You know, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Football might be making us want to stick our heads in the oven with the turkey, but so far hockey has done a hell of a job giving us things to be thankful for.
After the women's team torched Cornell earlier in the day to complete the sweep, the BC men wrapped up a sweep of their own Saturday night with a systematic dismantling of Colorado College by a score of 5-0, taking the two game road series 8-0 on aggregate backstopped by Thatcher Demko's third consecutive shutout.
Boston College Goal #1 (GWG): 2:23 of the 1st period
Adam Gilmour (Scott Savage, Zach Sanford)
BC 1, CC 0
BC took control right from the beginning and never looked back. Scott Savage -- who might have played his best game as an Eagle -- made a good pinch down to get the puck along the boards, and he threw it right into the center of the ice. It's tough to tell here, but Gilmour is sitting right at the top of the crease and is able to get a nice deflection. CC goalie Jacob Nehama can't keep it out, and BC was up early.
Boston College Goal #2: 15:16 of the 1st period
Austin Cangelosi (Miles Wood, Chris Calnan)
BC 2, CC 0
BC got right to picking up insurance. Nehama had just made a nice stop but the puck kicked back behind the goal line where Miles Wood picked it up and skated out with speed. Cangelosi just kind of sets up shop right out in front (man, this has really become a theme so far this season) and Wood finds him with the pass for the one timer goal.
It's like they're in Vegas because they are a Slot machine.
My favorite part of this GIF is actually the CC fan on the bottom right, clapping vigorously for Nehama's save, only to stop mid-clap after Cangelosi pots the goal. Ha.
Boston College Goal #3: 18:11 of the 1st period
Ian McCoshen (Alex Tuch, Zach Sanford)
BC 3, CC 0
BC wasn't done yet in the first period. This is just a harmless give-and-go at the point for McCoshen who takes advantage of a ton of traffic right in front of Nehama. The puck finds its way all the way through, and that would be it for the Tiger goaltender. He would finish out the period, but would be pulled in favor of Tyler Marble for the rest of the game.
Marble did really, really well for the rest of the game, but BC would be able to add another couple before the game was over.
Boston College Goal #4 (SHG): 16:25 of the 2nd period
Zach Sanford (Chris Brown)
BC 4, CC 0
BC's special teams were a major story of the game, and the weekend in general. While 1 for 6 on the power play Saturday isn't anything to write home about, the penalty kill was superb. That might sound like a #hottake when you didn't allow any goals at all, let alone a power play goal, but the whole weekend, CC couldn't get anything going whatsoever while on the man advantage.
And in fact, BC was able to score shorthanded on one of those CC power plays. Sanford and Brown came down on a two on one that was stopped nicely by Marble, but Sanford found the rebound and slipped it past the post for BC's fourth goal.
Boston College Goal #5 (PPG): 8:53 of the 3rd period
Adam Gilmour (Casey Fitzgerald, Scott Savage)
BC 5, CC 0 -- FINAL
This goal for Gilmour isn't dissimilar from McCoshen's earlier. Just a shot from above the faceoff circle into traffic, and it finds its way all way through. That was the nail in the coffin and the capper on another solid night from BC.
Demko's shutout streak nearly came to an end late in garbage time, but the goal was reviewed and waved off after the referees noted that CC was very, very offside on the play:
#13 might only look about a foot offside, but he was standing there trying to Go-Go-Gadget-Leg his skate to the blue line for a comically long stretch of time. Sorry, guy.
BC has another one-off game next weekend, this time against Denver back at Conte Forum, before UMass rolls in for everyone's favorite, a Tuesday night home game. BC's got a stretch of great hockey under its belt, but its opponents have struggled to start their seasons. Hopefully the Eagles can continue their strong play against a tough Denver team on Friday.