Eaves Back on Ice
Mich. – During the intermission of a hockey game a few years
ago, a friend – noting the number of fans who remained in
their seats during the break – told me people like to watch
the ice being resurfaced because it's a visual metaphor for renewal.
No doubt that Boston College's Patrick Eaves looked at the slick
sheet prior to Friday's game against Minnesota-Duluth in the first
round of the Ice Breaker Tournament at Munn Ice Arena and had
Eaves had 10-8—18 in 14 games as a freshman.
it was Eaves' first game in an Eagle uniform since the first round
of the 2003 Hockey East Tournament last March, when a collision
with Merrimack goaltender Joe Exter sent Exter to the hospital
with a potentially life-threatening head injury (he's fine now).
That happened in Eaves' first game back after missing 20 contests
with a neck injury, and it sent Eaves to the offseason with a
dark cloud hanging over him.
in the first round of June's National Hockey League entry draft
by the Ottawa Senators offered a brief bright moment, but if one
listened closely, you could hear the page being turned in Eaves'
mental planner prior to Friday's skate in front of a few hundred
fans in East Lansing.
a mix of everything," said Eaves of the thoughts swirling
through his head during his team's 2-2 tie with Minnesota-Duluth.
"I had a long summer to think about it, and it took me a
couple periods to get back into it. But it was good to have the
It was also
good to be on a line with seniors Tony Voce and Ben Eaves, Patrick's
older brother and the Eagles' captain. Not only will it give the
younger Eaves a chance to produce on one of the game's top lines,
but he'll definitely share the spotlight with those two and others
this season after spending entirely too much time as a focal point
good to see him out there," Ben Eaves said after Friday's
game. "He keeps on telling me he's going to be better. He
missed the game last week (vs. Vermont, the final game of his
suspension), so he says his legs needed one game."
Ben's sibling is a bit of a prophet. After a so-so effort against
the Bulldogs – a fact admitted by Patrick Eaves and the
Eagles' coaches – he looked more at ease against surprising
Findlay in Saturday's championship match, especially in the third
period. He scored the eventual game-winning goal – a power-play
marker – early in the third period on a laser from the near
to get it off my back," said Eaves, grinning proudly, when
asked about the goal following the game.
Later in the
period, he assisted on Voce's insurance goal as Boston College
cruised to a 4-1 win.
gonna make plays," said Ben Eaves of his brother. "He's
gonna make things happen."
reason, Patrick Eaves seemed to always be around when things happened
last season. Clearly, he wants to be a catalyst a team with championship
aspirations this season. He's just determined to shed the tag
as a lightning rod for controversy.
behind me," Patrick Eaves said, still sweating from his team's
win in the Ice Breaker Tournament title game. "I've had a
lot of support from my team and we're all in it together. It's
a new season, I've got great linemates and we're ready to go."