Boston College Overpowers UMass 4-1

Screen Shot 2014-10-25 at 9.53.26 PMBy Harris Rubenstein 10-25-14


After a scoreless first period, the Eagles came out and dominated the second period scoring two goals with one on the PP. 2 more goals for BC and one for UMass in the 3rd period ended with a  4-1 win for Boston College

The real story of this game was BC’s special teams, who allowed one goal on a total of 5 penalties allowing just 7 shots. On the other end of the ice, BC did very well on the power play putting in 2 goals on 6 power plays with a total of 12 shots.

Another huge factor in this game was the overall star power exerted by BC. All of the players who scored points have been draft by an NHL or are projected to go high in the upcoming draft. Goals by Minnesota’s first round pick this year and their 4th round pick in 2012 Alex Tuch and 2 for Adam Gilmour ended what was a very good performance by UMass’ freshman goalie Henry Dill, who made 27 saves on 30 shots. Thatcher Demko, BC’s goalie had a big game of his own stopping 20 pucks on 21 shots.

“To be a good PK team who need a good goalie and I think Demko really stepped up.” Coach Jerry York said. “We got the right clears when we needed.”

One player you couldn’t take your eye off all game was 17 year old Noah Hanifin, who has been seen in mock drafts going as high as 3rd overall., made a beautiful pass to Gilmour on the PP goal and was credited with an assist on Gilmour’s second goal. Hanifin is more of a defensive player, but that pass showed why he was so highly rated coming out of high school. Opposite Hanifin was BC captain Michael Matheson who had 3 assists on the day.

York stated, “I think the strength of our team is the core of defensemen and they all played extremely well tonight.”

The Eagles next game is against the University of Denver next Friday.