The Battle of Comm. Ave resumes this weekend, with a home-and-home series between the longtime rivals that both find themselves looking up at Massachusetts in the Hockey East standings.
While Oliver Wahlstrom dispelled rumors of a departure and David Cotton continued to find the back of the net, the Eagles still suffered a shocking home loss to Bentley on Friday afternoon.
Jack McBain got the rally started for the Eagles, deflecting a shot past Wildcats goaltender Mike Robinson two minutes into the third period, before David Cotton continued his hot start and tied the game with seven minutes to play.
The Eagles shuffled their lines a lot over the first five games—all losses—but have since settled on a David Cotton-led first line that has lifted BC to three straight wins and a sweep of Vermont.
The Eagles’ dreadful start to the season is part of a larger downward spiral that goes back to the end of the 2016-17 season, and is magnified even more by the recent rise of other sports like football.
The Eagles conceded multiple goals to St. Cloud State in each period, extending their season-opening losing streak to four games, an unprecedented stretch for the historically strong program.
Having lost their first three games of the season for the first time since the 1930s, the Eagles return home desperate for a win against St. Cloud State—a team that swept BC last season.
BC hasn’t won a non-conference game since November 2016, with the latest defeat a shutout at the hands of a Quinnipiac team that is now 3-0-1 all-time against the Eagles.