A fast start by Boston College propelled them to a 6-2 victory over the Denver Pioneers in their NCAA tournament Northeast regional semifinal this afternoon.
It didn't take long for the explosive Boston College to get going with Hobey Baker favorite Johnny Gaudreau putting the Eagles on top just 25 seconds into the game. The Eagles extremely potent top line would score again at 5:30 of the first period when he used his size and strength to hold off a Denver defender while making his way to the net. Gaudreau would strike again at 9:34 of the first period when he used his speed to beat a Denver defender wide one-on-one, then skated around the net and beat Denver goalie Sam Brittain on a wraparound to give Boston College a dominating 3-0 lead. Denver, meanwhile, was unable to get a shot through to Boston College goalie Thatcher Demko until nearly the 13-minute mark of the first period.
Boston College would put the game even further out of hand with three more goals from their top line, including a third from Gaudreau to finish off the hat trick to make the rest of the game academic. Denver would get a goal late in the second period from Trevor Moore and a goal Evan Janssen late in the third period, but were no match for Boston College's top line.
Boston College will advance to face the winner of tonight's second Northeast Regional semifinal between UMass Lowell and Minnesota State tomorrow evening.