#2 Men's Hockey Falls At Home To Massachusetts, 5-2
Jan. 18, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman Travis Jeke and senior Steven Whitney scored consecutively to temporarily tie the score at 2-2 before Massachusetts scored three unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Hockey East-leading Eagles, 5-2, before a crowd of 7,772 fans at Kelley Rink.
The loss snapped Boston College's 18-game home unbeaten streak dating back to December 2011 and marked the first time since November 2007 that the Eagles have not beaten the Minutemen at home - a span of 13 wins.
Massachusetts opened the scoring with two first-period, special-teams' goals. Steven Guzzo scored a shorthanded goal at the 6:35 mark and Branden Gracel scored a power-play tally at 19:05 to put the visiting Minutemen up, 2-0.
Whitney's equalizer - at 4:08 of the final frame - was created by exceptional work behind the Massachusetts net and an amazing pass from sophomore Johnny Gaudreau.
Massachusetts went on to score the final three goals of the game, all at even strength.
Michael Pereira scored at 13:03, K.J. Tiefenwerth banged home a rebound at 14:11, and Gracel's second goal of the night capped the scoring at 16:26 to capture the league win.
Massachusetts goaltender Steve Mastalerz made 21 saves in the victory and improves to 1-3-0 on the season.
Senior Parker Milner made 21 saves in defeat and drops to 13-5-2 this season.
Team Records: Boston College 13-5-2; 10-4-1 Hockey East, Massachusetts 8-11-2; 5-8-1 HE
Game Notes: Tonight's loss, coupled with a 2-1 loss at fourth-ranked New Hampshire last week, marks the first time in nearly one year that the Eagles have suffered back-to-back losses. BC dropped a pair of road games at Maine on Jan. 20-21, 2012 ... BC's senior class fell to 15-3-0 in 18 meetings against Massachusetts in four seasons. The group fell to 11-1-0 against the Minutemen at Kelley Rink ... BC went 2-1-0 in the season series against UMass.