The 2018-2019 Boston College Men’s Hockey season has been a slog, but the Eagles had an opportunity to win a trophy Monday night in the Beanpot Championship. But despite a strong effort through most of the game, the Eagles couldn’t find goals when they needed to, and Northeastern tallied goals at crucial moments to put the game out of reach.
In the end, it was a 4-2 loss at the TD Garden, giving Northeastern their second Beanpot in as many years and putting making it look that much more likely that the 2018-2019 season will end without any men’s hockey hardware on the Heights.
Both teams came out flying in the first period, and the Eagles had some great stretches of play where they generated some really high-quality opportunities — and even appeared to score the game’s first goal before having the goal waved off for the net coming off its moorings. But Northeastern goaltender Cayden Primeau held the Eagles at bay long enough for the Huskies to break through, as NU scored with just 38.8 seconds left in the first to take a 1-0 lead that felt like a gut punch to BC fans encouraged by the start.
The second period was more of the same with BC playing strong, but once again, they couldn’t solve Primeau, and the Huskies scored late again — this time with 2:06 left in the frame — to extend the lead to 2-0 before the final intermission.
Another Northeastern goal early in the third made it 3-0 Huskies, and that was too much for BC to overcome. The Eagles scored a few minutes later to cut the lead back to 3-1, and again to put the BC TEASE on in full effect with about 7 and change to play making it 3-2, but that was as close as the Eagles could get despite peppering Cayden Primeau for the entire last several minutes of the game. When all was said and done, it was nothing more than a tease, as the Huskies scored the empty netter with five seconds to play to finish it off. BC never truly had a chance once the game was 3-0, but one way or another it was a tough loss in a Trophy Game — which are sadly becoming more and more rare around here.
Boston College has a pair with UMass this weekend, and with the Minutemen tied for 1st in the Pairwise, it could be a tough weekend for the Eagles as they look to pull an upset or two.