BC snaps UMass’ hopes for upset and unbeaten streak
The Massachusetts Minutemen returned to the Mullins Center on Thursday night after a huge shutout performance against UMass Lowell. Despite taking an early 2-1 lead, four third period unanswered goals lead to the demise of the Minutemen, as they fall to the Hockey East leading Boston College Eagles by a final of 5-2.
It was Jake Gaudet who got the scoring started just 36 seconds into the game, getting the 2500 fans into the game early. Despite allowing a goal shortly after that, the Minutemen hung tough with the conference leaders, headed into the break tied at 1-1.
Midway through the second it was George Mika who scored, while Matt Murray turned away seven shots to give the Minutemen a 2-1 lead with one period left. However, the Eagles were able to score four in the third, including two in 40 seconds that buried the UMass lead.
Although the Minutemen lost this game, there is still hope for playoff action at the Mullins Center in the first week of March. With the top five teams receiving a bye, UMass needs to be at least eighth in the conference to receive a home playoff game against the nine seed. The current eight seed is Vermont, and it is just one point ahead of UMass even after the BC loss. Coming up on Vermont’s schedule will be two games on the road back-to-back against BU. These will be tough match ups and if the Terriers can win both these games, it could be huge news for the Minutemen.
UMass will have a full week of much needed rest until they go into Connecticut to take on the Huskies next Thursday, February 22. Then, they return home for their final regular season game against the Providence Friars on February 24. It is an exciting time to be a UMass hockey fan.