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Boston College Men’s Hockey: Eagles Downed by Badgers 7-5, Wisconsin Completes Weekend Sweep

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For a fleeting three minutes and forty-three seconds in the second period, it seemed as though the script of the Boston College Eagles’ weekend in Madison had been flipped.

After a frustrating four periods of play (including the Eagles’ loss Friday evening), the Eagles scored three unanswered in the waning moments of the second period to tie the game up going into the locker room.

But that time period was fleeting for a reason, as the Eagles couldn’t stand up to the Wisconsin onslaught and fell to the Badgers 7-5, giving Wisconsin the sweep on the weekend.

The Eagles and Badgers traded goals early in the game, before Wisconsin’s Wyatt Kalynuk scored around the halfway point of the first to give the Badgers the lead going into the first intermission.

The Badgers dominated the first three quarters of the second period, adding two to their score, putting the game seemingly out of reach.

No one, however, told David Cotton.

Cotton scored two goals, and assisted on a Graham McPhee goal late in the second, tying up the game in a furious Eagle onslaught. It seemed, at that point, that the Eagles had come back from the dead.

The third period, however, belonged to the Badgers. Despite David Cotton completing the hat trick late in the third, it was not enough to curtail the Wisconsin attack, which added three goals throughout the third, giving the Badgers the win and the weekend.

The loss continues a lengthy non-conference losing streak for the Eagles. Save for the Hockey East Tournament, the Eagles haven’t won a game out-of-conference since the Eagles defeated Arizona State in Chestnut Hill on Nov. 13, 2016.