Men’s Hockey: BC Pushes Past UVM 8-3

Courtesy Vermont Sports Information

CHESTNUT HILL, MA. — Ron Greco tallied a hat trick as fourth-ranked Boston College (12-4-0, 6-2-0 HEA) won its tenth straight to open the calendar year over Vermont (3-12-2, 0-9-1 HEA) Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.

“Congrats to Boston College, they played very well,” head coach Kevin Sneddon said. “We played extremely poor in front of Lekkas and we will need to learn and move on for Yale.”

Vlad Dzhioshvili put Vermont ahead 1-0 at 4:59 of the first period on the power play. The Russian fired a rebound from the low right circle past BC goalie Ryan Edquist Andrew Lucas and Jacques Bouquot assisted on the man-up goal.
BC tied the game at 10:18 of the first period as Ron Greco slotted a shot over Lekkas’ left shoulder. The Eagles added another pair of goals before the frame ended to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.
Simon Boyko scored his first career goal at 5:01 of the second to cut the Eagle lead to one. Alex Esposito drove into the zone and fired an initial shot on goal, he then found his own rebound behind the net and found Boyko alone in the slot.
Greco scored his second of the game to put the Eagles up 4-2 with 3:01 remaining in the second period. Marc McLaughlin and Mike Hardman assisted on the goal.
Boston College added a pair of goals in the opening 3:31 of the third and a power play goal at 7:21 of the frame to make it 7-2.
Ace Cowans extended his goal streak to three games and point streak to seven games with his sixth of the season at 11:41 of the third period. Cowans fired a seeing-eye-shot from the slot past Edquist. Bouquot picked up his second assist of the game on the tally.
BC added a power play goal with 2:40 to play to push the final score to 8-2.
Lekkas’ scoreless streak ended at 141:02, the fourth longest streak in Green & Gold history.
Boyko becomes the fourth member of the Class of 2023 to record his first collegiate goal. He joins Bouquot, William Lemay, and Andrew Lucas.

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Vermont returns to Gutterson Fieldhouse to face a pair of former ECAC foes next week. The Yale Bulldogs (5-8-0, 4-6-0 ECAC) visit Burlington for a 7:05 p.m. tilt on Tuesday (Jan. 7) before twin-state rival Dartmouth (7-4-2, 5-2-1 ECAC) and Vermont square off at 7:05 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 10).

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