Chestnut Hill, Mass. -- The disparity in talent just wasn't fair. Johnny Gaudreau scored twice on nearly identical goals before the midway point of the first period, and the Eagles continued to pile on from there.
Ten different Boston College players scored in total for an 11-0 win over Army on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum in front of 5,492. "We were on top of our game tonight. We moved the puck well and made some great passes. We were very unselfish. Ten different goal scorers speak volumes for our depth," said Jerry York.
On the first goal Gaudreau dangled through three defenders before slipping the puck five-hole past Army goaltender Rob Tadazak. At the 8:40 mark of the opening stanza Gaudreau scored again, this time pushing the puck ahead and to the right of an Army defender. Gaudreau buzzed around him on the other side before pushing the puck through the wickets of Tadazak.
Boston College extended its lead to 3-0 11:48 into the first period on a tic-tac-toe passing play. Gaudreau fed Austin Cangelosi who put the puck right on Bill Arnold's stick who promptly buried it into the back of the net.
On another pretty passing sequence just two minutes later Ryan Fitzgerald scored the second power play goal of the period for the Eagles. Kevin Hayes passed it down to the goal line to Adam Gilmour who whipped it out to Fitzgerald.
Rookie Evan Richardson tallied his second career goal just 2:38 into the second period to extend the BC lead to 5-0. Linemates Kevin Hayes and Ryan Fitzgerald were credited with the assists.
Boston College's fourth line got involved in the scoring to push the lead to 6-0.
Matthew Gaudreau, playing in his first collegiate game, got into the scoring act to notch his first career goal. He jammed in a rebound at the 14:41 mark of the second period to chase Tadazak from the game. Sophomore Peter McMullen, playing in just his seventh career game, assisted on the goal for his first point as a collegian.
"It's almost as exciting as me scoring a goal. Him being a freshman playing in his first game and getting to score his first goal in front of all our family members, it was a special experience. I was just so excited for him to get his first goal here," said Johnny Gaudreau of his brother.
BC took a 7-0 lead when Adam Gilmour fired in a loose puck from the right side of Parker Gahagen who replaced Tadazak in the Army cage. It was the fourth consecutive goal scored by a freshman after Gaudreau and Arnold started the fireworks.
Defensemen Michael Matheson and Ian McCoshen added third period goals to increase the lead to 9-0. "I think all of our [defensemen] are capable of scoring. They shoot the puck well and have good hockey sense. When you can distribute the scoring and have the back line join it helps a lot" said York.
York said he didn't want to run the score up, but the Eagles just mercilessly moved the puck around. Austin Cangelosi and Kevin Hayes scored to make the final tally 11.
Army played hard the whole game, but the talent mismatch was just too obvious. "Going up against [BC] is a huge challenge, but our guys would welcome this opportunity any time. I appreciate the fact that they reached out to play us. I just wish we had been better," said Army head coach Brian Riley.
"West Point played hard right until the end," said York.
The Eagles improved to 6-2-1 on the season. Next up for Boston College is a clash against Massachusetts at the Mullins Center in Amherst on Thursday night.
Army lost its sixth consecutive game to start the season 0-6. Riley's team will have its next opportunity to hit the win column against Sacred Heart Tuesday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion.
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