February 1, 2014

BC Edges Georgia Tech In Clash of Ranked Teams

from press release

ATLANTA, Ga. - In in instant classic battle between two Top 20 teams, No. 10 Boston College (1-0) scored a late goal to edge No. 20 Georgia Tech (0-1) in front of over 400 spectators at Roe Stamps Turf Field. The Yellow Jackets made a fourth quarter surge to erase a three goal deficit and tie the game late. The Eagles showed their experience, patiently working their offense to get the game winner past sophomore goalie, Matt Sommerfeldt with 90 seconds left on the clock.

The opening minutes of the game were dominated by the Jackets, but they came away empty-handed after a flurry of quality shots. The Eagles would strike first late in the quarter when Robert Van Fossan scored to give the Eagles the lead with 2:45 left in the quarter.

Boston College's Antonio Zegarelli, who dominated on faceoff all evening, would get the Eagles another quick possession and a goal by John Gosstola in the closing minutes of the quarter for a lead 2-0. The second quarter would see the Jackets cut the lead in half when Trey Gantt would score the first of his five goals on the game. But the Eagles would quickly answer with a John Lambrecht goal to make it 3-1. Tech's Gantt scored his second goal on the day with two minutes remaining to cut the BC lead to 3-2 -- a score that would hold up to close the half.

The Eagles pushed the margin back to two when Thomas Stack connected, but Gantt would give the Jackets some life when he scored his third straight with 4:38 left in the third quarter. Freshman Brian Connolly followed with his first collegiate goal on an assist from Scott Schroer to tie the game at four with 3:17 left.

The Eagles responded, and fast. With less than two minutes remaining, BC would get two straight goals from Van Fossan on man-up opportunities to close out the quarter with a two-goal bulge.

The Jackets opened the final frame with a stoic effort from defenseman David Cyron. Cyron cleared the ball, beat the pressure of the BC defense and scored past Eagles goalie Mike Shepard. With a one goal advantage for the Eagles, BC seized control of the game, scoring two goals in a two minute span. The first came from Lambrecht and the second from Peter Kaloostain.

With six minutes remaining Gantt would net another off a feed from Chris O'Brien on a man-up play. Then Colin Granger took a ground ball coast to coast and rip one over the shoulder of Shepard to make it one goal game. Ninety seconds later, Gantt would light it up again on an isolation dodge to tie the game at eight with 3:26 remaining.

Zegarelli would win the ensuing face off and BC would patiently run its offense. The Tech defense played strong turning away dodge after dodge, but Robert Van Fossan's little brother, Peter, would roll on a high side dodge and sneak a shot past Sommerfeldt with 1:51 left. Tech would win the final faceoff and get off a few quality shots. In the closing seconds, playing man-up the Jackets ran a designed play. Gantt scorched a shot off Shepard's helmet from close range, a great save that would lock up the game.

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