CHESTNUT HILL, Ma. -- It was another ranked matchup at Conte Forum and the Eagles' first weekday matchup of the season, as Boston College took down seventh-ranked Michigan State Thursday night.
BC would get on the score sheet early, as after a lackluster opening power play the Eagles followed it up with an even-strength chance -- Colby Ambrosio bursted past the MSU defender and slid a cross-crease pass to Oskar Jellvik, who put BC up 1-0 on the 2-on-0 chance. Just two minutes later, a deflection off Ryan Leonard's stick went in for his first collegiate goal gave them the two-goal lead just halfway through the first period.
The Eagles would go into the first intermission tied at 2 however, as Karsen Dorwart potted two goals in the final 10 of the first period, one being a shorthanded. The Spartans then took the 3-2 lead in the second period but Jellvik grabbed his second goal of the night while shorthanded on a breakaway that tied it up at 3 halfway through the second.
From there, it was all Eagles. The rest of the period featured some choppiness from both sides -- Cutter Gauthier was called for goalie interference as a dustup between teams ensued, followed up by a massive hit at the blue line in the Eagles' zone by Aidan Hreschuk that featured more pushing and shoving; MSU, on the other hand, took several penalties and picked up a five-minute major as well. With just under two minutes left though Will Smith gave BC the lead back at 4-3 with a wrister from the circle.
Ambrosio, who previously had a beautiful tape-to-tape assist on a Jellvik goal earlier, found Lake Superior transfer Jacob Bengtsson on a similar feed. Bengtsson's goal was his first in an Eagles uniform with about 11 minutes remaining in the contest. A few minutes later the Eagles found themselves on a 5-on-3 power play. With the initial penalty winding down, Smith found Cutter Gauthier cross-ice for a one-timer that put the Eagles up 6-3. MSU picked up one late to cut their deficit to two, but BC grabbed the victory in one of the more chippier games BC has played in in a while.
The two sides face off once again tomorrow night in the finale of the two-game set at Chestnut Hill.