What a win for Boston College!
After losing to Minnesota on Sunday, BC was looking to right the ship with a road game at Matthews Arena against Northeastern. Not only did the Eagles come away with the win and two more league points, they pulled it out in thrilling fashion.
Michael Kim scored his first goal of the season — shorthanded — with just 22.9 seconds left to play to give the Eagles a thrilling 2-1 win against the Huskies.
Boston College Goal #1: 19:27 of the 2nd period
Colin White (JD Dudek, Matty Gaudreau)
BC 1, NU 0
The Eagles wanted to make things as exciting as possible in this game, apparently.
After categorically dominating the opening 20 minutes, the game evened out a bit in the second period, with BC still in control, but unable to break the scoreless start. It took a highlight reel goal from Dudek and White with seconds to play in the period to get things rolling.
What a sick goal this is. White and Dudek execute the always sexy give-and-go-to-a-one-timer around a Northeastern defender and a second skater who is draped over White like a poncho.
White’s initial move around the defender right after dishing off to Dudek is what what gives him position, and he’s got the stick there to poke it in on the back end.
Northeastern Goal #1 (PPG): 1:56 of the 3rd period
Zach Aston-Reese (Garret Cockerill, Dylan Sikura)
BC 1, NU 1
Nothing ever comes easy for BC at Matthews Arena, which has been the site of more BC frustration over the years than seemingly any other barn in the conference.
Northeastern gets the goal right back early in the 3rd period on one of BC’s seven (7!!) penalty kills. The Huskies use good puck movelemtn up top to draw in the top of the umbrella, Cockerill, who takes the shot from the high slot — a very high-quality scoring area. BC’s still reacting to the last pass and there’s a big lane for the shot.
Aston-Reese is well positioned for the deflection, and the Huskies finally beat Joe Woll. Woll was a rock star in this game, stopping some really nice Northeastern chances throughout the game, so of course it took a beauty to finally get by him.
It looked for a while like BC was destined for a tough road tie. Then, the Eagles took yet another penalty with under two minutes left to play, and it looked like BC was destined for a tough road loss.
But after spending just about the entire game seemingly unable to buy a power play of their own, the Eagles dished out some poetic justice.
Boston College Goal #2 (SHG, GWG): 19:37.1 of the 3rd period
Michael Kim (unassisted)
BC 2, NU 1 — FINAL
Michael Kim! It’s his first goal of the year, and a shorthanded goal at that, and it could not have come in more thrilling fashion.
After dishing out a big hit on the blue line to clear the puck out of the Husky end, Kim just takes the puck and skates as far as Northeastern let him go with it. But I’m guessing the Huskies didn’t quite anticipate the bar-down wrist shot that Kim unleashed.
The shot is a riser that leaves Ryan Ruck standing there like the Statue of Liberty, and it sent the BC contingent that made the trip down Beacon Street into a tizzy. It was easily the most thrilling game of the year, and it keeps BC (incredibly) 7-0-1 on the season in Hockey East.
BC now sits at #8 in the Pairwise, with one of the biggest games of the season upcoming: #13 North Dakota at Madison Square Garden. Puck drop is at 7:30pm on CBS Sports. We’ll be right here with full coverage for you, as always.