|Boston College sophomore Brendan Silk (Wakefield, Mass.) picked a fine time to score his first goal of the season, opening the Eagles' win over Notre Dame at Frozen Fenway 2014. (Photo by Dave Arnold/New England Hockey Journal)|
BOSTON – Boston College sophomore Brendan Silk is a lucky guy.
As a youngster, the Wakefield, Mass. native brought his glove to Fenway Park and had the moment every kid wants, twice snagging foul balls hit in his direction during a Red Sox game.
Now, he can add a goal on ice to his resume in America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.
It was a big one – his first of the season – to get the Eagles going in what finished as an exciting 4-3 victory over new Hockey East rival Notre Dame in the nightcap of Saturday’s Citi Frozen Fenway doubleheader.
“This is crazy,” the former Austin Prep Cougar said of the experience in his first outdoor game. “I grew up going to Red Sox games my whole life. I never thought growing up that I’d be playing a hockey game out there, so it was pretty special ... and something I’ll remember for a long time.”
Being a local, the moment was special in itself coming in such a historic sporting venue, but it played out in front of a larger-than-usual contingent of family members, former school teammates and friends.
The Eagles are the only Hockey East squad to have skated in all three Frozen Fenway events, now having won two games. Current New York Ranger Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.) scored a third-period shorthanded goal to give BC a 2-1 win over Northeastern in its last Fenway outing on Jan. 14, 2012.
“These were certainly two very good hockey teams,” BC head coach Jerry York said of Saturday’s game against Notre Dame. “It’s a big stage here, against a real quality opponent like the Irish. There’s a lot of good things to think about. … Even for the juniors and seniors, it’s still a special night. We’ve played three real rivals, and to play it here at Fenway, it’s a special thing.”
Silk got the Eagles off to a very hot start with his goal just 4:54 into the first period. He was johnny-on-the-spot to bang in a rebound created by freshman Adam Gilmour (Hanover, Mass.) in front.
“I couldn’t ask for a better first goal,” he said. “I was just going to the net. (Sophomore defenseman) Mike Matheson made a great play, then Adam (Gilmour) had a nice shot on net and I was there for the back-door rebound. It wasn’t a tough goal, but it was still nice to put it in the back of the net.”
Silk’s first goal of the season was his first point since an Oct. 18 drubbing of Wisconsin, and his third career goal. He scored his last goal exactly one year prior, in a 3-3 tie with Yale on Jan. 4, 2013.
It was Johnny Gaudreau who lifted the Eagles to victory, capping off a 2-on-1 with Noble and Greenough product Kevin Hayes (Dorchester, Mass.) with a five-hole goal at 8:21 of the third period.
Gaudreau, a junior, skated on the top line during BC’s 2012 Fenway game, so he was able to share some of his experiences with younger members of the team that were facing the outdoor game for the first time. Silk cited Gaudreau as an elite level player, and more importantly a role model.
“He’s unbelievable,” Silk said about the
Carneys Point, N.J., native. “The things he can do with a
puck are scary. There’s not many players who have the amount
of skill as he does.”
While Gaudreau finished the scoring, it was the local Silk who started it.
That means there is sure to be a puck soon added to the mantle along with those two cherished baseballs.