It was “Jerry York Night” at Conte Forum on Friday and before the game a banner was raised to celebrate the Boston College hockey coach setting the NCAA record for victories (936), four of which were national championships.
By the end of the evening, York was celebrating win No. 937 as the No. 7 Eagles rolled past No. 2 Wisconsin, 9-2, in front of 7,008. It was the most goals scored by BC (2-1) since a 9-3 triumph at Northeastern on Jan. 19, 2013.
“There’s no way we’re seven goals better than the Badgers,’’ said York. “But everything we did tonight kind of turned into goals. We were moving pucks well and finishing. This particular night, everything was going just how you diagram it. Some of the plays we made both defensively and offensively really had me excited behind the bench.’’
Junior left wing Johnny Gaudreau (seven shots) surpassed the 100-point plateau for his career with a goal and two assists for a total of 102 points.
“My freshman and sophomore years, I got to play with Steven Whitney and Pat Mullane and I wouldn’t be here with my 100th point without playing with those two guys my first two seasons,’’ said Gaudreau. “It was a really special opportunity for me. Now I get to play with some younger guys and Billy Arnold, who I never got to play with. It’s just been a really fun three years so far and I’m extremely grateful I’ve gotten to play with some great players.’’
Freshman right wing Austin Cangelosi got his first two collegiate goals and added an assist. Freshman defenseman Scott Savage potted his first and freshman right wing Adam Gilmour earned his first collegiate points with three assists.
It was the first meeting between the teams since the 2010 NCAA championship when BC shut out Wisconsin, 5-0, at Ford Field in Detroit.
The Eagles made this one look even easier. Cangelosi scored back-to-back goals just 50 seconds apart in the opening period. At 10:14, Cangelosi flipped the puck over the glove of junior goalie Landon Peterson on a shot from the slot.
On the second goal, he finished off a two-on-one break and beat Peterson from the right side of the slot at 11:04.
The Eagles kept the heat on at 13:30 when Gaudreau delivered on a backhander from just outside the right post that made it 3-0.
At 15:53, freshman blueliner Ian McCoshen delivered from the left point right after BC won the faceoff.
The Eagles took a 4-0 lead into the first intermission and outshot the Badgers, 18-7.
The visitors’ fortunes only got worse in the opening seconds of the middle period.
At the 21-second mark, sophomore defenseman Michael Matheson tallied his first of the season on a shot from the right circle.
BC made it a six-goal advantage at 1:45 when Savage beat Peterson with a bid from the left circle that went far side.
Peterson was replaced by sophomore Adam Miller.
The Badgers’ first goal came during a power play at 14:45 when senior right wing Michael Mersch converted during a slashing call to Arnold.
At 4:44 of the third, the Eagles took an 8-1 lead on Kevin Hayes’s second tally of the season. His backhander eluded Miller just inside the right post.
Sophomore center Nic Kerdiles gave the Badgers (2-1) their second goal at 9:18 but the Eagles added insult to injury with a shorthanded strike by Patrick Brown at 10:55.
Junior goaltender Brian Billett had 14 saves on the way to his first victory of the season and Brad Barone mopped up for the final 9 minutes, 5 seconds with five saves.
“Our hope was to survive the first period and we didn’t,’’ said Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves. “We fell into the trap of trying to make something happen and as a result, we made things worse. It just sucked us right down. It was an old-fashioned butt kicking.’’