|2nd||0:21||DEN||1-0||EV||Danton Heinen (2)||Trevor Moore/5, Daniel Doremus/3|
|2nd||12:56||BC||1-1||EV||Destry Straight (1)||Travis Jeke/1, Quinn Smith/2|
|OT||4:05||DEN||2-1||EV GW||Danton Heinen (3)||Daniel Doremus/4, Josiah Didier/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (4-2-0)||0/8||7/14||0|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Thatcher Demko (L, 4-2-0)||64:05||2||12||7||11||3||33|
|Evan Cowley (W, 4-2-0)||63:57||1||9||10||5||3||27|
DENVER - Senior Destry Straight scored his first goal of the season, but it was Danton Heinen's two tallies, including the overtime game winner, that sank No. 5 Boston College, 2-1, at No. 11 Denver on Saturday night. Heinen netted the walk-off winner with 54.5 seconds left in overtime at Magness Arena as the Eagles came away with a split, having won last night's game, 2-1.
Along with Straight's first goal came sophomore defenseman Travis Jeke's first assist of the season while senior Quinn Smith also assisted on the Straight tally to extend his point streak to four games.
Saturday's battle featured anemic power plays on both sides as the Eagles and Pioneers went a combined 0-for-14. Boston College had eight extra-man opportunities while the Pios posed six power play attempts.
Sophomore goaltender Thatcher Demko turned in another sterling effort, stopping 33 shots, nine of which transpired on one of Denver's six power plays. DU backstopper blocked 27-of-28 BC shots in the victory.
The first period saw little even strength action after both teams were whacked with three penalties a piece.
The Eagles' penalty killing unit was put to the test after sophomores Austin Cangelosi and Ian McCoshen were both cited for hooking at 10:34 and 11:09, respectively. Denver cycled the puck and flung it towards Demko repeatedly, but BC's netminder stood his ground and kept the Pioneers off the board for Denver's lengthy 5-on-3 advantage.
Much like Friday night's game, Denver attacked early on in the second to take a 1-0 lead 21 seconds into the frame.
Trevor Moore generated the scoring play from behind the net, careening along the far boards up towards the blue line. Moore wheeled it around the left dot through the middle of BC's zone and connected with Danton Heinen on the doorstep for the quick one-timer tally.
Boston College's pursuit in Denver's end finally paid off in the form of an equalizer at 12:56 of the second frame.
The Eagles carted it into the Pioneers' end and Smith managed to fish the puck out from behind the net up to Jeke just within the blue line. Jeke took his time and picked his spot towards the net, firing it at a mix of bodies on the right dot. Straight stood out from the pile and managed to deflect the puck at the perfect angle as the disc redirected over Cowley's left shoulder to tie it up, 1-1, at 12:56 of the second period.
Demko continued to keep the Eagles afloat in the third frame with 11 saves. The sophomore goaltender made a huge stop on Nolan Zajac early on and continued the trend to keep the third scoreless.
Denver nearly ended it in overtime after Matt Marcinew almost scored off an Eagle turnover right in front of Demko, but the puck trickled just inches wide of the goal mouth to force overtime.
One of sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald's five shots came around the 3:40 mark of overtime, but Cowley kicked it away and Denver charged up the other end.
Josiah Didier nudged the puck up into the zone and banked off of Daniel Doremus in a scrum in front. Almost everyone lost where the puck ricocheted to, except Heinen who was in position to sweep the loose disc to the back of the net at 4:05 to clinch the contest.
Boston College resumes Hockey East play and will travel to Hartford to take on new member Connecticut in a mid-week matchup at the XL Center. Wednesday's game marks the first-ever meeting between Boston College and UConn on the ice as former BC associate head coach Mike Cavanaugh leads the Huskies in their first season as a Hockey East member. Wednesday's game is scheduled for 7 p.m.