With 43 seconds left in the Hockey East final, Ryan Fitzgerald slapped the puck past a crowd of River Hawks. But instead of hitting the twine, it bounced off the crossbar, and the Eagles’ third-period comeback fell short.
After struggling all year long on special teams, the Eagles exploded for four power-play goals against Vermont to keep their season alive.
Austin Cangelosi scored the fastest goal in Hockey East playoff history en route to the Eagles’ 7-0 blowout over Vermont.
The Eagles once had a guaranteed path to the NCAA Tournament. Now, after their seventh-straight winless game, they’re all but guaranteed to need to win the Hockey East Tournament.
In its last home game of the year, BC failed to snap out of its recent funk. Since the Beanpot, the Eagles are just 1-of-10 on the power play. Four of those missed opportunities came in Thursday night’s 4-1 loss to UMass-Lowell.
With its season hanging on the brink, BC had no answers for Massachusetts Lowell’s penalty kill in a complete third-period breakdown.
Despite taking two one-goal leads, BC failed to hold off Vermont for the second night in a row. Fueled by physical play and Brian Bowen, the Catamounts forced a 2-2 tie on Senior Night in Conte Forum.
For the first time since January 2008, Boston College tied for the second game in a row, putting its place in the hunt for a Hockey East regular-season title in a precarious position.
After Joseph Woll allowed three goals in the first 10 minutes, Eagles are in a precarious position this title season, losing 3-1 to Merrimack at home for the first time in almost 20 years.
It took BC almost 19 minutes to record a shot on goal in its first-round Beanpot loss to Boston University, and it didn’t get much better from there.