Saturday, January 17, 2015

BC Tops BU in Hockey East Match

All three of Boston College’s freshmen lit the lamp in the No. 17 Eagles 4-2 triumph over archrival No. 2 Boston University on Friday night at Agganis Arena in a Hockey East matchup.  BC’s unbeaten streak has now reached eight games (6-0-2), while BU had a three-game unbeaten string (1-0-2) snapped in front of a crowd of 6,150 on Commonwealth Avenue.

Noah Hanifin and Alex Tuch (two goals) staked BC to a 3-0 lead midway through the game, with Tuch also setting up Hanifin’s first-period goal, before Danny O’Regan and Matt Lane countered for the host Terriers in the third period. Zach Sanford then closed the scoring for the Eagles with an empty-net goal with 33 seconds remaining in regulation.

Thatcher Demko made 31 saves for BC (13-7-2 overall, 6-4-2 HEA), while Matt O’Connor finished with 37 stops for BU (12-4-4, 7-2-2).  The Eagle also outshot the Terriers, 41-33, and went 2-for-7 on the power play while also killing off 4-of-5 BU man-advantages.

The two Green Line rivals may meet again in the second round of the Beanpot Tournament in Boston on Feb. 9. BC will now play at Maine on Sunday, while BU will host No. 6 UMass Lowell that same day.

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