Dudek (David Cotton, Julius Mattila)


BC did finally start to slow things down in the 2nd period, and they actually outshot the Huskies pretty handily in each of the last two periods 11-4 and 20-5. So it’s nice to see that the young Eagles did once again not quit on the game.

The Eagles did get one back late in the third period, but it was too little, too late. The goal itself is really on goaltender Dávid Hrenák’s inability to control the rebound, and the Eagles took care of the loose change out front to at least prevent the shutout.

But in all, even though they did turn things around toward the end of the game, St. Cloud played too well in the 1st period for BC to overcome it.

The Eagles will get back on the horse next weekend with another very tough pair of games — another trip to Providence, and a Conte Forum visit from Denver. BC is still in the midst of their brutal schedule to start the season, but they need to come away with some points to avoid falling into too deep of a Pairwise hole.