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Irish lose shootout at BC

Building a two-goal lead by the middle of the second period against Boston College over the weekend did the Notre Dame hockey team no good. BC rallied with four unanswered goals to snatch a 6-4 win, splitting the regular season series.

Goals came fast and furious for the Notre Dame hockey team over the weekend.

But in the end there weren’t enough as No. 11 Boston College rallied to a 6-4 win Saturday to finish off the regular season series. Notre Dame sprinted to a 4-2 lead by the middle of the second period before the Eagles scored four unanswered goals.

“I thought we played a pretty good hockey game but we were our own worst enemy sometimes with some of the mistakes we made with the puck,” Irish coach Jeff Jackson told UND.com. “That plays right into BC's hands, they're a good transition team.”

Anders Bjork scored his 16th goal of the season just over a minute into the first period, staking the Irish (14-9-3, 7-5-2 Hockey East) to an early lead. That opened the flood gates.

Boston College (17-9-2, 12-3-1 Hockey East) pulled even through a Chris Calnan goal at 4:58 of the first period. Andrew Oglevie scored the first of two goals on the night at 6:10 to put Notre Dame up 2-1 at the first intermission.

But again, the lead didn’t hold. Chris Brown scored not quite five minutes into the second period to tie it back up.

Felix Holmberg scored his first goal of the season at 6:35 of the second period to help Notre Dame begin building its lead. Oglevie netted his second of the night, this time a short-handed goal, at 8:36 to put the Irish up 4-2.

But over the next 31 minutes, Boston College seized control.

Colin White scored before the second period ended, continuing the onslaught of shots on Irish goalie Cal Petersen. He faced 30 in the first two periods alone and 44 total.

Julius Mattila scored two minutes into the third period to make it a 4-4 tie. Calnan scored his second of the night with about four minutes remaining to put the Eagles ahead for good. Ryan Fitzgerald threw one into an empty net about three minutes later for the 6-4 final.

Eagles goalie Joe Woll made nine saves in the third period to keep Notre Dame scoreless and spring the comeback. He finished with 29 total.

“Our games with BC are always a little chaotic,” Jackson said. “They are usually a little bit more in control than that. Something's wrong when there are that many breakaways both ways, they're both great goaltenders (Petersen and Woll), it wasn't on them.”


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