Boston College hockey has lost four games this season. In each of their four games following a loss, they’ve bounced back with a win - and each bounceback victory has featured a different hero. All four have come on the road.
On opening weekend in Denver, Austin Cangelosi carried BC to a narrow victory one of the nation’s top teams.
The next week in Wisconsin, a Chris Brown hat trick powered the Eagles to a a wild win over the Badgers.
Last week, JD Dudek continued his emergence as a sophomore, potting a hat trick of his own as BC beat UConn to shake off their loss to Harvard.
And then there was last night, and Michael Kim’s dramatic shorthanded snipe in the final minute to deliver BC their most exciting victory of the season so far.
With the exodus of star players to the pros this summer, the Eagles knew they’d need players all over the lineup to step up. That’s exactly what has happened. In their 12 wins this season, 9 different Eagles have tallied game winning goals; only three players (Casey Fitzgerald, David Cotton and JD Dudek) have two GWGs.
Colin White, Mike Booth, Matt Gaudreau, Cangelosi, Brown, and Kim are the other BC players with a game winning tally this season. The players who have won games for BC this season range from freshmen to seniors; first round picks to the undrafted and overlooked.
And of course, Joe Woll has been a hero of the night on multiple occasions between the pipes, including last night - continuing his emergence as an excellent goaltender in the wake of Thatcher Demko’s departure to the NHL.
Balance has been the name of the game for the Eagles, not just with game winning goals, but with scoring in general. Only two Eagles are averaging 1+ points per game: Gaudreau (18 points in 17 games) and Fitzgerald (16 in 16). Yet BC is tied for the #5 ranked offense in the nation, tallying 3.71 goals per game.
There’s a lot of season left, and the Eagles have shown some cracks as the schedule has gotten tougher. But BC hockey is now one game shy of the halfway point and sits at 12-4-1, with a 7-0-1 Hockey East record. Not bad for a team picked 6th in the preseason Hockey East coaches poll.