|2nd||0:28||DEN||1-0||EV||Nolan Zajac (2)||Joey LaLeggia/1, Matt Marcinew/1|
|2nd||7:43||BC||1-1||PP||Ryan Fitzgerald (4)||Austin Cangelosi/3, Destry Straight/2|
|3rd||15:18||BC||2-1||EV GW||Ryan Fitzgerald (5)||Zach Sanford/5, Quinn Smith/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (4-1-0)||1/5||7/14||0|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Thatcher Demko (W, 4-1-0)||60:00||1||5||9||11||25|
|Evan Cowley (L, 3-2-0)||57:31||2||4||7||9||20|
DENVER - Sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald scored a pair of goal in a come-from-behind victory on Friday night at No. 11 Denver as No. 5 Boston College head coach Jerry York gained his 500th-career win behind the BC bench in a 2-1 triumph at Magness Arena. The Eagles have won their last four outings since dropping the season opener to elevate to 4-1 on the season.
Second-year netminder Thatcher Demko crafted several acrobatic saves throughout the evening, keeping the Eagles alive in a 5-on-3 situation midway through the second period along with a flurry of last-minute attempts by the Pioneers with the extra attacker in the waning moments. The San Diego native stopped 25 shots in his fourth-consecutive win.
Fitzgerald's first tally came at 7:43 of the second period after a heads up play from sophomore Austin Cangelosi and senior Destry Straight on the power play. The North Reading, Mass., native put away the game winner late in the third frame at 15:18 after rookie Zach Sanford quarterbacked the play from behind the net. Senior Quinn Smith trigged the play deep in the Eagles' end.
Both defenses were staunch in the opening 20 minutes as only nine total shots found their way to the net. The Eagles best look came after sophomore Chris Calnan swiped a Pioneer clear on DU's blue line and hooked up with freshman Alex Tuch in between the circles. Tuch registered a strong look, but Cowley shifted over to impede the shot.
The Pioneers wasted little time breaking the scoreless streak after Nolan Zajac sniped one 28 seconds into the second period.
Matt Marcinew rimmed the puck around the boards where Joey Laleggia gathered it behind the net on the near post. Laleggia thread the puck through the Eagle defense where Zajac was streaking in to zip the wrister over Demko's blocker for the 1-0 lead.
Fitzgerald buttoned the game up on an immaculately constructed power play goal at 7:43 of the second period.
Quentin Shore was whistled for hooking at 7:06 and on the ensuing play, Straight and Cangelosi worked the puck to Fitzgerald in front of the goal. Straight won a scrum deep along the far boards and squibbed the puck down to Cangelosi in the corner. Denver left the crease to cover Cangelosi and with the defense bearing down, he slipped it through the crease where Fitzgerald carved through the middle to paddle the puck in with ease to tie it up, 1-1.
The Eagles penalty-killing unit stood tall midway through the second period after sophomore Scott Savage and rookie Noah Hanifin went off at 8:34 and 9:56, respectively. The Eagles rallied around Demko in tight and prevented the Pioneers' two-man advantage to keep it locked, 1-1.
As the third period waned on, Sanford was called for a holding the stick infraction at 13:05. The Eagles once against kept Denver off the scoreboard on the penalty kill and as Sanford exited the box, BC struck again for the game-winning marker at 15:18.
Smith cleared the puck from deep within the Eagles' end right along the boards where Sanford was coming back into the play. Sanford corralled the disc, wheeled it around the back of the net and patiently carried the puck into the corner to wait for the right play. Fitzgerald streaked down the middle, much like his first goal, and hammered home Sanford's dish on the crease for the go-ahead goal.
Denver head coach Jim Montgomery elected to pull Cowley with about 2:30 left in regulation. The Pioneers maintained possession with the extra skater, but Demko anchored the effort with several clutch saves down the stretch.
Boston College finished 1-for-5 while the Pioneers were held scoreless on six power play chances.
Boston College and Denver will run it back tomorrow night at Magness Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. (MT).
- Jerry York won his 500th-career game as head coach of Boston College since taking the post on June 15, 1994. It only took York 811 total games for York to reach the 500-victory benchmark. In all, York has won 967 games and maintains his title of winningest coach in college hockey history.
- Boston College has scored a power play goal in its last four games. Heading into Friday night's game, the Eagles power play clip of 25.0 percent was tied for ninth in college hockey.
- Ryan Fitzgerald scored 16 goals at Boston College before Friday's win at Denver. Friday's two-goal performance marked the first of his career. The 5-foot-10 forward also netted his second power play goal of the season and sixth of his career. Fitzgerald leads all Eagles in career goal scoring with 18.