Forward Luke Moffatt scored two goals in Michigan's 3-1 victory over No. 4 Boston College in the Wolverines' season opener at Yost Arena Thursday.; (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)
Ann Arbor — Red Berenson believed Luke Moffatt would have a big senior season and JT Compher had the ability to make an impact as a freshman.
It looks like the Michigan coach knows what he’s talking about as the forwards played big roles in helping Michigan knock off No. 4 Boston College, 3-1, in its season opener Thursday night before 5,038 at Yost Arena.
It was a statement victory for Michigan which was sub-.500 last season and had its run of 22 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances come to an end.
Boston College has won three national titles the last six years.
“We have a lot of respect for Boston College so it was nice for us to come up out with a victory,” said Berenson, in his 30th season. “I liked how our team played focused for 60 minutes. Getting that first goal was huge.
“JT Compher made a great pass on that first one (goal by Moffatt).”
Compher, an 18-year-old center, gave Michigan fans a glimpse of things to come early, stick-handling down the right side on Michigan’s first power play, circling behind the Boston College net and finding Moffatt in front who blasted the puck past Brian Billett for a 1-0 lead 7 minutes 25 second into the game.
Moffatt, who had eight goals last season, scored a power-play goal 34 seconds into the third, getting a pass from Andrew Copp and scoring from the slot to open up a 3-1 lead. Compher, who plays the right point on the power play, had an assist as well.
“It was a good pass (from Copp),” Berenson said. “He was open in the slot and Luke can shoot it with the best of them.”
Copp also scored.