Roundup: Gaudreau Scores 2 as BC defeats Notre Dame at Fenway
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Highlights from BC's win over Notre Dame at Fenway Park
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Vermont and Yale played to a 3-3 tie
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The first Hockey East meeting between Boston College and Notre Dame was played outdoors in front of over 30,000 fans at Fenway Park, with the Eagles earning a 4-3 victory.
BC held on in the closing seconds, after a close play at the goal line was ruled no goal upon video review.
Johnny Gaudreau scored twice for Boston College, who also got goals from Brendan Silk and Bill Arnold. Game temperature was in the mid-20’s with a wind chill factor of 13 degrees.
Providence and Merrimack tied in the earlier game of the doubleheader. Another pair of games will be played at Fenway next weekend.
Mario Lucia, T.J. Tynan and Bryan Rust scored for the Irish, which were playing for the first time in almost a month. They outshot Boston College, 23-21.
The loss, the second in a row for Notre Dame (the Irish lost their last game on Dec. 7), drops the Irish to 10-8-1 on the season and 3-5-1 in Hockey East play. Boston College goes to 13-4-2 overall and 7-1-1 in conference play.
It was a second straight tie for Vermont on the weekend, this time against defending national champion Yale. Yale had three one-goal leads on the night, only to see Vermont tie each time, the last one coming with 53 seconds left in regulation with an extra attacker.
“It was a hard-fought point against a quality opponent on the road,” Yale coach Keith Allain said. “We did some things really well. Our forecheck was good and we created a lot of scoring transitions in transition.”
Yale took a 2-1 lead near the end of the first period when John Hayden scored his first collegiate goal. Trent Ruffolo started the play by grabbing a loose puck in his own end and sending it ahead to Carson Cooper, who was moving through the neutral zone on the left side. Cooper crossed the blueline with a 2-on-1 and took the defender with him. The Yale sophomore released the puck to Hayden on the right wing and the freshman sprinted in on the UVM cage before unleashing a wrister stick side with 1:34 left.
“It was a picture perfect breakout. Coop [Cooper] made a perfect pass on the 2-on-1,” Hayden said. “I’ve been trying to shoot more. I saw an open low corner and it worked out. All the credit goes to the breakout.”
The game was delayed in the second period by a broken pane of glass.
Down 3-2 in the third, Vermont got a 2-on-1 that ended up as a Chris McCarthy goal from the left side just inside the last minute of regulation.
"Obviously throughout game you're going to face adversity, some ups and downs, and the whole team responded well tonight," said McCarthy, who had three points on the night. "We would have liked a little better jump out of the gates but for 65 minutes tonight we battled hard."
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A night after a listless performance sent Wisconsin to its first home defeat and left head coach Mike Eaves thankful that his team had an opportunity for redemption in the series finale, the Badgers vindicated themselves with a 4-3 win over Alaska-Anchorage.
Though two games were eerily similar through two periods, Jake McCabe made sure the finish was different for Wisconsin when he netted the game-winning goal with 13:33 left in the contest.
The junior fired a centering pass from just above the goal line along the boards, and watched as the puck found the skate of a Seawolves’ player and room between UAA goaltender Chris Kamal’s legs to put the Badgers on top for good, 4-3.
Kamal was starting for his third straight game, the first time this season he's done that.
Wisconsin forward, Nic Kerdiles arrived back from his stint with Team USA at the World Junior Championships, but sat out, nursing a shoulder injury. Eaves said Kerdiles would be evaluated week to week.
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Behind four second-period goals and two tallies from Mike Conderman, Niagara topped Bentley, 5-3, snapping the Falcons' nine-game unbeaten streak.
The Purple Eagles earned their first road victory of the season, while freshman goaltender Jackson Teichroeb was solid in net, stopping 30 of 33 shots.
"It feels really good when you have a room full of guys who paid the price, had the passion and attention to detail to do whatever it took to get the win," Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. "Bentley is a really good first-place team with some very talented players offensively. When they pushed we pushed back harder and we came out with a huge win."
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Nebraska-Omaha, playing without head coach Dean Blais and defenseman Jaycob Megna, was swept on the weekend at New Hampshire, losing Saturday, 5-2.
Matt Willows led the way with a hat trick for the Wildcats, who have now won three in a row to improve to 12-10-1.
Blais and Megna have one more game remaining on a suspension resulting from an improper transfer of funds.
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Mercyhurst finished a weekend sweep of Army with a 3-1 win, improving to 9-1-1 and first place in Atlantic Hockey.
“I liked our game tonight as much as I did last night, but again we just couldn’t finish,” said Army head coach Brian Riley. “Much of that can be attributed to Mercyhurst and their team’s outstanding play. Special teams played a huge role tonight, but overall I was happy with our defense. If we defend as well as we did over the last two nights, I think we’ll be turning the corner.”