Jan. 11, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Second-ranked Boston College scored five unanswered goals and beat fourth-ranked New Hampshire for the sixth time in a row, 5-2, in front of a sellout crowd of 7,884 fans at Kelley Rink on Friday night.
Six forwards registered multiple points in the contest, which featured the league leaders in the first game of a home-and-home series between the Eagles and Wildcats. The teams will face off in Durham's Whittemore Center tomorrow night.
Sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau, competing in his first game since capturing a gold medal as a member of the U.S. National Team at the World Junior Championships in Russia last week, led the way with one goal and two terrific assists, setting up linemate Pat Mullane on each.
Juniors Bill Arnold and Kevin Hayes tallied one goal and one assist each, while senior Steven Whitney and sophomore Destry Straight both notched a pair of assists for the victors, which improved to 16-0-2 at Kelley Rink since last January.
After the home team fell behind 1-0 at 8:54 of the first period on a goal by Jay Camper, Hayes answered at the 13:29 mark on a feed from Arnold. Mullane then scored the first of his two goals at 17:42 to give the Eagles a lead they would not relinquish.
BC scored three even-strength-second-period goals to help take control of the game.
Gaudreau scored first at 5:01, beating New Hampshire goalie Casey DeSmith (12 saves) on a nifty backhander. Mullane scored his second of the game at 15:43 and Arnold capped the scoring for the Eagles with 14.7 seconds left in the frame, redirecting Hayes' feed for his ninth of the season.
New Hampshire forward Kevin Goumas scored the lone goal of the third frame 37 seconds into the third period.
BC goalie Parker Milner stopped 31 shots to capture his 13th win this season and the 55th of his career.
Team Records: New Hampshire 13-4-2, 8-3-1 Hockey East; Boston College 13-3-2, 10-2-1 HE
Game Notes: Milner earned his second career assist in the game with a breakout pass to Straight on Gaudreau's goal on a partial breakaway. He last tallied an assist in a win over Massachusetts on March 12, 2012 ... Gaudreau also notched a game-high +3 rating ... The Eagles improved to 8-0-1 in home games this season ... BC's senior class improved to 9-3-2 in 14 meetings against the Wildcats in their four years ... just three penalties were called in the contest ... Boston College captured the victory in the absence of its head coach Jerry York, who underwent eye surgery on Thursday. Though not behind the bench, the victory belongs to York.