CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- If Boston College had any critics following last Sunday’s loss at RPI, those critics were silenced emphatically on Friday night at Kelley RInk.
Junior Austin Cangelosi struck just 12 seconds into the game, before 5,615 fans could even settle into their seats, setting the tone for a 6-0 win in the Eagles' home opener. Cangelosi and freshman Colin White each scored twice in BC's second win of the young season while Thatcher Demko stopped all 20 shots he faced.
BC has now won its last seven dates with the Badgers and scored 20 goals in the most recent three, a stretch which also includes the 2010 national title game in Detroit and its home opener two years ago.
"I’m certainly pleased with our effort tonight," BC’s Jerry York said following the 986th win of his head coaching career. "For us to come out with this pretty convincing win is an accomplishment and we feel very proud of that."
The opening faceoff resulted in an early lead for the Eagles as Cangelosi converted on a rebound just 12 seconds into the game. Wisconsin senior Adam Miller left Chris Calnan’s shot lying between the circles and Cangelosi pounced on it for his first goal of the season.
York could not have asked for a better start.
"That first shift gave us tons of momentum," York said. "We had so much difficulty scoring in our last game versus RPI. To get one early was a catalyst for us. His line with Calnan and (freshman Miles) Wood, they were the frontrunners and leaders. Almost every shift they played, they won the shift. That really helped our team."
The emphatic start continued as senior defenseman Teddy Doherty doubled the BC lead at 4:39. After letting a shot go from the red line while shorthanded, the puck took an awkward bounce as it reached the Eagles’ offensive zone and eluded Miller.
Badger head coach Mike Eaves made a goaltending switch after Miller surrendered a second goal, and freshman Matt Jurusik took advantage of the opportunity.
After making 22 saves in his first collegiate start in last Saturday’s 3-3 tie with Northern Michigan, Jurusik, stopped all seven shots he faced in the remainder of the opening period.
"We talk about having a great start and that was not the start we wanted," Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. "The mindset was that it wasn’t (Miller’s) night so we needed to make a quick decision, put the young netminder in there and get him some experience."
Demko was tested much more as the night went on en route to his fourth career shutout. The Vancouver Canucks prospect faced just four shots in the first period, but received help from the inside of his post on a long point shot less than four minutes into the game.
"It was hard for me to kind of get in a rhythm in that first period. It’s something I’ve been working on the last couple years here at BC, just making sure I’m mentally sharp even when I’m not getting a lot of work."
BC’s lead increased to 3-0 just under seven minutes into the middle period. After putting some consistent pressure on Jurusik, junior Ryan Fitzgerald collected a bouncing puck in the crease and directed it into the back of the net.
A little less than ten minutes later, the Eagles scored two goals in quick succession to take a commanding 5-0 lead into the second intermission.
Cangelosi scored his second goal of the game at 16:05, taking a beautiful pass from Wood in stride down the center of the ice. Despite the five-goal disadvantage at the second break, the Badgers had ten of 17 shots on goal in the period.
Freshman Colin White notched the first goal of his collegiate career just 30 seconds later, finishing off a one-on-one rush down ice with a high shot from the wing.
The Hanover, Mass., native made it a 6-0 game with the Eagles on a two-man advantage at the 3:12 mark of the third period, a goal which Fitzgerald and his freshman brother Casey set up at the front of the net.
"(They provide) a lot of energy," York said of his freshman class. "They fit into our team environment very smoothly. They’re going to be real key players for us as the year goes on."
One of Wisconsin’s best chances came in the game’s waning minutes as sophomore Boston Bruins prospect Cameron Hughes cut to the front of the net where Demko’s pad met puck for a stop at the doorstep.
Demko made half of his saves in the second period and six to close the game in the third. The shutout was his first since Feb. 27 at Notre Dame.
"Thatcher didn’t make a ton of saves, but he made some really, really good saves at key times during the game," York said. "He’s moving much better with the labrum surgery. I think it was a complete success. He just looks more agile to me in net now."