Tuch's Three Points Help Boston College Past Merrimack, 4-2
Freshman forward Alex Tuch has two goals and assist for Eagles

Freshman forward Alex Tuch had two goals and an assist for the Eagles
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 8:47  BC1-0 PP Alex Tuch (9)Ian McCoshen/7, Noah Hanifin/12
1st 10:12  BC2-0 EV Alex Tuch (10)Steve Santini/2, Adam Gilmour/15
2nd 8:22  BC3-0 EV GW Austin Cangelosi (4)Teddy Doherty/13, Cam Spiro/4
2nd 9:33  MER1-3 EV Ben Bahe (3)Dan Kolomatis/11
2nd 16:35  MER2-3 PP Brett Seney (11)Hampus Gustafsson/14, Jonathan Lashyn/9
3rd 18:20  BC4-2 EV EN Adam Gilmour (8)Alex Tuch/12, Ian McCoshen/8
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Boston College  2114
Merrimack  0202
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Boston College  117119
Merrimack  1017532
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Boston College (17-9-2)  1/3 17/61 0
Merrimack (14-10-3)  1/6 15/54 0
Boston College Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Thatcher Demko (W, 15-8-2)60:002 1015530
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Rasmus Tirronen (L, 10-6-2)59:183 96015
Empty Net0:421     

NO. ANDOVER, Mass. - Freshman forward Alex Tuch scored two goals and added an assist to lead Boston College to Friday evening's 4-2 win against Merrimack at Lawler Rink.

Seeking a season split against the Eagles after falling by a goal two weeks ago, Merrimack was forced to play from behind after a pair of Alex Tuch goals less than two minutes apart in the opening frame.

The first marker came just 30 seconds into the first power play of the game, as Tuch ricocheted in a shot from Ian McCoshen at 8:47 to put the Eagles on top. Then at 10:12, it was Tuch again, this time tipping in a shot from Steve Santini to suddenly put the visitors up by a 2-0 margin.

Merrimack came out firing in the second period, using an early power play to start racking up the shots on net, but, despite that apparent shift in momentum, the Eagles pushed their lead to 3-0 thanks to Austin Cangelosi's efforts at 8:22 of the middle frame.

The Warriors would quickly respond, as junior Ben Bahe (Stillwater, Minn.) took a centering feed from senior Dan Kolomatis (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and buried it glove side just over a minute later to get the hosts on the board.

Then, the penalties started to mount. Merrimack went to another power play at 10:23 and a subsequent BC gave the Warriors a quick 5-on-3 advantage, but despite all that power-play time the score remained 3-1 in favor of the Eagles.

Three different players on each side were then sent to the box at 14:14 for coincidental roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct and 10-minute misconduct penalties, but the Warriors wound up with a five-minute major on a cross-check call. After another BC penalty less than a minute after all that, the Warriors got to within one after freshman Brett Seney (London, Ontario) punched in a loose puck that ricocheted off the skate of sophomore Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) to make it 3-2 with less than four minutes to play in the second.

The third period saw both sides combined for six total shots, with BC's one only coming on an empty-net attempt. But despite the push by the Warriors, BC would ice the game with an empty-netter to account for the final margin of defeat.

Inside The Numbers

- Merrimack outshot BC by a 32-19 margin on the night, highlighted by a 17-7 lead in the second period

- Senior Rasmus Tirronen (Espoo, Finland) turned away 15 shots while falling to 10-6-2 on the year;

- BC's Thatcher Demko improved to 15-8-2 on the year thanks to his 30-save performance

- Five different Warriors registered points: Bahe, Kolomatis, Seney, Gustafsson, and sophomore Jonathan Lashyn (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

- Each team finished with one power-play goal; Merrimack went 1-for-6 on the man advantage, while the - Eagles totaled one extra-man goal on three tries

- Merrimack won the faceoff battle, taking 41-of-65 faceoffs; Gustafsson won a team-high 13 draws

Up Next

Merrimack will wrap up its season series with the University of Connecticut on Tuesday (Feb. 10) at the XL Center in Hartford at 7 p.m.