Nov. 10, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - No. 8 Boston College showed its strength early and did not let up in delivering visiting Army a 11-0 non-league setback in front of 5,492 onlookers Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum.
The Eagles, ranked eighth in both national polls and winners of three national titles since 2008, entered the game as the overwhelming favorite and improved its record to 6-2-1 overall. The Black Knights fell to 0-6-0 on the season.
"We knew coming into this game that it was going to be a huge challenge, but our guys would welcome that opportunity any time," said 10th-year head coach Brian Riley following the game. "Every time you step on the ice, you want to either teach something or learn something. It may not happen right away, but we'll learn something from this one down the road."
Boston College set the tone early and showed no signs of slowing down in the lopsided triumph. The Eagles outshot Army 49-30 and had 10 different players score goals on the afternoon. It marked the Black Knights' first shutout of the season.
Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau led all players with two goals and a pair of assists for Boston College.
Army drew its first penalty less than four minutes into the game and paid for it as the Eagles broke the ice on a power play goal from Gaudreau just 4:11 into the action. The left winger struck again 3:31 later on a breakaway that beat Army junior goaltender Rob Tadazak and gave Boston College an early 2-0 edge.
The Eagles doubled the lead to 4-0 over the next five minutes and change to take an overwhelming advantage into the first intermission. The Black Knights' penalty kill did come up with a stop down the stretch, along with Tadazak making a glove save in the final seconds that drew the vocal praise of the Kelley Rink spectators.
Army came out in the second with fresh legs and looking to rebound from an unfavorable first period of play. The Eagles quickly deflated that plan as freshman right wing Evan Richardson scored on a highlight-reel shot 2:38 into the period. The Black Knights went on to have back-to-back power play chances midway through the second, but came up empty on both.
After the Eagles tallied their sixth goal at 14:41 of the second, Army rookie Parker Gahagen relieved Tadazak in goal and surrendered his first goal of the year on the power play at 16:44. Boston College held a 7-0 lead at the second intermission and proceeded to score four times in the third period en route to its fourth-straight victory.
Army will play its third game in a five-day span as the Black Knights visit Sacred Heart (2-6-0, 1-2-0 AHA) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. The Atlantic Hockey Association tilt will be played at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. The Army Sports Network will broadcast Tuesday's game live online via Knight Vision (audio only through goARMYsports.com). America One Sports will carry a video webcast of the game here.
Game Notes: Army and Boston College resumed a series that had not been revisited since 1994 ... the teams first met in 1919, and the Eagles have now won 25-straight games against Army ... senior captain Brian Schultz, sophomores Shane Hearn and and Joe Kozlak, junior alternate captain Mac Lalor and rookie Ryan Nick made up Army's starting skaters ... junior Rob Tadazak made his sixth start in goal ... Army suited up in its black sweaters for the road affair ... all Massachusetts natives, Mac Lalor (Needham), Joe Bruckler (Burlington) and head coach Brian Riley played in front of plenty of family and friends ... rookie goaltender Parker Gahagen drew time for the second game in a row.
BOSTON COLLEGE 11, ARMY 0
BC 4-3-4 - 11
ARMY 0-0-0 - 0
BC - Gaudreau (Savage), 4:11 PP
BC - Gaudreau (Arnold, Santini), 8:40
BC - Arnold (Cangelosi, Gaudreau), 11:48
BC - Fitzgerald (Gilmour, Hayes), 13:27 PP
BC - Richardson (Fitzgerald, Hayes), 2:38
BC - Gaudreau (McMullen, Calnan), 14:41
BC - Gilmore (McCoshen, Smith), 16:44 PP
BC - Matheson (Gilmour) 1:33
BC - McCoshen (Cangelosi, Arnold), 2:21 SH
BC - Cangelosi (Gaudreau, Arnold), 11:20
BC - Hayes (Fitzgerald, MacLeod), 12:59
Shots: Boston College 49 (21-14-14); Army 30 (3-11-16)
Saves: Boston College 30 (Billett, 41:33, 3-11-1; Barone, 18:27, 0-0-15); Army 38 (Tadazak, 34:41, 17-8-0; Gahagen, 25:19, 0-3-10)
Power Plays: Boston College 3-5; Army, 0-4
Penalties: Boston College, 5-21; Army, 6-12