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.
The Eagles’ bid for a 12th Hockey East title failed against Massachusetts Lowell, mathematically ending their chances for a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
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.
With a two-goal advantage and only 20 minutes remaining, the Eagles allowed two goals in regulation and a third in overtime, losing 3-2 to UMass Lowell.
Men’s hockey lost for the first time in 2016, failing to generate any offensive pressure in a 3-1 loss to the River Hawks.
Sure, BC needs to stop taking penalties. But if the team can kill them off like it did against UMass Lowell, that won’t matter.
After two goals from Ryan Fitzgerald and some outstanding goaltending by Thatcher Demko on Senior Night, the Eagles will bring the Bertagna Cup back to Chestnut Hill.
The Eagles look to wrap up their Hockey East regular season with a two-game series against UMass Lowell.