Las Vegas–Tonight the “Ice Vegas Invitational” kicked off their inaugural tournament at the home of the NHL’s Golden Knights hockey team at T-Mobile arena in front of a few thousands fans.
The first game of the competition was between the Hockey East powerhouse Boston College Eagles who entered the matchup with a 10-7-2 record overall as they took on the Michigan Tech Huskies of WCHA at 10-8-5 on the season that opened night 1 of the “Ice Vegas Invitational” tournament.
The opening period of the Boston College vs Michigan Tech contest the first ten minutes of the contest, both schools goalies Ryan Edquist of the Eagles and Devin Kero with the Huskies did a very good in keeping the game deadlocked at a 0-0 score.
For the Huskie’s they would catch the first big break of the game at the 14:29 mark when they were awarded a penalty shot.
In the prior sequence that led to the penalty shot an Eagles blueliner was caught with covering the puck. Michigan Tech’s Dylan Steman went in on Edquist and ended up beating him five hole to put the Huskie’s up on the board first.
Less then two minutes later the Huskie’s extended their lead over Boston College and the next man up for Michigan Tech was Brent Baltus on the power play. Baltus ended up re-directing an initial shot by Mitch Reinke that found it’s way past Edquist at 16:22 of the 1st period for a 2-0 score.
The scoring attack did not stop there for Michigan Tech as they would convert on yet another man advantage opportunity this time from Alex Smith with less than 15 seconds left in the 1st. Mark Auk and Steman connected on the Smith goal late in the opening period for a commanding 3-0 lead over Boston College.
In the middle frame, it was a different story as the Boston College Eagles hockey team would get on the board.
9:37 into the 2nd period, it was Buffalo Sabres prospect Casey Fitzgerald that would get the Eagles on the scoresheet on the power play.
David Cotton found Fitzgerald in the high slot who had plenty time and space and went upstairs over the catching glove of Huskies goaltender Kero that ended his shutout bid for the contest and made it a 3-1 game.
Boston College followed that up with another power play marker and getting it done was Edmonton Oilers draft pick selection Graham McPhee who scored while his dad George McPhee who is the General Manager of the Western Conference leading Vegas Golden Knights was in attendance at “The Fortress”.
On the scoring play, Graham had himself parked on the left side of Kero and ended up banking the shot off of the Huskie’s netminder that made a 1 goal game at 3-2 Michigan Tech with 8:04 left in the 2nd.
11:44 into the final period, Michigan Tech’s Gavin Gould added an insurance goal for the Huskies that made it a 4-2 game. Gould’s shot went blocker side on Edquist.
With 1:11 remaining the period Boston College would close the gap 4-3 by blueliner Michael Kim. Kim was near the Huskies blueline and fired his shot that Kero did not see.
At the end of the matchup, Michigan Tech edged out the Eagles by a 4-3 final for a date into the championship game on Saturday.
After the game we had the opportunity in speaking with Graham about playing his first ever hockey game at T-Mobile Arena.
“It was awesome, my second time in the building, obviously playing in any pro rink is special, T-Mobile is one of the best in the league so very special.” Graham said about the home of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Eagles Team Captain Fitzgerald finished off the night with 1 goal and Graham was very complimentary in what kind of a hockey player and leader the Sabres prospect is to the Boston College program.
“He’s a great player, he’s a great leader as well, he’s one of the best captains I ever played in front of, very good defensively, very good offensively, very solid player all around.” Graham on Fitzgerald.
Below is our full video with Graham.
Post Game Interview With Boston College Forward Graham McPhee
Full Highlights From Boston College vs Michigan Tech
Check back with us for part of 2 of our night 1 recap of the 2018 “Ice Vegas Invitational”…