The Boston College Eagles are the number one-ranked team in the nation and were riding on an impressive 13-game win streak headed into the Hockey East Championship Tournament.
Boston College certainly has a knack for being one of the most talented teams in the country, but under the lights of the TD Garden is where they tend to shine the brightest. Especially against their fellow Hockey East rivals. The Eagles have won the past two Hockey East Championship titles, and with their win on Saturday night against the Providence College Friars, the Eagles will continue to add to their trophy collection on Saturday night.
The Eagles have flown high this season with an impressive 27-10-1 record and they worked their defensive and offensive game against a physical Providence College team, 14-19-4 record, to advance in the tournament.
Despite being ranked No. 1 in the country, the Friars certainly did not make it easy for the Eagles to get the win. Boston College’s Paul Carey got the Eagles on the board first. He scored by battling two defensmen behind the net and slipping the puck past Firar Alex Beaudry a little over a minute into the opening period of play.
The Friars quickly reacted with two goals, the first scored by Barrett Kaib, and the second by Derek Army. Providence held onto the momentum for a short while before Boston College’s Destry Straight tied it back up nearly four minutes later. The Friars came out strong during the opening period of play, but Boston College was able to score the next two goals in the game, the first by Johnny Gaudreau and the second by Steven Whitney to secure the victory for the Eagles.
The Eagles are undoubtably one of the best teams in the Nation but they also have many individual players that are nationally recognized. This includes one of the best defensive players in college hockey, Brian Dumoulin, who was recently named a top 10 finalist of the Hobey Baker Award.
“I think he certainly is one of the top defenseman to play this year in the collegian level,” said Eagles head coach Jerry York, “you look at all the different leagues and probably there’s top-top defensemen but from my vantage point there’s hard to see anyone who has more impact on the game because he defends and he’s an offensive threat with the puck. He’s been a terrific leader for us, so we’re excited about how well he’s playing. He’s getting better and better as the year goes on.”
Brian Dumoulin and the rest of the Boston College will face-off against Maine in the Hockey East Finals. The Eagles have dominated the East Championship, taking home the hardware 5 times since 2005.