No. 2 Men's Hockey Defeats UMass-Lowell, 5-1
Jan. 29, 2011
LOWELL, Mass. - Junior Cam Atkinson scored twice and senior goaltender John Muse recorded 29 saves to lead second-ranked Boston College to a 5-1 Hockey East victory over UMass-Lowell before a sellout crowd of 6,488 fans in Tsongas Arena.
The visiting Eagles built a 2-0 lead with one goal in each of the first two periods before host UMass-Lowell trimmed the advantage to 2-1 with its only goal - scored by Matt Ferreira - at 7:04 of the final frame.
BC responded with three straight scores, including two goals 27 seconds apart in the 18th minute, for the 5-1 final.
Atkinson, who opened the game's scoring at 4:43 of the first period, lifted BC to 3-1 lead at 9:46 in a shorthanded (4-on-3) situation for his second goal of the contest. Senior Brian Gibbons assisted on both Atkinson goals.
BC outshot UMass-Lowell 43-30, including an 18-7 edge in the final 20 minutes of play.
Junior Jimmy Hayes also scored for victors, netting an unassisted goal at 5:40 of the second period.
Muse stopped all 21 shots faced in the first and second periods (combined) and made six saves in the final frame to earn his 15th victory of the season and the 77th of his collegiate career.
UMass-Lowell freshman goaltender Marc Boulanger recorded 38 saves in the losing effort. He falls to 0-8-1.
Team Records: Boston College - 18-6-0, 14-5-0 Hockey East; UMass-Lowell - 4-20-2, 3-16-0 HE
Game Notes: With two assists, Gibbons now has 144 career points and has surpassed Marty McInnis (1988-91) for 28th on BC's list ... The Eagles swept the three-game league series against the River Hawks for the first time since the 2007-08 season ... Atkinson recorded his fifth multiple-goal effort of the season and has 19 goals in 24 games ... sophomore Chris Kreider's scoring streak was snapped at eight games ... Bill Arnold registered his third two-point performance of the season.