First hat trick ices Men’s Player of the Week honors for BC’s Austin Cangelosi

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austin-cangelosi1-hs-cropBoston College’s Austin Cangelosi continues to turn heads with his recent scoring prowess. He is finding every way possible to score for the surging Eagles.

An undrafted senior, Cangelosi scored the first hat trick of his career on Friday in unique fashion — one goal at even strength, one on the power play and one shorthanded. It marked his second consecutive game of scoring a short-hander and a power play goal and gives him eight goals for the season.

The hat trick marks the fourth time the Estero, Fla., native has tallied three points in a game and it marks the 340th time in school history an Eagles player has accomplished the feat. The natural hat trick happened in a 6-1 victory over Maine and he added an assist in Saturday’s 3-1 win.

The Eagles ride the nation’s longest unbeaten streak (7-0-1) into Tuesday’s home game against visiting New Hampshire. BC, 8-2-1, is ranked fifth in the latest USCHO poll and fourth in the USA Today poll and could rise this week.

Cangelosi, a 5-8 center, now has four short-handed goals and eight power play goals in 128 career games.

While he does have a knack for scoring (44 career goals) Cangelosi led the country in faceoff wins last season with 545, a .637 winning percentage.


Above: Austin Cangelosi (Courtesy John Quackenbos/Boston College)

Dave Dondoneau

Dave Dondoneau is a freelance writer based in Honolulu. Follow him on Twitter @DakotaHI.