Feb. 16, 2013
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Merrimack sophomore Connor Toomey snapped a 1-1 tie on a power-play goal with 34.7 seconds left in overtime to lift the host Warriors to a 2-1 Hockey East victory over fourth-ranked Boston College before a sellout crowd of 2,489 fans at Lawler Arena.
BC senior goaltender Parker Milner recorded 40 saves and the visiting Eagles killed eight Merrimack power plays before surrendering the decisive goal on its ninth penalty kill of the game in the final minute of the overtime period.
With 53.3 seconds left in the five-minute overtime, BC captain Pat Mullane was penalized for goaltender interference - the team's 10th penalty of the night. Following a Merrimack timeout and faceoff in the hosts offensive zone, Toomey scored off a rebound with assists to Mike Collins and Jordan Heywood to claim the win - and sole possession of first place in the Hockey East regular-season standings.
Merrimack, which was winless against Boston College in the last five meetings (4-0-1), finished 1-for-9 with a man advantage while BC went 0-for-3 on the power play. The Warriors registered a narrow advantage in shots, 42-40.
The Eagles scored the only goal of the first two periods before Merrimack tied the game with 7:03 left in the third period then captured the victory in overtime.
Quinn Smith scored the game's first goal at 8:58 of the second period following an extended review by the officials which overturned the original ruling on the ice. Sophomore Destry Straight and freshman Travis Jeke were credited with assists on the score.
The Warriors tied the score late in regulation on a John Heffernan goal scored right off a faceoff in the Warriors offensive zone.
Merrimack sophomore goalie Sam Marotta recorded 39 saves in the winning effort. He improves to 12-5-3. Milner falls to 17-7-2.
Next, Boston College hosts fifth-ranked New Hampshire on Sunday, Feb. 17 . Faceoff is set for 4 p.m. at BC's Kelley Rink.
Team Records: Boston College 17-8-2, 12-8-1 Hockey East; Merrimack 14-10-5, 12-6-2 HE
Game Notes: BC entered the game 21-for-22 on the penalty kill over the last six games and is now 29-for-31 over the last seven games ... sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau sprung free for two breakaway attempts that were each saved by Marotta ... BC fired numerous shots on goal in the final minute of regulation but failed to convert. Steven Whitney fed a streaking Gaudreau whose shot was saved and held by Marotta with 10 seconds to go. Freshman defenseman Michael Matheson fired a one-timer off a clean faceoff win then covered it up with 5.5 to go ... BC's senior class fell to 1-5-0 in six trips to Lawler Arena.