November 8, 1996
Boston College Skates Past Notre Dame
CHESTNUT HILL, MA. – In a match-up of two teams loadedwith highly-regarded freshmen and sophomore players, host BostonCollege skated to a 6-1 victory over Notre Dame before a crowdof 6,378 at Kelley Rink Friday night.
After averaging nearly 30 shots per game in their first six contests,the Irish were limited to just 17 shots on goal in falling to 3-3-1this season. Notre Dame was also 0-for-7 on power-play opportunitiesagainst the Eagles (3-3), whose physical play seemed to frustratethe Irish in the non-conference game.
Jamie O’Leary scored his third goal of the season early in thefirst period to open the scoring for Boston College, which defeatedNotre Dame 7-5 last season. Unassisted goals by Jeff Farkas andChris Masters in the second period later gave the Eagles a 3-0 cushion.
Boston College then put the game out of reach in the third.Goals by Kevin Caulfield, Marty Reasoner and Blake Bellefeuilleopened up a 6-0 lead.
Notre Dame eventually found the net when senior defenseman BrianMcCarthy scored his first goal of the season late in the third period. McCarthy pushed home the puck in a crowded crease after taking agive-and-go pass from Ben Nelsen on the left side.
Greg Taylor finished with 16 saves for the Eagles, while Matt Eislerstopped 22 shots for the Irish.
Notre Dame returns to the ice next Friday night when it hostsFerris State.
Notre Dame coach Dave Poulin: “Obviously, we’redisappointed with the loss and the way we played tonight. Youhave to use a night like tonight as part of the growth process.We have to learn from what we did wrong. Sometimes when a teamhas early success, they forget what they have to do to keepgetting wins. One of the keys was the physical nature of thegame. Boston College controlled things physically tonight.”
Boston College 6, Notre Dame 1
Notre Dame 0 0 1 -- 1Boston College 1 2 3 -- 6First period: BC, O'Leary 3 (C. Masters, Hemenway), 2:06.Second period: BC, Farkas 2 (unassisted), 8:07; BC, C. Masters 2(unassisted), 15:00.Third period: BC, Caulfield 1 (Wainwright, Farkas), 2:37; BC, Reasoner4 (C. Masters, Bellefeuille), 8:21; BC, Bellefeuille 5 (Mottau,Hemenway), 17:04; ND, McCarthy 1 (Andrusiak, Nelsen), 17:31.POWER-PLAYSNotre Dame: 0-for-7Boston College: 1-for-5PENALTIESNotre Dame: 8-for-16 minutesBoston College: 9-for-21 minutesSAVESEisler, ND: 22Karr, ND: 4Taylor, BC: 16