Boston, MA – As an athlete, there are certain events that you remember for the rest of your life. In Sam Hentges’s case, it would be impossible to forget October 25, 2018 in Boston, MA. at the Eagles’ Kelly Rink. A goal in each period provided the first-year forward with a hat trick and propelled the #2 ranked Huskies to a 7-0 blowout win over Hockey East’s Boston College Eagles. Not to be overshadowed by the Hentges hat trick, fellow first-year forward Nolan Walker netted two goals giving the freshman 5 of the 7 goals in the contest. And, sophomore goaltender David Hrenak stopped all 32 SOG as the Huskies improved to 5-0-0 to start the 2018-19 season. They’ve now shutout two consecutive opponents and outscored them 12-0 in those games with Boston College and Northern Michigan. Go back three games and they’ve allowed one goal. In all, first-year players accounted for 11 points on Friday including Brendan Bushy (0-1-1), Nick Perbix (0-1-1) and Spencer Meier (0-2-2).
Hentges got the evening rolling for the Huskies with his first of three goals at 6:10 of the period. Brendan Bushy tossed the puck from the red line off the back wall and an alert Hentges captured the puck and beat Woll glove side high for a 1-0 SCSU lead. This was Hentges second goal of the season and registered as the game-winning -goal. Luke Jaycox followed this up with a goal of his own with assists by first-year defenseman, Spencer Meier and Robby Jackson at 17:17 of period one. On a nice effort by Jaycox and probably one that BC’s Woll would like to have back he beat the goaltender with a wrist shot shoulder high from the left circle for a 2-0 SCSU lead. In a period that was closer than the score would dictate, SCSU was up by a 2-0 margin but being outshot 9-6.
Period two saw the Huskies increase their lead further on a goal by Jack Poehling at 11:43 of the period. In a pileup in front of the BC goal, Jimmy Schuldt placed a shot on net that was saved in traffic but was left in the goal mouth for Jack Poehling to stuff it by Woll for a 3-0 SCSU lead. Hentges (Schuldt | Fitzgerald) added his second of the game at 12;25 of the second period. Schuldt took a shot on goal from the point and Hentges backhanded the puck over the glove of Woll for a 3-0 score. Nolan Walker (Benson | Meier) added his first goal of the contest at 13:02 a mere 37 seconds after the Hentges goal to advance the SCSU lead to 5-0 at the end of two periods. Once again, the Eagles had an advantage in shots on goal at 14 to 13.
The scoring continued in period three with Hentges (Ahcan | Newell) completing the hat trick with a goal at 4:44. Fending off a defender, he beat Ryan Edquist with a nifty backhander placing it over the shoulder from the bottom of the left circle to make it 6-0. Nolan Walker closed out the scoring with the Huskies lone power play goal of the game at 13:02 assisted by Benson and Meier. Walker carried the puck from below the goal line and slipped the puck between the post and the goaltender’s glove short side for the 7-0 final.
Boston College outshot the Huskies 32-27 for the contest with Hrenak stopping all 32 Eagle shots. Boston College’s David Woll allowed 4 goals on 15 shots and was relieved after 32:25 of play. Replacement, Ryan Edquist fared no better getting beat 3 times on 12 SOG. SCSU was 1/3 on the man-advantage while the Eagles were scoreless in three attempts. Both teams were penalized four times for eight minutes. the Huskies had the face-off advantage 27-24 and blocked shots were even at nine apiece.
SCSU returns to action on Saturday in Boston with a single game with Northeastern University. Game time is 6:00 Pm CT.
Stars of the game: #1 Hentges (SCSU), #2 Walker (SCSU), #3 HrenaK (SCSU)