CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. –
It was a tale of one team having everything going for them, and another tale of
everything going against them in BC’s matchup with Northeastern at Conte Forum.
And it seemed like Northeastern couldn’t do anything right, and that Boston
College couldn’t do anything wrong on the ice.
Northeastern had a huge win a couple
nights ago at Matthews Arena and they brought a five-game winning streak going into today’s contest. However, that was all stopped today thanks in part to Brian Gibbons’
hat trick as the Eagles defeated the Huskies by a score of 7-1.
“It was an important game for us because I thought we came
off of a well-played game on Friday night,” said BC head coach Jerry York. “The
outcome concerned us because Northeastern took two points from us, but I
thought we played very well Friday night.
“On our day off yesterday we talked coming into today with
the same type of effort, but eliminating odd-man rushes. Because two of the
three goals that Northeastern scored [on Friday] were odd-man rushes. Today I
thought we were way sounder from that perspective.”
Because BC eliminated the 3-on-2 and the 2-on-1 rushes, the
Eagles were able to hold the Huskies to just 23 shots on goal. And because of
that, the good defense created the good offense today, as the Eagles fired 50
shots on goal towards the Husky net.
“I thought our offensive zone play was outstanding,” added
York. “I thought we had a good perception and we broke open a really close
first period game. That was four periods in a row that were really close. We
got some breaks and some bounces our way from there.”
Gibbons’ first goal came near the end of the first period, a
period that BC dominated, but still couldn’t find the back of the net, until
the 19:32 mark.
The junior from Briantree, Massachusetts scored his first of
three goals when he beat Northeastern freshman goaltender Chris Rawlings on a
wrister that gave BC the 1-0 lead going into the first intermission.
From there, the Eagles offense was relentless and fired at
In the second period, BC had a span where they scored three
goals in a span of 3:07.
Freshman Pat Mullane made it 2-0 at 4:12 when he netted his
seventh goal of the year; then just 1:45 later, a miscommunication from Tyler
McNeely gave fellow freshman Chris Kreider a clear breakaway towards the NU
net. Kreider’s would net his 10th goal of the year to give the
Eagles a 3-0 lead.
Shortly after that, NU had a chance to get back into the
game, when BC freshman defenseman Phillip Samuelsson got called for hitting
from behind at 6:26. However, just like the outcome, the nightmare continued
for the Huskies.
Gibbons and fellow line-mate Cam Atkinson led a 2-on-1 on
that penalty killing situation, where the Braintree native found a wide open
Atkinson to give BC a 4-0 lead.
“Cam made a great read down the wall when he was
forechecking and stole the puck,” said Gibbons. “He gave the puck to me in the
slot and the goalie and the defenseman made a read to block my shot and I just
slid it in the backdoor to him.
“He did a great job by not going by the net and staying by
the net. And in the end, he was rewarded for it.”
Atkinson had been joking around with Gibbons because going
into today, the junior forward was one point away from 100 points for his
collegiate career. Gibbons surpassed that today with four points (3 G, 1 A).
Asked if he was jokingly rubbing it in on Atkinson after the
game, he first said “No,” then right after that he said, “Actually I think I
All joking aside, Gibbons praised Atkinson and he thinks
BC’s leading goal scorer in 2009-10 has a bright future ahead of him.
“He’s a great player,” Gibbons said of his fellow linemate.
“I’m sure after [Joe] Whitney, I’m sure he will be the next one to get 100
Whitney currently has 92 points, including an assist on
Gibbons’ first goal, while with a goal and an assist today, Atkinson now has 54
points in his career.
Gibbons would add two more goals at the 13:40 mark of the
second period, and at the 11:43 mark, he sealed the deal with his first career
hat trick, and the first hat trick from any BC player this year.
Kyle Kraemer gave Northeastern their only goal of the game
at the 15:20 mark of the second period, while Jimmy Hayes got the final goal of the game at 19:40 of
the third period, his seventh of the year.