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Boston College 5, UConn 4; Eagles Halt Huskies Playoff Hopes With Malone’s Big Night



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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Throughout the regular season, the Eagles received plenty of help from their top-six group of mainly freshman and sophomore skaters. But, as teams transition to the Hockey East playoffs, games are naturally played tighter with teams playing in constant desperation mode given their seasons being on the line. In said playoff games, veteran teammates are usually the ones stepping up, and in Saturday’s 5-4 victory over UConn, graduate forward Jack Malone did just that. He bagged three points en route to an Eagles win while also posting plenty of special teams minutes down the stretch.

By beating the Huskies (15-19-2) on Saturday, the Eagles (29-5-1) secured their position in the Hockey East semi-finals at TD Garden in addition to locking up the first overall seed in the NCAA tournament, where they will head to Providence, RI. for their regional games.

In a game that was played as a tale of two halves, the Eagles were the team that dominated the first period. Graduate defenseman Jacob Bengtsson received a point pass from junior forward Mike Posma and fired a wrister that flew past UConn’s Arsenii Sergeev for the first goal of the game at 2:19. Seconds later, Jack Malone picked up his first point of the game by rushing in on the right wing and burying his own rebound on a short-side shot he took a split second before.

After a good bit of forechecking from the Eagle skaters, the puck found sophomore forward Oskar Jellvik’s stick who shot a rebound in on Sergeev that skittered off to his right only for freshman defenseman Drew Fortescue to hammer home his fourth goal of the season.

Forty seconds later, the Huskies broke the seal. UConn’s John Spetz buried a shot from the low slot cutting BC’s lead to two entering the first intermission.

In the second frame, the physicality picked up. Despite the lack of goal-scoring from both sides, the teams exchanged heavy blows on the boards and in open ice.

Even though the Huskies played BC’s top-six tough the whole night, the Eagles still found a way through on the power play. With 13 seconds to go in the second, senior defenseman Eamon Powell fired a shot from the point that deflected off freshman forward Ryan Leonard and in, making the scoreline 4-1 entering the second intermission.

Following puck drop in the third, the Huskies came out firing. UConn’s Jake Richard buried a cross-crease finish that found Jacob Fowler’s glove just past the goal line, and seconds later, Matthew Wood buried a far-side snapshot cutting the deficit to one.

Only about four minutes later, Wood found the back of the net again throwing a puck on net that deflected off of BC’s junior defenseman Aidan Hreschuk and in, evening the scoreline.

Then, what was his third point of the game and second goal of the night, Jack Malone tipped in a far-side pass from sophomore forward Andre Gasseau, hitting the top right corner and forcing the Huskies into desperation mode.

Following a solid penalty kill in the last two minutes with UConn pulling their goalie, the Eagles held on to win, ending UConn’s season and sending themselves into the next round of the Hockey East Tournament.

The semi-final game is scheduled for 4 p.m. versus UMass Amherst next Friday at TD Garden in Boston, MA.

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Draft Day to Development Camp: Three Future Eagles’ Names are Called, Thirteen Invited for Development Camps



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Following Ryan Leonard’s initial decision to return to BC in May even after the Capitals succeeded in making the playoffs, it was still unclear if he would change his mind going into the summer and toward development camp season. However, following the 2024 NHL Draft and the start of the Washington Capitals’ development camp, Leonard emphasized to the media that he was positive about his original decision.

“I want to be over-ready,” Leonard told The Hockey News during media time last Wednesday, “I met Kevin Hayes before I went to men’s worlds, and he told me right away, he goes, ‘Dude, if I was in your position, I would stay here as long as you can.'”

Despite Will Smith signing for the Sharks about a month ago, the Eagles are getting one of their primary game-breakers back for next season, among several new faces joining the team for the first time.

Here’s a breakdown of where a trio of BC’s incoming freshman landed on draft day, and a summary of what they were working on before and during their respective team development camps:

Dean Letourneau (Boston Bruins / Round 1 / Pick 25)

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After the Bruins picked Dean Letourneau in the first round looking for the second coming of Sabers’ star centerman Tage Thompson, Letourneau emphasized all during camp that he wasn’t set on developing one specific area of his game before entering BC.

“I just need to get a little stronger,” said Letourneau to The Hockey Writers on Thursday. “Playing against older and stronger guys, I can’t get pushed around out there…so putting on a little more weight going into this offseason is going to be a big help to my game.”

Teddy Stiga (Nashville Predators / Round 2 / Pick 55)

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After Teddy Stiga became the first BC commit to ever be selected by Nashville, he elaborated how the past two years at the USNTDP have given him the chance to develop all facets of his game. During his media session following his name being called, Stiga offered reporters a summary of his development.

“I think I’ve always had a lot of skill in my game, but I think these past couple of years I’ve added a lot more tenacity and two-way [ability] to my game,” Stiga told the MetroWest Daily News. “I think my defensive side has gotten a lot better and the aggressiveness, my physicality and the physical play I bring now has been a big change too.”

Will Skahan (Utah Hockey Club / Round 2 / Pick 65)

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In addition to Stiga, his teammate Will Skahan also became a historic name for the Eagles, as he too was the first BC commit to be selected by the newly established Utah Hockey Club in the second round of the draft. During his media session, Skahan described his game to the reporters and listed some things he wanted to work on at this year’s development camp and Boston College.

“I bring the physical side of the game,” Skahan told KSL Sports. “Hard defense, moving the puck well…secondary offense is also something I’ll work on here, but my main thing is my physicality, defense, and puck-moving.”

For the rest of BC Hockey’s 2024-25 incoming roster, eight other Eagles were offered spots by the teams that drafted them, and two undrafted players were selected for camp such as Lukas Gustafsson by the Vegas Golden Knights and Michael Hagens by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Details of the Draft: An Update on BC Commits Prior to a Weekend in Vegas



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When Dean Letourneau committed to BC last November, his plans to join the Eagles were not at the forefront of his mind. Instead, Letourneau was focused on his current season at St. Andrews College Prep in Canada, and breaking the school point record en route to a league championship. However, following the departure of former freshman phenom Will Smith to the San Jose Sharks, Letourneau got the call from Coach Greg Brown about a potential jump to the NCAA a year before he expected and did not think twice about taking the chance.

Along with Dean Letourneau who has rocketed up draft boards after a 127-point campaign on the u18 AAA circuit, two other BC committed skaters are set to have their names called tomorrow in Vegas at the 2024 NHL Entry Draft.

After their silver medal-winning tournament at the u18 Men’s World Championships away in Finland, Teddy Stiga and Will Skahan have consolidated rankings of 30 and 61 respectively which project them landing in the first two rounds of the draft.

Here is a breakdown of a few unfamiliar, yet realistic destinations for BC-committed skaters at this year’s draft:

Winnipeg Jets (Teddy Stiga)

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Set to pick at 37 on the second day, a BC commit has never been selected by the Winnipeg Jets, but given the diverse Jets prospect pool, the team may look Stiga’s way as a consistent 200 ft playmaking wing that can fit into any system and make an impact.

Dean Letourneau (Utah Hockey Club)

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After being awarded the equivalent of an expansion franchise for the 2024-25 season and beyond, the Utah Hockey Club will have a blank draft history going into tomorrow night. But, with GM Bill Armstrong’s previous history of drafting big players, selecting Dean Letourneau as a 6’6″ sniper at the center ice position is not an unrealistic thought.

Will Skahan (Seattle Kraken)

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Going into the weekend, the feeling among the Seattle Kraken organization is that they need to improve their blue line to be competitive and re-enter the playoff picture for next season. Therefore, they may look to Will Skahan at pick 63 as a stable, stay-at-home defenseman who can start the breakout. Here, Skahan would be the first BC commit to be drafted by the Kraken franchise before his tenure at Boston College.

For more information on BC Hockey news from the past couple of months tune in to our podcast below and tap the banner for more content post-draft and the introduction of a special guest!

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Summer Recruiting Period: Will Moore of the USNTDP Verbally Commits to BC



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The theme of highly skilled forwards out of the US National Development Program continues under Greg Brown following Will Moore’s decision to verbally commit to Boston College on Monday via his Instagram. As the first five-star player from the ’07 birthyear to commit to Boston College, Moore is set to arrive on campus in the fall of 2025 following one more season for the USNTDP in Plymouth, MI.

Though born in Mississauga, ONT. Canada, Moore plays for the US National Development Program as a dual citizen choosing the college route as many skilled Canadian skaters have done in recent years. Leading the u-17 team in goals last season, Moore is set to join fellow countryman Dean Letourneau down the middle in 2025 following his draft season. Moore at 6’2”, 161 lbs, has some growing to do in his final season at the USNTDP but will serve as a major offensive threat for BC once he grows into his body.

The 2024 NHL Draft is almost upon us, and we will have more news on BC recruits at the end of the month.

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