I'm not sure exactly where Merrimack College is, and there were so few people at Conte Forum tonight for the Merrimack-BC hockey game that the game itself might not actually have happened. In fact, the only press "coverage" I could find of it tonight was here. (The attendance figure of 2816 in the box score is extremely generous, by the way.)
The fact that I forgot my camera tonight doesn't help; there may never be photographic proof of the existence of this contest. That would be a shame, actually, as Cam Atkinson scored a hat trick, and BC dismantled Merrimack in one of the most dominating sporting performances I've ever seen live. It was a lot of fun, actually--the kind of game that was way out of control after the first period and just got worse from there.
Usually, BC kind of calls off the dogs with, say, a five-goal lead, but the Eagles--who did play a lot of young guys tonight, including a backup, freshman goaltender and even a third-string goalie who came in for the last three minutes of the game--kept sniping all night long. Pucks were ricocheting off the boards and glass like cars backfiring in an Arkansas Wal-Mart parking lot. And the goals that did go in were mostly great ones, if a little aided by Merrimack's almost complete lack of competent goaltending.
Anyway, if tonight's game wasn't a figment of my imagination (and given that I had a friend with me, I don't think it was...), it was a lot of fun. And even if it was, well, it was still a good time. And there was no traffic getting out of the parking garage. Good times all around.
Next game (probably): Friday night vs. UMass.
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