By Matt Noonan
BOSTON, Mass. – Growing up a few miles down the road from historic Fenway Park, Bill Arnold, who hails from Needham, never imagined that he’d get the chance to play his favorite sport on the same field as the Boston Red Sox.
Yet, since he arrived at Boston College in the fall of 2010, the senior center has had the opportunity to play hockey under the lights at Fenway not once, but twice.
“Growing up they never had anything like this, so (it) never really crossed your mind that it it’s something that could happen. I watched it the year before (I arrived at Boston College) and was like ‘shucks, I would have really loved to do that,’ and to have them bring it back here for my sophomore and senior years is really amazing,” said Arnold.
“I grew up watching the Red Sox and being able to play here in this atmosphere brings you back to the times when you were a kid playing out on the pond with your parents, so it’s a lot of fun.”
Arnold was certainly a factor for the Eagles last night as he recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in his team’s 4-3 win over rival Notre Dame. His second assist set up the go-ahead goal, which was scored by Johnny Gaudreau at 8:21 in the third.
As noted in the release, last night’s three-point effort was Arnold’s third this season with a short-handed goal and a pair of assists.
Arnold currently ranks third on the team in points (26), but first in assists (21).