by Patrick Cavanaugh
(WORCESTER)–The line of Johnny Gaudreau, Bill Arnold, and Kevin Hayes was unstoppable on Saturday evening as they went on to defeat the Denver Pioneers by a score of 6-2 at the DCU Center in Worcester.
It all started just 35 seconds into the game when defensemen Scott Savage and forward Kevin Hayes set up Johnny Gaudreau out in front and got the Eagles an early 1-0 lead.
It did not take long for BC to strike again as just minutes later, Hayes lit the lamp himself after being fed a pass from Bill Arnold. The Eagles were dominating the Pioneers early on and kept the scoring streak going.
Gaudreau found the back of the net again late in the opening period on the rebound after an initial shot by Michael Matheson. This goal gave BC a two goal lead over Denver, but that was not big enough.
Five minutes into the second period, Hayes picked up another point after he fired a shot past Sam Brittain. The crowd went crazy after BC’s next goal which gave Gaudreau his first career hat trick, and it was televised nationally on ESPNU.
Denver countered with a goal at the conclusion of the second period. Ty Loney centered Trevor Moore who fired the only shot that got past Eagles’ goaltender Thatcher Demko (18 saves).
With the exception of a Denver goaltender change and a handful of penalties, the third period cruised along. With just thirteen seconds left on the clock, Evan Janssen scored for Denver.
At the final horn, the Boston College bench cleared to celebrate the 6-2 victory with their goaltender. The Eagles will play tomorrow night against the winner of the UMASS Lowell/Minnesota State game.
The DCU Center is still rocking as there is one more game to be played in Worcester tonight. UMASS Lowell will take on Minnesota State
at approximately 7:35 PM. The game will be televised on ESPN3.
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