OMAHA, Neb. — The first Maverick Stampede kicked off Friday night with the Boston College Eagles defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4-1.
The Eagles came out flying in the first period despite an Irish attempt to take BC out physically. The Eagles worked through the hitting and got on the board 17:47 into the first period on a Jeff Giuliano goal. This would be the first of two goals for Giuliano on the night.
Boston College got the game-winning goal early in the second period on a power-play goal. Krys Kolanos sent a one-timer past Notre Dame net minder Tony Zasowski to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
Two more second-period goals gave Boston College its final tally of four goals. Ales Dolinar scored 12:58 into the second period for a 3-0 BC advantage. That’s when Notre Dame coach Dave Poulin pulled Zasowski. Not two minutes after Jeremiah Kimento replaced Zasowski, the Eagles were on the board again when Giuliano scored his second of the night.
“We had a real explosive second period,” Boston College coach Jerry York said.
The Irish attempted to make the game interesting in the third period. Just 43 seconds into the period, the Irish got their one and only goal. Notre Dame right wing Ryan Dolder broke the shutout for BC’s goaltender Scott Clemmensen.
The win opened Boston College’s season, and a run at its fourth straight Frozen Four appearance.
BC freshman center Ben Eaves recorded three assists. Clemmensen pushed away 25 shots in the win.
After making it to the CCHA Championships in Detroit last year, the Irish are now 0-2 in the 2000-2001 campaign, however those two losses were to No. 11 Minnesota and a BC team that is currently No. 4 in the nation.
After such an impressive year last season, sophomore goalie Zasowski has allowed eight goals in just under four periods of action thus far.