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Boston College Student Manager Will Be Emergency Back-Up Goalie in Beanpot

Matt Christians

Boston College has one of the best goalies in the nation in junior goalie Thatcher Demko, but backing him up is apparently dangerous work, because the Eagles have had a tough time keeping Demko's back-up healthy this year. Injuries have sidelined back-ups Chris Birdsall and Alex Joyce. That forced the Eagles to bring in Ian Milosz over Christmas from junior hockey to help back-up Demko.

But for tonight's Beanpot semifinal match-up against Harvard, Milosz was unable to dress. That means student manager Chuck Van Kula will get the experience of a lifetime sitting on the bench as the emergency goalie for the Eagles and praying that nothing happens to Demko.

Van Kula at least has some hockey experience, playing goalie for a prep school in Philadelphia as a high schooler. It would still probably best for the Eagles if Demko stayed healthy and they didn't have to put in their student manager against the high-powered offense of Jimmy Vesey and Harvard.