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Providence picked 9th in Big East preseason coaches poll

10.11.16 at 10:14 am ET
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Maybe Providence coach Ed Cooley has his bulletin board material?

And perhaps the Friars also have a lot of work to do before the season gets started next month. Both thoughts figure prominently into Cooley’s sixth team at Providence College for the 2016-17 season.

With Big East media day taking place at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday, the Friars were selected ninth out of the 10 league teams in the preseason vote of the coaches. Of course, when you lose two NBA draft picks (Kris Dunn, Ben Bentil) from your roster, a rebuild is to be expected.

The Friars do have four players with starting experience returning (Kyron Cartwright, Rodney Bullock, Jalen Lindsey, Ryan Fazekas), but the Big East coaches have favored the teams with league-wide stars, and perhaps that’s the smart play for the start.

But each year in the first five seasons under Cooley, Providence has finished higher than selected by the coaches in the preseason.

Defending national champion Villanova, with preseason Player of the Year Josh Hart, is the overwhelming choice to defend its conference crown, with Xavier receiving the only other first-place vote (coaches can’t vote for their own teams). Creighton, Georgetown and Seton Hall round out the top five.

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Boston College overpowered by No. 3 Clemson

10.07.16 at 10:55 pm ET
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NCAA Football: Clemson at Boston College

Clemson Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams (7) catches a touchdown over the defense of Boston College Eagles defensive back Gabriel McClary (14) during the first quarter at Alumni Stadium. (Stew Milne/USA Today Sports)

The third-ranked team in the country had far too much fire-power for Boston College Friday night.

Heisman Trophy hopeful Deshaun Watson threw for four touchdowns and was 14-of-24 for 267 yards to lead No. 3 Clemson to a 56-10 win over the Eagles Friday night at Alumni Stadium.

The 56 points were the most ever allowed by Steve Addazio in his coaching career and came just three weeks after suffering a 49-0 shutout loss to Virginia Tech. The loss ended BC’s two-game winning streak after a 42-10 win over Wagner and a 35-3 victory over Buffalo.

Boston College (3-3, 0-3 ACC) came out inspired for their annual Welles Crowther “Red Bandanna” game, a tribute to the 1999 graduate who was a hero during the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City.

The Eagles took a brief 3-0 lead when Clemson fumbled a punt at their 9. John Johnson recovered. The Eagles could not punch it in and had to settle for a Mike Knoll 21-yard field goal just under four minutes into the game.

But Clemson took over the first half and the rest of the game from there. The Tigers used a pair of big plays to score three touchdowns before the half. Wayne Gallman ran it in from 59 yards to give Clemson the lead for good. Later in the first quarter, Watson connected with Mike Williams for a 50-yard play. That set up a Watson-to-Williams touchdown pass of nine yards.

The Tigers wrapped up their 21-point first quarter when Jordan Leggett hauled in a 56-yard score.

Clemson added a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter when Deon Cain caught touchdown passes of 29 and 16 yards from Watson.

Boston College collected their only touchdown when fullback Bobby Wolford caught a one-yard pass from Patrick Towles with 27 seconds left in the third quarter. Clemson’s Tyshon Dye continued the scoring when he ran it in from three yards early in the fourth quarter.  Running back Tavien Feaster added to the scoring with three minutes left on a 45-yard touchdown run.

Towles completed just 11-of-22 passes for 91 yards. Towles was pulled in the midway through the fourth for Darius Wade. The BC backup threw a pick-6 to Mark Fields, who returned it 42 yards for a score with two minutes left for the final score.  Watson was pulled by Clemson coach Dabo Swinney midway through the fourth quarter.

The Eagles lost their 11th straight ACC game, dating back to a 28-7 win over Syracuse on Nov. 29, 2014. After a bye next weekend, the Eagles will have another chance to end the ACC skid at home on Oct. 22 when they play Syracuse again.

Clemson (6-0, 3-0 ACC) remains in the hunt for a spot in the 4-team college football playoff at the end of the season and showed no letdown after last week’s big win over then-No. 3 Louisville.

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Hockey East 2016-17 Season Preview: Excellent freshman class could lift BU to title

10.03.16 at 12:17 pm ET
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Clayton Keller was one of four BU players selected in the first round of this year's NHL draft. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

Clayton Keller was one of four BU players selected in the first round of this year’s NHL draft. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox are back in the playoffs and Tom Brady is back on the field, but I think I speak for all Boston sports fans when I say that the return we’re most excited about is that of college hockey. No? Whatever. Here’s a Hockey East season preview, power rankings style.

1. Boston University
Before we get into the reasons to be excited about this BU team, it’s worth pointing out that the Terriers actually do lose a lot from last season, including three of their top four forwards and top defenseman Matt Grzelcyk. They lost 53.1 percent of their points, which is the second-highest mark in the league behind only Providence. Now, onto the excitement. The biggest reason so many people, including myself, are picking them to win Hockey East is that they have what is easily the best freshman class in the country. Forwards Clayton Keller (7th overall, Coyotes) and Kieffer Bellows (19th overall, Islanders) and defenseman Dante Fabbro (17th overall, Predators) were all first-round picks this past summer, defenseman Chad Krys (2nd round, Blackhawks) and forward Patrick Harper (5th round, Predators) were also drafted, and goaltender Jake Oettinger is projected to be a first- or second-round pick next summer. (By the way, those freshmen scored nine of BU’s 10 goals in a blowout exhibition win over the University of Prince Edward Island on Saturday.) Fabbro and Krys join four other drafted defensemen on a loaded blue line, with sophomore Charlie McAvoy (1st round, Bruins) and junior Brandon Hickey (3rd round, Flames) leading the way. Up front, look for sophomores Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (2nd round, Bruins) and Jordan Greenway (2nd round, Wild) to set the pace along with Keller and Bellows. The Terriers are clearly the most talented team on paper and they are rightly being considered the favorite to win the league and one of the favorites to win the national championship.

2. UMass Lowell
The River Hawks certainly don’t have the star power of BU, but Norm Bazin’s teams are never loaded with stars and yet they’ve finished in the top four in each of his four seasons behind the bench. With a strong core of returning players, there’s little reason to think anything will change this year. They bring back all six starting defensemen from a unit that was already very good last year, with seniors Dylan Zink and Michael Kapla leading the way and chipping in on offense as well. Up front, the losses of Adam Chapie and A.J. White could hurt, but their top two scorers — junior C.J. Smith and senior Joe Gambardella — are both back. The biggest question will be in goal, where the River Hawks lose Kevin Boyle and his excellent .934 save percentage. But assistant coach Cam Ellsworth is part-wizard when it comes to working with goalies, and this year he’ll have two NHL draft picks at his disposal in freshmen Garrett Metcalf (6th round, Ducks) and Tyler Wall (6th round, Rangers). Sure, this could be the year Lowell doesn’t figure out its goaltending and the team takes a step back, but that seems unlikely.

3. Notre Dame
I’m still not entirely sure why so many Hockey East fans are so eager to get rid of a high-caliber program that brings the league more TV coverage, but they’ll get their wish when the Fighting Irish depart for the Big Ten after this season. Don’t expect them to go quietly, though, because this year’s team looks like an NCAA tournament team that could potentially compete for a league title. Their strength will be on the back end, where they return Sabres draft pick Cal Petersen — whose .927 save percentage is the highest mark among returning goalies — and four starting defensemen, including offensive contributors Jordan Gross and Bobby Nardella. The Irish do lose four double-digit goal-scorers up front, but top point-getters Anders Bjork (5th round, Bruins) and Jake Evans (7th round, Canadiens) are both back, and freshmen Andrew Peeke (2nd round, Blue Jackets) and Cam Morrison (2nd round, Blackhawks) should play key roles right away.

4. Northeastern
Remember that time Northeastern overcame a 1-11-2 start to go 20-1-2 down the stretch and win its first Hockey East title since 1988? That was awesome. Now the Huskies enter the season as the defending league champs and one of the favorites. If there’s one thing we know they’ll do, it’s score. After finishing second in the league in offense last year, they bring back five of their top six scorers in seniors Zach Aston-Reese and John Stevens, juniors Nolan Stevens (5th round, Blues) and Dylan Sikura (6th round, Blackhawks), and sophomore Adam Gaudette (5th round, Canucks), while also adding freshman Matt Filipe (3rd round, Hurricanes) to the mix. There is some uncertainty behind the forwards, though. The Huskies lose four starting defensemen, and while freshmen Ryan Shea (4th round, Blackhawks) and Jeremy Davies (7th round, Devils) will help, the blue line still has to be considered a question mark. In net, sophomore Ryan Ruck was very good for part of Northeastern’s turnaround, but it needs to be noted that he did fall off a bit in the final month and finished the season with a save percentage of just .909. Read the rest of this entry »

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Providence to open Big East season at Xavier

09.13.16 at 3:02 pm ET
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PROVIDENCE — Ed Cooley’s sixth team at Providence College may be less experienced than the past couple of editions, but the schedule won’t be affording these young Friars many breaks.

The Big East Conference on Tuesday announced the complete league schedule for 2016-17, featuring 18 games (9 home, 9 away) in a round-robin format with each of the Big East’s 10 teams.

PC’s Big East slate will launch on Dec. 28 in Cincinnati at 7 p.m. against Xavier.

Nine home games at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center will begin the next week on Jan. 4, as Georgetown will visit. But before PC gets the home confines of the Dunk,
the young Friars will have to open with two games on the road — following the opening league game at Xavier will be a trip to Indianapolis to face Butler on New Year’s Day in a 3 p.m. tip.

The Friars lose two-time Big East Player of the Year Kris Dunn (now with the Timberwolves) and first-team all-Big East forward Ben Bentil (second-round pick of the Celtics) from last year’s 24-11
team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Providence defeated USC in the opening round before falling to eventual national runner-up North Carolina in the next game. PC also loses guard Junior Lomomba from last year’s team, as the graduate transfer will play this season at Western Kentucky.

Two starters (and a third part-time starter) return in Rodney Bullock, Jalen Lindsey and Kyron Cartwright. Four freshmen and six first-year players overall are expected to see playing time this season. Season practices will begin next month, with the opening game Nov. 14 at the Dunk against Vermont.

Two games of note for this year as opposed to recent seasons. One, instead of the New Year’s Eve Marathon, the Big East is moving its wall-to-wall coverage of games (all 10 teams, five games back-to-back) to MLK Day on Jan. 16. Providence will play the nightcap at Georgetown for the MLK Day Marathon. And two, the Big East opener at Xavier on Dec. 28 (rather than on New Year’s Eve) is a change from previous seasons under the Big East 2.0, since the league reconfigured prior to the 2013-14 season.

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Patrick Towles, Jeff Smith combine for 2 TDs, BC beats UMass for first win

09.10.16 at 3:52 pm ET
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NCAA Football: Boston College vs Massachusetts

Boston College’s defense had UMass quarterback Ross Comis under wraps all day at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Patrick Towles threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jeff Smith in the second quarter and the defense allowed just 122 yards on the day in a 26-7 Boston College win over UMass at Gillette Stadium Saturday afternoon.

It was the ninth straight win for BC over UMass, dating back to a 27-0 UMass win in 1978 at Amherst. Boston College now leads the series, 21-5, a rivalry dating back to the fist meeting 1899.

Towles, the transfer from Kentucky, completed 12 of 22 passes for 191 yards for the Eagles (1-1), which bounced back from last week’s heartbreaking 17-14 loss in Ireland to Georgia Tech.

Towles also ran 12 times for 70 yards while Smith had five catches for 98 yards. Jon Hilliman ran 22 times for 63 yards and a 15-yard touchdown.

UMass (0-2), which trailed No. 25 Florida 10-7 in the fourth quarter last week, battled hard again against a major conference program. In making a return visit to their split-home of Gillette Stadium, the Minutemen took a 7-0 lead into the second quarter on a 58-yard pass from Ross Comis to Adam Breneman in the first quarter.

Comis finished 11 of 28 for 145 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

The Eagles made a change in the kicking game, as coach Steve Addazio benched Colton Lichtenberg for Mike Knoll. Early on, it made no difference as Knoll missed his first PAT. But he converted on the second Towles-to-Smith connection to make it 13-7.

Knoll added third-quarter field goals of 40 and 37 yards to boost the Eagles lead to 19-7.

Hilliman capped off the scoring with a 15-yard run up the middle with just over four minutes left to seal Boston College’s first win since beating Northern Illinois, 17-14, on Sept. 26, 2015.

Boston College returns to ACC action next week when they play at Virginia Tech while UMass returns to their other home, taking on Florida International at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst.

Late TD lifts Georgia Tech past Boston College, ACC skid still in tact for Eagles

09.03.16 at 1:54 pm ET
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NCAA Football: Georgia Tech at Boston College

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Dedrick Mills (26) dives over the line for a touchdown with only 35 seconds of the fourth quarter remaining of the game between the Boston College Eagles and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Aviva Stadium. (Steve Flynn/USA Today Sports)

Even a continent away, the misery continues for Boston College.

Needing only to stop a fourth-and-19 by Georgia Tech at the Yellow Jackets 32-yard line to seal its first ACC win since 2014, the Eagles defense allowed quatertback Justin Thomas to complete a pass to Qua Searcy for 22 yds to the BC 46 with just over 2:30 left in the game.

Seven plays later, Dedrick Mills, who fumbled earlier in the game, ran it in from four yards out for the go-ahead score in a 17-14 Georgia Tech win Saturday in Dublin, Ireland.

Mills’ touchdown run with 35 seconds remaining capped a drive that included two big completions from Thomas. The senior quarterback also found Ricky Jeune for 26 yards on third dow three plays after his clutch completion to Searcy. Mills totaled 68 yards on the wet ground to pace the Georgia Tech attack.

Boston College (0-1, 0-1 ACC), which lost all eight games in conference last year, lost its ninth straight ACC game dating back to a 28-7 win over Syracuse in a brawl-marred game on Nov. 29, 2014 at Alumni Stadium.

Georgia Tech (1-0, 1-0 ACC) won its first game played outside of the United States in the 124-year history of the program.

The Yellow Jackets’ only touchdowns came on their first and last drives of the game. Backup quarterback Matthew Jordan’s 3-yard scoring run capped the opening drive. Boston College, which showed its terrific trademark defense until the final drive, held Georgia Tech’s spread-option attack to 238 yards, including 121 yards on the ground.

The Eagles took a 14-7 lead on quarterback Patrick Towles’ 6-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. The graduate transfer from Kentucky, making his first start for the Eagles, threw an interception and lost a fumble in the first half. Boston College never could take full advantage of their supremacy at the line of scrimmage, outgaining Georgia Tech in total yards, 313-238.

Jon Hillman’s 73-yard touchdown run on the Eagles’ first play of the second half tied the game at 7-7. Hillman ran for 102 yards on 17 carries.

A common theme through the Boston College struggles has been their inability to convert in the kicking game. That also continued Saturday as sophomore Colton Lichtenberg had a 43-yard field goal blocked in the first half and hooked a 35-yard try wide left in the second half.

Steady rain throughout the game made the Aviva Stadium turf somewhat treacherous.

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Steve Addazio says ‘a lot of good things happened’ in first BC scrimmage Saturday

08.13.16 at 12:58 pm ET
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Coach Steve Addazio oversaw the first scrimmage Saturday. (Mike Petraglia/

The Eagles took their first big step toward improving on their 3-9 mark of a year ago when they took the field for their first scrimmage Saturday.

After the first week of formal preseason practice, the Eagles went through game situations early Saturday morning.

The Eagles played their first intrasquad scrimmage on Shea Field bright and early, emerging from the Yawkey Center locker room at 7:40 a.m. to prep. The formal scrimmage – almost two-and-a-half hours long – put the Eagles in a variety of game situations with varied personnel groupings.

Steve Addazio watched the action from the center of the field, and got his first look at the Eagles in an full offense-defense atmosphere.

“It’s was good,” Addazio said. “A lot of good things happened. [There are] a lot of things to work on. We did a lot of work and we have a lot of stuff we can evaluate. We are not too badly hurt and you always feel good about that.

“We made some big plays on offense and gave away some plays some big plays on defense – made some good plays, gave up some good plays. It was good. There was enough to go around out there. There was a lot of good competition out there. We have a good chance to watch that tape and evaluate it,” he said.

While there was no formal score – a points system was in place for various plays – three touchdowns were put up late in the scrimmage. A pair by senior running back Myles Willis (on runs of 10 and 40-plus yards) and an interception return by freshman linebacker John Lamot on the final play of the morning.

“I think it was a lot of fun to play full-on defense and football again,” junior linebacker Connor Strachan said. “Anytime you get a chance to scrimmage in a game-like atmosphere, it’s a ton of fun. It’s fun to get out there and compete with your teammates.”

Graduate quarterback Patrick Towles added, “All around at every positions, we had some mess ups today – including myself – so we have to watch the film, continue to get better and be better football team on Monday than we were today.”

One of the highlights of the morning was redshirt sophomore quarterback Darius Wade’s 40-plus yard connection with sophomore wide out Elijah Robinson from the one-yard line.

“In that situation – a goal line situation – everyone is pressed out,” Wade said. “They think it’s going to be a run. I had great protection and I was able to find my receiver down the field and we were able to make a play. It’s always great in a coming out situation where you need to flip the field and change the momentum.”

With tweaks and areas of focus coming into clarity after today’s scrimmage, the Eagles get back to the practice field next week for their second full week of practice. The team is scheduled to play its second intrasquad scrimmage next Saturday morning.

Boston College sports information assisted with this report.

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Steve Addazio is convinced the 2016 Eagles will be better: ‘I don’t need to prove it to myself or anybody’

08.13.16 at 12:24 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — If there’s anyone with the energy and belief that things will improve at Boston College, it’s Steve Addazio.

The 57-year-old football coach is entering his 22nd consecutive year of Division I coaching. His 21st was arguably his most difficult.

The Eagles went 3-9 and lost player after player on the offensive side of the ball. But now, with a transfer quarterback from Kentucky in Patrick Towles, who has dedicated the season to a gorilla, there’s new hope.

The Eagles held their first intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday and Addazio said, “a lot of good things happened.”

There’s Jon Hilliman, Myles Willis and Tyler Rouse and senior tight end Michael Giacone. The Eagles will look to pound the ball and get back to the type of complementary football that allowed the Eagles to use their defense to win close games.

Winning close games is not something the Eagles could do much of last year. They were in games against Clemson and Notre Dame, both ranked fifth in the nation at the time and in the national championship conversation. They lost at Duke, 9-7, at home in the regrettable Wake Forest ending (3-0), at Louisville (17-14), at Fenway against Notre Dame (19-16) and at Syracuse (20-17). That’s five games by three points or less.

A big reason so many of those games against the best competition were so close was the defense. Statistically, the Eagles had the top-ranked defense in the country last year.

“We were really good on defense last year,” Addazio said. “But we are not trying to beat our stats. They are not really relative that way. The biggest thing is winning.”

And that’s something the Eagles did precious little of a year ago. After going 3-9 in ’15, is there a record this year that will prove to Addazio that he’s got the program where he wants it and it’s heading in the right direction?

“I don’t need to prove it to myself or anybody really,” Addazio said. “To be honest with you I know the program is going where it is supposed to be going.”

So, there is a goal?

“Yes, the goal is to win the opener. And this is what I tell the team since I have been here,” Addazio said. “This is what I have been a part of everywhere in my career. Win the opener, get bowl eligible, then compete for a conference championship. That’s what you do. You try to win the opener, and then you try to get bowl eligible. All those. Those first two things I just said are well within the reach of this football team. And then you’ve got from there. I would never short. I would never say nothing can be done.”

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Boston College quarterback dedicates season to Harambe

08.06.16 at 12:05 pm ET
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Patrick Towles transferring from Kentucky gave Boston College an intriguing option to compete with Darius Wade for the team’s starting quarterback spot.

He just made things more interesting and guaranteed that pretty much every casual fan will be pulling for him.

Checking in from the Cincinnati Zoo on Instagram, Towles posted a picture of himself on Friday and dedicated his senior season to Harambe, the gorilla who was killed at that very zoo and is currently on his second round of internet fame.

Dedicating this season to the realist there ever was… #RIPHARAMBE

A photo posted by Patrick Towles (@patty_ice_8) on

Towles would be well-served to not major in English (the word would be “realest” in the context in which he used it), but that’s a heck of a dedication.

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BU, BC pour in goals, $55K in donations for Comm Ave Charity Classic

07.16.16 at 8:53 am ET
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In front of an enthusiastic Boston hockey crowd, alumni from the Boston University and Boston College hockey programs played in the Commonwealth Avenue Charity Classic at Walter Brown Arena Friday night and raised $55,000 for Compassionate Care ALS and the Travis Roy Foundation.

It was a game that brought smiles to the players and fans with 21 goals scored during 45 minutes of play and, more importantly, donations through ticket sales and raffles for hockey memorabilia to benefit both causes.

“Hockey has the tightest group of athletes that there is,” said Pat Mullane, a former BC hockey player who runs the Comm Ave Charity Classic. “It’s hard to get NHL players on the ice over the summer, especially on a Friday night. But a lot of them reached out to me and said they couldn’t wait to play. It goes to show that the hockey community is so willing to support one of their own [in Travis Roy as well as Pete Frates].”

Roy crashed awkwardly into the boards during his first shift for the Terriers in 1995, cracking two of his vertebrae and leaving him a quadriplegic. Since his injury, he has gone on to raise awareness and find a cure for spinal cord injury victims through the Travis Roy Foundation.

Frates, representing Compassionate Care ALS, was a Boston College outfielder who was diagnosed with ALS and has since raised awareness through the viral Ice Bucket Challenge.

Both of these men were a part of a ceremonial puck drop before the game, with Roy emphasizing the importance of the Boston hockey family and how much it means for a city to stand together against both ALS and spinal cord injuries.

“We are all here for Pete and Travis and how they inspire everyone,” said Nick Bonino, a former Terrier fresh off of a Stanley Cup victory with the Penguins. “We’re happy to all participate with their initiatives and what they do for the community, so it’s fun to play some hockey and raise money doing it.”

The game itself was everything a Boston hockey fan could have asked for, but BC fans went home a little happier than their BU counterparts, as the Eagles beat the Terriers 13-8.

Kevin Hayes started the scoring just 34 seconds into the game and stayed a consistent threat throughout the game with two goals and three assists. BU would go down 2-0 before fighting back in the last three minutes of the period and ending it with a buzzer beater from Sean Sullivan, one of the strongest defensive defensemen in the school’s 21st-century history.

The second period had its moments, ranging from a Danny O’Regan goal that sent the BU crowd back into a frenzy, to BC’s Dave Spina getting one past netminder Matt O’Connor that left those same fans speechless. The period ended with BU only down one after yet another buzzer beater, this time by Evan Rodrigues.

BC pulled away in the third, outscoring BU 7-3 in that period, including two empty-netters that all but sealed a victory for the maroon and gold.

“It doesn’t get any more fun than playing BC-BU,” said Johnny Gaudreau, the Calgary Flames’ 2015 Calder Award finalist who scored a hat trick for the Eagles. “Last year they took it to us, but this year thankfully we got the win. But it’s still a ton of fun for both teams, and it’s great to see guys you played with and played against.”

For the past and present Bruins on the ice, Shawn MacEachern, a Terrier who ended his career on the Bruins during the 2006 season and currently coaches local hockey, scored one and netted an assist. Meanwhile, Jay Pandolfo, known for his stellar college career at BU where he earned 167 points through 133 games, earned two assists. As for the Eagles, current Bruin Jimmy Hayes scored the first of two empty-netters late in the third and had two assists.

No matter the score, players from both sides were happy to play with former teammates, old heroes they looked up to, and of course, for legendary coaches Jerry York and Jack Parker.

“It brings back a lot of memories,” said Chris Higgins, who was part of BU’s 2009 national title team. “In the locker room and on the bench, guys were just talking about the good old days. [And Jack Parker] came in after one of the periods, joking around, and started yelling at us trying to pick it up.”

Parker, retired since 2013, was amazed with how well the event went, from gathering players to raising money, and was happy with how well tonight went for both foundations despite the loss.

“It’s amazing how many NHLers we have from BC and BU and how much fun it is watching them play,” said Parker. “And obviously, this was all for a good cause.”

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