Boston College Falls to Michigan Tech, 4-3, at Ice Vegas Invitational

Junior defenseman Michael Kim scored a goal for the Eagles
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 14:29  MTU1-0 PS Dylan Steman (3) -
1st 16:22  MTU2-0 PP Brent Baltus (8)Mitch Reinke/15, Jake Lucchini/11
1st 19:45  MTU3-0 PP Alex Smith (6)Mark Auk/10, Dylan Steman/3
2nd 9:37  BC1-3 PP Casey Fitzgerald (4)David Cotton/10, Julius Mattila/11
2nd 11:56  BC2-3 PP Graham McPhee (6)Luke McInnis/5, Jesper Mattila/4
3rd 11:44  MTU4-2 EV GW Gavin Gould (8)Seamus Donohue/5, Mitch Reinke/16
3rd 18:49  BC3-4 EV EA Michael Kim (5)Casey Fitzgerald/8, David Cotton/11
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Michigan Tech  3014
Boston College  0213
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Michigan Tech  1351028
Boston College  717630
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Michigan Tech (11-8-5)  2/6 5/10 0
Boston College (10-8-2)  2/4 8/27 0
Michigan Tech Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Devin Kero (W, 1-1-1)60:003 715527
Boston College Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan Edquist (L, 3-2-0)59:204 105924
Empty Net0:400     

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Michigan Tech jumped out a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play, and despite two valiant efforts from the Eagles to come from behind, the Huskies held on for a 4-3 victory to top No. 13 Boston College in the first game of the Ice Vegas Invitational on Friday night at T-Mobile Arena.

Casey Fitzgerald and Graham McPhee both scored power play goals in the second period while Michael Kim made it a one-goal game with 71 seconds left with an extra-man marker.

Sophomore Ryan Edquist started his fifth game of the season and stopped 24-of-28 MTU attempts as his record slipped to 3-2-0 on the season.


Michigan Tech - 4 / No. 13 Boston College - 3


T-Mobile Arena / Las Vegas, Nev.


Michigan Tech (11-8-5 / 7-6-5 WCHA) / No. 13 Boston College - (10-8-2 / 10-3-0 HEA)


- Junior captain Casey Fitzgerald scored his first power play goal of the season and sixth of his career midway through the second period. For the captain, it marked his fourth goal of the season and 13th overall from the blue line in his 95th-career game in the maroon and gold.

- Graham McPhee scored his third power play goal of the season and his team-leading sixth goal of the year. The Las Vegas native has netted two goals in his last four games and did so in front of his father, George McPhee, the general manager of the Golden Knights.

- With Fitzgerald and McPhee accounting for power play goals in the second period, it marked the first time this season Boston College scored a pair of extra-man goals in a game.

- Julius Mattila assisted on Fitzgerald's power play tally at 9:37 of the second period. With the helper, Mattila extended his point streak to eight-consecutive games with at least one point. The Finnish product leads the Eagles with 16 points (5-11-16) through the first half of the season. During his hot streak, Mattila has accrued 12 points (4-8-12) amidst that tear and notched at least one point in 10 of his last 11 games.

- Sophomore forward David Cotton continued his rabid scoring pace with an assist on Fitzgerald's power play goal, as well. The Parker, Texas native has scored at least one point in seven of his last eight outings, including three multi-point performances in that run. The second-year winger is now tied for second on the team in scoring with 14 points (4-10-14) through 20 outings.

- Luke McInnis and Jesper Mattila recorded their fifth and fourth assists of the season on McPhee's power play goal at 11:56 of the third period.


FIRST GOAL (1-0 - Michigan Tech) FIRST PERIOD - Dylan Steman - 14:29 - PENALTY SHOT
- The officiating crew deemed an Eagles' skated covered up the puck in the crease, yielding a penalty shot for Michigan Tech. Dylan Steman was called on and beat BC netminder Edquist with a quick deke out front and a snap shot to the back of the net short side at 14:29 of the first period to give Michigan Tech a 1-0 lead.

SECOND GOAL (2-0 - Michigan Tech) FIRST PERIOD - Brent Baltus - 16:22 - POWER PLAY
- Michigan Tech took advantage of a power play opportunity and capitalized on a carom at 16:22 of the first period. Greyson Reitmeier fired a shot from the slot off the backboards and it quickly caromed to the near side where Brent Baltus was waiting to collect it. Before Edquist could shift over Baltus paddled it back over the goal line with the backhander to make it a 2-0 Michigan Tech advantage.

THIRD GOAL (3-0 - Michigan Tech) FIRST PERIOD - Alex Smith - 19:45 - POWER PLAY
- The Huskies were afforded a full two-minute 5-on-3 advantage late in the first frame and Alex Smith capitalized with 15 seconds to play in the period. Steman fired a shot from the point and Mark Auk collected the rebound on the near side. Smith swooped in from the left and Auk connected with Smith on the left pipe for the easy tap-in and a 3-0 MTU edge.

FOURTH GOAL (3-1 - Boston College) SECOND PERIOD - Casey Fitzgerald - 9:37 - POWER PLAY
- Logan Hutsko drew a penalty on Drew Birks and captain Casey Fitzgerald took advantage from the slot to make it a 3-1 contest. Julius Mattila quarterbacked the play by getting the puck out from behind the net to David Cotton on the left dot. Cotton took a quick look to his right and connected with Fitzgerald streaking down the seam. Fitzgerald gathered the disc and flung it past MTU netminder Devin Kero to stop the bleeding on the power play.

FIFTH GOAL (3-2 - Boston College) SECOND PERIOD - Graham McPhee - 11:56 - POWER PLAY
- Right after Fitzgerald's goal, the Eagles went right back to the power play after a Dane Birks high-sticking call at 10:13 and Graham McPhee made the Huskies pay. Logan Hutsko started the play from the near boards, back to Luke McInnis behind the net. McPhee took a few steps back, accepted McInnis's feed and threw it at a Michigan Tech defenseman's skate and pinballed it to the back of the net to creep the Eagles to a goal, 3-2, at 11:56.

SIXTH GOAL (4-2 - Michigan Tech) THIRD PERIOD - Gavin Gould - 11:44 - EVEN STRENGTH
- Tech's Gavin Gould reclaimed a two-goal Huskies' lead on a transitional goal at 11:44 of the third period. Mitch Reinke broke the puck out from MTU's blue line and snapped it through the neutral zone to Seamus Donohue on the red line. Gould stayed onsides, accepted Donohue's dish from behind and maneuver a tight attempt up high on Edquist with the wrister to make it 4-2.

SEVENTH GOAL (4-3 - Boston College) THIRD PERIOD - Michael Kim - 18:49 - EXTRA ATTACKER
- Head coach Jerry York pulled Edquist with about 90 seconds left in regulation and Michael Kim took advantage of heavy traffic in front with a lethal slap shot at 18:49. Cotton chipped a puck in MTU's end up to Fitzgerald, positioned on the blue line. Kim broke free at the top of the left seam and Fitzgerald hit Kim with the one-timer pass atop the zone. Kim hammered it through traffic to the back of the net to make it a one-goal game once again, 4-3, but Michigan Tech held on for the victory.


Points: David Cotton / Casey Fitzgerald (0 - 2 - 2)

Goals: Casey Fitzgerald (1 - 0 - 1) / Graham McPhee (1 - 0 - 1) / Michael Kim (1 - 0 - 1) Assists: David Cotton / Casey Fitzgerald (0 - 2 - 2)

Shots: Michael Kim ( 6 )


Michigan Tech: 2 - for - 5

Boston College: 2 - for - 4


Michigan Tech: 5 - for - 10

Boston College: 8 - for - 27


Cotton - Jul. Mattila - Dudek
Grando - Hutsko - Tortora
McInnis - McPhee - Brown
Booth - Greco - Walker

Jes. Mattila -Moore
Kim - Lohan
Karow - Fitzgerald



Boston College will take on Northern Michigan or Arizona State tomorrow night in the consolation game at T-Mobile Arena at 5 p.m. local.