Roundup: BC’s 4-Goal Rally Stuns PC

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October 16, 2017

McManus Gets 3 for Gophers; Union Still Winless

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Hockey game’s aren’t divided into halves. Sometimes, it just seems that way.

For the first portion of Sunday’s Hockey East game at Schneider Arena, Providence looked like a team every bit the national contender people think PC can be. For the latter stage, the Friars seem to forget who they are. 

“We didn’t play to our identity,” PC coach Nate Leaman said.

Boston College took advantage of the Friars’ every mistake and eventually completed a full turnaround, defeating PC, 4-3, in overtime after trailing, 3-0, in the second period. 

“All of a sudden, we’re down, 3-0, in the second period,” BC coach Jerry York said. “That’s what I’m most proud of. To come back from that deficit speaks volumes for my feelings about this particular team.”

The win is BC’s first of the 2017-18 season. This was the first time since the 1996-97 season that the Eagles failed to win either of their first two games of a season.

Casey Fitzgerald completed the Eagles’ comeback with his game-winning goal at 1:09 of the overtime. It was his second goal of the game — his first came at 10:26 of the second period and cut the PC lead to 3-2.

“These type of games can go either way,” York said. “In the OT, we get a 3 on 2, lose the puck, and Casey was up following the play and rings it off the post and in.”

PC led the game, 3-0, at 5:16 of the second period on goals from Shane Kavanagh, Spenser Young and Brandon Duhaime. The Friars carried play through the opening stages and appeared set to cruise to victory.

Christopher Grando scored his second goal in as many games at 7:29 of the second period to get BC on the board and start the Eagles’ rally. Graham McPhee …

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