#2 Men's Hockey Beats Northeastern, 9-3
Jan. 19, 2013
Boston - Boston College's top line - right wing Steven Whitney, center Pat Mullane and left wing Johnny Gaudreau - combined for 12 points en route to the Eagles 9-3 Hockey East victory over Northeastern before 4,746 fans at Matthews Arena.
Whitney led the way with three goals - his first collegiate hat trick - plus an assist, Mullane tallied one goal and three assists and Gaudreau notched four assists for the second-ranked Eagles, who finished 2-1-0 in the three-game league season series against the Huskies.
Kevin Hayes tallied three assists while Bill Arnold, Danny Linell and Quinn Smith notched one goal and one assist each for the league-leading Eagles, who last scored nine times at Boston University on Dec. 3, 2011 (9-5).
The teams were tied at three goals apiece after the first period before the visiting Eagles scored three times in each of the second and third periods to capture the win.
Whitney, junior Isaac MacLeod and Mullane each netted second-period scores to build a 6-3 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Whitney opened the third-period scoring just 58 seconds into the frame on a nifty toe-drag-to-backhand score, then punctuated the scoring with the game's final tally - and completed the hat trick - at 11:41 of the final frame.
Smith scored the team's eighth goal off a nice feed from Danny Linell.
BC senior goaltender Parker Milner recorded 21 saves to earn his 56th career win in his 74th start.
Northeastern senior goalie Chris Rawlings took the loss, recording allowing six goals on 16 shots in 28:52. Backup goaltender Bryan Mountain recorded 12 saves in the final 31:08.
Arnold opened the game's scoring just 1:34 into the contest and Linell doubled the visitors lead at 4:47 to give BC an early 2-0 edge. Northeastern responded with consecutive scores from Braden Pimm (5:09) and Robbie Vrolyk (6:11) just about one minute apart to tie the score at 2-2.
BC's Destry Straight and NU's Adam Reid traded goals at 6:37 and 10:28 of the first period, respectively, and the teams were tied at 3-3 after one period.
Next, Boston College hosts Maine in a two-game series. The Eagles and Black Bears will face off on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26 at Kelley Rink.
Team Records: Northeastern 7-11-2, 4-9-2 HE; Boston College 14-5-2; 11-4-1 Hockey East
Game Notes: With four points each, Gaudreau, Mullane and Whitney each matched their career highs ... Hayes' three assists represents a career best ... Linell and Smith both matched career highs with two points apiece ... Boston College was without its head coach Jerry York, who is recovering from eye surgery.