|Adam Gilmour recorded two goals for BC|
Thanks to a third consecutive shutout from Thatcher Demko, who became the first BC goalie to accomplish that since Corey Schneider nine years ago, Boston College defeated Colorado College 5-0 in Colorado Springs. Junior Adam Gilmour played his best game of the year, recording two goals to go along with linemate Zach Sanford's goal and two assists performance. Austin Cangelosi and Ian McCoshen rounded out the scoring for the #4 Eagles who will head back to Boston to kick off a five game home stand, which begins with a rematch vs Denver on Friday.
All you have to do is look at the box score to see how well BC started off tonight. Gilmour's first tally came just under three minutes into the game when he redirected a Scott Savage pass from the sidewall. I am trying to keep the opponents in perspective when I say this but I don't think there is any doubt Savage is playing the best he's ever played during his BC career. Like I said last night, he is making smart decisions with the puck and continues to lay bone crushing hits, something he didn't do much of in his first two seasons. It's no wonder Gilmour is playing his best hockey with the two guys he is most used to playing with, Sanford and Tuch. With all three of them being 6'3 or taller, they make cycling the puck down low look like a piece of art. No one keeps these type of stats in college hockey but there is no doubt those three had the most possession time in the CC end. Unfortunately, there was one problem for that line as Alex Tuch did not come out for the third period. I didn't see any vicious hits so I am assuming it's a precautionary measure after his knee injury at World Jr Camp this summer. We'll see what happens this week.
As we learned two nights ago when UNH blew a 6-1 lead to UMass, this game was far from over going into the second period. BC didn't make things easy for themselves as Colorado College was handed four power plays in the middle stanza, all of which were killed by the visitors. This sounds repetitive but I can't stress just how good the PK has been this season. I said last night they're one of those units that can strike at any time, whether on the man advantage or man down. They made blogger look somewhat intelligent on Saturday as Zach Sanford recorded BC's second short handed goal of the season on an assist from Chris Brown. A lot of credit to Coach Ayers for getting that unit ready to go night in and night out.
How about Thatcher Demko? I don't think I've ever seen a goalie play this well at Boston College. I don't care if you're playing the Detroit Red Wings or Watertown squirts, three straight shutouts is three straight shutouts. It has gotten to a point where I will be genuinely shocked when an opponent scores on this kid because not only is he stopping the puck, he's making it look super easy. I'd love to know just how much that offseason surgery helped because if #30 keeps playing the way he is, I'm sorry, this team isn't losing.
All in all, excellent weekend for the maroon and gold. All four lines were clicking, each defenseman had some solid moments (except for the penalties), the special teams were great, and obviously Demko is standing on his head. I'm sure we'll get into this more as the year goes on but just from a pure fan perspective, this team is a pleasure to watch- they're fast, they're skilled, they're as tough as any BC team I've seen, and they always stick up for one another. Think about where we were last year at this time and compare it to today. Amazing.
Why BC Won-
1. Demko. He's pretty, pretty, good.
2. Sanford, Gilmour, and Savage were all terrific.
3. Penalty kill was superb. Night in and night out, they just keep getting it done.
Tuch was injured. Not sure to what extent.
Player of game- Demko with Gilmour as a close second.
Next- Denver on Friday. Big one.