Freshman forward Alex Newhook had two goals and three assists for the Eagles
Newhook's Five Points Pace Boston College To 6-2 Win Over Merrimack
Freshman forward Alex Newhook had two goals and three assists for the Eagles

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Rookies Alex Newhook and Matt Boldy combined for four goals and eight points in a convincing 6-2 Hockey East win over Merrimack on Saturday as No. 6 Boston College raised the jersey of its all-time leading goal scorer Brian Gionta '01 to the rafters at Kelley Rink.

The Eagles (19-8-1, 12-6-0 HEA) won their third straight game this week and moved into a tie for first place in Hockey East with idle UMass (24 points). The Warriors dropped to 7-21-3 (5-13-3 HEA) following the home-and-home sweep.

Newhook (2-3-5), Boldy (2-1-3) and their rookie linemate Mike Hardman (0-2-2) combined for 10 points and a plus-11 rating as a line in the victory. Freshman defenseman Mitch Andres also collected his first career point with an assist.

The five-point night for Newhook was a career-high and extended his goal and point streaks to six games. Boldy posted his first collegiate multi-goal game and pushed his point streak to five games.

Logan Hutsko tallied his team-leading 17th goal of the year, while Julius Mattila added a shorthanded empty-netter in the third period. The tally was the Eagles' NCAA-leading 10th shorthanded goal of the season as a team.

Spencer Knight stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced to pick up his 18th win in the BC net.


1st Period

4:28, BC Goal (1-0) • Newhook slipped a pass across the Merrimack slot to Boldy, who one-timed the puck blocker side to beat Jere Huhtamaa.

10:50, BC Goal (2-0) • Hardman cut above the goal line to spin a low shot off Huhtamaa's pads and Newhook buried the rebound at the left post.

2nd Period

6:40, MC Goal (2-1) • From the right wing, Tyler Drevitch fired a pass to Liam Walsh at the far doorstep as he finished off a 3-on-1 to put MC on the board.

7:38, BC Goal (3-1) • Hutsko picked off a clearing attempt from the Warriors and sniped the top right corner glove side as he drifted down the slot.

17:56, BC Goal (4-1) • Newhook cut to the middle and threw a shot off the pads of Hahtamaa as Boldy finished the loose puck at the right doorstep.

3rd Period

1:28, BC Goal (5-1) • Michael Karow created a shooting angle at the blue line and his fluttering shot hit the left post, but Newhook cleaned up for his second of the night.

15:47, BC Goal (6-1) • Newhook cleared the puck down ice during a penalty kill and Mattila picked it up off the end-wall at the other end for an empty-netter.

17:33, MC Goal (6-2) • Regan Kimens drifted across the Boston College slot and picked out the top right corner glove side from the left wing.


Boston College begins a home-and-home series with Northeastern next Thursday (Feb. 20) at Matthews Arena. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on NESN.

Game Summary

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Game statistics
26 Shots 21
1 / 4 Power Plays 0 / 2
3 / 6 PIM 5 / 10
7-21-3 Records 19-8-1
Merrimack Boston College
Matt Boldy (4)
Alex Newhook (15)
Liam Walsh (4)
Logan Hutsko (17)
2nd/7:38  GW
Matt Boldy (5)
Alex Newhook (16)
Julius Mattila (8)
3rd/15:47 SH EN
Regan Kimens (6)
3rd/17:33 PP
Merrimack Boston College
Jere Huhtamaa
58:55, 15 Saves, 5 GA
(L, 5-12-2)

Empty Net
1:05, 1 GA
Spencer Knight
60:00, 24 Saves, 2 GA
(W, 18-8-1)