Monday, December 5, 2016

UND Outlasts BC at MSG, 4-3

Boston College rebounded from a 2-0 deficit with two goals early in the third period, but couldn't pull out a victory against North Dakota on Saturday night in New York City. The Fighting Hawks held on for a 4-3 win, their first over the Eagles since 2005, in the inaugural College Hockey Showdown at Madison Square Garden.

Following a scoreless first period, Tyson Jost scored twice to put UND up, 2-0, the second goal coming on a power play, after 40 minutes. After a major penalty and game misconduct sustained by UND’s Rhett Gardner late in the second stanza, Colin White got the Eagles to within a goal on a 5-on-3 man advantage  just 49 seconds after the puck dropped to begin began the final frame. Christopher Brown then tied the game for the Eagles by putting home a rebound less than four minutes later.

UND (8-5-3 overall) regained the lead at 9:04 when Joel Janatuinen snapped home a loose puck in the slot, and then Trevor Olsen took advantage of a defensive miscue by BC (12-5-1) to make it 4-2 for the Fighting Hawks with 2:01 left. Matthew Gaudreau’s long-range goal for the Eagles with nine seconds remaining in regulation provided the final margin. Scott Savage assisted on all three BC goals.

UND outshot BC, 34-31, before 11,348 on-lookers at MSG.  Joseph Woll finished with 30 saves for the Eagles, while Cam Johnson had 28 stops for the Fighting Hawks, who went 1-for-6 on the power play compared to BC’s 1-for-2 success rate. UND now leads the all-time series, 12-11-1, after BC had gone 4-0-1 against UND in the previous meetings between the two schools. 

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