The one game preceding your rivalry game is always a challenge. I expected BC to have some trouble with a good UMass Lowell team. Sure enough, a stray puck and a turnover resulted in a quick 2-0 deficit in the not so friendly confines of Lowell. BC had not won at Tsongas arena since 2012 and UMass Lowell has been a very good team for 10 years now.
Facing a two minute 5 on 4 deficit and knowing that one more goal would be a virtual death knell versus a lockdown defensive squad-BC decided to rewrite history. Marc McLaughlin skated full tilt behind Ron Greco’s breakaway attempt and knocked in a rebound to cut the lead to 2-1 in the second period. This writer has touted McLaughlin for a while now and the results are coming in a fast clip.
Alex Newhook tied the game at two with a lightning release wrist shot that blew by UML goalie Tyler Wall later in the period. BC was whistled for 5 penalties to only 2 called on the Riverhawks. One UML player broke his stick whacking Logan Hutsko in the chest-but no penalty was forthcoming. Spencer Knight played a great game making 34 saves and he has been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award along with David Cotton.
Logan Hutsko registered the game-winning goal in the third period when he fired the afterburners and beat Wall while warding off a defender. Hutsko’s goal was reminiscent of his overtime winning score vs. PC in the Hockey East playoff game last year. Hutsko now leads the team with 11 goals on the season. BC is now 14-5 on the season. Highlights can be seen here.
Archrival Boston University travels to Conte Forum tonight in the first Commonwealth Avenue rivalry game of the season. New BC head coach Jeff Hafley will be handing out pizzas to early arriving BC students. No word on whether Martin Jarmond will hand out beers to early arriving longtime season ticket holders. I am the good looking guy in section U.