Saturday, January 24, 2015
Fitzgerald Hat Trick Lifts Eagles Over Huskies
Sophomore forward Ryan Fitzgerald scored all three goals, including two on the power play and the game-winner, as No. 19 Boston College defeated Connecticut, 3-2, on Saturday night before 6,815 at Conte Forum in a Hockey East conference matchup.
The win improved the Eagles, who were 16th in the Pairwise Rankings prior to faceoff, to 15-8-2 overall (8-5-2 Hockey East), while the visiting Huskies fell to 7-12-5 (4-6-2 HEA). BC, which avenged a 1-0 loss to UConn in Hartford in November, is 8-1-1 in its last 11 outings overall, while UConn has lost two straight games after a three-game unbeaten string.
Fitzgerald, who now has a team-high 12 goals in 25 contests, scored twice in the second period, pulling BC into 1-1 and 2-2 ties before notching the winning goal with 7:40 remaining in regulation with a man advantage to complete his first career collegiate hat trick. BC outshot UConn, 37-21, and was 2-for-4 on the power play. Junior defenseman Michael Matheson had two assists, and sophomore goaltender Thatcher Demko made 19 saves in the victory.
UConn will host No. 14 Merrimack on Tuesday, while BC will entertain No. 18 Providence on Friday.