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Boston College Falls In Men’s Hockey East Championship Game 3-2, Ending Season

Disappointing end to a tough year

John Quackenbos, BC Athletics

Boston College Men’s Hockey came into the Hockey East championship game riding a wave of optimism that had come seemingly out of nowhere. After limping into the Hockey East tournament, BC took down the league’s #2 and #1 seeds to make it to the finals, and they’d have to take down #3 to win the title and advance to the NCAA tournament. But BC came up just short, falling into an early 3-0 hole that they could never fully climb out of, as Northeastern took the Hockey East title with a 3-2 win.

The first period just started out all wrong for BC. It wouldn’t be a game at the Garden with out a goal waved off, and the Eagles were the unlucky ones as a goal just 30 seconds into the game was disallowed because of the puck going in off the arm of a BC player. Since the call on the ice was no goal, the play stood as called, but if it was allowed on the ice, the play was close enough that it would likely have been a 1-0 BC lead.

But unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Northeastern came out firing after BC’s non-score, getting legal tallies at the 2:31 and 5:08 marks of the opening period to take a quick 2-0 lead, and a BC penalty several minutes later made it 3-0 on a power play goal just past the halfway mark of the period.

The Eagles should have been just about out of it from there, but the made a furious comeback to get themselves back in the game in the second period. A power play goal of their own just 18 seconds into the 2nd period seemed to breathe new life into the team, and David Cotton scored immediately after another power play just a minute and a half later. That made it 3-2, and BC was definitely back on their game at that point, certainly playing well enough to win.

Unfortunately, all the air was sucked out of the TD Garden early in the third period after a horrific play that sent Logan Hutsko crashing to the ice. Hutsko briefly moved his legs and arms, but never attempted to get up from the fall and was eventually taken off on a stretcher to Mass General Hospital after a very lengthy delay to ensure Logan was carefully and safely secured. No word yet on what exactly the injury was or its severity (it appears that his head crashed into the ice, but it’s not completely certain), but obviously all that matters is that Logan comes back okay and makes a full recovery. The only word so far from the team is that he was moving all of his extremities, which is great news. We will provide updates as they are available.

Unfortunately, despite the third period shot count of 14-5 in BC’s favor, it never really did feel like BC was fully back into the game. And who could blame them — anyone who has played at any level of sports from the pros down to rec league hockey can tell you that anytime someone leaves with a serious injury, your mind is just not focused on the game anymore. The Eagles did find a couple chances with Joe Woll pulled in the final seconds, but a final opportunity hit the post as the Huskies poured off the bench to celebrate the league title.

And so ends a difficult year where the Eagles fell well short of expectations and never did find a gear they needed to come away with some hardware. Winning the Beanpot semifinal and making a late push for a crack at the Hockey East title were big late-season positives, but the team is really going to need to shake things up and start out fresh next season to make some meaningful gains on this year.

Thanks for following along with us this season. We’ll be back at it in October for another season!