Feb. 11, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior Cam Atkinson broke a scoreless tie at the five-minute mark of the third period and goaltender John Muse stopped all 24 shots he faced to lead No. 1 Boston College to a 3-0 Hockey East victory over Providence before 2,217 fans in Schneider Arena.
Senior alternate captain Brian Gibbons doubled Boston College's lead at 16:13 and Bill Arnold scored into an empty Friar net with 1:06 left on the clock to secure the victory, BC's sixth straight and its 13th in the last 14 games.
Gibbons, who assisted on Atkinson's decisive score, and junior right wing Jimmy Hayes (two assists) recorded multiple-point performances.
Muse stopped 12 shots in the first period, eight in the middle stanza and four in the final frame to record the shutout - his third of the season and the team's sixth - and raise his save percentage to a nation's-best 93.7 percent. The East Falmouth, Mass., resident improves to 18-4-0 and 80-37-15 in his career.
The Eagles outshot the Friars, 33-24.
Friar goaltender Alex Beaudry stopped 30 shots in the losing effort. He falls to 6-12-6.
The Eagles return to action on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 in the 59th Beanpot championship game - against Northeastern at 7:30 p.m.
Team Records: Boston College - 21-6-0, 16-5-0 Hockey East; Providence College - 7-14-6, 3-12-5 HE
Game Notes: BC has won eight straight over the Friars and is unbeaten in the last 12 (10-0-2) ... The team's senior class improved to 10-2-2 in 14 meetings in their four years vs. PC ... The Eagles successfully killed all six PC power plays to improve its kill rate to 90.6 percent.