Feb. 10, 2012
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Freshman Johnny Gaudreau and junior Chris Kreider each registered two goals and one assist to lead fourth-ranked Boston College in a 6-1 win over Vermont before a sellout crowd of 4,007 fans at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Sophomore center Kevin Hayes finished with one goal and two assists while junior center Pat Mullane notched three assists in the league victory.
The visiting Eagles led 1-0 after the first period on freshman Quinn Smith's first collegiate goal, then scored four times in the middle period - including consecutive power-play goals just two minutes, 56 seconds apart - to take control of the game.
Vermont's Colin Markinson and BC's Kreider traded third-period scores for the 6-1 final.
Junior goaltender Parker Milner registered 21 saves to capture his 14th victory of the season.
After Smith scored the lone goal of the opening period, Hayes redirected a Kreider shot while skating with a two-man advantage to put BC up 2-0 at 7:11 of the second period, and Kreider netted his first of two goals on the night at 10:07.
Gaudreau scored his 12th and 13th tallies of the season late in the middle stanza - at 17:03 and 19:36 - for a 5-1 lead after two periods. It marked the freshman's second two-goal, three-point performance in as many games.
The Eagles outshot the host Catamounts, 26-22, in the game, including a 16-6 advantage in the second period.
Vermont goaltender Rob Madore registered 20 saves in the losing effort. He falls to 4-16-1.
Next, Boston College and Boston University will meet in the championship game of the 60th annual Beanpot at TD Garden on Monday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Team Records: Boston College 18-10-1, 13-7-1 Hockey East; Vermont 5-22-1, 2-18-1 HE
Game Notes: BC finished 2-for-3 on the power play, is 4-for-7 in the last two games and has at least one power play goal in six straight contests during which it is 9-for-23 with a man advantage ... The Eagles improved to 3-5-2 against Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse since the Catamounts joined Hockey East prior to the 2005-06 season ... Mullane registered his second three-point effort the season, matching a two-goal, one-assist effort at North Dakota (Oct. 8) ...Hayes matched a career best with three points. The Dorchester, Mass., native also recorded three points against Northeastern on March 10, 2011.