A disappointing weekend by the BC football team was seemingly erased almost entirely after Boston College dropped Boston University 4-2 on the road.
These wins against the Terriers always go down smooth, don't they? This was a weekend where BC was really going to learn a lot about itself. A 6-1-0 record looks nice, but when your two biggest wins were against a UMass-Lowell team who just dropped a 4-3 decision to a horrible Maine team (and is a miserable 2-4-1) many of us were wondering just how good BC really is.
Enter rivalry weekend, where BC would face two incredibly tough teams in #7 Notre Dame and #11 Boston University. Under the spotlight, BC would shine. After a solid 3-1 victory over Notre Dame, the Eagles headed down the street to Our House (née The House That Jack Built) to try and complete the perfect weekend against top competition.
The game got off to a near perfect start as Destry Straight tapped home a Kevin Hayes wraparound feed for the quick BC lead just seconds into the game. And that's the way the game would stay until the third period. Unfortunately, the game devolved into what you often expect when BC and BU get together: A fun*-filled penalty fest.
Not that the game wasn't fun -- it was easily the most exciting game of the year, with both sides really opening up the skating for long stretches of the game. Unfortunately, the excitement and flow of the game was lessened a bit seventeen penalties between the two teams. Frustrating, but nonetheless what we've come to expect.
Halfway through the third period, Kevin Hayes gave BC some insurance on a bizarre goal where he threw the puck in off the skate of of BU's freshman goaltender, Matt O'Connor, from behind the net. Just a minute later, a picture-perfect feed from Pat Mullane found the stick of Johnny Gaudreau for some extra insurance,
#GaudreaubeyBaker, by the way, has at least one point in every single game this season.
Then things started to get a bit weird, with BU going a bit out of the box in their desperate attempt to catch up to the Eagles. Jack Parker decided to pull the goalie with about 5:30 to go in the game on a 5 on 4. The gamble worked and BU got one back when BU freshman Matt Grzcdstyqxxxrlspteocyk (might want to check the spelling on that) put home his first goal of the year to make it 3-1.
BU's gamble did eventually backfire as Billy Arnold was able to loop in a 100 foot empty netter (which happened to be shorthanded after a rough Too Many Men penalty) to make it 4-1.
You would have expected BU to be the team going to the penalty box with Too Many Men but hey, maybe the Task Force worked.
Alexx With Two X's Privatera scored one in garbage time to make it 4-2, and that was that. A moderately even game, but Boston College really had too much talent for BU to handle.
2: Boston College is actually sitting at #2 in the Pairwise Rankings (which, admittedly, are pretty useless this early in the year). #1? Dartmouth, Boston College's opponent in just two weeks.
5: #GaudreaubeyBaker leads the nation with 5 game-winning goals. The player with the second most has just three.
7: #GaudreaubeyBaker is second in the nation with 7 goals, just one shy of first place.
8: Boston College has 8 wins at Agganis in its last 10 games, sporting a decent 8-1-1 record at Our House.
12: After starting the season at a torrid 40% on the power play, BC is now 0-12 in the last two games on the power play. A bit concerning, but 40% was completely unsustainable and you expected some regression to the mean. Fortunately, there isn't too much concern here: BC's passing and possession on power plays have become a bit of an art form, despite the lack of goals in the last couple games.
921: Jerry York now has 921 career wins, 3 shy of tying Ron Mason for most all-time and 4 away from breaking the record. BC's opponents 3 and 4 games from now? BU at Agganis and BU at Conte.
Only one game next week on Friday as BC gets to take on a Merrimack team at home who just lost 3-1 to a miserable UConn team. Yes, that UConn. BC gets #1 (lol) Dartmouth at home in two weeks.
And lastly, some highlights from last night's win against the puntable pups from HockeyEastOnline: