|1st||0:39||BC||1-0||EV||Zach Sanford (1)||Alex Tuch/5, Michael Matheson/6|
|1st||12:33||BC||2-0||EV||Matthew Gaudreau (2)||Ian McCoshen/3, Noah Hanifin/3|
|1st||17:16||MSU||1-2||EV||Michael Ferrantino (5)||Joe Cox/4|
|2nd||11:54||BC||3-1||EV GW||Quinn Smith (3)||Michael Sit/3|
|3rd||9:19||MSU||2-3||EV||Matt DeBlouw (2)||Ryan Keller/2, Josh Jacobs/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (5-5-0)||0/1||4/8||0|
|Michigan State (3-6-0)||0/4||1/2||0|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Thatcher Demko (W, 5-4-0)||60:00||2||9||12||10||31|
|Michigan State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jake Hildebrand (L, 3-6-0)||58:25||3||12||9||10||31|
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Boston College men's hockey team snapped its four-game slide in a gritty 3-2 victory at Munn Ice Arena on Friday night at Michigan State.
With the victory, Boston College head coach Jerry York tied legendary skipper John "Snooks" Kelley for the most wins at Boston College with 501. It took York 816 games behind the Eagles' bench to match Kelley's mark on The Heights.
Rookie forward Zach Sanford netted his first-career goal 39 seconds into the fray to set the tone for the Eagles while sophomore Matthew Gaudreau scored his second tally in as many games. Senior assistant captain Quinn Smith scored his third goal of the year midway through the second frame which stood as the game winner.
Sophomore Thatcher Demko returned to man the net after a quick hiatus and stopped 31shots in his fifth triumph of the season while his counterpart, Jake Hildebrand, turned away the same number BC attempts.
The Eagles won the opening draw and wasted no time converting on their first possession of the game.
Junior Michael Matheson directed the play from the slot, blasting the puck onto Hildebrand. The puck caromed out to rookie Alex Tuch on the near post and after his attempt, Sanford gathered the disc and slipped it past the Spartan goalie near side 39 seconds into the contest for a quick 1-0 lead.
The Eagles benefitted from a fortuitous bounce midway through the first period after sophomore Ian McCoshen sauced the puck from the neutral zone towards Hildebrand. The puck took a funny hop before bouncing towards the net and Gaudreau kept the disc in his crosshairs. Hidlebrand misplayed the puck and Gaudreau perfectly timed the poke check at 12:33 to give Boston College a two-goal pad. Rookie Noah Hanifin initiated the play with the outlet pass to McCoshen from behind the net.
The Spartans got one back before the first period ended on a broken BC clear at 17:16.
Joe Cox intercepted an attempt at a rimmed puck out of the zone on the half wall. Michael Ferrantino swiped in from the left side, accepted the dish from Cox and shoveled it nearside past Demko to cut into BC's lead, 2-1.
Smith gave the Eagles a two-goal edge with some hard work down low at 11:54 of the second stanza.
Senior Michael Sit battled through a pair of Spartan defenders and jostled the puck loose from behind the net. Sit tried to bank the puck off of Hildebrand from behind and it made its way to the front of the crease. Smith stood his ground and was able to roof the loose rebound to give Boston College the 3-1 advantage midway through the second period.
Michigan State cut into the Eagles' lead midway through the third period on a set play at 9:19.
Matt DeBlouw won the draw to Demko's left, back up to Josh Jacobs on the blue line. Jacobs rimmed it down low to Ryan Keller on the far post and Keller split the BC defense through the slot. DeBlow accepted the pass on the right dot and beat Demko with a snap shot in tight to make it a one-goal affair, 3-2.
With two minutes remaining, MSU coach Tom Anastos elected to pull Hildebrand, but the Spartans could not cinch things up with the extra skater.
Smith nearly scored his second of the night on the empty netter, but the Eagles prevailed regardless, 3-2, to put an end to the four-game skid.
Boston College was granted only one power play on Friday night while the penalty-killing unit snuffed out all four Spartans' attempts with the extra man.
Boston College resumes Hockey East next Friday when the Eagles travel to western Mass for a Friday night date against the Minutemen on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. BC will return home for its first date of the season against Maine the following night, Saturday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m.