Brown's Two Goals Powers BC Past Vermont, 4-3
Feb. 14, 2014
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Another two-goal performance from senior captain Patrick Brown and a sturdy penalty-killing effort propelled No. 1 Boston College past a frisky No. 14 Vermont club in front of a capacity crowd at Gutterson Fieldhouse, 4-3.
The Eagles took advantage of Vermont both early on and late in the second stanza as junior forward Johnny Gaudreau extended his point streak to 25-straight outings with at least one point 30 seconds in. Gaudreau capitalized in the early goings of the second period following a late Catamounts' infraction to close out the first frame.
BC not only staved off a length 5-on-3 for Vermont, but kept UVM off the board on all five power play chances.
First-year backstopper Thatcher Demko surrendered three goals on 29 UVM shots to pick up his seventh-consecutive victory. Boston College was limited to just 23 shots on newcomer Mike Santaguida.
Freshmen linemates Austin Cangelosi and Ryan Fitzgerald finished up big nights, each chipping in a pair of points. Cangelosi scored his ninth goal of the season and assisted on Brown's game-winning goal while Fitzgerald doled out a pair of helpers.
The first half of the initial stanza set the tone of physicality. Each squad traded blows on each end before H.T. Lenz found the back of the net first at 9:46.
Matt White was able to lift the puck free from the Eagles and threw it into a mess of skaters in front of Demko. With the puck pinballing around, Lenz was able to get to it first and sneak it through Demko for the 1-0 UVM lead.
A few exchanges later, Cangelosi roofed a rebound at 13:27 to button it up, 1-1.
Fitzgerald carried it down the left side and connected with Ian McCoshen in between the circles. The velocity of McCoshen's trigger caromed over to Cangelosi on the right dot and with Santaguida out of position, he backhanded it over his glove for the equalizer.
Tom Forgione was called for boarding deep in BC's end with 10.6 seconds left in third first frame and Gaudreau made the Catamounts pay at the start of the second.
Bill Arnold won the opening draw of the second stanza and set up the power play goal 30 seconds later. Arnold skated it into the slot and kicked it over to Hayes for the open look. Santaguida made the initial save but could not get in front of Gaudreau's precise wrister to give Boston College its first lead of the night, 2-1.
BC killed off one minute of a 5-on-3 at 12:34 of the middle frame. The Eagles' penalty killing unit maintained its composure and did not allow UVM in close on Demko.
As the second period waned, Vermont lagged in its own end and the Eagles added another marker with just 11 seconds left on the clock.
Sophomore Michael Matheson rimmed the puck around from the left side out to freshman Steven Santini above the left circle. With one last scoring chance available, Santini flung the disc towards the crease and Brown got in close on Santaguida and redirected the blast over his glove to take a 3-1 lead into the second intermission.
Vermont responded two minutes into the third frame after Petr Massar whizzed the puck past Demko at 2:00. Forgione set him up with a great angle and Massar picked the corner to make it a one-goal game, 3-2.
Brown had other ideas and regained the two-goal edge 23 seconds later thanks to a 2-on-1 play with Fitzgerald flanking on the left.
Cangelosi batted a puck down in the neutral zone and backhanded it into UVM's slot with a pair of defensemen bearing down. Fitzgerald gathered it and dished over to Brown on the right post. Brown had the puck on his backhand and switched it to his forehand to maneuver around Santaguide for the 4-2 advantage at 2:23.
Down two goals, UVM coach Kevin Sneddon lifted Santaguida in favor of the extra attacker and Mario Puskarich took advantage with just 18 seconds left in regulation. Puskarich roofed Chris McCarthy's rebound, but Boston College stood strong and held on for the 4-3 triumph.
Boston College closes out its last overnight trip of the regular season tomorrow night at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Eagles will square off against Vermont on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.
- With a victory at Vermont tomorrow night, Boston College will clinch its record 13th Hockey East regular season title with three games left to play.
- Johnny Gaudreau extended his point streak to 25 consecutive games with at least one point. Gaudreau's power play tally nudged his total over that span to 51 points (23-28-51) and a +36 plus/minus rating.
- The forward line of Johnny Gaudreau - Bill Arnold - Kevin Hayes continued their tear and have now all scored at least one point each in 14 of their last 16 games as a forward line. Since joining forces on Dec. 6, the trio has accounted for 35 goals and 52 assists for 87 points and a +69 combined rating.
- Patrick Brown has now scored four goals his last two games and has scored in consecutive outings three times this season.