Boston Blitzed: BC buries Badgers, 9-2


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Wisconsin 6 Boston College 9, 2 Wisconsin 2
2013 Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge
Kelley Rink • Chestnut Hill, Mass. • Attendance: 7,008

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0 1 1 2
 Boston College
4 3 2 9
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1st 10:14 BC Cangelosi (Hayes, Gandreau)
1st 11:04 BC Cangelosi (Hayes, Fitzgerald)
1st 13:30 BC Gaudreau (Gilmour, Santini)
1st 15:53 BC McCoshen (Gilmour, Arnold)
2nd 00:21 BC Matheson (Gandreau, Gilmour)
2nd 01:45 BC Savage (Calnan, Brown)
2nd 13:34 BC Sit (Silk, McCoshen)
2nd 14:45 WIS Mersch (McCabe, Barnes)
3rd 04:44 BC Hayes (Cangelosi, Fitzgerald)
3rd 09:18 WIS Kerdiles (Faust, Zulinick)
3rd 10:55 BC Brown (Smith)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
WIS Peterson (1-1-0) 21:45 6 16
WIS Miller (0-0-0) 38:15 3 24
BC Billett (1-1-0) 50:55 2 14
BC Barone (0-0-0) 9:05 0 5
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WIS BC
 Shots on Goal 19 40
 Power Plays 2-1 5-0
 Penalties-Minutes 5-10 2-4
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Oct. 18, 2013

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- While the Wisconsin men’s hockey team boasted plenty of strengths coming into this season, arguably its strongest attribute was its resiliency. It’s an attribute that the No. 2 Badgers (2-1-0) will have to rely on going forward after a 9-2 loss to a determined No. 6/7 Boston College (2-1-0) team in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Friday night.

The Eagles came out firing on Jerry York Appreciation Night. After raising a banner to salute York, the winningest coach in college men’s hockey history, the Eagles came out on a mission right from the opening faceoff.

 Fast Facts
• The Badgers allowed nine goals to BC, the highest single-game total of the Mike Eaves coaching era
Nic Kerdiles found the back of the net in the third period to give him points in his last 15 contests
• Friday was Jerry York Appreciation Night for BC. York became college hockey's all-time winningest coach last season and now has 937 career victories.

After numerous golden opportunities were thwarted thanks to some great goaltending by Landon Peterson (Oregon, Wis.), Boston College finally broke through halfway through the first period with four goals in under six minutes to send the Badgers back to the locker room on the wrong end of a 4-0 game. Austin Cangelosi netted the first two goals, followed by tallies from Johnny Gaudreau and Ian McCoshen, with each of the four goals coming at even-strength.

"(We faced) a team that was fired up to play for their coach," said Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves. "Our hope was to survive the first period and we didn't. (After that), we fell into the trap of trying to make things happen and ended up making things worse."

Any hopes that Wisconsin had of clawing its way back into the game after the intermission were quickly quashed after goals by Michael Matheson and Scott Savage extended BC’s lead to 6-0 early in the second and sent Peterson to the bench. With Joel Rumpel (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) home nursing an injury sustained in practice this week, Adam Miller (Long Grove, Ill.) came on in relief and performed capably, holding the Eagles in check for awhile.

Unfortunately, there was just no stopping Boston College.

Michael Sit made it seven unanswered goals for the Eagles after taking a Brendan Silk pass and beating Miller to stretch the lead to 7-0 with under seven minutes left in the second period. Michael Mersch finally stopped the bleeding by putting the Badgers on the board on the power play with a redirect of a Jake McCabe point shot to cut the Boston College lead to 7-1.

The Eagles regained a seven-goal lead off a Kevin Hayes’ tally just under five minutes into the third.

But the Badgers kept fighting, and the effort paid off when Nic Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) found the back of the net to extend his point-scoring streak to 15 games off rebound of a Joe Faust (Bloomington, Minn.) shot on a 3-on-2 rush.

It would be the final goal of the night for Wisconsin, with the final margin reaching 9-2 after BC’s scoring binge was capped with a Patrick Brown goal late in the third period.

When all was said and done, the nine goals were the most allowed by the Badgers in the Mike Eaves coaching era. Peterson and Miller combined for 40 saves, with Peterson grabbing 16 and Miller snagging 24. Peterson allowed six goals in 22 minutes of work while Miller let in three in 38 minutes.

A silver lining for the Badgers was their work on special teams, as they held the Eagles scoreless in five power-play opportunities while managing to net one goal in two power-play chances of their own.

"We still feel like we're a pretty decent team," Eaves said. "I think this video will be revealing. I think we'll be able to pull some things out, and hopefully grow from it. As I told the boys after the game, the best part about tonight is that we get a chance to play tomorrow night again."

The Badgers will look to bounce back quickly from tonight’s loss, with another tough road test awaiting them tomorrow night. UW meets No. 15/RV Boston University (2-1-0) to cap off its first road trip of the season.

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Ian Jamison
Athletic Communications

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