By Laura Berestecki, @LaurBear90 on Jul 17, 2016, 9:00a
BC and BU hockey alumni put on a fun game to benefit a great cause.
On Friday night, the Boston College Eagles alumni team defeated their BU counterparts in this year’s Comm Ave Charity Classic. The event raised $55,000 to benefit Compassionate Care ALS and the Travis Roy Foundation. BC and BU have now each won a Comm Ave Charity Classic game
It initially seemed as though this year’s event would be a back and forth game, but BC ended up running away with it. The final score was 13-8 in favor of the Eagles.
The first goal of the game came just 34 seconds into the first period. Kevin Hayes scored off a pass from his former linemate, Bill Arnold. Brian Leetch registered the second assist on the goal.
BC’s second goal came from Conor Sheary. Sheary played for UMass, but joined the Eagles as a special guest. His goal was assisted by his Pittsburgh Penguins teammate, Brian Dumoulin.
BU tied the game in the last few minutes of the first period, scoring two goals on John Muse. Shawn McEachern and Sean Sullivan scored BU’s goals. Sullivan’s game-tying goal was scored with only 2 seconds left in the period.
BC also opened the scoring in the second period. Ben Smith put the Eagles back on top, with assists coming from Paul Carey and Bill Arnold.
Following Smith’s goal, BU gained their only lead of the game. Colby Cohen tied the game up, and Danny O’Regan scored a couple minutes later to put BU on top.
Just 40 seconds later, Noah Hanifin erased BC’s deficit, scoring off of assists from Kevin Hayes and Paul Carey.
BC would score twice more in the second period to extend their lead. Johnny Gaudreau got his first point of the game by assisting on the Dave Spina goal that put BC back in the lead, and Brian Boyle scored just over a minute later off of an assist by Spina.
BU’s Evan Rodrigues scored the last goal of the period, putting the score at 6-5 in favor of BC. BU then opened the scoring in the third period, tying up the game on a Peter MacArthur goal.
Johnny Gaudreau scored his first goal of the game at 4:46 in the third off assists from Jimmy Hayes and Bill Arnold. Kevin Hayes scored 30 seconds later to give BC a two goal lead. His goal was assisted by Leetch and Dumoulin.
BC scored their third goal in a row with Johnny Gaudreau’s second goal, which trickled right past BU goalie, Matt O’Connor. Gaudreau’s goal was assisted by Bill Arnold (his fourth of the game) and Noah Hanifin.
Adam Clendening put BU back in the game with a goal at 10:52 in the third, but under a minute later BC scored their 10th goal of the night. Goal number 10 came from Steve Whitney, with assists to Kevin Hayes and Brian Boyle.
Conor Sheary put BC up 11-7 with just over a minute remaining in the game. Assists on the second BC/UMass goal came from Jimmy Hayes and Mike Mottau.
BU’s final goal was scored by Brandon Yip, ending the Terriers’ scoring at 8 goals.
BC scored twice more in the game, both empty netters. Goal number 12 was scored by a very excited Jimmy Hayes, with assists from Sheary and Mottau. BC’s final goal was scored with some fancy passing between Kevin Hayes and Johnny Gaudreau. Gaudreau earned a hat trick with this final goal, and the game ended with a 13-8 BC win.
Point leaders for the night were Kevin Hayes (5 points), Johnny Gaudreau (3 goals), and Bill Arnold (4 assists).