Down 2-0 to Harvard early in the second period-Boston College brought back memories of great teams past-with 3 goals in less than 2 minutes to gain a 3-2 lead. Spencer Knight made multiple timely saves to keep Harvard off the scoreboard through the remainder of the contest.
Aapeli Rasanen scored first on a perfectly threaded pass from Logan Hutsko to cut the lead to 2-1 with the Eagles playing a man up. 55 seconds later Alex Newhook drove through heavy traffic in the slot and rifled home a bouncing puck to tie the game at 2. Less than one minute later, Patrick Giles skated through a blatant holding infraction (not called) and fired a shot that rebounded out front-where Marc McLaughlin banged in a crucial goal to give the Eagles a two goal advantage.
In the last couple minutes of the game, Harvard desperate to gain puck control to pull their goalie to add another attacker-was completely neutralized-mostly by the hard work and immense skating of Giles, McLaughlin and Ron Greco. This unheralded line played tremendous hockey with relentless forechecking and would not allow Harvard to regain puck control in the final two minutes.
BC stands 9-4 and prepares to face highly ranked Notre Dame on Friday night at Conte Forum. This is the best Eagle hockey team in many years and BC fans should buy tickets because BC hockey is back where it belongs-a threat to win the NCAA championship. The schedule is extremely difficult, as Notre Dame (2), UMass, Northeastern, UMass-Lowell and Boston University (3 games) (and perhaps Harvard in the Beanpot) lie waiting to take their best shots against the Maroon and Gold. They best bring their A games, because BC has a 4 line team full of skaters with talent, confidence and relentless effort.